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Dressing For Your Body Type: Tall

Aug 30, 2010

Alfred Angelo Wedding Gown

Alfred Angelo Wedding Gown

Tall brides, while envied for their heights, often have a tough time finding a dress to fit their unique body shape. How can you find the right wedding gown without looking (or feeling) like a giant? What about balancing long legs and torso? How can you find the fit that’s right for you?

Don’t worry – if you’ve got extra inches on your side, is here to help. Here are some of our tips for dressing your tall body shape for your big day:

Keep it Simple
First off, if you’re tall, stick to gowns with a simple silhouette so that your natural body shape is emphasized. Too many ruffles or embellishments can actually make you look awkward. Instead, stick to a flowing fabric that compliments your body shape. Or, if you want to hide some flaws, go with a stiffer, more tailored look. Just keep the fabric simple and beautiful, like this lovely Alfred Angelo creation.

Be Conscious of Fit
You want to make sure that your gown looks like it fits properly. If you’re wearing long sleeves, be sure they go past the wrist. If you have a long torso, be sure that it’s accommodated by a lower waist line, or choose a looser dress that can be customized with a belt at your waistline. If you want drama, be sure that the gown is long enough to sweep the floor gracefully.

Go Classic
The A-line wedding gown is flattering on all body types, but that’s not the only one you can go with. Depending on your curves, you can feel free to try ball gowns, sweetheart necklines, scoops, bateau necks, tea-lengths, and elegant sheath dresses. Experiment with fit but keep the look classic. Over the top doesn’t always work well with tall brides. Don’t want to look any taller? Then avoid Empire line dresses and busts.

Are you a tall bride? What dresses have you found to be the most flattering?

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Dressing for Your Body Type: Petite

Aug 20, 2010

Mori Lee Petite Wedding Gown

Mori Lee Petite Wedding Gown

Petite brides often have such a hard time finding the right dress, especially in a size that works for them!

So what exactly looks good on a petite shape?  Well, for starters, think sleek, simple, and slim.

If you’re more of a modern bride, feel free to play with the straight sheath dress. This style of petite wedding gown is oh-so-chic right now, plus, it’s super flattering for a petite figure. It elongates the body, plays up your best features, and has quite a bit of flexibility. For an informal or summer wedding, go with a sheath dress that hits a bit below the knee. For a more formal occasion, go with a longer length that will make you look taller and leaner.

If you love traditional bridal gowns, then your shape will look best in an A-line or princess silhouette. Avoid full ballgowns that can make you get lost in all of the layers of tulle, Instead, look for something a bit more streamlined with a natural waist. Drop waists or empire waistlines can actually make a petite shape look unbalanced.

In terms of necklines, celebrate! You can try just about any neckline you like. Two of our favorites for petite frames are the bateau neck and the sleeveless scoop. These necklines show off your pretty neck and beautiful arms. Just be careful not to overdo it on the details. Petite wedding dresses with too many embellishments can make you look bulky. Keep it simple and chic.

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3 Wedding Day Quick Fixes for Bridal Emergencies

Aug 16, 2010

perils of red lipstick!
Image by rocket ship via Flickr

Your wedding day is supposed to be perfect, but sometimes, well, things happen. Here are three quick and easy solutions from to solve some common wedding day woes.

The Problem: Lipstick on Your Collar, er, Wedding Dress
OK, so we all smudge our lipstick and maybe you managed to get some on your wedding dress. Don’t worry! Lipstick stains may be tough, but they’re not invincible. Start out by sprinkling a little baking soda on a stain and letting it soak up any moisture or grease that’s in the lipstick. Then, brush off the excess powder. Gently disguise any discoloration with chalk. Then, seek a dry cleaner after the ceremony. The baking soda (or talcum powder) trick works on greasy food stains too!

Want to avoid this problem from happening? Make sure you put the wedding dress on then apply make up. Always wear a covering over the gown (e.g. towel) while you get your makeup put on so there’s no chance of getting anything on the dress.

The Problem: Your Special Time Came Unexpectedly
Oh, no. No, no no. This is one of the bride’s biggest fears ever. Make sure you come prepared by wearing the right underwear. We know it might not seem sexy to swap out your thong for a pair of briefs, but it’s better to be safe than sorry if you know your period is coming up soon. Put on a pair that’s comfortable and can easily accommodate you wearing a pad or pantyliner. You can still choose a pair that’s sexy! Don’t ever use a tampon unless you have started your period already! Then, equip a bridesmaid, friend, or family member with a bridal emergency kit that includes enough tampons and pads to take care of a problem should it happen.

If you have a leak or an accidental run-in with your time of the month, you can get any stains out with cold water or hydrogen peroxide. Just make sure to dilute the hydrogen peroxide (one part to nine parts water) so that it doesn’t bleach the fabric. Use chalk to disguise anything that won’t come out.

The Problem: Oh My God, I Hate My Hair!
It’s your perfect day…and your hair looks like a train wreck. You can avoid this wedding day disaster by scheduling trial hair runs before your wedding day with your stylist. This way, you know EXACTLY what you’ll be getting on your day. Just take pictures, work with your stylist on a routine, and make sure that you both are on the same page when it comes to your hairdo.

If for some reason something happens, have a friend or a family member on hand who can improvise a hairstyle if needed. Also, give yourself plenty of time before the wedding in case a hair mishap happens.

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Raise Your Glass to Something Blue!

Aug 6, 2010

Blue Impact
Image by thefost via Flickr

Did you know that you can serve up a signature cocktail on your special day instead of doing the traditional champagne toast? Wedding drinks don’t have to be dull and stale. You can actually have fun with what you serve while still keeping with tradition. Here’s one idea from on how to make the most of your wedding toast while fulfilling a lucky bridal tradition.

Remember the Victorian bridal saying of “Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue”? Don’t think that you have to be wearing all of these things in order to get the same lucky effect! What if your something blue was actually something quite…delicious? This cocktail recipe for The Something Blue will be sure to delight guests on your special day while ensuring that you won’t be overwhelmed between the borrowed, new, and old wardrobe items.

The Something Blue

To make this drink, combine the following in a chilled champagne flute:

  • 2 oz Hpnotiq
  • 2 oz white wine
  • 1 oz ginger ale

Serve and toast to a beautiful day  – and a long and happy marriage!

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