by J. Cassar
The latest trend in bridal wear this year is lace, a material which also gives that classical, elegant look that never dates. Many of the styles available are of a very sleek dress with a lace overlay, perfect for the slim-figured bride. Alternatively, you can keep your dress simple and decide to wear a vintage lace veil.
Every bride should wear the dress of her dreams and with careful planning she should be able to. Before trying on any wedding dresses do some research into the style you think would suit you and your personality. The princess style, for example, is perfect for any bride except the very petite, turning fantasy into reality with the perfect Cinderella gowns. The column style helps you find your simplest but most stunning silhouette. Look carefully for subtle design tricks. Look for the direction of the seam or the placement of the waist to get the right dress for you. The halter style provides a new twist - halter dresses are highly fashionable and a very sexy way to make the most of your features. The sleeves style is elegant and polished at any length. Finally, the strapless style flaunts shoulders and arms, while adding balance to your other assets.
Think about the fabric you would like. There is a large choice, including silk chiffon, organza, duchesse satin, hand-embroidered fabric and taffetas. Delicate embroidery and beading on the bodice of a dress can look stunning. Natural fabrics look and feel fantastic, while synthetic fabrics may look shiny and the colours do not look as natural.
While on the subject of colour, white does not always go down well with everyone whereas ivory, off-white or cream can be more flattering. But you are no longer limited - other popular colours this year include red, black and soft pastels. Remember that most Church services can take up to an hour during which time guests are looking at the back of your dress. So details are very important. Whichever style you choose you will need to take into consideration that a Church wedding will require your shoulders to be covered during the service.
When it comes to the older bride, go for a style and colour that fits the occasion. You want to look and feel beautiful, so do not choose white veils and avoid long trains.
As the wedding dress is probably the most expensive item of clothing, it is very important that you choose the dress that makes you happy and not your mother or mother-in-law. When you try to please others it can backfire on you and you might feel uncomfortable with the choice of dress. So always take into consideration any advice handed down to you but trust your own instincts. When you feel beautiful you will look beautiful and nothing competes with a beautiful radiant bride on her wedding day.
For the groom it is hot to wear colours! You can be bold and wear a coloured suit or just add accents of colour with the waistcoat and tie. White is a very big trend this year and we are seeing more grooms taking the plunge. As with the bride, the groom can also enhance his features by wearing a complementary colour. Redheads with pale skin look great in a white linen suit with aqua and green accents. Sandy hair and blue eyes are complemented by more of the same in natural fabrics. Chestnut hair and hazel eyes always look fantastic in a grey linen suit with lilac and pink. Dark skin and hair tones make an ideal match for cherry colours and khaki. The trend is for the groom not to wear a formal suit but a funky linen suit that completes the colour theme and looks great.