Wedding Gowns 101
a wedding gown can be a very overwhelming affair. In
Persian weddings, women generally wear a white gown.
Like everything else, this is your day, so if you feel
like wearing a red dress or something particular to your
taste or style, go right ahead and do it. If you are
one of those brides who has to go out and find a dress
make sure you go prepared. Here is a little bit of advice
from our wedding gown experts.
Read up on the terminology used for gowns and make sure you look through
plenty of magazines or other sources of inspiration for your perfect
dress. Picture yourself on the day and have a mental image. This will
guide you throughout the process as to what you do or do not want to
look like. If you are certain of a neckline, a certain skirt length,
or shape, write it all down.
Shop early and give yourself plenty of time to try things on. In American
and most of Europe wedding gown boutiques typically need plenty of time
to customize the dress for you. Remember that the dresses can be quite
expensive so make sure you have a budget going in and stick to it.
Bring a friend or a close relative when you go shopping. This will give
you an idea of what you look like to others and not just yourself. Think
about all the accessories that you will need including the shoes and
make sure there is enough in the budget for all those items. Tiaras,
lingerie, jewelry and wedding shoes can be quite expensive as well.
Finally, have fun with it. Go to several different wedding stores and
even regular ball gown shops (white dress section). Don’t be afraid
to experiment with different styles that you would not normally consider.
Sometimes the best bargains are found at couture shops or evening wear
outlets that sell beautiful white or off-white dresses.
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Wedding Tuxedos 101
As the groom, one of
the only things you will have to focus on for the wedding
will be what you will wear. Spend some time thinking
about how you want to look. Persian weddings usually
call for a special suit or tuxedo for the big day. You
should look your best and the tuxedo is a special enough
outfit that will make you stand out and show her that
When thinking about what kind of tuxedo to get, keep a few things in
mind. Firstly, do not rent the tuxedo. Chances are you will wear it again
and it is always a great addition to any closet. Rented tuxedos also
may have a cheap, worn look to them and you don’t want your pictures
to be immortalized in that. Make sure you look through a few magazines
and pick the style that suits you best. Double-breasted tuxedos are less
in fashion these days. Remember that if there is other traditional garment
you would prefer to wear, you should feel free to do so. Take someone
along with you when shopping. Look for quality stitching, good material,
a good tailor. Make sure you feel comfortable, and elegant in your new
it comes to shoes, we are going to give you advice that
everyone gives you. Wear comfortable shoes if you plan
to dance on your wedding night. There is not a Persian
wedding that happens without dancing, so your shoes better
be comfortable. You may consider getting two pairs, if
you have your heart set on really high high-heels. In
this case, be sure your dress is hemmed in such a way
that it the length is appropriate for both sets of shoes.
Bring your bridal shoes to the salon when hemming the
dress and don’t spend too much money on the shoes.
If they are too much of a bridal shoe, you will probably
never get a chance to wear them again. If you are lucky
enough to have an outdoor wedding, consider getting silver
or evening sandals that will definitely go with your
white dress. You will also be more likely to wear your
sandals again with other summer dresses. They are less
expensive, very versatile and usually quite comfortable.
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If there is one
place you want to splurge, it is on your jewelry. This
is the one investment hat you will have forever and
be able to wear forever. Simple jewels such as diamonds
will be yours if you are older, if you have gained
some weight or if you want to have a casual night out.
Our savvy brides spend the most amount of money on
their jewelry. Consider a simpler dress and a gorgoues
diamond necklace and earrings because you will get
your money’s worth. The latest trends are big,
elaborate waterfall diamond earrings, which will look
great on a clean neckline and an elegant up-do. Don’t
be afraid to go over the top or experiment with different
styles. If you don’t have the money for real
diamonds do consider classy alternatives such as pearls,
or stones that are cut like diamonds. Tiaras are one
way to jazz up your look, but again, we prefer the
simple, traditional, re-usable jewels such as earrings,
necklaces, bracelets, and rings. It’s your day
to shine, and what a great way to do so.
Tiaras and Bridal Accessories
are still a very popular accessory for modern brides.
When buying a tiara consider the shape, size, and elements
that make up your piece. You can mix and match pearls
and stones to your dress and have it custom-made. Swaroski
also makes beautiful crystal tiaras that are affordable
and elegant. If you are an older bride, or are just not
into tiaras, feel free to skip it. For an alternative,
you can always braid fresh white flowers into your hair.
For your bridal veil, consider a longer version rather than a shorter
one. Cathedral length veils are the longest and can be taken off after
the ceremony. Other accessories that will add a nice touch include silk
gloves, shawls for an evening wedding.
Your hair is as important
part of your look. When deciding on your style, consider
the time of day, the type of dress and the kind of look
you want. If you have long hair consider the timeless
Updo. You can think about incorporating a detail from
your wedding dress into your hair design. Braids and
twists can add a beautiful touch to your elegant look.
If your dress is floral and full, you may consider leaving
your hair down and looking more relaxed. If you are going
for a romantic look, consider flowy along your shoulders
and back. For medium length hair you have just as may
options, even an Updo. For shorter hair, consider a new
look by creating a full crown in the back of you head
to support your headpiece.
Do experiment with different hairstyles before the wedding. Do go in
with your tiara or headpiece for a trial run several days before the
wedding. And do not try to look like someone too different. The most
important part is that you enhance your own natural look instead of going
for a makeover.
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Make-up & Make-up Artists
When choosing the right
make-up make sure you have a great base to go on. The
first step to looking great is starting with good skin
and a healthy glow. Make sure you have a good excercise
routine and a healthy lifestyle so that your skin does
look its best for the big day. Do take care of the hair
on your face in problem areas such as the upper lip,
chin, forehead, and sides. Get a professional to clean
up your eyebrows and give yourself plenty of time to
recover from red spots or marks. Waxing should be done
3-5 days before your wedding so red spots can recover.
You may also consider getting permanent removal as is
done now with lasers. This is a great solution but should
be started at least 9-12 months before your wedding as
several sessions are required. Consider whitening your
teeth with over-the-counter teeth whiteners that can
be applied for a week or so and will give you a beautiful
Next comes the actual makeup that you will use and the look you are going
after. If you decide to have a friend do your make up or you want to
do it yourself, make sure you practice the look and do not over do the
look. You want to look as natural as possible.
If you are going with a professional artist, make sure they pick a good
base to match your skin. Yellow-orange undertones tend to look better
on olive or tanned skin. For even coverage, look for yellow-orange foundations
and tinted moisturizer to match your skin tone. If you are not tanned
and want a little glow, use a light bronzer. Apply a bit of color to
the apples of your cheeks. Remember the more natural you look, the better.
Avoid fuchsias and jewel tones, and keep it rich deep hues in the wine,
plum, deep pink, and rose. Play up your eyes with eyeliner, mascara,
and light eyeshadow. Adjust according to time of day. Finally, choose
a beautiful color for your lips that is shimmery and glossy. Go for a
little more sparkle if you are having an evening event.
Dressing the Wedding Party
When thinking about
your wedding day, and the style and look of it, your
close family and friends will be an important part of
it. After you decide how formal or informal your gathering
will be, be sure to let them know. It is a good idea
to give each person who is in the wedding a good clear
guideline for what they should or should not wear. For
the men in the wedding party, such as your father, your
future father-in law or other brothers of the family,
make sure that they are aware of the dress code. It will
be easy for them to dress as suits or tuxedos will easily
achieve the desired look. If there are colors or themes
to consider, make them aware. If you are having bridesmaids,
which is not usual in a Persian wedding, you will have
to decide whether you want to dress them alike or let
them choose their own outfits. If they choose their own
outfits, do lay down some rules for the party, such as
the colors, skit lengths or cuts that you prefer. If
you do decide to pick the outfits for them, make sure
the dresses are versatile so that they can wear them
again. Be sure to include them in the decision and take
into consideration their preferences as well. This day
should be a fun one and you don’t want to add stress
to the event by being too rigid or uptight about other
people’s outfits. Above all, use the dressing process
as one that will bring you together as a family or group
of friends and get together to celebrate before the big
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Top 10 Wedding Dress Tips & Tricks
Here are some tips and
tricks to get you started before you hit the stores for
your wedding gown:
1. Shop during Off-peah hours – If
you don’t like crowded stores and want to have
someone who will give you their undivided attention,
then do shop during the week. Call all the stores you
plan to visit ahead of time and get a feel for their
level of service, their size and how they like to do
things. Making an appointment is also a great idea
as you will need lots of time and service for this
realistic about the cost of the dress -
Wedding gowns range from as low as $200
to over $15,000, so it is important that
you have a budget when going into the stores.
Less expensive dresses could be simpe white
dresses or wedding gowns that may be produced
in greater volume. Key factors that affect
price are time, workmanship, and the materials
used. When allocating your dress budget,
don't forget to add in amounts for your
shoes, lingerie, jewelry veil, headpiece,
or other accessories. Also, remember that
almost all gowns need alterations, which
will add to the bottom line. Alterations
can run between $100 and $300, depending
on the salon and tailor used.
3. Save money and look great - One way to keep the cost of
the dress low is to avoid very ornate, or hand-sewn beading or lacework.
You can always shop for a white dress in the evening gown section or
even consider a bridesmaid dress in white. There are plenty of sample
sales that go on at boutiques. Having a tailor make your dress can
also be cheaper if you purchase the material and can get a good deal
on the work. You may want to wear your mom's dress updated or choose
a simpler headpiece and veil. Another option for saving money is having
the dress made for you. Make sure your trust the tailor in this case
and that you follow the project from start to finish. Leaf through
bridal magazine and pick a realistic dress that will fit your body
size and shape well. Communicate with your tailor and be involved in
details, such as material selection, fit and design. Allow plenty of
time for adjustments and try the dress on with your shoes and bridal
head piece to make sure it all flows well.
4. Stay positive and open-minded – At the bridal salon,
stay open minded and try styles that you normally would not consider.
Even though certain styles work best on certain body types, don't be
afraid to try on all different kinds of dresses, and then to decide
which shape and style you look and feel best in. Listen to the sales
people and take their advice.
5. Give yourself the gift of time – To be able to try
on so many different wedding gowns and get the exact right dress at
the right price, you will need the luxury of time. Shop around, go
back, make notes, do more research and then decide. Do not feel rushed
into making a decision and do not let sales people pressure you into
something you are not 100% happy with. Even after you think you've
found the perfect wedding gown, sleep on it or bring someone else in
for a second opinion. Since most wedding dresses are custom-made, most
salons have a no-return policy and are very strict. If you can get
any money back, it probably won't be any more than 50 percent of the
cost. Once you buy the dress, it is yours to take home, so make sure
it’s the right one.
6. Always trust yourself – Listen to your little voice
inside your head when making the final decision about your dress. Your
gut feeling will probably be the right feeling and if you can picture
in this dress, then it is the right dress.
7. The right measurements. After you pick out the gown that
your want to wear on your big day, the salon will take your measurements
for bust, waist, and hips. Each manufacturer has its own measurement
chart, and this is what the store will use to determine your size.
A knowledgeable store will know how a particular designer's gown is
supposed to fit. Ask to see the sizing chart so you can have a better
understanding of the way it works. Be sure they have taken the right
measurements from your body and check to see that the right size gets
ordered, using your largest measurement on the designers chart as your
guide. Wedding dresses tend to run small; don't be alarmed should your
final size measurement jump up a number or two. Because the store takes
no responsibility for incorrect measurements or sizes, it is best that
you doublecheck their work so that you don’t get into trouble
later in life.
8. Alterations are normal – Wedding dresses will need
alterations to fit precisely to your body. When your gown is altered
correctly, you should be able to move comfortable and feel great in
your dress. Alterations can include taking in the waist and shortening
the hem to abbreviating sleeves. Sometimes bodices are taken in, and
lace or beads are added. Beware of too many alterations: you have either
picked the wrong dress or you are trying to redesign a dress you have
picked. The salon will be very good at guiding you away from these
mistake. Trust the professionals.
9. Wedding Dress Fittings – There will be at least two
or three fittings, which you'll schedule with the store when you purchase
your gown; more may be necessary, so leave ample time before the wedding.
Remember to ask for a written alterations estimate when buying your
wedding dress, since it's not always included in the cost of your gown.
If the store doesn't do its own alterations, ask the salesperson you've
been working with to recommend a trusted tailor or a good seamstress.
When schedudling your appointments space them out so that the last
one falls closer to the wedding date. If there are any issues, the
tailor will have time to fix it before your big day.
10. Last minute details - If you are having wedding portraits
done before your wedding, schedule to have the dress done by your photo
shoot date. Do press the gown afterwards it will look fresh for your
wedding. Before ordering, also find out exactly how long it will take
for the dress to come in, and ask if you can pay with a credit card
-- then make sure you use one. For such a big purchase, you'll want
to be able to dispute a payment just in case something goes wrong.
Check with your credit card company to find out about their purchase
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