Wedding dress shopping is fun, right? But sometimes you may run into some unfamiliar terms, phrases, fabrics, and silhouettes. No problem because we got you! Keep reading to hear some answers to some common questions that we hear from our brides.
“What is ruching, and should I consider trying on a wedding dress that features it?
Answer: YES! A big resounding YES! Ruching is a gathered overlay of fabric strips that are pleated, fluted, or gathered to create a ripple like
effect. Here is the most important thing to remember. IT IS UNIVERSALLY FLATTERING ON EVERYONE. It can add interest and femininity to a dress and it is magic when it comes to hiding those annoying flaws that we all think we have. When we show a dress with ruching to many of our brides, their first response is “I don’t like the pleating”. But how can you know what you haven’t tried? Especially, if it is your first bridal appointment, give the dress with the ruching a try and you might be pleasantly surprised.
“Is there a universally flattering neckline for wedding dresses that looks good on everyone”?
Answer: The sweetheart neckline is considered the most universally flattering neckline. This neckline can lengthen a short neck and chin and provides balance for a square jaw. It creates the illusion of curves and accentuates the bustline in a modest way. The wide sweetheart neckline helps to balance the hips. Remember, the gown does not have to be strapless to feature a sweetheart neckline.
“I am NOT a fan of the sweetheart neckline. Is there a different style neckline that looks flattering on a variety of shapes and sizes”?
Answer: Everyone is different, with a different sense of style, which is why there are a variety of different necklines to choose from. That said, the V-neck is an excellent universal option. This neckline works with a variety of bust and shoulder sizes and does an excellent job of giving the illusion of height to the wearer. The beauty of the V-neck lies in the fact that it can come in a variety of different depths, from the deep plunge to a more modest cut.
Many designers will offer some modifications on the v-necklines. So if the cut is too deep or not deep enough, be sure to ask your bridal consultant about what changes can be made.
“Are there certain fabrics for bridal gowns that are better suited for certain seasons”?
Answer: Yes, there are. If you are planning a spring/summer wedding you may want to consider fabrics that are lighter and more breathable such as lace, organza, chiffon, and tulle.
For fall and winter weddings you can consider heavier fabrics such as satins, silks and crepes. The other thing to consider is how much time exactly will you be spending outside. This may also affect your fabric choice.
Hope this helps to answer some of your questions. Stay tuned for Part Two where we will tackle some more. Happy wedding dress shopping!