Aug/Sept/Oct 2008 Issue

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5 Basic Wedding Styles

There are as many different styles in wedding gowns as there are different kinds of brides—choose what’s right for you: A-line or princess cut: This dress is fitted at the bodice and flows gracefully to the knee or floor. Empire Dress: This dress is similar in style to the A-line and is equally as versatile. The main difference is the raised waistline. It rests right below the bust line and the dress flows down, to the knee or the floor. The style can also be both formal and informal, depending upon length, fabric and embellishments. Lighter weight fabrics, such as silk are perfect for Empire dresses since they drape nicely. Column dress. It is a straight line from neck to hem and is normally very form fitting, showing off all your curves. The column gown will serve well for the formal wedding. Mermaid dress fits very snugly from the chest to the knee, then flares out to the hem. It will accommodate various necklines and can be worn sleeveless or with sleeves. This gown is very revealing and sexy and needs to be worn by he bride who is very confident and comfortable with her body. Ball gown. Picture Cinderella gracefully walking down the steps at the ball. That’s a ball gown; a form fitted bodice with a very full skirt. It is worn at large, traditional weddings and often has a long, flowing train. Perfect with any neckline or sleeve length. This dress is a good choice for brides wishing to hide lower body flaws.



Tips for Online Shopping

Shopping for a wedding dress online is ideal for brides on a budget and brides who desire a brand new, never before worn gown. After all, when purchasing a wedding dress at a storefront, who knows how many other women have tried it on? Or worse yet, actually purchased it, worn it and returned it? And with the gas prices so high, one cannot afford driving around where online provides you with the same thing but less stress and the comfort of your own home. Another advantage online you don’t have to look through the yellow pages and phone stores and companies to enquire if they could meet your needs. Online shopping for wedding dress is a great way to include mothers, families and in laws to be who live far away. You can email your picks and ask for advice. This is a great way to include them in something they might not have been able to do in a traditional storefront setting.

Maria Burks is the founder of Gigi Marie Couture, a popular online Bridal Store. She lives in Orange County, California. She has helped many brides choose dresses and accessories for their special day. For more great wedding dresses, bridal tips, tricks, and secrets to finding the perfect wedding dress, be sure to visit:


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