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Old Wedding Traditions That Are Making A Comeback

There are a lot of traditions to keep track of when it comes to a wedding. What is even more surprising to realize is that there are many amazing traditions and cute gestures that have been around for hundreds of years that aren’t even used as much anymore. Keep reading if you want to learn about some incredible and sweet customs that are definitely making a comeback!

Tying the Knot

When it comes to common wedding jargon, most of us have probably heard the phrase “tying the knot” at some point, but what a lot of people don’t know, is that it comes from an actual tradition that was extremely important back in the day. Originating in Ireland and Scotland hundreds of years ago, the tradition calls for the officiant of a wedding to tie the couple’s hands together with a piece of colorful ribbon or string that symbolizes the eternal bond of their marriage. We’re not sure about you, but that is one of the more adorable pieces of symbolism we have ever seen.

Wedding Bells

Another sweet saying that refers to the big day is somebody hearing “wedding bells”, which sure enough, has a long and literal history of its own. Bells ringing at the end of a ceremony symbolized the rejection of any negativity from a new marriage and blessed them with a long, fruitful union. Oftentimes it was less of the wedding bells and more of a small hand-held bell that was rung at the end of the ceremony, which was then gifted to the newlyweds. If there was ever any tension between the new husband and wife, one of them would ring the bell to serve as a reminder of their commitment and caring for each other.

Decorating the Car

This is probably the most common of the old traditions in terms of how much it is still used today. Decorating the car of the newlyweds is a relatively simple gesture, but is still fun to explain nonetheless. Starting in Germany many years ago, ribbon and bright bows would be fastened to the proclaimed “getaway car” for the new couple, which was the way guests could follow them to the reception and make sure they didn’t sneak away to the honeymoon. The wedding guests would honk their horn all the way from the wedding to the reception to get the festive mood of the party going before they even got there, making it the loudest and most adorable sentiment ever.

Money Dances

The money dance is a relatively straight forward tradition, because it is exactly what the name implies. Varying from country to country in terms of the exact way it is carried out, the purpose of the dance is to wish the bride and groom good luck with a small gift of cash in exchange for a dance. Any guest that wants to dance with the couple will walk up and put their offering in a silk bag or even pin it to the bride or grooms clothes! After the dance is over, the newlyweds frequently have quite the impressive sum of money to start off their new union the right way!

Conclusion

Not sure about you, but seeing all of these adorable wedding traditions and their true meaning makes us over at All About the Gown by Judy want to just melt! If you are getting ready for your big day and looking for that all-important wedding dress, trust that you are in safe hands with us because your happiness is our number one priority.

Grooming the Groom – 5 Fashion Tips

Are you approaching your wedding day and want to look as stylish and put-together as your bride-to-be? While most of the wedding preparations and the event itself is traditionally focused on the bride, it’s important to remember that this is a day for BOTH of you. Therefore, you’ll want to look and feel your best on the big day. If you need help figuring out what to wear (and what not to wear) continue reading for 5 fashion tips to consider.

Fit the Vibe

At the bare minimum, you are going to want to find the attire that matches the event. If your wedding is in a swanky hotel or another venue, you should opt for dark suits and ties or even tailcoats and a bowtie if it’s extra luxurious. If your venue is outdoors in the middle of the day, you can go more casual with lighter suit colors.   

Coordinate With Your Other Half

You may not know exactly what your partner will be wearing, but you’d both be well-served by coordinating a little bit. If your bride is wearing a top-notch ball gown, you wouldn’t want to arrive in a linen suit meant for a beach wedding. Set some ground rules with your partner so a basic level of matching styles will be accomplished.

Coordinate With the Groomsman

It’s up to you whether all your groomsman wears the same outfit as you, but even if you’re not all donning the same style of suit, it’s important everyone at least matches the style of the groom. It would look awkward if the groom is wearing a khaki suit while his groomsman are in black tuxes. Don’t stop the coordination there either. You can also coordinate your style with the bridesmaids as well. Whether it’s a vintage, ballroom, or a beach-themed wedding, everyone should have a cohesive look.

Consider Your Body-Type

To look your best on your wedding day, make sure your ensemble matches your particular body type. If you’re a little on the heavier side, you should probably avoid wearing lighter suits and go with a slimming darker tone. If you’re vertically challenged, you can add the illusion of height by a three-bottom suit jacket with low button placement. Likewise, if you’re tall and thin you can add some thickness and look broader by opting for a double-breasted suit.     

 Accessorize

Once everyone is situated with their suits, it’s time to accessorize. These little details will set you apart from the rest of the attendees, so choose wisely. Try cuff links, a vest, or even a wild pair of socks to add some spice to your ensemble. Don’t be afraid to let your personality come out in the addition of these little details.

Conclusion

Your wedding will be a life-long memory, so you might as well try to make yourself look as chic as possible. For professional help in finding the perfect suit, contact the experts at All About the Gown by Judy, Inc. You’ll look and feel great after a visit with us!

The Origins of Wedding Dress Traditions

From giving a knife as a wedding gift to carrying the bride across the threshold, many superstitions have surrounded weddings throughout history. Each country has their own beliefs, but there are many customs in Western weddings that are still practiced today. This blog post will go over some traditions regarding the bride’s dress and apparel, and where these traditions originated from.

Here Comes the Bride, All Dressed in White

Until Queen Victoria donned a white gown for her wedding in 1840, white wasn’t a traditional color for wedding dresses. Since white fabric was costlier and harder to keep clean compared to other colors, only the rich brides wore it in order to flaunt their high status and affluence. Because of this, the color white was only associated with wealth and power.

Instead of all the fur, gold, jewels, and luxurious colors that most royal brides wore during that time, Queen Victoria wore a simple white lace dress with a flower crown. This was thought of as unusual, and her underwhelming dress was reported on for months. Surprisingly, this minimalistic gown caught on and spread all throughout the Western world. It was with Queen Victoria that the color white became associated with purity, virginity, and innocence. Today, most brides continue on with Queen Victoria’s bold yet simple statement and choose white for their bridal gowns.

Wearing a Veil

This tradition started with the ancient Romans. They believed in evil spirits that roamed the world, looking to curse anyone that was weak and vulnerable. During her wedding, a bride would wear a veil to protect herself from evil spirits that were jealous of her happiness. The veil disguised her from demons and to helped ward off any ill will they would bring upon her and her marriage. While we do not hold this belief today, many brides love to wear veils because of their elegant, flowing appearance.

Tossing the Garter

Legend has it that the person who catches the bride’s garter will be the next one to get married. However, this tradition has some rather crude origins. In the Dark Ages, family and friends would wait outside of the bedchamber until they were shown any sort of evidence that the marriage had been consummated, such as sheets, stockings, or a garter. The bride’s garments were seen as a symbol of good luck, so everyone wanted a piece.

This turned into a game of rowdy guests that would try to strip the bride of her garter. They would even break into the newlyweds’ room to take the bride’s clothes right off her body. To distract the crowd, the bride would throw her garter into the crowd and make a quick getaway. Today, we celebrate this with much less vulgarity. After the groom removes the bride’s garter, he throws it to his groomsmen, and the man who catches it is said to be the next to marry. The bride does the same with her bouquet to her bridesmaids – a much more respectable tradition!

Creepy Crawlies

Most brides would scream upon seeing a spider on their wedding dress, but this is actually good fortune! According to old English folklore, seeing a spider on or inside of your wedding dress is good luck. Maybe let the spider hang out a while before you swat it away – it could cast a positive omen on your marriage.

Conclusion

Weddings have taken place throughout all of history, so it makes sense that some weird superstitions and traditions have developed over time. Get your good luck dress at All About the Gown by Judy, Inc.! We’ll get you and your groom perfectly suited up for your special day!

Choosing the Right Flower Girl Dress

There is no member of the bridal party that draws more eyes than the flower girl. As she walks down the aisle, all eyes will be on this little lady as she walks with the most adorable dress on. She will be tossing pedals with the cutest little smile for all the cameras to see. Regardless if the flower girl is a niece, cousin, sister, or family friend, wearing a dress that they love will give them confidence and make them feel special. There are many factors that go into choosing the right flower girl dress, read on to find some helpful tips on how to choose something perfect.

Find Your Style and Color First

The bride, of course, has free reign over picking the flower girl dress of her choice. However, most brides make the decision to choose a dress that will tie into her wedding aesthetic. One of the more popular styles that most brides go with is a white or ivory colored frock dress that mimics her wedding dress. Another great option is choosing a flower girls dress that goes with that of the bridesmaids’ dresses. Though if you don’t have strong feelings either way, it is best to get the input of the soon-to-be flower girl herself. She is sure to love helping choose the dress she is going to wear on your big day.

She Will Grow Into It!

 When it comes to picking a flower girl dress, don’t worry about finding the perfect size. You don’t want her to wear something oversized and awkward, but you also don’t want something that is form-fitting and restrictive. Keep in mind, however, that children grow at a rapid rate. If you order a flower girl dress a year or so in advance, consider purchasing one that is one size up to account for any growth spurts.

Choose the Right Fabric

While the look of the fabric should match the aesthetics of the wedding, it should still be comfortable to wear. You always want to stay away from heavy, stiff, or itchy material. Since she will most likely be moving around a lot while wearing it, choose something that will resist any wrinkles and rips.

In the end, make sure the flower girl has fun at the wedding. This will be an exciting time for both of you and this day will be a memorable One for everyone involved, especially the flower girl. If you have searched for the perfect dress only to come up short, we here at All About the Gown by Judy, Inc. will help you find something that you will fall in love with.

Get Groom Ready for your Wedding

At your wedding ceremony, it is important that you forego your everyday suit in exchange for something that exudes elegance: a tuxedo. There is nothing that can make your beautiful bride beam with pride quite like a fitted, high quality tuxedo. You might wonder what makes the tuxedo such a special occasion piece in the first place, and how to get one yourself. For tips to help you find the perfect one for you, feel free to browse through this blog post.

Suit Versus Tux: What’s the Difference?

The almighty tuxedo might make you think of the march of the penguins, but that is just one of many assumptions people have about these garments. The truth is, it can be so much more than donning a black and white get up topped off with a bowtie. What makes a tuxedo so special is all in the lovely details that pull the entire look together: the lapel is made of fine silk, a silk stripe runs along the outside of each leg, and a silk button completes the look. For extra flair, optional add-ons include a vest or a cumberbund. The result is a polished look that flows from piece to piece.

Stylish Variations

While a traditional black tuxedo is always a clean and reliable look, don’t be afraid to consider a daring deep blue, white, or even a pattern when shopping for the perfect one for you. Consider the theme or color combinations that are going to be featured at your wedding ceremony and plan accordingly. Who knows, you could even try a pinstripe!

There are different styles of lapels for you to choose from, including classic notch lapels, rounded shawl collars, and wider peak lapels. It is a good idea to try on several to determine which one suits your unique preferences. You can even go outside of the box with a slimming double breasted jacket.

The majority of tuxedos feature a single button, which is typically considered to be the most formal type of closure. Some modern tuxes have two buttons, but this is far less common. Of course, the exception is the double breasted jacket because they have four buttons.

There is an exciting variety of tuxedo shirts with differing collars, including the most formal wingtip collar and the more versatile spread covers. Don’t forget about cufflinks and shirt cuffs! You won’t know what is right for you without trying some on for yourself.

The Classic Bow Tie: Yes or No?

People tend to sport bow ties at more formal events, but as long as you arrive at the altar looking confident and collected in a nicely fitting tuxedo, you are good to go with either. There is a bonanza of fabrics and patterns for you to choose from whether you decide on a bow tie or a more modern necktie.

Conclusion

You want to look as good as possible on your wedding day, so it is important to be aware of all of your tuxedo options. For the best quality tuxedo rentals, visit us at All About the Gown by Judy, Inc. We look forward to helping find a great fit for you.

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