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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!

Unconventional Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride

Often, getting married means putting on a long white gown and going to a church to wed your beloved. Today, brides are turning to other alternatives besides the conventional white dress. Brides have the freedom to choose any type of dress, and can even get dresses custom-made to their desires. Are you getting married soon but find the traditional white wedding dress too vanilla? This blog post will go over unconventional ideas for your perfect dress!

Add a Splash of Color

It’s 2019 – who says that dresses have to be white? Your dress can be any color you want it to be! If you want to look bright and confident, try looking for a striking yellow or red dress to make you the center of attention. Don’t like vibrant colors? You can also get a pastel colored dress for a softer and more subtle look. Pastel green, pink, and purple colors look stunning on any dress! That way, you can still add color without it being overbearing.

Change Up the Material

Chiffon doesn’t have to be the only material used for wedding dresses! While most wedding dresses use materials such as satin, tulle, and lace, there are tons of other fabrics that will make your dress look more unique. Silk wedding dresses look more slender and sleek and add a shiny glow to your appearance. Velvet makes your dress look soft and sophisticated, while glittery sequined fabric makes you the brightest person in the room.

Try a Theme

If you have a passion for Disney movies, you can get your dress custom-made to match the style of your favorite Disney princess. Have a love for steampunk or retro clothing? Wedding dresses can be made to match these styles as well. How about something more dark? Try out a black, gothic wedding dress for your special day! With so many options, you have the freedom to be whoever you want on your wedding day.

Ditch the Dress

Gone are the days where women are expected to wear dresses! Modern brides are turning to other alternatives in place of the typical gown. Instead, many brides are turning to chic jumpsuits and fashionable white suits. These suits are flattering and sophisticated options for those who dislike the idea of wearing a dress. Also, many untraditional brides are turning to two-piece top and skirt sets for their wedding day attire.

Conclusion

Unconventional wedding dresses are becoming more and more popular among brides these days. Brides feel more freedom in expressing themselves and picking out gowns that reflect their personality and individual style. For all of your wedding dress needs, visit All About the Gown by Judy, Inc. Wedding dresses are our passion; we want to help you find the dress of your dreams!

Shopping For a Flower Girl Dress

While the majority of the focus of any given wedding will undoubtedly be allocated to the bride and groom, there’s one other party that receives their share of the attention when the time comes for them to shine. When the music hits and the flower girl enters the room, heralding the arrival of the couple, all eyes are on her. Naturally, you’ll want this very special member of the ceremony to feel confident and proud in a dress that matches the occasion. But where to begin when picking out that outfit?

Fortunately, we have a few thoughts on what goes into picking out the perfect flower girl dress. Keep these few tips of ours in the back of your mind and make sure your special little girl enjoys an unforgettable experience and adds that extra little something the wedding proceedings!

Be Conscious of Color and Style

Many times, the bride will have free agency in picking out the ideal flower girl dress. And more often than not, they’ll opt for a look that effortlessly meshes with the overall look of the wedding. After all, the last thing you want is for your flower girl to steal the show with an overtly vibrant look. A popular option many end up going with is a white frock that resembles the bride’s wedding dress or even a hue that more closely matches with the bridesmaids’ look. Regardless of what you end up going with, know that the end goal should be visually connecting the dress’ look to the rest of the bridal party.

Plan Ahead When it Comes to Size

When shopping for our own dresses, we naturally pay quite a bit of attention towards picking out the proper size and alterations. Fortunately, there’s less to worry about when the time comes to pick out a flower girl’s wardrobe. We obviously don’t want something too over-sized she can trip over, but we also don’t want to go too far in the opposite direction and pick something too restrictive.

Another crucial variable to keep in mind is your little one’s growth. Children grow quickly and if you plan on picking out the dress early, you’ll definitely want to account for growth spurts and maybe pick out a size a little too big for her current size.

Be Considerate When Picking Out Fabric

We mentioned before that you’ll want to match your flower girl dress with the wedding ceremony’s overall aesthetic. And while that may be true, you also don’t want to pick out a heavy or itchy fabric that proves a pain to move around in. Your flower girl will be moving around a lot and the right fabric will be one that isn’t susceptible to rips and tears. We recommend satin for its wrinkle and rip-resistance!

Conclusion

There’s quite a bit to consider when it comes to picking out a flower girl’s attire for that special day. Of course, above all, you want something that’ll make her feel comfortable and confident. Keep what we mentioned in mind and you’ll be on your way to making your little one into a welcome inclusion into the ceremony’s itinerary.

To Match or Not to Match?

Wedding planning would not be as enjoyable without the help from your friends, or for better terms: Bridesmaids. Brides choose their bridesmaids based on the amount of time they have known each other, the love they have for one another, and the help that they can provide in wedding planning. Bridesmaids even get to represent the wedding by promoting the color scheme and theme of the wedding by standing beside the bride. That means that bridesmaids are to wear similar dresses for aesthetic and traditional purposes.

A common debate that brides all over share is wondering whether matching is an outdated tradition or if it is a necessity? How is one to decide whether they want their childhood friend to match a newer friend that do not even know each other yet. How can a bride trust that the dresses picked out individually will not be so off that it becomes distracting to guests?

Who decides what someone else will be wearing? Here is a breakdown of the pros and cons of having your bridesmaids’ dresses match.

Uniformity

To Match: Imagine giving bridesmaids the liberty to choose their own dress as long as they honor the “teal” color theme, then finding a mix of blue, mint, and periwinkle dresses? That is a nightmare that no bride should encounter. Uniformity is aesthetically pleasing because it matches the centerpieces, table runners, and décor. It gives balance for photographs that the newlyweds want to enjoy for a lifetime.

Not to Match: While color matching can be aesthetically pleasing, some brides like to be creative and spontaneous with their theme choices. There are ways to not match and still look complementary to one another for balance and organization. Many brides like to have their bridesmaids match with different fabrics types. Different fabrics have different stretches and sizing. You can still honor the “teal” color theme with some dresses being lace, satin, or chiffon.

Tradition

To Match: A wedding is a perfect time to honor traditions from all sides of the family. Matching dresses is a universal custom that most weddings honor. A wonderful way to recognize this is to have bridesmaids wear “something blue” with blue dresses.

Not to Match: Marriage is all about becoming one and starting a new chapter in your lives. Starting new traditions can be exciting and it could begin with the way you portray your wedding theme. Not everything has to be perfect on your wedding day. A variety of flowers for your bouquet, a mix of square and roundtables, and an elegant mix of blush-pink with mauve can make a bold and symbolic statement.

Efficiency

To Match: Shopping in bulk is an option that a bride can utilize when buying big quantities of the same dress. Some brides prefer to only dedicate one day to bridesmaid shopping because there is much more to do when preparing for a wedding. When the bride already has one dress picked out, all she needs to do is join her bridesmaids in the first fitting to introduce the dress to them. After all, the wedding is about the bride first so valuing her time is a must!

Not to Match: Travel time and fitting scheduling do not have to be a factor when a bridesmaid gets to choose their own dress. If the color scheme is important, it is advised to provide a color palette key to the bridesmaids for them to know where to aim in their private shopping time. The liberty to pick out a dress of choice at own times takes away the hassle for out-of-town bridesmaids to travel to the boutique at one given date.

Morale

To Match: A wedding is all about the bride and groom. They get to decide all the details about their big day, including the bridesmaid dresses. While bridesmaid input is important to make sure that they are comfortable with the decisions, a bride’s morale is the most important. Making adjustments to the wedding plan that the bride has dreamed of since she was a little girl is not a good way to start the wedding journey. It is the bridesmaids’ duty to make the bride feel special, and that includes wearing the dress that she envisioned from the start.

Not to Match: One size does not fit all, and that also applies for dress cuts and styles.  It is not fun for the bride to have to deal with complaints about mustard not being their color or that low “V” cuts are uncomfortable to wear because of chest exposure. Preference complaints are not the only reason why morale can be lowered. Some dress cuts do not fit a certain body type no matter what size they try on. Side zippers don’t work for wide waists, strapless dresses do not stay up for larger chests, and mermaid hems might not slip on for bigger hips. When bridesmaids get to choose their own dress, they can adjust to their body type and feel more comfortable representing the bride in a better mood.

Conclusion

Honoring traditions, making new ones, and keeping the bride and bridesmaids happy are all reasons to decide whether to have bridesmaids match or not. What is vital to remember is to follow your heart and prioritize what is the most important for a special day that no one will ever forget. There are ways to be creative and find a balance between all factors to complete a dream wedding.

How to Choose the Perfect Accessory

Congratulations, you’re engaged! You have the ring, the perfect partner, and now you’re planning the event that’ll start your future together. Weddings are a time of excitement and tradition, but what we can all agree on is that your dress is the most important part of the day!

Your dress sets the theme and tone for the entire event, tying in everything you and your partner want for your union. Yet, with so many traditions and compromises being made, your vision and ideas for your dress can get lost in the fray. Don’t let this whirlwind take away from your wedding; with the aid of cleverly placed accessories, your dress and special day will be truly yours and unique.

Within this article, you’ll see just how the smallest things like veils, gloves, earrings and even the ‘Something New, Old, Borrowed and Blue’ motifs can give your dress and overall wedding a unique and out-of-the-box touch! An accessory here and a pop of color there are all you need to make everything stand out.

What Works with Your Ideas?

Now, it is all well and good to say how a small change can revamp your wedding style, but the challenge lies in choosing the specific accessory that can trigger it. You want to make sure the accessory flows with your theme and design for the wedding, yet will still add originality to the dress.

Listed below are some perfect accessories and tips for various themes, and all of these small additions are versatile in their use! These accessories are popping up all over the bridal world right now for the coming season, ensuring that your dress and wedding have a modern flair as well.

For the Versatile Bride

Pearls. For classic elegance, while still remaining modern, there is nothing like the timeless beauty of pearls that will elevate the charm of the past. Pearls have been making a comeback in the bridal world for a couple of seasons now, and this keeps your wedding fresh while maintaining your vintage theme. Pearls are extremely flexible in how you design them. Whether as added accents on your dress or veil, or even added to your reception décor, they are guaranteed to draw attention.

Statement Jewelry. Big studs and dangly earrings are at the absolute forefront of the bridal season, and they add an unmatchable zest to your dress. The earrings can be done with feathers, lace, or even pearls to tie into your overall theme no matter what it is. Elegant vintage, country chic, and hip modern can all benefit from this accessory. The best booster of all is their overall presence as it draws attention back to the bride, maintaining that you are the focus of the dress.

Colors. White is classic and a timeless dress color, but if you want a bit more pop and modernization to your dress, bold and fun colors are in! Whether you want them in your dress or in your bouquet for a splash of color, bold primary colors like red, black, yellow, and even blue are gaining ground on the bridal gown platform. Just this season alone, black is one of the number one go-to colors for brides; the stark color makes a statement and lets brides shine amongst the shades of ivory, crème and, egg-shell.

Now, if black is too drastic a change, which we fully understand – black in a wedding is a new concept – a soft blush or rosy pink is a fabulous non-white color that is still in the ‘bridal color wheel.’ Soft blush has made appearances for the last couple of years, but this year it has finally taken a foothold in the wedding dress world. As a solid dress color or added as an accent to a belt, sash, or tool, this is guaranteed to make you the Belle of the wedding.

Last Tip: Don’t Be Afraid to Make a Statement

It is your day – don’t be afraid to make a statement, a bang, a splash – whatever word makes you smile! Be yourself, be fun, be bold, be everything you want to be. This is a chance for you to show the world everything you love in themes, dress styles and more, but it is also the first day of the rest of your life. Start it off the way you want, filled with traditions or blazing a trail in new territory.

Our last tip is to be you. So, pick that colored-dress, put on your pearls, grab those polka dot gloves and head on down the aisle.

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