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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!

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.

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!

Should You Have a Trash the Dress Moment?

Should You Have a Trash the Dress Moment?

Many people dream of the day they’ll get married. It can be so much fun to plan and pick everything out. One of the biggest parts is picking the wedding dress! Tons of money can be spent on the dress that’ll be worn. That is why many people question whether they should have a “trash the dress moment”. Continue reading this blog to learn more about this moment and if it’s something you are interested in!

What is it?

A trash the dress moment is something that is beginning to gain popularity among the bride and groom duo. Essentially, it’s a photographed moment where the bride and groom participate in a scenic photoshoot that leaves the wedding dress less than spotless. Women are jumping in lakes, rolling in the mud and standing in ocean waves. A photographer then stands aside and captures the moment!

Ways to Do It

There are several different ways to go about trashing the dress, and many brides have their own opinions on the matter. Some brides prefer to have two dresses. One for the ceremony and one for the trash the dress photographs. This method preserves the ceremonial dress while still giving you the opportunity to take photos. Other women simply don’t care. Some argue that despite the water damage, tatters and tears that may occur, the dress doesn’t need to actually go into the trash after. Perhaps the damages are added memories to the occasion.

The Aftermath

Now, you may be wondering what happens to the dress after. That is entirely up to you. Some women find that the stains and tears add to the memories of the special day. If this is the case for you then you’ll want to save the dress. However, if you’re one of the brides who would rather have a second dress, then you may choose to trash it after. Either way, once the dress is trashed you will be left with photographs that hold unforgettable memories!

Conclusion

It is becoming more and more popular to have a “trash the dress moment” in weddings. Whether you’re in it for the fun and memories or simply the photographs, it is a unique and new tradition that many brides are adopting. There are many ways to go about it, but at the end of the day all that matters is the memories that you are left with! To see some perfect dresses for whatever wedding tradition you may be participating in, check us out!

A Guide to Shopping For a Mother of the Bride Dress

Weddings and ceremonies can vary drastically in style depending on the tastes of those involved. That being said, maintaining a unique but unified look across the entire ceremony is essential to a wedding that leaves a lasting impression on your guests.

Of course, that’s easier said than done when considering the different kinds of dresses made for different attendees. For example, many seem to overlook the fact that mothers of the brides are tasked with wearing a dress specifically styled for them. With such a specific request to be filled out, where is one to begin their search when planning to look their best as the mother of the bride?

Fortunately, that’s exactly what we plan on answering today! Read on for a few key considerations to keep in mind sure to make your next attempt at finding a dress the last!

Listen to the Bride

Listening to the bride and matching your dress to the ceremony’s style as a whole is never an ill-advised idea. Regardless of whether you agree with the choices or not, following the bride’s cues regarding style, color, and level of formality is an absolute must. Not only will this help you look your best, it’ll keep the bride happy. And at the end of the day, the bride is who matters most!

Know Where to Look For Color Cues

Like we mentioned above, complementing the established color schemes of any given ceremony will help you narrow down your search for a dress. Fortunately, this means you don’t have to worry about picking out your dress until the bride has picked hers. Waiting until the bridesmaids’ dresses have been picked is your best bet in guaranteeing your dress follows suit. This will give you some inspiration for your own dress while also giving you some wiggle room to set your style apart.

Taking inspiration from the venue is also a wonderful idea. From churches, and beaches, to chapels, and beyond, every venue will call for a different style. Knowing where the wedding will take place can help you really narrow down your field of search for the perfect dress.

 

Communicate

Of course, the bride will know better than anyone what style she’s interested in for her wedding. Asking for opinions and recommendations from her, provided she isn’t too busy, can help give your dress hunt the push it needs to get started.

Another important question to ask is whether or not you plan on matching with the mother of the groom. Keep in touch and make sure that, regardless of the plan, all parties know what to expect!

Conclusion

A wedding is a special event for more than just the bride and groom! Make sure you look your best by flawlessly expressing the style and aesthetic of the ceremony as a whole!