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Dear Bride-to-Be:

Picture this. You have had your one-of-a-kind dream wedding gown created by a professional designer, but your attendants want to save money by by having their dresses made by an amateur. Don't take the chance for your special day. Hire a professional designer. Save yourself the embarrassment of puckered seams, crooked zippers, poor fit, and uneven hems. Remember...THE ATTENDANTS MARCH DOWN THE AISLE AHEAD OF YOU AND WILL BE PHOTOGRAPHED WITH YOU.

Choose someone who can:

Create an exquisite or a simple one-of-a-kind gown especially for each of your attendants.

Choose suitable colors, fabrics, and styles for your attendants' figure types and the appropriate look for a first or second wedding or for a wedding for a more mature bride. (it is not necessary for attendants to wear the same dress style.

Choose someone who can:

  • Interpret your ideas.

  • Construct a professional looking garment with excellent fit and guaranteed superb workmanship.

  • Provide samples and references.

  • Meet your deadline.

  • hand bead your gowns.


Sincerely,

Miss Jane


THE BRIDAL VEIL: A HISTORY

One of the oldest bridal traditions to remain virtually true to its origins is the bridal veil.  its history is as romantic and fanciful as the legends of its earliest times. Even though its tradition is ancient, the bridal veil is still highly regarded by brides all over the world. In fact,  the veil is so much associated with the wedding dress that many style-conscious brides say they  can't imagine a proper bridal gown without one.

The Early Times

Historians trace the wedding veil to the splendor of the Roman Empire at its height. The wedding then was a much less romantic event than our current tradition, and the chauvanism of the Roman male was legendary. Brides wore special flowing flame-colored cloths painted with fire and flame designs around their faces. The fire and flame designs were meant to frighten away evil spirits that might kidnap the bride before she could be delivered to her new husband.

The history of the veil goes back even further to our earliest literature. In the Book of Genesis Jacob was tricked into marrying the homely Leah instead of his beloved Rachel because Leah had worn Rachel's thick concealing veil. Eventually, Jacob was married to both women.

Over time, the veil became a symbolic means of assuring the husband and his family of the bride's virtue.  The lifting of the veil during the ceremony signified that the groom was "taking possession" of his wife by seeing her face. In some traditions, it served the dual purpose of symbolically "revealing" the bride to the groom's family.

Recent and Present Bridal Traditions

In  keeping with the simpler economy of the era's dresses and gowns, by the mid-twentieth century the veil had become very small, sometimes covering only the eyes. Veils were often almost purely ornamental, attached to the bride's hat or even secured to the bride's hair with a comb.

By the 1990's once again weddings became more elaborate and filled with pageantry. A new generation of brides chose ever-grander gown designs in keeping with the era's prosperity.  The veil, representing a dramatic bit of wedding pageantry as well as evoking classical wedding elegance, was a natural for resurgence.

Modern bridal veils are transparent or translucent and practically always a value of white, natural white, or ivory. Vintage veils from the early twentieth century are prized for their silk tulle construction, while modern veils are made from comparatively sturdier nylon or cotton netting and sometimes embellished with pearls, crystals and lace appliques.  #


WEDDING RING TRIVIA

The first recorded account of a diamond engagement ring was in 1477 when Holy Roman Emperor Maximilian I (1459-1519) proposed to Mary of Burgundy (1457-1482) and offered her a diamond to seal his vow.

The earliest and smallest known engagement ring was given to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII.  She was two years old at the time.  #


HISTORY OF THE ENGAGEMENT RING

Beginning with the Middle Ages, the only rings involved in a marriage ceremony were presented at a betrothal ceremony. These rings pledged the prospective bride and groom to marry each other in the future. Sometimes a third ring was included, which was worn by a witness to the betrothal. Such rings grew to be tricky affairs with matching links or hinges that formed the three rings into one when all were fitted together. The groom, or his representative, slipped the betrothal ring onto the prospective bride's third finger on the left hand.  It was erroneously thought that a vein or nerve ran directly from that finger to the heart. Favorite designs embossed on the rings were two joined hands, a pair of hearts pierced by an arrow, or a heart held in the palm of a hand.  #


WEDDING TRADITIONS

The  Wedding Ring

The circular shape of the wedding ring symbolizes never-ending love. It is worn on the third finger of the left hand because it is believed that the vein in the third finger of the left hand runs directly to the heart. As far back as weddings have been documented, the wedding ring has been in evidence. It is believed  by some that the wedding ring was the first wedding tradition.

The Bridal Veil

Today, the white veil is considered as a symbol of modesty and purity, but in earlier times, the veil was believed to protect the bride from harm.

The White Bridal Gown

In the 1840's Queen Victoria began the trend of wearing white when she was married in a white wedding gown. White also symbolizes affluence, purity, and joy. Today, brides choose many values of white from bright white to champagne. Prior to the 1840's brides were married in their best dress or ensemble regardless of its color.

Carrying Flowers

Flowers convey a message of fertility, enduring love and romance to the modern bride. However, historically, flowers and herbs were believed to attract "good" and to ward off "evil".

Something Old, Something New,
Something Borrowed, Something Blue

A bride should carry something old from someone who has been married for a long time and something new to carry her into a new life to insure a happy and lasting marriage. Something borrowed means "borrowed happiness". "Something Blue": "The color blue has been associated with purity and modesty." A Sixpence or a Penny in Your Shoe: Tradition dictates that by putting a sixpence or a penny in her shoe, a bride will receive good fortune and protection from want.

The White Runner and Rose Petals

A pure pathway into happiness is signified by a white runner, while rose petals in the bride's path lead her to a sweet and plentiful future.

Giving The Bride Away

"Giving away" the bride is symbolic of her parents' support of her union. However, in the past--and in some cultures today--the bride was/is literally given to the groom in an arranged marriage.

The Ceremonial Kiss

The kiss at the end of the ceremony announces a new union and marriage sttus

The Wedding Cake

Cake being exchanged by the bride and groom at the wedding reception is to show loyalty, and it is symbolic of good luck and fertility.

The Groom's Cake

The groom's cake, usually dark or in the groom's favorite color or flavor, is a way to share the couple's good fortune and the sweetness of married life.

The Reception Toast

Toasting represents best wishes of family and friends and it is a way for everyone to share in wishing wellness and happiness to the newlyweds. Although toasts may be offered with any beverage, champagne remains a wedding favorite.

The Wedding Favors

Wedding favors are a way for the bride and groom to thank their guests for sharing in their happiness and to symbolically pass on their "good luck", as the couple is considered to be lucky in anything they may touch.

The Bouquet Toss

 Before modern times it was traditional for wedding guests to tear off a piece of the "wedding" dress for good luck. One can only imagine how the bride's dress would look if a large number of guests attended the wedding. Tossing the wedding bouquet has become the modern custom to replace the tradition of "tearing the wedding dress". The custom of tossing the bouquet to the single lady wedding guests allows the wedding gown to remain in tact and has created the belief that the single lady who catches the bouquet will be the next woman to be married.

The Garter Toss

Tossing the garter is a modern alternative to the tradition of tearing off pieces of the bride's dress. To prevent this, the bride began throwing various items to the guests--the garter being one of them. It became customary for the bride to toss the garter to  the men. This also created a great problem for the bride because sometimes the men would get drunk, become impatient, and try to remove the garter ahead of time. Therefore, the custom derived at having the groom to remove and to toss the garter to the single male guests. After the garter is removed from the bride's leg by the groom, he then throws it to the single male guests. The male guest that catches the garter takes it and places it on the leg of the single female guest who caught the bouquet. The male guest who catches the garter is said to be the next male to be married.

Attaching Shoes to the Car

Shoes represent power and signify the creation of a new family unit. Shoes along with cans are attached to the back bumper of the car to cause a noisy clatter which is intended to drive off harm.

Throwing Rice

In the past, as the newlyweds left the church, wedding guests showered them with rice and wheat, which symbolized fertility, prosperity, and bounty.  Instead of showering newly weds with rice, today, wedding guests release bubbles, birds, butterflies, or bells  are rung.

Carrying the Bride Over the Threshold

Because it is believed that harm hovered at the threshold of the home that the newlyweds would enter, the bride was lifted over the entrance to keep harm from entering through her feet.  #


WEDDING  GUESTS: WHAT TO AVOID WHEN DRESSING FOR A WEDDING

The wedding invitation arrives and the age-old question, "What will I wear?" is the next consideration. Let's begin with what to avoid.
  • Don't show too much skin.

  • Cover up the cleavage.
  • Never wear a midriff revealing outfit.
  • Don't wear a dress that looks like it was sewn on you. Instead, wear it to a club.
  • Keep your underwear out of sight.
  • Don't wear a dress that matches the bridesmaids' dresses.
  • Flip-flops and cut-offs are not appropriate for a casual wedding.
  • Don't try to outshine the bride.
  • Avoid wearing clothes that are uncomfortable for sitting, eating, walking around and dancing.