Monday, March 21, 2011

Styling for a Summer Wedding

We are seeing a lot of summer brides these days, and one of the biggest concerns has been how to determine a wedding wardrobe for these warmer events. Summers in Austin can get hot, but your style should never suffer because of weather. Keep a few things in mind, and you will be a breezy and beautiful bride despite the 3 digit temps.

Fabric choice is a big factor on the big day. Silk organza, shantung, chiffon and lace are just a few options of lighter weight bridal fabrics that still hold great gown shape and structure. These lighter fabrics will breathe easily for both outdoor weddings and travel well from the ceremony to reception site. A sleek and slim silhouette will also cut down on the weight of a dress by eliminated a lot of the fullness and petticoat in the skirt. Here are some fabulous Paloma Blanca, Lazaro, and Reverie gowns that are great warmer weather options.

Silk crinkle chiffon and shantung are really popular right now in the newest collections of bridesmaids dresses. Not only are these gowns light and easy to wear, but they are down right ADORABLE! A great option as well for a rehearsal dinner dress, a shower outfit, or just a fun night out. Here are some Watters , Lazaro and Amsale bridemsaids dresses in these stylish and light fabrics.

Train length also plays a part in the heaviness of a bridal gown. Here are a few tricks of the trade that can lighten the load, and still allow for a grand bridal procession down the aisle. If you are planning on ordering your gown without the train, consider some alternatives.
* You have the option cutting off the train to a custom length after the dress arrives with a seamstress.
*Bustle the skirt to create a shorter length and cool detail. Add a brooch to the bustle closure for another point of visual interest.

These options give you the opportunity to have a train for the ceremony and formal bridal portraits. Also, when the gown is in your size and the hem has been altered, it may end up being more manageable than the sample dress. Always give yourself the option. Alterations will allow customizations.

Another fantastic option is the trend of 2 bridal looks. This look is so fun, and makes for a perfect summer wedding style!
*This Liz Fields gown has a detachable skirt, giving the option of the full gown for the ceremony and then revealing your second look at the reception. You could also wear the skirt for the entire wedding, and the shorter dress for the exit. Practical AND it!!

*These uber-cute, and unbelievably priced WTOO gowns by Watters are offered in both the long and shorter version. Another adorable way to have the celebrity style of 2 gowns while keeping cool for an outdoor (or indoor) summer wedding.

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