Seasonal Wedding Dress

Don’t underestimate the importance of being comfortable on your wedding day. Regardless of where you’re having the ceremony and reception, you’ll want to choose a wedding dress that makes you feel good. For example, the last thing you’ll want to do is spend all day shivering in your lightweight satin gown during a winter ceremony. If you start shopping early enough, you should be able to purchase or book a rental for an off-season dress at a discounted rate.

Spring

Depending on your location, you may still get some chilly days in the spring, so it’s best to use a mid-weight satin or cotton shell. If you tend to feel cold, it may still be best to buy a gown with full sleeves. That said, it’s also important to plan for the temperature of your ceremony location. If you’re planning an outdoor spring wedding, you’ll definitely want to plan for temperature variations with a shawl or wrap. On the other hand, if your spring ceremony will be performed indoors, you’ll have more flexibility in choosing your fabric and dress style.

Summer

Regardless of whether you’re planning an indoor or outdoor wedding, you’ll want to choose a gown that keeps you as cool as possible during a summer ceremony. Consider choosing a backless or strapless design made from a light fabric. If you have to have sleeves, consider using sheer fabrics or lace for this purpose. That said, if your reception is going to extend into the evening hours, you may want to have a small cape or shawl available in case you feel cold.

Fall

As with springtime weddings, it may be difficult to determine the best fabric and dress weight for a fall ceremony. Depending on where you live, you can probably still use a lightweight satin, lace overlays, and medium length sleeves. If you know that your region is cool by the time fall hits, consider a slightly heavier fabric or a dress with more coverage. It might also be helpful to ask about fabrics that won’t develop sweat stains in crucial areas. Alternatively, you may want to keep a small cape with you to cover these areas as needed.

Winter

If you’re planning to get married in the winter, you’ll need to consider how warm or cold the ceremony location will be. Invariably, if the room is crowded, it will feel warmer, so don’t go too heavy with your gown fabric selection. In addition, if you have a tendency to sweat when you’re nervous, it may still be to your benefit to choose a gown made from a lighter-weight material.

When you’re choosing a wedding dress, you may be so blinded by pretty decorations and gorgeous fabrics that you forget to consider your own comfort. The type of fabric you choose can have an enormous impact on how you look and feel throughout the day. For example, a dress that’s made of a lightweight fabric may leave you with goosebumps and mottled skin, while a dress that’s made from a heavier fabric may reveal sweat stains and red, flushed skin. Therefore, it’s crucial to take temperature and comfort into consideration when choosing your wedding dress.

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Matching Your Wedding Dress with the Ceremony Type

In addition to selecting a gown that’s flattering to your body type, you may want to base your selection on the type of ceremony you’re planning. You’ll also want to take into consideration your social and religious background. That said, you may have some leeway depending on certain factors.

Eloping and justice of the peace weddings

If your family and friends aren’t going to be present at your wedding at all, you’ll have very few wedding dress constrains. For the most part, all you’ll need to consider is looking your best and being comfortable in your gown. If you want to wear a traditional full wedding dress or a short, slinky gown, it’s all up to you.

Similarly, if you’re getting married for the second time, you may not feel comfortable wearing white. For example, if you’re going on a second honeymoon or planning to renew your vows, you may simply want to wear your favorite dress. On the other hand, if you regret not wearing a traditional dress the first time around, you may want to do so now. You may even want to explore what it would feel like to dress like a bride from another culture.

Ethnic considerations

In some cultures, you’ll need two or three separate dresses for your wedding day. You’ll also find that the wedding ceremony and reception last for several days in some cultures. Therefore, if you’re getting married according to the unfamiliar customs of the groom, it will be helpful to do some research and ask your prospective in-laws about suitable gowns and other related attire.

Church weddings

If you’re going to be married in a Christian church, you may find that you have some restrictions in terms of gown style and color. It’s best to check with your ceremony minister to see if his or her particular denomination has any constraints regarding what you need to wear during the ceremony. Some churches require a white or off-white gown in order to receive the sacrament of communion or marriage. However, if this type of gown doesn’t match your personal style, you may be able to change into a more suitable dress later on for the reception.

Elaborate weddings

If you’re planning a large, elaborate wedding, you’ll probably want to match the tone of the event with an elaborate wedding dress. In this case, you may find it helpful to have a special dress designed for you. If you aren’t comfortable with all of the pomp and circumstance of these proceedings, try to keep in mind that the ceremony will only last for one day. Make your family happy, then after the wedding is over, you can put the dress away, donate it to charity, or sell it.

When you’re shopping for a wedding dress, it’s important to find one that you love and that will be suitable for the type of ceremony you’re planning. For example, if you’re going to be married in a cathedral-type setting, you may feel uncomfortable wearing a plain gown. While these choices may seem difficult to make, you can always ask family members and friends about what would be most suitable or consult a number of bridal magazines to help you along.

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