From ceremony to reception the bride transforms her look before she is introduced to her friends and family as the new Mrs. Typically, a cathedral veil is replaced by shorter veil or no veil at all. Then, the gown gets bustled (to shorten the train) by the maid of honor before she starts her first dance with her hubby.
In the past the trains were detachable and removed once the ceremony was over. These days the bustle has become the trademark of the reception look. The two options, french and traditional, are available in most gowns. A french bustle(my pick) is more complicated to put up, but makes for a unique look in the back of the gown. Any where from two to 30 colored ties are connected underneath the gown forcing the silk fabric and buttons to overlap(similar to the image shown). The traditional bustle uses a button and loop or a hook and eye. It creates two drapes on the side.
There are several variations of the french and traditional bustle. Please ask your consultant to show you both options. Don't worry, your seamstress will show you both options again before you make your selection.
Make sure to vote on your favorite bustle!
Top 10 Advice on finding the DRESS!
- Number One Rule: Be open minded! What you think reminds you of your grandmother's dress on the hanger, may in fact be the dress of your dreams.
- Bring someone that knows your style better than their own. I'm sure the groom doesn't want to see you in something that your bestfriend would wear on her wedding day
- DON'T PURCHASE YOUR DRESS ONLINE! You miss out on the whole experience.
- Don't worry what the groom will think. If he loves you, he will love what you pick.
- Have fun! Remember that you have been dreaming of this day since you were five. Don't let the decision put a cloud over your head
- If you hate the little bow on the dress, ask the consultant if you can order it without.it. Chances are you can. Keep in mind (contrary to what the magazines always say) there might be a charge for it. It won't lower the cost of the dress.
- Price vs. Love: If you love the dress, GO FOR IT! Don't settle for less on what your wearing for your big day. You can always take some of the budget from the centerpieces and so on. No one will know and we won't tell.
- Research designers online and make a scrap book of styles that you like. Do keep in mind, that it may all change when you start trying on.
- Save the group shopping for the mall. This should be a personal experience that you should only share with one or two.
- When you find it, you find it. Don't second guess yourself or you will pick your second favorite.