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PLAN YOUR WEDDING It's All About the Dress A ll Brides have different body types, which is why you should understand all the different silhouettes before you begin your shopping. Many brides end up falling in love with a gown they least expected. Don't be afraid to try on something out of your comfort zone because you never know, that might be the one. For example, you may go in with the idea of a very simple, fitted look and then you may walk out with an A-Line gown full of beading. Same goes with neck- lines, don't be afraid to try on a few different looks: strapless, cap sleeve, keyhole back, v-neck, illusion, etc. Just a tip, the less entourage you have with you, the better. Your first attempt at trying on wedding gowns can sometimes be overwhelming, especially when you have many different opinions. This process should be relaxing and fun! At least for your first appointment, you may want to only have a few people with you. Go into it open minded and try on a few dif- ferent silhouettes and necklines at the beginning. From that point, you can rule out certain things you now know you don't envision yourself in. Also, don't forget to wear undergarments to your appointment. Below are a few wedding gown silhouettes to help guide you: Tea-Length: Skirt falls in between the ankle and the knee. Looks great on just about any body type. Sheath: Form fitting and flows straight down. Ideal for petite shapes. Mermaid: Fitted throughout to the knee and then flares out. This style is great for tall, hourglass frames. Trumpet: Fitted through bodice and begins to flare at mid- thigh. This silhouette is between the modified A-Line and Mermaid. This style is great for petites or hourglass body types. Modified A-Line: This style is slightly more fitted than an A-Line. It is fitted through the hips and gradually flares out. Kind of resembles an "A" shape. Great for most body types. A-Line: This style fits well on just about any body type. The bodice if fitted and it gradually flows out to the ground. Short or tall, this silhouette is a great fit. Ballgown: Fitted bodice, flairs at the waist with a fuller skirt. If you feel like you have a pear body type, this style will fit you David Abel Photography well, as it does not accentuate the lower body. If you are petite, this skirt can be overwhelming. Don't forget to stay up-to-date on the notable bridal trends for spring 2016. Here are just a few..... Traditional long sleeves are still in. Illusion sleeves can still give that full coverage and have accents such as beading and lace. Kate Middleton did a great job bringing back the long sleeved lace look. Low backs and illusion backs are still something brides seem to gravitate towards. A gorgeous open back can really be a jaw dropping surprise on your wedding day. The 3-D effect is also a rapid trend, such as delicate florals positioned on layers of tulle. Feathers and watercolor prints are also a hot 2016 trend. This can give your dress that extra fun or non-traditional element. by Brittany Glines Event Producer, Dover Hall

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