Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For an Hourglass Figure

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This figure has a natural balance – show it off! Many different silhouettes – sheath, trumpet, a-line – will look fabulous on you. Choosing the right neckline and waistline are key.

Avoid high necklines, as open necklines like an off-the-shoulder are more flattering.

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Accentuate your waist with a fitted waistline. (Natural waistline) Stay away from empire, basque, or drop waists. You want to accentuate your real waistline so stay away from high or low waistlines.

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A trumpet skirt or ball gown will also beautifully enhance an hourglass shape.

Avoid spaghetti straps, but if you want a bit of coverage or support, cap sleeves are a good choice.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For a Petite Figure

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A gown with a subtle silhouette, such as an a-line or a sheath delicately adds length to a petite figure.

An empire waist will also elongate a small frame.

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Keep any detailing small and subtle as large decorations will be overwhelming. Depending on the fullness, even long sleeves may be too much. Avoid the bulk of a ball gown or a mermaid silhouette, which are too overpowering for a smaller body type.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – For a Tall, Narrow Figure

 

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A sheath, mermaid or trumpet style is for you, as they add gentle curves. Soft detailing on the bodice or sleeves gives the illusion of width. You’ll want a waistline that is at or close to your own natural waistline.

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Be careful with waistlines that are especially high (empire) or low (drop) as they can add additional height.

A basque waist (natural at the hip and dips down into a “v” or “u”) is also a good choice.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Minimize a Large Bust

halter style wedding gown wedding dress If you have a large bust, there is no rule that says you cannot rock a wedding dress with a strapless or sweetheart neckline. Just make sure you choose a gown that offers enough coverage up top. so you won’t spill out.

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But if you’ll feel more comfortable with a bit more coverage or support, go for a halter or illusion neckline. V-neck and scoop neck gowns are also flattering.

Avoid an empire waist or a highly embellished bodice as that will only draw more attention to the top portion of your body.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Enhance a Small Bust

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If you have a small bust, a sweetheart neckline – the neckline is heart-shaped and ends in a point between the breasts – can give the illusion of being larger on top.

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Avoid halter or strapless styles. They will only draw attention to your small size. Instead choose bodices with draping, ruching and other details will make you appear more voluminous.

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Choosing Your Wedding Gown – To Diminish A Protruding Tummy

a-line wedding gown wedding dress To hide a little bit of a tummy try a basque waist. Waistlines with soft draping also help hide a protruding tummy. An A-line gown beautifully hides this trouble spot while still showing some curves.

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Avoid a bias cut gown, as these are often made of sheer fabrics that tend to cling to every curve and bump.

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13 Easy Ways to Honor and Acknowledge Deceased Loved Ones at Your Wedding

Weddings are joyous occasions filled with happiness and celebration. But they can also be bittersweet when there is special loved one who did not live to see your special day.

Many couples choose to honor those who are no longer with us on their wedding day. They want to honor and remember the deceased loved ones without getting too maudlin and melancholy.

There are several thoughtful and touching ways to honor those who are with us only in spirit.

You can:

  • Wear a necklace or ring that belonged to the person (for a man, wear a tie or cufflinks that belonged to the person)
  • Wear a locket with a photo of the special person, or pin it to your bouquet or your groom’s boutonnierephoto locket photo credit: jessica wilson {jek in the box} via photopin cc
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  • Carry your grandmother’s handkerchief
  • Have a special memorial table with photos of those you wish to honor
  • Light a candle in their memorymemorial candlesphoto credit: Anne Ruthmann via photopin cc
  • Include their favorite flower in your bouquet
  • Have your officiant can lead your guests in a moment of silence
  • Include an “In Loving Memory” section in your wedding programin memory programphoto credit: Rev. Xanatos Satanicos Bombasticos (ClintJCL) via photopin cc
  • Place an empty chair at the ceremony to represent those who are not there (You may attach a small sign to the chair explaining its significance if you want)
  • Play a song that was a favorite of the person you want to honor
  • Have someone recite a poem that was a favorite of the person
  • Make a toast in their memory with that person’s favorite drink
  • In lieu of favors, make a donation in their honor

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