Guide To Bridesmaid Dress Fabrics

Bridesmaids are a complimentary role in every weddings. These handpicked women are the some pf the most important individuals in the bride’s life and it is but fitting that they should wear some of the gorgeous outfits at her wedding day. But since fashion trends are ever-changing, how can a bridesmaid pick the right kind of fabrics to attain a stylish look at the wedding celebration? In this post, we are going to talk about some of the fabrics that are commonly used in bridesmaid gowns and dresses. This post is created to guide those who are about to take the role of bridesmaid in picking the right kind of dress to make them look as fabulous as they ought to be at any wedding events.

Chiffon bridesmaid dresses – This kind of fabric is commonly used in formal gowns and wedding dresses. It has a great drape and has an elegant appearance that’s why it’s usually made into wedding dresses to grace such festive occasions. One of the most endearing qualities of Chiffon is the gossamer feel of the cloth. Aside from that, this fabric is lightweight that’s why it’s makes a comfortable dress which is ideal for long period of celebrating like that of weddings and matrimonies.

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Satin bridesmaid dresses – Satin is a type of clothing material that yields and intense shiny and luxurious look. It has an ultra feel of warmth and you can surely feel this written all over the bridesmaid dress that is made by it. Since it represents the warmth beauty, it has also earned its reputation of being a sought after fabric for wedding dresses since it comes into accord which such celebration of love.

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Lace bridesmaid dresses – Lace has been around ever since we become aware of fashion and styling. It’s a silky type of fabric that has a shiny feel and the appearance depicts and sophisticated quality which is perfect for beautiful bridesmaids who also deserve to wear such beautiful gowns in every weddings.

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Silk bridesmaid dresses – This is also one of the oldest known fabrics that are made into elegant dresses. Silk was discovered in ancient China and the process of making this fabric is very intricate because only silkworms can produce real silk. And because of its limited supply, silk fabric is only used by the ruling family of the land. Nowadays, silk can be used in wide range of outfits particularly, in wedding and bridesmaid dresses. It still remained to be a popular choice in bridal clothing even though is much more expensive compared to other fabrics.

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Charmeuse bridesmaid dresses – charmeuse is a type of silk that has a satin feel. It is also a popular choice in wedding gowns as the appearance depicts sophistication. It cost much cheaper compared to pure silk that’s why it’s makes a great alternative for making exquisite-looking but reasonably priced gowns and it is truly a “charm” to wear such bridesmaid dresses in every wedding occasion.

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Which is Better – White or Colored Bridal Gown?

Wedding is one of the most special moments of a person’s life. Wearing a bridal gown is a dream to every young lady; hence, it is one of the first things to be planned about. In fact, it is somehow one of the highlights of a wedding.

The typical color of a bridal gown is white because it symbolizes purity and it means celebration in early Egyptian’s time. However, different eras and different places suggest that the look and color of the bridal gown does not necessarily matter that much. A royal wedding gown is made of lavish fabrics, lots of overlay, and overwhelming accessories in the middle ages. Early Americans, on the other hand, favor simple dresses as wedding gown to be able to make use of it after the big day. Queen Victoria was the one who put an end to the Middle Age luxurious style as she opted to wear a white bridal dress with minimal embellishments, which started the trend in wearing white bridal gowns. In contemporary times, only those women who marry the second time or a widow are allowed to use colored gown. Nonetheless, with our trend nowadays, there are women who love to be diverse. Jessica Biel and Resse Witherspoon are two popular faces in the movie industry who wore colored gowns on their wedding day.



                While the tone of the wedding dress does not necessarily matter, there are factors that you need to deliberate when choosing your bridal dress. You must know who you are and what you like. It is important that you feel comfortable and confident while wearing it. It should be suitable to your personality and your preferences whether you have it in glittery style to make you look exquisite or embellished with pearls for that classy and refined appeal. Whereas, colored gowns are more fashionable-looking. Pastel colors makes you look young and fun, while vibrant red or blue define strong character. One thing to consider is budget – a word you shouldn’t forget, sometimes you’ll be tempted to pick the luxurious one knowing it is a once in a lifetime event, however you need to avoid spending too much on a gown because you might end up cutting budget in other more important aspects of your wedding day.

To make the search easier, choose your dream gown first. You can collect ideas online or from local wedding shops and once you already have the design, show it to your dressmaker to copy. On the one hand, if you think you’ve found the perfect gown for your wedding in that local department store, stop looking around and just purchase the gown. It is better to have a dress to don on comfortably than having to find a new one hastily because you lost your dream wedding gown to another customer.


Can Organizing Your Wedding Be Fun?

Wedding truly brings a plethora of both physical and emotional stress. Most of wedding organizers or just couples who plan their own weddings will surely agree with this. However, wedding havoc can be avoided through following these useful tips to help you organize your dream wedding. Here you will find out that organizing your desired wedding is just a piece of cake.

Primarily, you must know the exact number of the people who will be gracing your special event. Through this, you will have an idea of how many seats will be needed and how much food is needed to be prepared. Upon sending your wedding invitations, contact your respective guests and identify whether they are available on your wedding day.

SL0019_500pxFor wedding ceremonies that will be held outdoors, be sure to pay attention to weather forecasts to prevent mayhem. You must also consider the type of ornaments that you will be using. If the weather is sort of windy, make it a point that your decorations are placed or displayed securely in order for them not to fall out of position that might ruin the beauty of the arrangement. The aesthetic beauty that the decorations bring is one of the major elements that will complete your dream wedding. Hence, you must maintain it.

When using flower ornaments, it is advised to make use of flowers that bloom anytime of the year, instead of those exotic flowers that only bloom once in a blue moon. This will help you save money and will spare you with the stress of searching for out of season flowers. Exotic flowers also cost twice as much as the flowers that bloom anytime of the year.

Do consider making your own veil as well. Although most veils are just comprised of a few tufts of fabric, they can also be extremely expensive. A lot of websites present various instructions on how to make do-it-yourself wedding veils. This will help you cut down your expenses.

Be wise in choosing where to buy your bridal gown. You might consider resorting to using the bridal gown of your mother. This will not only help you save money but will also make your mother happy and proud. A little alteration might be needed, but with an excellent sewing job, old and outdated bridal gown could turn into elegant mermaid wedding dresses or into chic colored wedding dresses  that most brides desire.

Furthermore, planning a wedding always involves setting a budget. And you can say that your plan truly worked out if you met your budget. Always remember to stick to your budget in order not to fall short of money in the end. You do not want to wake up the next day after your wedding piled up with your credit lists.

With a systematic plan at hand, organizing your wedding will surely be a joy for you and your partner. It can also be a bonding time for both of you, which will eventually strengthen your relationship even more.



Wedding Fashions

IN time for the annual high season for weddings, the Stamford Historical Society is offering a double exhibition called “Wedding Belles: Bridal Fashions Then and Now” and “A Wedding Album,” on view through Aug. 16.

“Traditionally, our textile committee has been responsible for our spring-summer show,” said the society’s curator of collections, Karen Donnelly. “The idea for ‘Wedding Belles,’ which had been kicking around for a number of years, was fanned by a recently received cache of new wedding gowns. We decided to add ‘A Wedding Album’ to complete the package. By adding the photographs we were better able to explore some of the traditions and diversity of the wedding celebration.”

The exhibition, spread through three galleries, is arranged chronologically to show the evolution of wedding gowns and make it easy to spot style trends. Gowns worn by mannequins are paraded in groups on elevated platforms in the Red Gallery.

Traveling from the Civil War to the present brings home the fact that white was not the traditional color of wedding dresses. “White really took off when Queen Victoria married in 1840 and wore white,” Ms. Donnelly said. But three dark wedding dresses are shown in the exhibition. Women often wore their best dress, which could be dark and suitable for other occasions as well. Another reason was being in mourning for a loved one. “Mourning was very prescribed,” Ms. Donnelly said.

“You had different stages. For a close relative it lasted two years and you wore varying dark colors starting with black, then brown, followed by purple.”

Another reason was preference, individual or dictated by fashion. “Just prior to the Civil War,” Ms. Donnelly said, “plaids were extremely popular. Wearing a plaid dress was a sign of affluence because the hoop required a lot of material and matching the plaid took extra fabric. In 1886 blues and browns were popular and Godey’s Lady’s Book conveyed that to potential brides as the colors of choice for the season. Then there was a period in the 1930′s when black dresses were popular. And today vibrant colors are shown as an alternative to the white standard.”

Though the white wedding gowns on display have taken on a patina with time, they probably were not white but varying shades of cream, which are much more becoming to most women.

The white wedding dress, which is considered to be traditional today, first appeared in the 1820′s, though it did not then negate wearing other colors. For those choosing white, bridal literature provided guidelines. In 1894 the Ladies Home Journal advised: “When wearing a white gown thought must be given to the becomingness of the shade, for, after all, there are as many tints in white as in other colors; the one that may suit the pale blonde is absolutely unbecoming to the rosy brunette.

“Dead white, which has a glint of blue about it, is seldom becoming to anyone. It brings out the imperfections of the complexion, tends to deaden the gloss of the hair and dulls the brightness of the eyes. The white that touches on the cream or coffee shade is undoubtedly the most artistic and best suited to the general woman.”

A stroll through the show reveals gowns were long until the mid-1930′s. “Wedding dresses reflected day-dress style,” Ms. Donnelly said. “In the period when women wore hoops to do their marketing, they also used them for their wedding dresses. So if you wore a long day dress, you also wore a long wedding dress. In the 20′s during the flapper style, dresses came up to just below the knee. In the mid-30′s they started to go long again and remain that way to this day. But since the 1930′s wedding dresses no longer represent day-dress style.”

The first and oldest gown displayed, circa 1859, a cream silk satin and faille, has a billowing skirt layered with petticoats to give the effect of the hoop skirt. Petticoats were heavy and hoops eventually gave women more freedom.

A dark brown and black bustle dress, circa 1880, probably represents a best dress, or a time of mourning. A blue-gray speckled with white reflects the big puffy leg-of-mutton sleeves of the 1890′s. One standout, with a highly detailed, shirred and flounced white net and lace bodice, was worn by Grace Carol Ferguson in 1898.

Women were heavily corseted to achieve thin waists. “Some went to the extreme of having lower ribs removed,” Ms. Donnelly said. “They carried smelling salts because they were so tightly corseted they had trouble breathing.”

Another focal point is the Trousseau Room, which represents a bride’s bedroom, circa 1906. A wedding dress hangs on a mannequin, a going-away outfit is draped over a sleigh bed, and camisoles, corset covers, drawers and other undergarments, ready to be packed, cascade from dresser drawers.

“A Wedding Album” creates a grand finale in its own gallery bedecked with 94 photographs dating from 1860 to the present, covering several generations and historical eras.

“We solicited wedding photos from the community,” Ms. Donnelly said. “Ninety percent are on loan, the other 10 percent from the museum’s collection. The prerequisites for inclusion were that the wedding took place here in Stamford or, recognizing that Stamford is a transient community, that the couple spent a portion of their life here.”

Several generations of the same family are represented along with changing styles and fashions. Early wedding photography tended to be formal. “In the beginning, they were nonsmiling pictures because of the technology,” Ms. Donnelly said. “The exposure could be a minute or longer and people had to remain still. Also, when photography first came in, it mimicked portraiture, which was formal. It was not until the 1930′s that people started smiling, and the 1960′s that photographs were consistently colored.”

“Although weddings vary in the way they are celebrated — formal or informal, with different cultural traditions,” Ms. Donnelly said, “they all share a common bond representing an important rite of passage.”

The Stamford Historical Society, 1508 High Ridge Road, is open Tuesday through Sunday, noon to 4 P.M.

Digital unveils new product, but its share price drops

The Globe and Mail Digital Equipment Corp. has introduced new computers that it hopes will retake lost markets and rattle industry leader International Business Machines Corp.

Some analysts had expected the major product announcements yesterday to boost Digital’s stock but, as is often the case with computer announcements, the market had already anticipated the news.

Digital stock dropped $1.25 (U.S.) on the New York Stock Exchange, closing at $95.87 on a relatively heavy volume of 721,100 shares traded.

The company’s stock reached a high of $199.50 before the stock market crash 22 months ago but it has hovered in the range of $90 to $110 in recent months.

Digital’s announcement is a retaliatory strike at some of the workstation companies that have eaten into its traditional scientific and engineering market and it is also a foray into the market of IBM, which is based in Armonk, N.Y.

“They are making a very aggressive move into IBM’s world,” said Glenn Matheson, general manager of Evans Research Corp. of Toronto. “Any (computer) going to the top end of Digital’s world is certainly going to have some impact on what IBM is doing.”

That computer is the Vax 6460, priced at about $1.5-million. The machine can perform more than 36 million instructions per second (MIPS), 60 per cent better than the its predecessor, the 6360, at essentialy the same price.

The basic Vax 6400 can deliver up to 85 per cent more performance than its predecessor 6300 at a 30 per cent higher price, starting at $570,000.

Digital also announced a new entry-level workstation with a price- performance ratio that is designed to put the squeeze on some of its competitors in that business.

The DECstation 2100 workstation, which can process 10 million instructions a second, is available immediately and ranges in price from $11,000 to $32,000.

The workstation market is one of most rapidly developing in the industry, with annual growth rates of more than 20 per cent expected for several years.

But it is a market in which Digital has taken a beating at the hands of companies such as Hewlett Packard Co. of Palo Alto, Calif., and Sun Microsystems of Mountainview, Calif.

“This is not a surprise,” Mr. Matheson said. “The industry was waiting for some sort of retaliation from Digital to win back their customers . . . Digital had been getting squeezed from both ends but now the tables are turning.”

With its new products, Digital also expands its move toward open systems, the term given to compatible computers that rely on industry standards. Most computer companies have built their fortunes on proprietary technolgy, but increasingly consumers are demanding that their software be usable on machines from different companies.

The computer operating system – the program that tells the computer how to operate – that is becoming the industry standard is called Unix, and yesterday Digital anounced several new Unix products.

For departments or work groups, the company announced the DECsystem 5400 and 5800 Unix-based computers, which can perform 16.6 MIPS and 18.7 MIPS, respectively. They are priced from $75,000 to $505,000.

Mr. Matheson said Digital’s ability to roll out new machines along several fronts is a testament to Kenneth Olsen, the president and founder of the company, which is based in Maynard, Mass.

“They have taken a beating in the last year in terms of earnings and revenues,” Mr. Matheson said.

“A lot of that is a result of Ken Olsen’s steadfast refusal to cut back in research and development and the employment structure, even against shareholders’ requests and demands,” he said. “By holding out, he has set the stage for at least the early 1990s to get back and move up . . . Digital may be positioned financially to make some gains on IBM.”