Wedding dresses for mature brides

Brides come in all ages.  Even if you are a grandmother you can select a gown that is not only gorgeous and flowing, but also sophisticated and sexy as well.

What are the rules?

Although there are general fashion guidelines that have handed down over the years to help older brides when choosing a wedding gown, you are not bound by any set rules that require you to stick with certain fabrics, designs or colors. It really is a personal choice, but fashion etiquette for older brides suggests that you be a little more conservative when picking your wedding gown.

Younger brides may decide to wear lower cut and shorter length gowns that reveal more skin. It is generally considered more tasteful and fashionable for the older bride not go to extremes, but that does not mean that you cannot wear a wedding gown that is both traditionally stylish as well as sexy. If you have the figure and really want to show it off, there really is nothing wrong with an older bride wearing a strapless wedding gown or one that is shorter in length.

What is a good style?

What the fashion gurus advise for mature brides is to pick a style that is a good fit for your age and personality, and your figure of course. A woman's choice in clothing styles tends to change as she gets older, so this should be reflected to some level in the wedding gown that she decides to buy. Choose a style that is elegant as well as classy and sophisticated.

There are many beautiful wedding dresses for older brides to choose from at specialty stores and bridal shops. Fashion guidelines tend to expect that second-marriage brides should not wear a white dress, instead going for ivory or ecru. The choice however is up to you, and as an older bride you have acquired some wisdom over the years, so do what makes you feel most comfortable.

How do I shop?

No matter what your age, do not shop for your gown alone. This is one of the cardinal rules of buying a wedding dress. Although your friends' tastes in bridal gowns may differ from yours, having a second and third opinion really goes a long way toward making the right choice. It will help to have your friends with you while you try on different dresses to get advice and suggestions.

You want to buy a wedding gown that is not only beautiful and elegant, but also one that is comfortable to wear. Do not try fitting into a wedding dress that is too tight just because it happens to be the popular style of the moment.

A helpful tip is to buy a dress that is a good fit for your body shape. Whether you are tall and slender or shorter in height and shapely, try to choose a style that will accentuate your body's best features. This is where your friends can come in handy to give you guidance in picking a style that suits your body shape.

Make your shopping trip for a wedding dress an adventure. With your friends at your side, treat yourself to lunch at a nearby café, take a short break before you continue out again and then try on more gowns. Even if you are an older bride, enjoy yourself, knowing that you will soon find the wedding gown of your dreams.

Did you know?

  • The average price of a wedding dress is $800, according to the statistics from the International Wedding Association.
  • Las Vegas is the most popular wedding city in the world.
  • July has eclipsed June as the most popular wedding month in the U.S.
  • The average number of guests at a wedding is 145.

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