Your wedding day is important, so why rush the most important detail- your wedding dresses for older women! While we’ve covered the basics in part one here, there are way more details to be covered about your big day. Whether you’ve been planning your dress since you were a little girl, or have been putting it off, here are a few more details you should consider, which will help you narrow down to a few great wedding dresses for older women.
What is perfect for you?
The perfect wedding dress is defined by you, as we mentioned previously. But what exactly does that mean? Take a moment to think or write down what a dream dress looks like to you. Is it a ball-gown fit for royalty? A gorgeous sheath gown to accentuate your curves or a dress that lets you move with freedom without constraint?
Defining your ideal will help you narrow down the options. To get inspiration do some research in advance. Pull out those bridal magazines and start that Pinterest board of dresses you love-and then find the common theme.
Look for themes such as whether or not your favorites are all:
- Open Back
- Long-sleeved, capped, or short
- Feature a long train or short
- Classic, vintage, comfortable, or glamorous
Know Your Wedding Theme As Well
Prior to going shopping, take into account your wedding theme and location. Some older brides favor a much more casual setting, so be sure your dress reflects your theme. Showing up to a garden-themed wedding in a formal gown with a long train is just asking for a tripping accident. Likewise, a formal gown to a civil courthouse wedding might be excessive-though go for it if it’s your thing!
As an older bride, your idea of the perfect dress may change once you try it on, so be open and flexible to trying other styles. This includes sizing. While most women have the intention of losing weight before the wedding, buy a wedding dress in your current size rather than smaller. Alterations can take in a dress, but a dress too snug is harder to fix.
Colors, Colors, Colors
Colors seem to take center stage when it comes to choosing your wedding invites, bouquet flowers, and wedding theme. Traditionally, color options weren’t available when it came to the dress itself.
White has been the traditional color for ages, ever since Queen Victoria wore a lace dress to her own wedding. In many cultures, white has been associated with innocence and purity.
If you look further back though, way further back, you will discover that white was never a practical choice. Instead, people made wedding dresses that could be used for other formal occasions, since white was impractical and easily stained. Only the elites could afford to splurge on a white gown.
Skin Tones and Colors
With your wedding approaching, you should take the time to discover your own comfort zone when it comes to traditions. As an older bride, you aren’t bound tightly to the standard expectations and can choose a dress of any color you choose, just be sure it matches your complexion.
If you have fair skin, a yellow-toned ivory wedding dress will bring color to your face vs a bright white that can leave you looking washed out in wedding pictures. Those with a medium skin tone are flattered most by creamier under-toned dresses.
Yellow undertones are flattered by traditional whites as well as champagne shades while dark undertones can pull off all shades!
If you’re a bride looking for a contemporary look, you may want to consider one of the unique contemporary wedding dresses. This would involve going beyond the basic shades of white, ivory, champagne, and pink blush to bolder, fiercer colors. Choosing a different color is an excellent way to showcase your personality. Passionate reds, penetrating blues, vibrant purples and more have popping up all over the place.
Floral designs have recently been the new rage! Floral-patterned wedding dresses showcase the beauty of florals, creating a romantic and charming mood.
We’ve covered silhouettes before so let’s turn our attention to the fabric. In addition to the color and the silhouette, and embellishments, the type of fabric also plays a role in your overall appearance. The right fabric can give you a flattering finish rather than emphasizing your older age.
Heavier fabrics hold their shape and produce a smoothing effect on your figure while lighter fabrics are a bit less flattering on those with extra curves.
Heavier fabrics include:
- Guipure lace
- Silk shantung
- Dupioni: the most common blend of silk used in wedding dresses. It is a bit thicker than shantung and has a rougher texture.
- Brocade: Jacquard-woven fabric that is popular during the fall and winter. This fabric has raised designs for an ornate, formal look.
- Faille: a more structured than other silks and easier to tailor. Faille has a woven, glossy look that is achieved from silk, cotton, or even synthetic fibers.
Lighter fabrics include chiffon, organza, or batiste; a soft transparent fabric woven from cotton and linen. It’s a great choice of fabric in vintage looking dresses.
Charmeuse is another fabric with a satin-like feel. This curve-hugger with its delicate, light and semi-lustrous textile ranges on the expensive side of materials. Because it is so delicate, you have to be very wary of any wedding day accidents.
Crepe offers a crinkled texture that is achieved through the use of chemical treatments and hard-spun yarn. It drapes well but when it clings it’s hard to hide your trouble spots. Georgette fabric also has a crepe-like appearance but is made of a lighter material (often silk or polyester). Georgette gives you a sheer appearance without revealing too much.
During the summer months, a damask fabric is used as an alternative to brocade since it features a very similar raised design but with lighter materials. Duchesse satin is a hybrid of silk, rayon, and polyester with a satin finish. You will find it stiffer than regular satin, allowing it to hold its shape and less prone to wrinkling.
As an older bride, you may want to avoid deep plunging necklines or leave your arms open. If that is the case with you, illusion fabric is an excellent solution. Finely woven net fabrics are used for sleeves and necklines creating a sheer flawless look while hiding the areas you want don’t wish to bring attention to.
When it comes to your wedding, choosing the right fabric will go a long way in ensuring your comfort during your big day. Taking into account the weather and location can help you identify which is best suited to your needs.
Going for one of those great mature wedding dresses don’t mean you have to hide everything. Instead, a mature wedding dress is one that gives you grace, dignity, and confidence on a memorable day.