The wedding season is fraught with planning and frenzy. Depending on the time available to complete the planning in totality, breakdowns, arguments, suprise resolutions and last minute changes will create what will become an eternal connection. (Or so it is hoped.) Preparations for a successful wedding can be looked at in three stages. There is the introduction, planning and resolution. For directional sake the focus here will be on phase 2, planning.
To quickly gloss over phase 1 and 3 just to give perspective: phase 1 consists of coming to terms emotionally and mentally of getting married. The parties getting involved in the event look at options including time, portions of their life that may change and what happens from this point on. Phase 3 really consists of the actual wedding, honeymoon and the long (and sometimes short) marriage span post wedding.
Phase 2 contains the real crux of the event and all that takes place under the umbrella of the “wedding”. Narrowing it even further a bride must go through the motions to select a wedding dress that both fits her style and expresses her emotion that day. A horribly cliched way of looking at this is the princess finding her prince and having the ball with the perfect gown. Present day brides are now faced with a myriad of choices. Does she go short? Does she go strapless, what kind of veil is being worn? Does she wear a veil at all? Will the shoes perfectly match the gown?
A growing trend for those acutely aware of fashion and attitudes towards the whole rite of marriage and picking out gowns are the way they are selected. In the past many opted to have the gowns custom made. Today as with all things, there are several options. Brides can either have the gowns pre-selected (that is, not custom made) or going with a completely non-traditional color or even style. Though there is no one “standard”, the customary wedding dress in western culture is a white gown with subtle variations but overall the same “look”. There will possibly be gloves, a veil, white stockings and maybe mother’s pearls. Even the non-traditional gown bares its’ sole to at least one tradition even if in name only.
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