“Since it’s very difficult to balance everyone’s features and preferences, Cocomelody releases this new arrival product in order to help solve brides’ problems. This dress has two ties on the front and two on the back drape. That’s why it can create 10 more different looks. Also, there are 36 colors available at Cocomelody for brides to choose from, surely both long and short versions. Not only that, affordable price and high quality will never let brides down! Such kind of gown is really brides’ best choice and it can be worn again and again in many other special occasions. ” Sherry – Cocomelody Representative
Feast your eyes on this superb model and pick one of the 36 different colors that suit you best. Now you won’t have to worry about bridesmaids not finding the right dresses for your wedding and you’ll give each one of them a chance to wear it in her own unique style!
After our really awesome interview with Sherry from CocoMelody, we decided to show you some of their most mind-blowing wedding dresses. Each photo has a link under it that will lead you to the detail and purchasing page.
If you are not certain which types of wedding gowns are trending in 2015 or how to pick a wedding dress that fits your body shape, remember to check out our previously published interview with Sherry, where she offers lots of precious advice for all the future brides out there.
Today we have a pretty amazing interview with Sherry from CocoMelody, a company selling some of the most beautiful and affordable wedding dresses you’ve ever seen. Sherry has some pretty awesome advice for all the future brides out there, including how to choose the wedding dress that its your body shape and which are the top 8 wedding dress trends for 2015.
Question: Before we get into anything else, tell us a little bit about CocoMelody as a company and the people behind it.
Answer: CocoMelody has over 15 years of expertise and knowledge in the bridal profession. We have our own specialized dress-making workshop and every designer here has abundant tailor-made experience. Not only that, handmade workers will carefully sew every beading or sequin stitch by stitch. We also have experienced product buyers to handpick every fabric so that customers don’t need to worry about itchy problems. Moreover, careful QC technicians will strictly check every finished dress. Surely, considerate customer service staffs on our website cannot be ignored. They will give customers valuable suggestions and help them look for the ideal dress. The aim of CocoMelody is to satisfy whatever ladies need and try to realize their dream!
Q: How is it that this business was born? Why wedding dresses?
A: The founder, Miranda, used to be a freelancer. And traveling around the world is her favorite hobby. During trips, she made friends with those of the same interest, like dress designers, photographers, wedding planners, etc. To work together with these talented friends is Miranda’s ultimate dream.
One day, a bride-to-be friend talked with Miranda about the wedding’s expenses. She wanted to purchase her dreamy bridal gown but the budget was limited. Hearing this, Miranda felt sad that she was unable to help her. Later, she made a research in the bridal field and the result was astonishing. Most online stores offer cheap yet low-quality wedding dresses while high-quality pieces from top brands in bridal boutiques are rather expensive.
Miranda would like to make some changes and satisfy every bride’s needs so she decided to start her own bridal company, providing ladies with gowns in their dreams, not only of high quality, but also at affordable price.
This is CocoMelody, founded on the simple idea to make every dress-shopper happy, and whatever their budget might be.
Q: Tell us, why would a bride shop for her dress online instead of choosing the traditional offline method? What are the advantages?
A: Shopping for dress online brings much convenience. This way makes all of brides benefit from instantly comparing price and features of the same dress. There are more styles and colors available online than in traditional offline shops. Some online dress shops, like CocoMelody, also offer personalized customization. Customers can send their favorite pictures to us for customization or we will customize based on their requirements and different figures. Online stores tightly follow fashion trends and each year they will release new collection of the latest and popular dress designs.
Q: Let’s assume that a bride is looking for wedding dresses online and comes across CocoMelody. Can you guide us through the process that she has to follow to order a dress that she likes?
A: You can view by category and then narrow the search by price, size in stock, back details, color, embellishments, fabric, train, neckline, season, silhouette, sleeve length and waist to get the design of your dreams. Mouse over for back view.
When you click on a specific item, you will be directed to a page that allows you to select Production Time, Color, Size and Quantity. You can click on the COLOR/SIZE CHARTS and MEASURING GUIDE buttons. There is a big variety of color choices waiting for you. And by selecting “Custom Made”, your dress will be personally tailored to your exact measurements. Mouse over the picture to zoom in.
Next, register and enter your shipping address. Before finalizing your order, the Shipping method/cost, Payment method (Amazon Payments, Credit Card, Paypal or Bank Transfer) and Details of the order will be displayed. In addition, Online Customer Service can be reached at: Service@cocomelody.com for other queries or feel free to chat with those friendly customer service staffs.
Q: From your experience, what do brides focus on the most when choosing their wedding outfit?
A: As far as I’m concerned, they will focus on the style, quality and price most. Every lady wants to be the most special bride on the big day and are eager to stun all the wedding guests. So surely they will spend much time looking for a unique style. And celebrities’ wedding gowns or styles from the latest fashion shows are all their source of inspiration. Not only, they will also pay much attention to the quality and price. Different brides have distinctive budgets, but I think everyone prefers a dress of good quality and also at competitive price.
Q: What do you feel sets you apart from every other online wedding dress store out there?
A: There are 10 reasons to shop at CocoMelody.
Reliability – CocoMelody has over 15 years of expertise and knowledge in the bridal profession. Millions of customers have trusted CocoMelody for important occasions in their life. There are tailored thousands of beautiful occasion dresses and ideal wedding dresses. I can relax with the belief that CocoMelody is always here for my service and for my happy shopping journey.
Quality&Craftsmanship – With exclusive designs, hand-crafted details, and exceptional fit and feel, professional design and tailor teams from CocoMelody are dedicated to creating beautiful occasion dresses and gorgeous wedding gowns for every lady. Her sole focus is to deliver the best quality, best fitting dresses at affordable prices.
Value – CocoMelody believes that every bride should look and feel like a royal princess, regardless of her budget. And from design to delivery, there is no middleman, Cocomelody leads the entire process. So as a customer, I can save a lot on unnecessary expenses.
Personalized Service – Professional consultants at CocoMelody will go to great lengths to help me find the perfect gown. They know how important the wedding is for me, so they will do their best to provide considerate, personalized suggestions with me
Authority – When shopping at CocoMelody, I can have access to those knowledgeable, experienced wedding consultants. And I’ll also benefit from this extensive website, vendor program and behind-the-scenes resources.
Amazing Customization – With numerous fabric colors and dress styles, CocoMelody also has unlimited ability to personalize my events and big days. CocoMelody can customize dresses in colors I like, the styles I dream of and measurements I offer.
Fun – CocoMelody can relieve my stress of choosing an occasion dress or wedding gown. With more experience, more stylish options, more convenient shopping process and contact, they can help create my dream day with style and ease, which makes me have a wonderful dress-shopping experience.
Attention to Details – From the design to consultants, I can contact to make sure no details are overlooked. And they can help with every detail that I dream about my occasion dresses or wedding gowns, even like finding perfect accessories for me to keep ready for big day.
Store Experience – CocoMelody has real stores in important countries like Europe and USA. We’ll realize how much they care about offering you high-quality dresses and excellent service. The moment we walk in their stores, we’ll enjoy their very honest advice and try-on service. Their goal is to make it easy for us to find the dream dress and so much more.
Fashion – Designers at CocoMelody keep attention on world modern fashion to bring us the latest trends, while remembering traditional elements are an integrate part of this day. It’s all about finding the one perfect dress that’s right for us and keeping us ahead of trends.
Q: If you were to receive an e-mail from a bride, asking for your fashion guidance into picking a wedding dress, what would you tell her?
A: The most importance is to choose a wedding dress style based on your figure. Only a dress that is the most suitable for your body shape will be your right choice because that kind of dress will show off your advantages and at the same time help you hide shortages. And then you can imagine what your ideal wedding dress looks like. You can send me your favorite photos. Surely, I have to know your budget as well so that I will pick out corresponding pieces for your reference.
Q: If you could name one mistake that brides often make when picking their wedding dress, what would it be? And why is it a mistake?
A: Often, brides will choose their dress sizes only according to their own experience. Some brides-to-be will compare with our Size Chart to choose their own sizes but they never take measurements by themselves. What I suggest is that brides should look for a professional tailor to take measurements, including height, bust, waist, hips, hollow to hem and hollow to floor. If you find the standard sizes are not suitable for you, then you should choose the customized sizes.
Q: What can you tell me about the 2015 wedding dress trends?
A: There are 8 biggest gown trends.
Modern Minimalism – Bling always have a special place in our hearts but some of this season’s most inspiring looks are tailored with clean lines.
Ethereal Ball Gowns – In this season, ball gowns present us a more ethereal and flowing look due to breezy fabrics and a more relaxing silhouette.
Cut-outs and crop tops – Cut-outs and crop tops are trending not just for the big day, but also for pre-wedding events like the bachelorette party and bridal shower. This risk-taking style first came to our attention back in the fall, when trendsetter Hayley Paige debuted a gorgeous lilac version, and now more designers like Theia and Houghton Bride are following suit.
Exaggerated Neckline Designs – The high-neck style in front matches with a plunging V-neck at the back to perfectly showcase the bride’s sexuality. This innovative design appears on various kinds of shows this season.
Sheer Magic – We are often captivated by optical illusions, such as flesh-colored netting bodice, silky stockings, sexy see-through underwear and etc. That’s why illusion design is so popular this season.
Off-the-shoulder Design – There are more off-the-shoulder designs than ever before on different fashion shows. Undoubtedly this style will gain popularity as it will easily create a sexy and romantic feeling and not only that, it has an extremely figure-flattering effect. Moreover, off-the-shoulder design is able to create a triangle shape, which instantly makes the slender waist a highlight.
Capelets are cooler than ever – Beloved by the vintage-inspired and boho style, many wedding dress brands release cool capelets. This accessory is perfect for brides who are getting married in a religious house of worship and are required to cover their arms but may not necessarily want to commit to sleeves.
Colorful wedding dresses are coming – The traditional pure white wedding gown has been broken through. That touch of blush was favored by the majority of girly brides last season, but a rainbow collection of bridal wedding dresses 2015 seems to give brides more unexpected selections.
Q: We all know how important it is for a bride to look her best on the wedding day. So, when you’re shopping for an online wedding dress, how can you tell if a certain model will fit her silhouette?
A: If I were a bride-to-be, I will scout lots of posts or pictures online to make sure my silhouette style and learn something about what kind of dress style is suitable for me. Then I will browse the online dress shop to look for some suitable pieces. I think this is an effective way to tell a certain model can fit my silhouette.
There are something specific about silhouettes and suitable wedding dress styles for your reference.
Here are some dress types that fit each particular silhouette:
(1) Sheath gowns (show off your figure’s pros with a streamlined silhouette that is slim from head to toe)
(2) Ball gowns (a structured bodice and full skirt team up for a look that’s oh so elegantly feminine)
(3) Mermaid/trumpet gowns (a curvy fit and flare silhouette plays up your figure in all the right places)
(1) A-line gowns (a fitted bodice with a skirt that gently angles away from the body showcases your figure’s strength)
(2) Empire gowns (this high-waist style keeps the focus on a petite upper frame, while a flowing skirt creates a graceful line)
(3) Ball gowns (choose a gown with a natural waist to flatter a slim upper body and a skirt that flows away from the hips and thighs)
Inverted triangle silhouette:
(1) Ball gowns (a full skirt creates symmetry with wider shoulders, while a structured bodice accents a trim waist)
(2) Short gowns (balance your top half by drawing attention downward to your legs & a great pair of heels)
(3) Trumpet/mermaid gowns (a slim bodice & flared skirt provide a flattering counterpoint to strong & shapely shoulders)
(1) Empire gowns (a high-waist bodice hugs in just the right place & the long skirt creates the illusion of height while hiding your hips)
(2) A-line gowns ( create an hourglass shape with a style that nips in the waist and flows out gracefully to a floor-length skirt)
(3) Sheath gowns (a bias-cut sheath in a soft flowing fabric can create curves where they are needed)
Q: Do you have any last piece of advice for brides that are currently looking to buy a wedding dress?
A: Always choose a wedding gown that flatters your figure best. Always know your personal measurements before choosing dress size. Always skip from dresses at unbelievable price even when you want to save budget. Always find the trustful online shop to buy a wedding dress. Always communicate with online shop consultants when there is any doubt.
We’re looking at some major changes here ladies. Are you ready to hear about the 4 wedding dress styles that will dominate in 2015?
1. Futuristic – If you are not that type of romantic bride and are not in love with silks, crystals and lace, then the futuristic style, with bold cuts, innovative and sophisticated design is perfect for you. As far as your wedding bouquet is concerned, you can also choose something out of the ordinary, like some black flowers – the effect will be amazing.
2. Bold colors – From red to yellow or menthol green, all colors are trending as far as wedding dresses are concerned in 2015. And sources tell us nude will be one of the favorites. Jenny Packham’s wedding dress in nude was a huge success at Fashion Week.
3. Tulle, tulle and some more tulle – From simple dresses, with just one or 2 layers of tulle and up to supra-dimensional layers, tulle is the fabric of the year. It gives volume, as well as a romantic scent.
4. 20s and 30s glam – Don’t go for annoying corsets and choose a 30s dress, with a simple line. You can glam it up with precious stones, crystals and other such things. If you have a mermaid’s body, this is without a question the right wedding dress for you.
Pretty soon your wedding day will knock at your door and when this happens you want to be prepared to meet it in a way that leaves nice memories in your future life as a wife. You have already set the tone of your wedding through the wedding invitations that you have sent letting everybody know about the modernistic style you want to wrap the atmosphere of your wedding celebration. You and your future hubby have decided to approach the modern style since you have both been the kind of non conformism couple. You remember how many times you have attended, together with your beloved one, weddings that bore the print of casual and you have since then told to yourself that it was exactly the style that you would approach when your wedding takes place.
And now here you are, planning your wedding, paying attention to every detail of its composition, adding here and there hues in the colorful palette of elements, but you finally come across the element called modern wedding gown and this is the moment when you start to freak out; you know how clumsy you are while deciding to pick up your own wardrobe, how long all the clothes’ shopping took you and how indecisive you have always been when it came to try a dress, a skirt, T-shirt, even pants. But shopping for a wedding dress can not at all compare to shopping for the ordinary outfit; it is a wedding dress we are talking about here, and this minor element “wedding” is that makes it look a big deal.
You have to think of finding someone to help you take a right decision and instantly you think of your parents, but at a second thought you drop the idea, since your parents can never in this life time be impartial with you, they will always find you beautiful no matter what you decide to wear. So, in case you do not find anyone, as everybody’s schedule is too overloaded, you have to consider of doing your shopping in stores that have personnel who are able to provide professional fashioning assistance.
If you choose to wear a modern wedding gown that is tailored according to the normal rules of a wedding dress meaning the white, long trained wedding gown then you can easily find professionals to assist you in the matter. Besides not only the white long trained dresses are available since there are brides that might want to have their weddings performed on a beach and in this case they need something simpler and not that long and maybe in different colors that are offered also in a wide range.
But you, more than anybody else, need to wear a modern wedding gown that nobody had ever worn before and this desire of yours makes your shopping more delicate and suddenly you realize that you are done with all the wedding stores you knew to exist in your city, when suddenly you pass by a window that displays an elegant light blue colored dinner dress and you fall in love with that dress thinking that it is the best choice that was given to you so long as your wedding will take place by the sea and that blue of the dress matches quite perfectly with your event and taste as well. So, let the wedding day come, as there is nothing left to be afraid of.11
Vera Wang is already a benchmark for wedding dress designers everywhere. Her superb creations, while not the most affordable, are the most envied dresses for brides getting married all over the world.
The pictures below are some of the iconic dresses which are part of her 2015 fall bridal collection. We’d love to know which one is your favorite, so don’t hesitate to leave a comment and let us know what you think.
Every bride needs to know that her wedding dress is the sensation of her wedding day therefore she constantly looks to find something that suits her style and personality and that it is at the same time beautiful and special. For you, as a future bride, doing the research takes so much time, that you’ve wished you were Cinderella and the good fairy to come one night and plant the dress in your room. While browsing the websites you see so many models wearing the most elegant wedding dresses in a feast of beauty and shining. You look at yourself in the mirror and realize that with your extra pounds gained it might be difficult to find something that beautiful and elegant for your size.
But you won’t need to worry, since the fashion designers have always something to offer for every type of woman, and especially for the one that has to look gorgeous in the day of her wedding. So you have to browse for plus size wedding dress and you’ll see that the dresses are there for you waiting to be viewed and selected for the big event of your life. Collections of wedding dresses you’ve never expected to open in front of your eyes are offering to you in a wide range of models that you just need to pick up the one that fits your personality and flatters your body curves.
Fashion houses display a richness of wedding gowns created in a note of style, quality, elegance and sophistication, conveying the essence of glamour and the sense of romance in a way that every plus size bride can find her own expression of beauty and personal charm. Everything seems ok up to this point, you have seen so many that you could have chosen more than one for your wedding day, but there is another aspect to be taken into account: the wedding budget. Plenty of the dresses due to their designer signature seem to cost much more that you could ever afford and you even start considering of borrowing some extra money in order to be able to purchase the dress of your dream.
But again you don’t need to worry; there are sites where affordable wedding dresses are offered even for the plus size wedding dresses and suddenly these sites make your day. You can find in there dedicated websites to display a vast range of larger size stock with gowns to be sourced from best known designers label. The option to even tailor the dress according to your taste and size through their design and alteration services is also an offer that these sites so generously display.
Fashion consultants are there too to give suggestions, to make you decide which is the one to be selected suiting your budget at the same time and of course your style. Thanks to them you don’t have to try to squeeze in some miniscule dress that you like and necessary want, you don’t have to spend hours in your quest for answers to questions like “does it look ok for me?”, “I wonder if this one can be tailored to fit my size?” or “does this curve outlines in a bad way when I bend like this?” and so on. No more with these tiring questions, the fashion consultants are there to help you become princess for a day and this is all that matters!11
While this is supposed to be the happiest day in every woman life, weddings put a lot of a pressure on the female presence. Mostly because everyone expects you to look your best. Since all eyes are on you, the wedding dress is by far the most important statement you can make.
Shopping for the right wedding dress is supposed to be fun, but it sometimes ends up being a nightmare. While the process is rather complex, we’ve tried to narrow it down to 7 main steps that you have to follow on your wedding gown hunt.
Choose the type of dress that you want. No matter how much a tight dress catches your eyes, you might not have the curves that you’re required to have in order to look you best. You also need to take into account the outfit of your spouse. After choosing the style, you need to pick the color of your dress. While most brides go for white, some can choose pearl or another variation. Make sure that when you’re picking out your dress, you benefit from as much natural light as possible: artificial light within a store can be deceiving.
Take pictures when you try on dresses. You can either take some selfies in the mirror or ask the shop assistant to take them for you. When you get some, you will be able to take your time and make a proper comparison between dresses.
There is RARELY a cheap and beautiful dress. While some affordable dresses may look adorable on the mannequin in the shop window, you will soon notice the true quality of the dress when you try it on. The real reason why some wedding dresses are cheaper is because the manufacturer compromised the quality of the fabric.
Train or not? Choosing a dress with a train makes it easier for you to move around without people stepping on your dress all the time. However, it is true that a train will make the dress look even more elegant, so the choice is entirely up to you. Do you choose comfort over elegance?
Last fitting. The last details and adjustments need to be done about 2-3 weeks before the wedding. Even if you buy the dress 3 months in advance, chances are that you may lose or gain some weight or you may want to add or remove certain embroideries from the model you’ve chosen.
Wear the dress before the wedding. Sometimes brides choose astonishing wedding dress models which are not that comfortable to walk around in. on your wedding day, you need to be able to move around and dance naturally. It’s not every day that we wear long dresses, hoop skirts and dress trains, deep cleavage or corsets, so you need to make friends with your dress before the big day. Wear the dress inside your house, preferably with shoes on. Make sure that you’re not wearing any makeup when you’re trying on the dress, to avoid staining it. Also take a shower before and wear perfume, to keep the dress fresh. Sit down, stand up, do a pirouette, maybe even dance around a little, until you feel that you can make all these moves in a natural way.
Flowers are a touch of color. Speculate as much as you can with the color potential of your wedding bouquet. It makes you stand out and it creates a beautiful contrast with your wedding dress.
As part of the wedding party, the bridesmaid will always be admired by the guests of a wedding. Looking your best is a must, whether the color or model of your dress is imposed by the requirements of the bride or not.
We’ve put together a series of dresses that are in trend in the 2015 wedding season. Under each photo, you will discover the link that will redirect you to the source/seller of the dress, so you can track it down in no time. Happy shopping, ladies!
It is no secret that the mother of the bride is a very important person at any wedding. Aside from the bride/groom and the bridal party, lots of eyes will be turned to admire the mother of the bride.
This is why it’s imperative to have an impeccable appearance, in both terms of behavior and looks.
Today, we’re focusing our attention on bringing you a selection of adequate mother of the bride dresses that will ensure and elegant appearance. You will find the source for each dress under the given picture.
We all know that white is the color of purity, so that’s why white wedding gowns make the most sense. But why would you choose purple as your secondary dress color?
Purple is all about mystery and it is one of the rarest colors found in surrounding nature. It’s also referred to as “the color of power”, being often wore by kings. Most painters and musicians found their inspiration while being surrounded by a violet light.
Here are some other things you may not have know about purple:
It represents the most intense electrochemical power and it stimulates the nervous system.
It feeds and energizes the human brain.
Leonardo Da Vinci said that our meditation capacity is increased if we sit in a room with purple windows when the sun is at its afternoon glow.
It suggests luxury, wealth and sophistication.
If you’re on the market looking for a white and purple wedding dress, here are some suggestions. You can find the source for each model under the picture.
We know you girls love to look at wedding dresses. It’s also the toughest of choices when planning your wedding. Maybe looking at the gallery below, will give you an idea of what you want your wedding to look like.
You simply must tell us which one of these you find to be the most glamorous.
Lots of future brides seems to have their concerns concentrated on mostly one thing about their wedding planning: how to save money on several items, such as the wedding dress. Even if there are lots of brides who don’t want to compromise their look on the wedding, we can honestly tell you that you don’t necessarily need a Vera Wang dress to be a princess on your wedding day. Don’t get me wrong, Vera still makes dresses that I would kill for, but where you are on a budget, spending thousands of dollars on your wedding dress is not exactly something you can afford.
This is why I’ve come up with some ideas that can actually help you save money.
#1: Simple is better. When the price tag seems a bit exaggerated, it’s probably because you are looking at a model with lots of embellishments. If you look for a simple wedding gown, the price will significantly be lower.
#2: Look for second-hand dresses. I hope you ladies realize that if you want a really expensive wedding dress, you’re actually paying thousands of dollars for a piece of clothing that you only get to wear once in your life. Here’s a question for ex-brides: how many of you have actually taken out the wedding dress from the basement/attic/closet/whatever place you store it in, to take a look at it after the big day has passed? Chances are your wedding dress will be forgotten in some corner of the house for the rest of your life. Unless you are one of those mothers who is looking to push her old wedding dress down her daughter’s throat. So, why not opt for a rental? OnceWed is just an example of an online business where you can even find designer dresses at extremely low prices, simply because they’ve been worn once or because some bride has remorse and returned it without even wearing it.
#3: Online is cheaper. As always, shopping online for clothes is cheaper than wasting time, money and energy with having to go from store to store. Of course, the disadvantage is that you won’t get to try the wedding dress on, although there are some online store that will allow you to open the package and check its content before paying the courier.
#4: Subscribe, subscribe, subscribe. We’re generally annoying with some of the website subscriptions we’ve made in our lives, mostly because we end up receiving tons of email with content we never really need. Well, when you’re on the market for a wedding dress, subscribing to online stores is not such a bad idea. You will be updates on the latest offers, models and sales and word has it, some stores even create special promotions and discount exclusively for their subscribers.
#5: It’s a seller’s market. If you do end up buying a really expensive wedding dress, why not sell it once the wedding is over? You won’t be able to recover the entire amount you paid for it, but you will end up having some extra cash that you could use for something else. A Caribbean honeymoon, maybe?
Dear Alfred Angelo, on behalf of all the future brides of the world, I want to thank you for this dream come true. Everyone knows that most women dream of their wedding dress ever since they were children, back in the days were Disney’s princesses were our best inspiration and our role models.
We modestly bow down before the collection below, as each and every item would make a perfect wedding dress for a fairy tale wedding.
The entire collection is available here. Which one would you choose and why?
Even when they are invited to be part of the wedding party, bridesmaids would love to be able to dress into something that fits their own unique style. However, that does not make for some of the best wedding photos. Truth be told, ladies, you should all wear the same type of dress, but in a different style. Why? Because this will set you apart from every other lady present at the wedding. It will make you stand out of the crowd, be the center of attention (alongside the bride, of course) and it requires little to no effort.
You don’t have to stress over what color to choose, what fabric and so on. You all get your own piece of fabric and the bride can let you choose your own dress design. But don’t take our word for it, just take a glimpse at the gallery below.
The 20th Century Fashions during the 40s was predominantly influenced by the Big Band era; swing music reflected the way people dressed. But at the same time there was the influence of the World War II. The times revealed a certain difficulty in creation as shortages both economically and socially were present all over the place. Somehow the designers managed to combine style and practicality to reach the status of elegance and classy.
One can divide the 1940s fashion in two distinguished parts: during the war and after the war.
These distinctive styles are reflected also in the 1940s wedding dresses. In the first period, during the war the style of the dresses was simpler as clothing was rationed across the UK and US. That is why many brides of modest means chose to wear practical dresses. Homemade accessories and curly hairstyle allowed the brides to show their elegance without too much expense or waste. The grooms limited themselves to simply wear the uniform.
The second period with the war over and materials available again, the French couturiers, gained again suveranity in the fashion realm. Christian Dior was the promoter of the New Look, that featured a nipped waist, fuller skirts with plenty of fabric and a more classical feminine image. His New Look became more popular across the ocean where designers combined several elements in order to get the effects of elegance and stylish. Long sleeves with a point at the end -that made the hands look elongated and brought the wedding ring into attention-, emphasis on waist, often with a “V” shape, made of rayon and sometimes silk, these are few of the elements introduced in the New Look of 1940’s wedding dresses.
Another element not less important is the usange of veil which in time became a trend in wearing it longer and richer reaching almost the fullness of a rich trail.
The 1940’s bride’s hairstyle is still actual and perfect for a formal wedding. The curly style confers a classical and elegant look underlining the features of the face in a delicate manner. Many elements of 1940’s wedding dresses are preserved in nowadays wedding fashion. Designers take interest in creating new looks based on the “old looks” of the 40s.11
Every woman knows that the wedding dress is generally the most expensive item a future bride has to buy for her wedding. And the more Swarovski Crystals and Vera Wang creations you aim for, the more the prices are gonna go up. But let’s assume that you are on a budget and no matter how much you want an expensive wedding dress, you just can’t afford it. What if there was a way for you to get your hands on a beautiful wedding dress without spending a fortune? Oh wait, there is…