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Wedding Dress Styles
Whether you've envisioned your dress for many years, changed your mind several times along the way, or are still unsure, selecting the perfect gown will probably seem a daunting task. To help demystify the process, Martha and weddings editor Darcy Miller visit Michelle Roth Bridal Salon in New York City to compare four basic wedding-dress styles: the full-skirted ball gown, popularized by Queen Victoria; the A-line, which takes the same style its name suggests, with a narrow bodice and a wide skirt; the princess, defined by clean lines and a widening skirt; the sheath, whose darts and seams create a simple, streamlined silhouette; and the Empire, a high- waisted style that dates to the early-nineteenth century.
There are a variety of sleeve treatments, including long sleeve, short sleeve, cap sleeve, spaghetti strap, and strapless, that can be adapted for each style of dress. The bride also has a number of fabrics from which to choose, such as satin, lace, silk, organza, and tulle. Look to the season and the type of wedding-formal or informal, day or evening-for guidance.
Before you go to the bridal salon for the first time, browse through weddings magazines to get a sense of what you like; it's helpful to bring pictures of dresses that appeal to you. Also, be open to trying a variety of dresses. What may seem unlikely on the rack may be stunning on you.
Wedding Dresses Michelle Roth Bridal 24 West 57th Street New York, NY 11019 212-245-3390
Flowers Michael George Hybrid 5 Tudor City Place New York, NY 10017 212-883-0304
Hair and Makeup Warren Tricomi 1-800-457-2292
Jewelry Fred Leighton 773 Madison Ave. New York, NY 10021 212-288-1872
Wedding Dress Styles
"Calliope" Crystal Evening Clutch (in Chartreuse) by CJ Yoon Crystal Beaded Evening Bags by Larisa Barrera Bergdorf Goodman 754 Fifth Avenue New York, NY 10019 800-967-3788 or 212-753-7300
Taj Mahal embroidered clutch in "candlelight" Palm Beach embroidered clutch in "candlelight" Kate Spade 454 Broome Street New York, NY 10013 212-274-1991

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