Steps For Planning A Wedding

How do you begin to plan a wedding?
There are steps for planning a wedding that are easy to follow. The steps below are a combination of what the experts say and based on my experiences with brides who I have worked with over the years.

There are 3 major decisions you must make first:
Set the date. Ideally you want to give yourself a 1 year or no less than 9 months to plan. If you are one who is planning a fast wedding in less than 4 to 6 months, you have to get started right away. You also have to be ready to compromise and know there will be a number of things you won’t be able to acquire or do for your wedding because of the short period of time. With fast wedding planning, you have to be flexible!

Wedding ceremony and reception location. Will it be a religious ceremony or will it take place somewhere else like a grand ball room? Will you have a destination wedding? Will it be outdoors or indoors? Once you figure out where you will have the ceremony and reception this sets the tone for your wedding.

Wedding theme and formality. Will your wedding be a very formal or an informal event? Your wedding ceremony and reception site will have a bearing on choosing the formality you should have. Will your wedding and reception have a theme? Some popular themes are the beach wedding theme, hollywood-glam theme, and the Cinderella-fairytale theme. Vintage weddings and Medieval-Renaissance weddings are also popular.
It is a must that you figure out the answers to the questions above before you pick out your bridal gown and anything else dealing with your wedding.Why is this important?

Because if you don’t take these steps for planning a wedding, you will find yourself making costly mistakes, like having to buy another bridal gown because you hadn’t done the planning first. This happens to brides who pick the gown and then later decide on a theme or change the venue, which now doesn’t work with the gown.

Now this brings us to..

Choose The Right Shoes For Your Wedding

When choosing your wedding shoes, the height of the shoe determines the length of the wedding gown. You’ll need your wedding shoes when you’re having alterations made to your wedding gown.

It’s for this reason you should purchase your shoes as soon as your gown is chosen. The last thing you want is to have your gown the wrong length because you switched shoes mid-stream.

The second thing to consider is the style of your wedding gown. A formal designer wedding gown warrants an elegant pair of shoes to match but you might consider a sparkly pair of flip flops for a beach wedding gown! A more informal gown might require a pair of white satin ballet shoes or even some strappy sandals.

While cute shoes are important, comfort is key. You won’t be sitting down much!

Another option for some brides is to choose 2 pairs of shoes…elegant shoes for the wedding and ‘reception’ shoes for the party afterwards. Reception shoes are comfortable sneakers or flat shoes adorned with sequins, pearls and glitter and tied with satin or lace shoelaces.

Whatever your choice, we’d like to help you find the perfect shoes!

The Style For Wedding Gown

wChoose the perfect wedding gown style for your body type,how to determine which gown will fit and flatter you best.
From slenderizing goddess gowns to bust-minimizing one-strap dresses, these wedding gownes will fit and flatter every curve.Start by searching through our designer wedding gown galleries for thousands of gowns and wedding accessories to find the right style for you.
Choosing the wedding gown style can be hard enough sometimes, whether to go for the A-Line, or Grecian etc but once you have finally found the perfect style of wedding gown, there are still a few more choices to make. Picking the right sleeves and neckline can transform a nice dress into something stunning.
1) Long or Three-Quarter Sleeves
This option can be attached to, or separate from the wedding gown. It is often used to detract the eye from the fuller hipped bride. Long sleeves will also conceal larger arms and cover square shoulders if they are loose sleeves. Although, if you have long well-toned arms you might as well flaunt them with a sleeveless style. Also, if you are petite, avoid this look as it can make your arms look out of scale.
2) Short Sleeves
This is an ideal compromise if you want to cover your shoulders. They can balance a pear-shaped look and square rounded shoulders if you use shoulder pads. If you have toned arms this look will show them off as well as helping balance out those with small shoulders. Short sleeves will help break the line of taller brides, making you look smaller. Although, if you have broad shoulders, this look tends to emphasize them.
3) Spaghetti Straps
Straps can create a frame for a pretty neck and reduce big shoulders. Although if you have a large bust, opt for wider straps to avoid unsightly red marks. This look is perfect for those with toned arms and shoulders. Try and avoid this look if you have angular shoulders and large arms.
4) Strapless
This elegant look suits those with long neck, good shoulders and well-toned arms. This wedding gown style also lends the opportunity to accessorise with beautiful jewellery. Try to avoid this look if you have a larger bust, as the strapless look is unlikely to give you the support you need.
5) Halter neck
This is a more unusual style for wedding gownes, but they do expose shoulders and toned arms to your advantage. The continuity of the line makes you look taller if you are petite. However, the continuation of the line will also exaggerate those with a wider hip.
6) Bateau
This look shows-off pretty collarbones and elegant necks to stunning effect. A perfect design for those with narrower shoulders, like Audrey Hepburn, in Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
7) V-line
This look can be stunning if you have a little cleavage to flaunt, especially if you match it with pretty jewellery. When matched with a good bra this look can be tastefully sexy. Be careful however, if you have a small bust, as this will be exaggerated.
8) Sweetheart
This is probably the second-most popular style after straight strapless as it forms a pretty, romantic neckline with a natural heart shape, adding to the impression of innocence. For those with a generous bust, this option adds a sexier style with a hint of cleavage. Although avoid this if you don’t have an attractive neck, or just accessorise with pretty jewellery.
9) Dipped
This is a curved shape neckline which doesn’t go as low as the sweetheart cut. This style effectively hides fleshy underarms and is flattering for any bust size. However be careful to avoid the ‘double bust’ if you have a generous bust.

About Sheer Fabrics (For Veiling And Dresses)

I am often asked about the differences between different types of sheer fabrics we use. If you don’t know fabric, there is understandable confusion. I have decided to make a post about the lightweight fabrics we use most.

Tulle is a lightweight, very fine netting, which is often starched. It can be made of various fibres, including silk, nylon, and rayon. Tulle is most commonly used for veils, gowns (particularly wedding gowns), and ballet tutus.

If you want poof, this is your fabric. Widely used for veils, petticoats, skirts, and dress overlays.
Pros: The most sheer and ethereal.
Cons: Can sometimes be a little scratchy.

Chiffon is synonymous with elegance in the fashion world. This floaty, sheer fabric is often used in luxury garments such as evening wear or lingerie to add a touch of class as it drapes well. Chiffon has a lightweight texture and a semi-mesh weave which is what gives the fabric a chic transparent appearance, as well as making it slightly rough to the touch.
An unbelievably soft, barely there fabric. Great for mantilla veils and dress overlays.

Pros: Nice drape and light, airy quality to it. A natural fiber.
Cons: Snags and frays easily. As the one sewing, I have to say it is the most difficult to work with.

Organza is a thin, plain weave, sheer fabric traditionally made from silk.A very crisp sheer fabric. Some designers do use this in veils, but we really only use it for overlays and accessories. I find it a bit too stiff for a nice veil.

Pros: Also a natural fiber.
Cons: Has a LOT of body to it, it’s pretty stiff. I guess that can be a pro or con, depending on what you’re looking for.

About Wedding Gown Silhouette

Every bride should know something about wedding gown silhouettes before purchasing her gown. A silhouette should work well with your body type, personal style, and wedding, among which the most important one should be body type. You obviously want something flattering. Next, you want something that works with your personal style. This would be the type of gown you dream about or see in magazines and say “I want that.” Lastly, make sure it works with your wedding. If you have a small private wedding on a beach, it’s unsuitable to have a silk princess ball gown.

Below are some guidelines:
Best Body Type- This works well with almost all body types. The A-line makes round bodies appear slimmer and short bodies appear taller. The lines of the skirt hide the lower body of those with hips and can add the illusion of curves to those with less shape.
Personal Style- traditional, elegant, refined, girlie
Wedding Setting- The A-line is perfect for traditional weddings! Whatever your religion, an A shaped flare is surely the best. It’s not too over the top and not too casual. Therefore, it works perfect for a medium sized wedding.

Ball Gown
Best Body Type- Great for brides who are a little bustier. This shape draws the attention down and balances the proportions. Perfect for the inverted triangle body type.
Personal Style- over the top, girlie, bold, romantic
Wedding Setting- This silhouette works best for over the cheap weddings. Usually over 200 guests, in a large ball
room, with large floral arrangements.

Princess Length
Best Body Type- This length can work well on petites, slim figures, and tall women alike. Plus sized brides should avoid the princess length unless they are taller than 5’9 or it may make them appear heavier.
Personal Style- retro, sweet, girlie, vintage
Wedding Setting- This silhouette is all about the length. Since it is not too short it is still wearable for all occasions. The volume makes it appropriate for weddings in places of worship and the length could even make it casual enough for a backyard. It’s all about how you accessorize it!

Empire Waist
Best Body Type- This under the bust waistline is perfect for hiding hips, stomachs, or thighs while drawing attention to the bust. It also lengthens the body and works well on petite brides. Great for pear shapes.
Personal Style- sophisticated, bohemian, romantic, chic
Wedding Setting- Empire waist gown are very sweet. The fit is perfect for just about every setting including beach, church, and backyard weddings.

Best Body Type- This silhouette works best for those with curves. It accentuates well proportioned women by showing off what they’ve got.
Personal Style- bold, girlie, romantic, dreamy
Wedding Setting- They don’t work for small informal or more casual weddings. Because of the elegant shape, it works best for weddings with 75 guests or more that take place in beautiful settings such as places of worship, parks, and event spaces.

Best Body Type- The cocktail length works for everyone! Follow the guidelines from the other silhouettes as far as what works best for sheath, ball gowns, A-lines, etc. to choose which cocktail gown suits you.
Personal Style- edgy, trend setter, adventurous, modern
Wedding Setting- This short cropped gown is perfect for more casual weddings, spur of the moment weddings, and weddings that are a little more trendy than most. This also makes a great reception gown for a larger wedding gownes.
Best Body Type- Great for narrow frames. This gown falls straight down and works well with slimmer bodies. The long lines are also beneficial for petite women since it elongates the lines of the body.
Personal Style- simple, chic, timeless, sophisticated
Wedding Setting- This silhouette works best for elegant weddings and beach weddings. The soft drape is simple and gorgeous but not overwhelming. The wedding should not be more overwhelming than the gown.

The Style Of Wedding Dress

Your wedding day will be one of the most memorable days of your life. Work on creating your own style for your wedding, it doesn’t have to cost you a fortune to do this. Spend some quite time alone, and picture what you would like your wedding to be. Talk to your husband to be, to get his input and go about creating the picture that is in your mind. You will have the happiest memories of your wedding if you create your own dream wedding and stick to what you want to do.

Wedding dresses Types:
This is a basic guide to wedding dress types, but if you dream up something else, by all means create that dream.

Very Formal
These ceremonies are always held in a house of worship.
Can be 6 – 12 bridesmaids / groomsmen.
Bride wears floor-length bridal dress, a full cathedral train and a full veil.
Bridesmaids wear floor length bridesmaid dress of the same style, they are normally different but harmonising colours.
Mothers wear formal bridesmaid dresses.
The groom, fathers, and groomsmen wear full evening dress, opera hat, and kid gloves.

These ceremonies are always held in a house of worship.
Can be 4 – 12 bridesmaids / groomsmen.
Bride wears floor-length bridesmaid gown, a full cathedral train and a medium length veil.
Bridesmaids wear floor length bridesmaid gowns of the same style, they are normally different but harmonising colours.
Mothers wear afternoon dresses of shorter or longer length.
The groom, fathers, and groomsmen wear formal wedding gown.

Semi Formal
This ceremony can be held in a house of worship , at home, or at a place of your choosing.
Can be 6 – 12 bridesmaids / groomsmen.
Bride wears ballerina or floor length wedding dress, with a short veil.
Bridesmaids wear ballerina or street length dresses, all of the same length but not longer than the brides.
Mothers wear street length dresses.
The groom, fathers, and groomsmen wear dark business suits.

All wear street dress.
One maid of honour and the best man.
Small, day time ceremony attended by relatives and close friends. The appropriate dress for a civil ceremony.

Two general rules:
1. All males should wear dress shirts of whatever style; the idea being to compliment the bride’s bridal gown.
2. The bride’s gloves should have the ring finger split, as tradition indicates that she does not remove her gloves until the ceremony and all festivities she participates in are complete.

Good Reivew For A Wedding Dress

It is beautiful, fits well and the craftsmenship on the dress is outstanding. It took me some time to decide to order the dress since I had never ordered from Suzhou Bridal before and could not see the quality first hand of the materials that would be used to construct the dress.

I will not hesitate to use Suzhou Bridal again or recommend it to others.

The History Of Wedding Dress

While contemporary weddings are often a symbol of love and commitment between the bride and the groom, for most of history, weddings were more like a business deal in which two families joined forces for a beneficial arrangement or alliance. Wedding dresses, then, were chosen to present the bride’s family in the best light, especially in terms of wealth and social status.

For most of history, brides rarely purchased a dress specifically for their wedding day. The bride would typically wear her finest dress to the ceremony, even if it was a dark color. In fact, many brides wore black during this time.
Only a few colors were avoided, such as green, which was then considered unlucky. Blue was a popular choice as it represented purity, piety and a connection to the Virgin Mary, plus the dark color easily hid stains and imperfections and could be worn again.

Though examples of brides wearing white can be traced back as early as 1406, the 1840 marriage of England’s Queen Victoria to her cousin Prince Albert is considered the seminal white-wearing occasion.
Dripping with orange blossoms, her stunning white dress inspired thousands of common folk to follow suit. Almost a decade after the wedding, Godey’s Lady’s Book, one of the first women’s magazines in America, declared that white was the most fitting hue for a bride.

From then on, brides interested in showing off their wealth and social rank made sure to wear white dresses made from excessive amounts of fabric (made that much easier following the sewing innovations brought forth by the Industrial Revolution).
Since white was a hard color to obtain and preserve, only wealthier women could afford such a dress. Still, white dresses worn during the 1800s were a far cry from eggshell, as at that time people lacked the necessary means to bleach fabrics.

The white-dress trend grew scarce during the Great Depression, when times were hard and it was difficult for most people to spend money on a gown they would never wear again.

Instead, brides returned to the tradition of wearing their best outfit, which was usually a darker color instead of white. Following an economic boom in the second half of the 20th century, white became a popular color once more, as evidenced by the weddings of Grace Kelly, Princess Diana and other iconic women who married during this time.

In Chinese, Indian, and other Eastern cultures, brides often wear red or a white-red combination, as the color red symbolizes auspiciousness and good luck. In Japanese weddings, brides often don multiple colorful dresses throughout the ceremony and the following festivities.

These days, brides can choose from millions of colors, styles and fabrics for their walk down the aisle. While shape and style vary drastically from bride to bride, traditional white and light-colored dresses are still most popular, as many today view white not so much as a symbol of wealth but rather one of purity and virtue.

Unlike the many trends and traditions tied to wedding gowns, for most of history, the groom’s only requirement has been to dress in a way that matches the bride’s gown. Isn’t he lucky!

The History of Suzhou Bridal

China Suzhou wedding dresses factory has been operating in the bridal industry for more than 10 years. In recent years, the most part of our business practice is to manufacture bridal gowns for USA, UK, Germany, and others Europe areas. Our management theory in line with ” paying attention to every minor matter, can accomplish the major issue “, Strict with oneself, adhere to the aim of the first of quality, make great efforts to serve customer. With our extensive collection of wedding gowns, from simple, clean lines to elaborately, luxuriously hand-beaded, there’s sure to be a gown that would perfect the most important day of every bride! Many wholesalers from UK, US, Germany etc, they all approve of our wedding dress and made a long business with us, I can assure you that each our wedding dress has the high quality.
We offer a wide range of wedding gowns, evening/prom gowns, bridesmaid dresses, elegant flower girl dresses and related accessories in different styles. The fabrics used are satin, chiffon, organza, tulle, taffeta, georgette, silk, polyester etc.

We also make wedding dresses, evening dresses,bridesmaid dresses,mother of bride dresses,flower girl dresses,etc. according to customer’s design requested.
Offering comprehensive services and superior products, we welcome companies worldwide to cooperate with us. Send us your sample/photo, or tell us your request!

1) supply bridal gown, evening dress, prom gown, flower girl dresses and wedding accessories.
2) different color and different size available.
3) high quality.
4) competitive price directly from factory quotation.
5) customer’s design is welcomed. No minimum order for you.
More info, please visit our website.

Our guarantee

Suzhou bridal dresses factory guarantee that we will make you satisfied with our products and services. We are in business to make you happy. We will go the extra mile for you. If that means working overtime, then it will be done! We will try our best to do the order process wonderfully.

If you are looking for a particular gown that you do not see on our site. Please contact us as we can get many nationally advertised dresses for you at extremely discounted prices. If you haven’t a slight stature, please don’t worry. We can make the dress with plus size and hid your limitation. If you are in a hurry, we will make your dress overtime and send it to you in time.

More information, please feel free to contact us by email of Suzhou wedding dress facotry, We will reply your questions and email you ASAP. Congratulations and much love and happiness for the many years to come in wedded BLS!