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Mid-century styling brings back the soft, demure femininity of French lace, little capped sleeves, long sleeves and flattering boat-style necklines and figure-skimming shaping.
There are also gowns that feature decorative fitted lace bodices that are framed with a flowing skirt or those that use lace as a delightful accent.
The lilt and drape of silk chiffon or tulle also harks back to the charm of the '40s and '50s.
Beaded lace adds a touch of extra glamour but remember, do not overdo jewellery accessories if the beading detail is opulent.
While the varied shades of white make it simple for brides who are taking the traditional path to select something that suits their skin tones, rich, deeper creams are also a winner. And to add a colour splash a sophisticated touch is ribbon ties for the waistline.
Bridal gown specialists suggest that the bride-to-be compiles a mood board with various ideas of gown styles so that they get an overall picture of what she has in mind. Proportion, they say, is everything.
They will also ensure that the bride wears the undergarments she will be wearing on the day at all fittings. Underwear and lingerie specialists have options to suit every gown and figure, including the popular shape wear.
Long veils remain popular for the ceremony, after which many are removed. Fascinators, particularly those with net fashioned into a birdcage veil that falls alluringly over the eyes are popular, as are diminutive beaded clasps.
Some brides are looking past traditional white pumps and sandals and are instead heading towards a pop colour which may well be part of the overall colour theme of the wedding. And, remember the rule: wear the bridal shoes to the final fittings to ensure the correct hem length.
The ultimate challenge for anyone involved in the bridal gown industry is that the bride-to-be feels completely ``right'' and relaxed in her wedding dress, for if this is the case she will waltz through her wedding day.
Women couples who are getting married will follow the lead of those who have entered civil union ceremonies here in New Zealand. In some cases both women will wear traditional bridal dresses, while others will wear stunning cocktail gowns or other matching outfits.
There will also be those ceremonies at which one partner will wear a masculine-style suit while the other is in a wedding or cocktail dress. In the case of suits it is better that they are custom-made as men's suits tend to look ``boxy'' on a feminine form.
What is important, once again, is what the couple feel most comfortable wearing.
TIP: The best time to choose a wedding outfit is when you feel most inspired.