Tips to Find the Right Wedding Dress

Tip 1: Set a budget and try to stick to it.

Unless you have a bank account that could feed an entire country for a year or two, a budget is a must. It’s unavoidable to go over the budget sometimes, but having an idea of how much you’re willing to spend is a great way of stopping yourself from overspending.

Tip 2: Shop with someone you trust.

It can be your mother, your sister, a close relative or your best friend; whoever you decide to go wedding dress shopping with, make sure you can trust that person to be perfectly honest and supportive at the same time. Having a second, third or even fourth opinion can help you make a better choice when picking out your wedding dress.

Tip 3: Find out what wedding dress shape suits you and what you should avoid.
Just like wedding dresses, brides too come in different shapes and sizes. What’s perfect for one celebrity bride might not do anything for you. The most important thing you have to know when looking for that perfect wedding gown is knowing what styles and shapes work best for your body type.

It’s important to note that there are some universally flattering cuts and styles when it comes to wedding dresses; this includes the all-time favorite, the A-Line wedding dress. The slight flare the skirt helps create the illusion of a perfect hourglass shape regardless of your shape just one simple rule you have to remember when it comes to A-Line shapes: the wider the hips, the wider the skirt base.

Another crowd favorite is the ball gown wedding dress. The ball gown has a dramatically full skirt. This is the perfect dress for women who are of medium build or medium height. This dress shape also works well for brides on the tall side. With the ball gown wedding dress, you’re sure to feel like the princess of the ball.

For petite women who wish to add some inches to their frame, the empire wedding dress is a perfect way of creating a sleeker and longer silhouette. The focus of the dress is on your upper body, creating a snug fit in the bosom and a loosely flowing skirt that adds to the overall look of elegance the dress conveys.

If you have an hourglass figure, then by all means, go for the trumpet or the mermaid wedding dress. You can be sure that this body-hugging sheath will show off all your gorgeous curves without going over the top. The sheath dress is also a great way of hinting at your glorious curves without necessarily exposing every dip and flare.

Tip 4: Find a dress that showcases your assets and masks problem areas.

This cannot be stressed enough. If you’re feeling self-conscious about your arms, then by all means, go for a long-sleeved gown. If you feel good about your cleavage, then opt to show off some décolletage with a strapless or plunging neckline.

Remember, pick the neckline, the skirt style and the hemline that works best with your figure. If you plan on showing off your gams, then choose a wedding dress with a strategically placed slit that flashes your lovely legs as you walk. If it’s an informal event, you can even go for a micromini wedding dress that shows off your perfectly toned thighs.

You should feel comfortable and confident when you strut your way down the aisle. The key to feeling confident and comfortable is looking good and loving the choice you’ve made.

Tip 5: Choose your dress according to how formal the ceremony will be.

You can’t wear a short wedding dress in a formal and traditional wedding. If your wedding is going to be a formal affair, then be sure to pick a dress that is no shorter than floor-length. If it’s ultra-formal, you might even have to consider having a wedding train as part of your attire.

If your wedding is set in a conservative setting, or if your priest doesn’t approve of women wearing sleeveless dresses, then investing in wedding over clothes may be the perfect option. Right after the ceremony, you can just easily take off your over-clothes to reveal your sexy and figure-flattering wedding dress.

Lou Razon Redefines Filipiniana

When the term “Filipiniana” comes to mind, many tend to refer to the traditional Maria Clara or Mestiza design. However, as of today designer Lou Razon has redefined Filipiniana by uniting the old with the new, developing a unique and harmonious Filipino fashion.

Lou Razon introduces a modern way to represent a Filipiniana theme wedding. For the bride, a wedding gown is made with traditional pina or jusi fabrics and is cut into a contemporary strapless or off the shoulder design. Accompanying the gown can include anything from a long beautiful train to a delicate panuelo.

Lou Razon offers a variation of designs custom to fit the theme for the entire wedding entourage. Bridesmaids’ dresses come in endless styles. Imagine a refined embroidered organza fabric designed into stylish silhouettes with details ranging from sweetheart necklines to elegant strapless gowns. Principal sponsors will look chic in a fitted jusi top with modern kimona sleeves in any desired color. The mother-of-the bride or groom will look luxurious in a feminine pina jusi blazer, intricately embroidered to her liking.

If you seek a classical twist, Lou Razon revolutionary designs will satisfy your stylish appetite. A Filipiniana wedding can stay true to its traditional roots, while adding a contemporary flare, making your wedding a unique and unforgettable occasion.

About Lou Razon:

Where high fashion meets customer satisfaction, Lou Razon delivers custom bridal and special occasion collections of endless styles. Her skills as esteemed designer range from runway fashion to simple elegance. She has accomplished to present her customers unique gowns of their own desires. Her personal design characteristics exhibit dramatic cuts, innovative silhouettes and bold, rich colors.

Lou Razon’s passion for design sparked at the age of six. Her mother’s creativity and business attributes inspired her to become the established designer she is today. With the desire for growth, she studied Fine Arts at the University of Santo Tomas then continued her Bachelor of Arts in Interior Design at the Assumption College in Manila, Philippines.Her endeavors to follow her dream brought her to Los Angeles. In California’s fashion capital, Lou Razon attended the Art Institute, also known as California Design College, receiving a Certificate in Fashion Design and Computer Aided Design. Her stepping stone into the fashion industry began while working as a production design assistant for an apparel manufacturer. Lou Razon has successfully been in business for more than ten years. Noted for her hard work and creative impact, Lou Razon has achieved countless awards in the Filipino-American community. Her creations have been chosen by noted celebrity clients and well-known public figures.

Some Testimonials from Customers :

I needed a wedding dress in less than 2 months and Lou was able to make it in 5 weeks. I actually saw her on line and went to visit her at her workshop in West Covina. She actually sells dresses on line but I wanted a more personalized service because I am petite and I didn’t want to worry about the fit. I made an appointment , met Lou then she had me try on 2 dresses and from there she started designing styles that would compliment my figure. I came after few weeks, tried the actual dress (with intricate detail) and it looked gorgeous. It was a bit tight because I think I gained some weight but that very same day, they altered it while I waited. I live far so same day alterations made it very convenient for me. I am so happy with the service. The fit was perfect and the style was great! (debbie)

Introduction To Wedding Etiquette

People these days are thinking, does WEDDING ETIQUETTE still exist in our age wherein every rule that anybody can think of could be bent? In this rule defying age, it seems that WEDDING ETIQUETTE is just a thing of the past. But is WEDDING ETIQUETTE really now just part of history? I don’t think so. And maybe even you and the rest of the population don’t think so, too.

Every culture has WEDDING ETIQUETTE. Even if we think those who live in far flung areas are barbaric and do not know a thing about WEDDING ETIQUETTE, they have their own sets of rules and etiquette to follow. Their WEDDING ETIQUETTE may not be as proper as we think ours is, but for them their WEDDING ETIQUETTE is the proper WEDDING ETIQUETTE.

The WEDDING ETIQUETTE that we have come to know dates back from the 1800, at the time of the Victorians. Victorians are well educated, intelligent and well mannered. They value social manners and behavior. This is the reason why lots of social and WEDDING ETIQUETTE books had been published during the Victorian era.

The social and WEDDING ETIQUETTE practices of the Victorians has been passed on to us and became the basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE of the westerners. These Victorian WEDDING ETIQUETTE has been modified or bent to suit our current culture and lifestyle.

What are the basics of WEDDING ETIQUETTE? Should we follow every rule in Emily Post’s famous WEDDING ETIQUETTE book?


In every all aspect of the wedding there is a WEDDING ETIQUETTE that should be followed. There’s a WEDDING ETIQUETTE to follow when creating an invitation, sending it out, and replying to it; in attending a wedding, guests should abide to the basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE for guests; when sending out gifts there’s a WEDDING ETIQUETTE too that must be followed. < Here are some of basic WEDDING ETIQUETTE for the wedding parties and the guests: For the bride and groom: - Wedding invitation must be worded either formal or informal. It depends upon the couple. If they want a formal wedding celebration, they must choose formal words. If the wedding will be celebrated with closest family and friends, an informal wording on the invitation would do. Invitation should be sent out four to six weeks before the wedding. If your wedding is a wedding destination, you may send a Save a Date card to your guests six to eight months before the wedding. Your guest also need to prepare themselves financially and physically for your wedding destination. - A bride can now choose any dress design and color that she wants. But if she will be wed in a church with strict rules on dress code, she should abide to the rules of her church. - A groom may wear either a suit or black tie. He could also wear a loose dress in beige pants for a beach wedding. - The couples should not ask for cash gifts. As for wedding registry card, they should not insert it invitation. Just mention in your invitation that you have an online wedding registry. - The stepmother may seat at the church's first pew only if the bride (if the bride is her stepdaughter) is closer to her than her mother. However, if the bride is close to both her mother and stepmother, she should seat her mother at the first pew. For the guests: - Invited guests should reply to a wedding invitation immediately after receipt of the invitation card or not later than two weeks before the wedding. Couples need to be informed of the actual head count for the sit down dinner. - Guests should be formally dressed if the invitation is worded formally even if there is no indication that the attire should be formal. Women are now allowed to wear evening dress for a formal wedding especially if their escorts are in black tie. - Guests are not obliged to buy gifts from the registry. Invited guests who can't make it to the wedding are also not obliged to send gifts. Gifts may be sent to the couple before or one year after the wedding. It will help the newlywed alot if the gifts will be delivered at the couples new address.

Traditional Malta Weddings – A Dream Malta Wedding

For the local population Maltese weddings are considered a big affair. A lot of hours and thought is given to make sure that the big day is impeccable. Typically, weddings in Malta are rather traditional. They begin with a wedding mass in a local church, attended by family and close friends of the happy couple, who are often followed by an entourage of brides maids and grooms men. Upon leaving the church, the guests proceed to another venue for the party. This usually takes the form of a cocktail reception, followed by dancing till the early hours of the morning or a grand gala dinner, at which the guests are seated at spectacularly dressed tables. Mid-way, it is often the duty of the best man to present a speech (usually a rather embarrassing one for the couple!) which is followed by the cutting of the wedding cake. It is common place that the wedding cake is made as a tradition almond or fruit cake. Towards the end of the evening, the newly-weds change into what are known as ‘going-away outfits’ and are carried out on the shoulders of their friends to prepare for their honeymoon!

When planning a wedding, the bride and groom hope for perfection all the way. From the dress to the catering, Maltese local vendors strive for excellence at all costs to provide a dream wedding. A crucial factor in any wedding is the venue. Due to the bright summer sun, May, June and September are high seasons for weddings in Malta. But with an array of top outdoor and indoor Malta venues one’s wedding can be perfect, rain or shine!

Every year, a large wedding fair takes place in Malta that caters for all elements desired in a typical Malta wedding; such as bridal cars, entertainment, catering, bridal dresses, men’s attire, venue and so on. Furthermore, some of the leading Malta Hotels use their wedding expertise to hold their own exclusive Wedding Open-Weekends, which allow couples to stroll through their magnificent suites, each prepared to the highest detail for any sort of wedding. They also have an on-site wedding support team which will be with you through every step of the way.

Getting Married in Malta

A ‘Once-in-a-lifetime’ occasion deserves a complete experience tailor made to the couples’ taste. Nowadays even foreigners are flying to Malta to get married. Religious and civil ceremonies are available in Malta and are legally recognized in Europe and North America. Couples can enjoy a wedding and honeymoon experience that combines relaxation with a chance to discover our unique cultural, historical and artistic treasures. The range of ideal wedding venues is vast but to make your wedding experience a typical Malta wedding you can enjoy a private beach wedding set against the backdrop of a setting sun or an elegant wedding in an 18th century palace. And to complement it, why not organize your local and romantic transport known as the “karrozzin”, which is a traditional flower-decorated, Maltese horse-drawn carriage.

Uniquely made Couture Bridal Gowns.

Bridal Reflections is a prestigious bridal couture salon located on Park Avenue in New York City, and with Long Island locations in Massapequa and Carle Place. This Manhattan bridal salon specializes in designer wedding gowns by such talents as Christine Anthony, St. Pucchi, Eve of Milady, and Amalia Carrera.

European seamstresses provide the finest tailoring found in the States, providing custom detailing and alterations that make every couture wedding dress a truly one of a kind creation. Designer bridal accessories are plentiful including wedding veils, petticoats, and lace gloves.

What truly sets Bridal Reflections apart from other New York bridal salons is a degree of service and dedication to excellence that far exceeds expectations. Every couture wedding dress and every bride is treated as unique and very, very special.

This Manhattan couture house also offers designer evening gowns and evening bags. The Long Island locations feature a rich selection of bridesmaid dresses and flower girl creations.