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Wedding Suit & Dress Hire

With the right dress every bride will look beautiful on her wedding day "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue and a sixpence in your shoe".

Borrowed represents friendship, blue means faithfulness. The sixpence means you will never be poor. Today a five cent piece can be used with the same meaning.

Your wedding dress probably requires more thought and often more expense, than any outfit you'll ever wear.

The dress can be bought, hired or professionally made; it all depends on your personal circumstances.

When Finding Your Perfect Dress keep in mind the style and chosen theme of your wedding, with so many styles to choose from, including separate bodices and skirts, it's advisable to start looking as soon as possible. The many brides' magazines on the market will show you the latest styles and fashions. This will be a good starting point for you to determine your likes and dislikes. Keep a scrapbook of all your cuttings and ideas. Try not to be taken in by all you read in bridal magazines. They could be saying that "off the shoulder gowns are in," but may be saying something different in six months time.

However, the best way to find out which style suits you best is to visit the specialist bridal shops in your area. Try on as many different styles as possible — your original ideas could alter dramatically once you have seen yourself in the mirror so keep an open mind. Make a note of the dresses you like best. Walk and sit in them to make sure you are comfortable. It's advisable to take someone along with you whom you can trust to give you an honest opinion and to take a photo of you in the dresses you like best. Do take your time and don't allow yourself to be rushed into buying something you are unhappy with. Be realistic when choosing the size of your dress, particularly if you are prone to putting on weight or, if you intend to lose a few pounds.

Most shops will alter a dress so it fits you perfectly, so be prepared for several fittings before the big day. Aim to have final alterations a couple of weeks before the wedding — check charges beforehand.

Another advantage of the specialist bridal shops is that you can usually buy your whole outfit, including headdresses, for yourself and your attendants, in the one place. Once you have chosen your dress it is important that you try on the whole ensemble — veil, hat or tiara, shoes and the undies you will be wearing. Choose underwear carefully so that you don't get any unsightly outlines. It is advisable to wear your shoes around the house to break them in so they will be comfortable on the day.

Designers and Dressmakers can help if you want a truly unique dress you could choose to have your dress made. It really is best to go to a professional designer or dressmaker. Make an appointment and take along pictures of the style you are looking for. A good designer or dressmaker will be able to interpret your wishes into the dress of your dreams. They can usually make your headdresses and attendants outfits too. (Ask your designer to draw and sign a sketch as a souvenir.)

Fabrics — Setting personal tastes and current trends aside, the style and fabric will ultimately depend on the season. Lace, muslin, fine cotton or organdie are more suitable for a wedding in the tropical north while heavy satins, brocades or velvets are ideal for winter weddings in the southern areas of Australia. Beadwork, diamante, sequins and embroidery are making a definite comeback.

Colours for Your Dress — Wearing white, even for the traditional wedding, is by no means compulsory. In fact it should be avoided if it doesn't suit your complexion. (It's a surprise to learn that white only became fashionable when Queen Victoria wore it on her wedding day). With many more weddings taking place during the autumn and winter months, brides are making the most of the elements and colours of the seasons by incorporating them into their theme.

Headdresses — You may choose to wear a veil, flowers in your hair, a hat or nothing at all but, be sure to take along your headdress or a photograph to your hairdresser. The tiara and veil are still firm favourites and can be hired or custom-made. You may only wear a veil once in your life and if this is your dream, it may dictate the style of your dress and so be the first decision you make. For example, a very ornate dress maybe "too much" with a heavily patterned veil or, if you choose a long veil, the back detail on your dress will be covered. Also, if you choose a veil that covers your face on the way to the altar, choose one that is bust height so it doesn't hide your flowers. (NB You will need bridesmaids if it is very long and you should practice walking with it and practice lifting it.)

Accessories — If you have chosen a dress or suit for a more informal wedding, the finishing touches can make all the difference. A carefully chosen hat or headdress, jewellery and accessories or, flowers and embroidery, can make the plainest outfit quite beautiful and create a harmonious effect. Whatever you wear, it is wise to have a spare pair of stockings in case of accidents on the day. It is traditional for brides to wear garters in memory of the days when removing them was part of the wedding celebrations.

It is important to make the Right Choice — Whatever shape or size you are there will always be a design that flatters your figure as long as you remember these golden rules:

  • Frills and flounces should be avoided by full figures. A pear shaped figure is easily flattered with a smooth, fitted bodice leading to a V-shaped dropped waist. This takes the emphasis away from the hips giving the impression of a narrow waist.
  • Full three-quarter length sleeves will balance a larger hipline.
  • A simple gown, trimmed with lace is best suited to a petite figure. The skirt should not be too full or the sleeves exaggerated.
  • If you are tall and thin, then avoid severe styles with vertical lines. A graceful neck and shoulders can be greatly enhanced with a scooped or simple round neckline.

Bridal Gown Tips

  • Decide on the style of your wedding
  • Choose whether you are going to buy, hire or have your dress
  • Be realistic about changes in your weight
  • Don't be rushed into a decision
  • To get a true opinion take an honest friend shopping
  • Have a photo taken in the dresses you want to keep in mind
  • When you have found the right dress, try on the whole ensemble with your headdress, shoes and your underwear
  • Make sure you feel comfortable-walk up and down stairs and sit in it
  • Practice using the toilet!
  • Don't miss fittings
  • Ask to be shown how to fold your dress to avoid excessive creasing during car journeys
  • Practice lifting your veil
  • On the day, take along a second pair of more comfortable shoes for dancing

Your Wedding Gown after the Big Day
You have many options once the wedding is over and your fabulous dress has done its work. You could sell it, store it, or preserve it as an heirloom. Dying the dress to use it as an evening gown is usually not the best option, as the different parts of the dress will take up the dye at different rates and the end product will be too much of a disappointment. Follow our tips to ensure that all goes well whatever you choose to do.

Gown Cleaning
Your wedding dress is the most important you will ever wear. Fragile and expensive, it is essential that you have your wedding dress professionally cleaned after your big day and before storing it away.

Your dress should be cleaned as quickly as possible, old stains that you may not have noticed, can become immovable and poor packaging can often lead to oxidation, which can turn the garment a yellowy-brown permanently.

  • Do not try and remove stains or marks yourself, leave it to the experts
  • Do not cut out cleaning labels in the dress
  • Do have your dress cleaned as soon as possible
  • Do ask your wedding shop for any manufacturers guidance on cleaning and share this with your wedding gown cleaner

possible by helping to prevent potentially harmful effects of the surroundings from reaching your dress. Providing protection from light and dust which can fade or mark the dress, the dress box also allows the fabric to breath. It is made from specially milled neutral board and comes from acid free tissue paper, preventing 'yellowing' or discolouration of the fabric.

Suit Hire
Most grooms and their groomsmen hire the suits and accessories for the wedding day. To ensure that they all get a good fit and the right size, place your orders well in advance. The suits and accessories should be chosen to complement the bride. They should complement each other as well as the outfits chosen by the bridesmaids. Suit hire professionals will advise on coordination, style and colour. A large selection of suits and accessories are available from Formal Wear Hire, Department Stores and Menswear Stores.

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