Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Wedding Dress Terms: Silhouettes

Here is some terminology to know when you go wedding dress shopping.

A Line - tapered or tight fitting bodice, with a close fitting waist that slowly tapers to a flared hem.

Antebellum - dress with a tight fitting bodice, with a natural waistline that dips two inches to a point in the center front.

Asymmetrical - fabric falls to one side from the natural waistline.
Ballgown - an off the shoulder bodice accented by a natural waistline with a lavish, full skirt.

Blouson - drooping fullness in the fabric from the bodice to the waist, gathered at or below the waist.

Bustle Back - a gown with an exaggerated fullness in the rear of the skirt, built with a pad or frame. This is often done with a bridal train for easier movement at the reception.

Drop Waist - the bodice may be loose, tapered, or tightly fitted, with the waistline of the dress dropping several inches below the natural waist.
Empire - small, scooped bodice gathering at a high waist with a slim yet full skirt. (A raised waist is a waistline that is about one inch above the natural waistline, which may or may not be an empire waist.)

Princess - slim fitting bodice and skirt with vertical seams flowing from the shoulder to the hem of the skirt; accentuates the waist but does not hug the body.

Sheath - narrow, body hugging style without a waist.

Romantic Quotes

If you are in need of some inspiration for your wedding programs or vows, here are some quotes that might help you to better put into words the feelings that you and your loved one share. Real Simple Magazine picked these quotes to be there top ten favorites. Enjoy!

"Once in a young lifetime one should be allowed to have as much sweetness as one can possibly want and hold." - Judith Olney

"To love abundantly is to live abundantly, and to love forever is to live forever."- Henry Drummond

"To love deeply in one direction makes us more loving in all others."- Anne-Sophie Swetchine

"Some people come into our lives and quickly go. Some stay for a while, leave footprints on our hearts, and we are never, ever the same."- Flavia Weedn

"You give but little when you give of your possessions. It is when you give of yourself that you truly give."- Kahlil Gibran

"Love doesn't make the world go 'round. Love is what makes the ride worthwhile."- Franklin P. Jones

"We can only be said to be alive in those moments when our hearts are conscious of our treasures."- Thornton Wilder

"In the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, for in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed."- Kahlil Gibran

"Have a heart that never hardens, a temper that never tires, a touch that never hurts."- Charles Dickens

"To love and be loved is to feel the sun from both sides."- David Viscott