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Here are a few hints about the finishing touches for your ensemble.

Gloves: These should blend with and enhance the total look. Gloves are not required except in very formal weddings. One-button gloves stop at the wrist, and are won with long-sleeved gowns. Sixteen-button gloves cover your entire arm. These would have to be worn with a sleeveless gown. You may want to slit the seam of the ring finger so that you can slip your ring on at the wedding. It will be much easier than taking the entire glove off. Or choose gauntlets, which are full length, fingerless gloves. You can also choose fingerless mits. Try your gloves on with your gown, and make sure they are the same color and tone. Also - remember to remove your gloves when eating!
Shoes: These should coordinate with your gown. If you wear a pastel or ivory gown, your shoes should be dyed the same color. Your shoes will show when you walk, no matter how long your gown is. They are particularly important if your gown is short in the front. Your shoes should be feminine and flattering, and ornamented, such as trimmed with lace or sequins.
High heels may be more flattering, but make sure they are also comfortable. Choose the heel height in which you feel the most comfortable. You will be on your feet a lot on your wedding day, so be sure your shoes are correctly sized. Be particularly careful to purchase shoes that are wide enough. Shop for them at the end of the day, when your feet are the widest. And have both feet measured. You may find that one is slightly larger than the other.
Break your shoes in. Also - scuff them on cement or pavement a few times so that the bottoms are rough, and won’t slip out from under you.
Stockings: These should compliment the style and color of your gown and shoes. You may choose anywhere from white, lace stockings to simple nylons. Stockings may include sequins, pearls, appliques, or other trim. Look for a stocking that includes Lycra, to avoid bagging late in the day.
Remember, everyone will see them! They will show if you are going to have your groom remove the garter at your reception. You might be smart to buy an extra pair, in case you get a run, so you can change before the garter is thrown.
Undergarments, Bras: Make sure that whatever lingerie you have will not show through the dress. You will need a strapless bra if you choose one of the popular off-the-shoulder styles. Since your gown will probably be the most elaborate on top, a well-fitting bra is essential. Purchase a bra specifically for your wedding, and wear it at your gown fittings. Some experts suggest beige, others white. Ask your gown salesperson which she would suggest.
Undergarments, Slips: Ask your gown salesperson about how full a slip to get for your particular gown. You don’t want your slip bunched up under your dress. Make sure your slip is close to the length of your gown, two to three inches shorter than your gown is a good length. A half-slip under a floor-length gown may be very noticeable when the light is behind it. The bridal shop should have different slips in stock for you to try with your gown.
Undergarments, Control: Your wedding day is one day you want to look particularly good. You may want to consider wearing a body-briefer, or all-in-one, which may shave inches from your waist. Alternately, it’s going to be a long day, and you may choose to be as comfortable as possible instead.
Garter: It should be made of lace, satin, or ribbon, highly decorated, and should be worn just above your knee. Remember, your groom will have to take it off during the reception. Many brides use their garter as their something blue.
Jewelry: Brides traditionally wear pearls or very simple gold jewelry. If the bodice of your gown is ornate, you may not need any at all. If your gown is plain, you can use your jewelry to dress it up. Earrings should be in proportion to your headpiece and hair. Again, the more ornate your headpiece, the less ornate your earrings should be, and vice-versa. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your jewelry should not steal the attention from your gown.
Engagement ring: If you want to wear your engagement ring during your wedding, wear it on the ring finger of your right hand. After the ceremony, you can switch it back. Remember, your wedding ring is worn closest to your knuckle. Or closest to your heart, if that’s how you’d prefer to look at it.
Other items: Some brides choose to carry a Bible, perhaps covered in white leather or lace. You may want to add other touches as well, such as a shawl, parasol, or fan.
Handbag: There are decorative bags available to suit any wedding style. You should choose a small bag, such as you would take to a formal party. If you decide not to carry a purse during the wedding or reception, make sure that any important things, such as a wallet or driver’s license are carried by someone else, perhaps your mother or maid of honor.
Something Old: Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!

Here are a few hints about the finishing touches for your ensemble.

Gloves: These should blend with and enhance the total look. Gloves are not required except in very formal weddings. One-button gloves stop at the wrist, and are won with long-sleeved gowns. Sixteen-button gloves cover your entire arm. These would have to be worn with a sleeveless gown. You may want to slit the seam of the ring finger so that you can slip your ring on at the wedding. It will be much easier than taking the entire glove off. Or choose gauntlets, which are full length, fingerless gloves. You can also choose fingerless mits. Try your gloves on with your gown, and make sure they are the same color and tone. Also - remember to remove your gloves when eating!
Shoes: These should coordinate with your gown. If you wear a pastel or ivory gown, your shoes should be dyed the same color. Your shoes will show when you walk, no matter how long your gown is. They are particularly important if your gown is short in the front. Your shoes should be feminine and flattering, and ornamented, such as trimmed with lace or sequins.
High heels may be more flattering, but make sure they are also comfortable. Choose the heel height in which you feel the most comfortable. You will be on your feet a lot on your wedding day, so be sure your shoes are correctly sized. Be particularly careful to purchase shoes that are wide enough. Shop for them at the end of the day, when your feet are the widest. And have both feet measured. You may find that one is slightly larger than the other.
Break your shoes in. Also - scuff them on cement or pavement a few times so that the bottoms are rough, and won’t slip out from under you.
Stockings: These should compliment the style and color of your gown and shoes. You may choose anywhere from white, lace stockings to simple nylons. Stockings may include sequins, pearls, appliques, or other trim. Look for a stocking that includes Lycra, to avoid bagging late in the day.
Remember, everyone will see them! They will show if you are going to have your groom remove the garter at your reception. You might be smart to buy an extra pair, in case you get a run, so you can change before the garter is thrown.
Undergarments, Bras: Make sure that whatever lingerie you have will not show through the dress. You will need a strapless bra if you choose one of the popular off-the-shoulder styles. Since your gown will probably be the most elaborate on top, a well-fitting bra is essential. Purchase a bra specifically for your wedding, and wear it at your gown fittings. Some experts suggest beige, others white. Ask your gown salesperson which she would suggest.
Undergarments, Slips: Ask your gown salesperson about how full a slip to get for your particular gown. You don’t want your slip bunched up under your dress. Make sure your slip is close to the length of your gown, two to three inches shorter than your gown is a good length. A half-slip under a floor-length gown may be very noticeable when the light is behind it. The bridal shop should have different slips in stock for you to try with your gown.
Undergarments, Control: Your wedding day is one day you want to look particularly good. You may want to consider wearing a body-briefer, or all-in-one, which may shave inches from your waist. Alternately, it’s going to be a long day, and you may choose to be as comfortable as possible instead.
Garter: It should be made of lace, satin, or ribbon, highly decorated, and should be worn just above your knee. Remember, your groom will have to take it off during the reception. Many brides use their garter as their something blue.
Jewelry: Brides traditionally wear pearls or very simple gold jewelry. If the bodice of your gown is ornate, you may not need any at all. If your gown is plain, you can use your jewelry to dress it up. Earrings should be in proportion to your headpiece and hair. Again, the more ornate your headpiece, the less ornate your earrings should be, and vice-versa. The most important thing to keep in mind is that your jewelry should not steal the attention from your gown.
Engagement ring: If you want to wear your engagement ring during your wedding, wear it on the ring finger of your right hand. After the ceremony, you can switch it back. Remember, your wedding ring is worn closest to your knuckle. Or closest to your heart, if that’s how you’d prefer to look at it.
Other items: Some brides choose to carry a Bible, perhaps covered in white leather or lace. You may want to add other touches as well, such as a shawl, parasol, or fan.
Handbag: There are decorative bags available to suit any wedding style. You should choose a small bag, such as you would take to a formal party. If you decide not to carry a purse during the wedding or reception, make sure that any important things, such as a wallet or driver’s license are carried by someone else, perhaps your mother or maid of honor.
Something Old: Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue!