Age is just a number, and it doesn't matter if you get married at 24, 44, or both! These days, people don't care so much about wedding traditions and rules. Sure, they still play a part, but for many couples it's all about creating something that's personal and meaningful.
That goes for second (or 3rd, 4th...) time brides and older brides. Just because you've walked this earth a little longer and/or been down the aisle before doesn't mean you can't wear the wedding dress of your dreams.
In fact, you're in the perfect position to find the best dress because you're more likely to know what you want, what makes you comfortable, and styles that look best on your body type.
Whether you choose to wear a modest white ball gown wedding dress, a modern pant suit, or a colorful fit and flare doesn't matter. It's totally up to you, of course! But here are some tips to keep in mind when shopping for a wedding dress as an older bride.
Highlight Your Best Features
Women tend to obsess over what they don't like about their bodies, especially the older they get, but no matter what age you are, you're bound to find your beautiful features if you take the time to see them.
As an older bride it's time to throw off those mud-colored glasses, get a fresh look at your features, and decide which ones you want your wedding dress to highlight. Maybe you like your overall shape, your long and lean legs, or your sexy neckline. Whatever it is, bring it to the light and find a dress that plays up that part of your body.
For example, wedding dresses with boat necks highlight the collarbone, tea length dresses are perfect for showing off legs, and mermaid silhouettes look great on hourglass body types.
By playing up your most loved parts, the parts you don't love so much will fade into the background.
Consider Cut for Comfort
Before starting your wedding dress shopping journey, figure out your body type and the silhouettes that look best on your particular shape. Not only will finding the appropriate silhouette look great on you, you'll also feel more comfortable in it.
Try on different styles and shapes to get an idea of what feels good, and if at the end of the day you're still not sure, consider an A-line cut, as it flatters all body types.
You should also consider the fabric and length of the dress. Shiny material, like silk and satin, can bring attention to bumps and bulges, but flowing fabric moves easily over the body.
To Wear or Not to Wear White
Brides of ye olden times used to wear white as a symbol of purity, but now it's worn more out of tradition and as a symbol of joy.
Whereas most first time and younger brides jump at the chance to wear white, older brides and those who've been down the aisle before are opting for more colorful choices. Why wear white when you can slip into dark blue, blush, or green?
There is a plethora of gorgeous gowns in different colors, so if you've always wanted to rock a red ball gown, now's your chance! You can also consider which colors flatter your skin tone and use the information as a guide to help you find the colorful wedding gown of your dreams.