Let's focus on the Bride and Groom for now (which is about 5% of the total budget), I'll get to trends in the bridal party soon enough. So the bridal gown -- the choices seem almost unlimited as far as the styles, colors, length, embellishments, fabrics - but everyone has a preference.
It's just seems to be common knowledge that certain body styles look better in certain styles, and the type of ceremony you are having should play a small part in what you are wearing as well, for instance - if you are getting married on the beach, you probably don't want a huge ballroom skirt (the sand will be coming out of those tulle layers well after the birth of your first child). You might also want to consult the sales people at your favorite Bridal Salon like Solutions Designer House, they are super duper helpful when it comes to, what to wear.
What certain body styles should or shouldn't wear:
Short, Petite Brides:
A-line and sheath look best.
Stay away from bouffant skirts.
Consider beautiful detailing at the neckline to draw the eye to the face.
Avoid details like ruffles on the skirt and dangling beads on the sleeves.
Wear a taller headpiece, like a tiara style.
Tall, Thin Brides:
Good news! - She can wear just about any style she wants.
Light-weight satins, chiffon's, crepes and silk Shantung's (a soft silk with a rough uneven surface) work best.
Avoid bulky fabrics like velvets and heavy satins.
Avoid glossy fabrics like shiny satin and go for the matte finish.
V-necks, keyholes and scoop necklines help de-emphasize the bust-line.
Go for fitted sleeves and avoid puff or full sleeves.
Empire waists and A-lines work best.
Avoid mermaid and form-fitting sheath silhouettes and skip the back bow.
Avoid the large pouf veil, but go for beautiful jewelry or a pretty headpiece.
Carry a small bouquet, rather than a mass of flowers.
I hope these helpful hints, well, help!
A- Line/Ball Gown by Justin Alexander:
Sheath Style Gown from Target (Love Targets new Isaac Mizrahi Collection!)
And for the boys (I mean, men), I was going to put a style board together for them, but then I remembered seeing exactly what I wanted on Junebug's blog, if you haven't been there, she's amazing!And thus ends the 4th F.... for our final installment on the 5 F's, FUN!