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Hot Bridal Trends and Tips: There is a "Right" Dress for Everyone

(ARA) - For many women, engagement signals the start of a dream come true. If youíre one of them, the dress of your dreams is out there. Finding it is the first thing you should do before planning the rest of your wedding.

Like your wedding, you want your dress to be unique. You also want to know the hottest bridal dress fashions. According to expert Michael Shettel, chief bridal designer for Alfred Angelo, "Less is no longer more! Opulence, elegance and glamour are the buzz, so beads, crystals and metallic embroideries add drama and sparkle to this seasonís gowns."

"All eyes will be on you," says Shettel. "Instead of hiding what you have, show it off. This season is all about curves -- curvaceous glamour! Be proud of your body, no matter what your size. Alfred Angelo gowns are designed to flatter any bride."

Important bridal dress tips from Shettel:

* Mermaid- and trumpet-shaped skirts are this seasonís must haves -- sultry, alluring and shapely.

* Strapless gowns are hot in Hollywood and more popular than ever. Want an alternative? Pair a strapless gown with a beaded or lace cover-up.

* For more glamorous weddings, elegantly embellished, luxuriously layered and ornately adorned styles are en vogue.

* For this seasonís beach, garden or destination weddings, floaty fabrics and short and sassy looks are hot.

Another hot trend in bridal fashion: "Wedding dresses no longer have to be white," Shettel continues. "Color has exploded! Individualize and customize a satin or lace gown by adding the seasonís hot hues. Be bold -- accent your gown with a rich jewel tone or a hot tropical fruity color: purples, golds, oranges and reds are this seasonís sizzling shades."

Dream in color

"The bride becomes part of the design process of customizing her dress by adding touches of color," says Shettel.

A classic white or ivory dress can become unique with a color-accented bodice band, sash or embroidery. Create the look you want in your favorite color. Then get matching bridesmaid dresses and reception decor.

"Use your imagination to personalize and individualize your wedding," Shettel says.

Finding the right dress

"You will know your dress when youíre in it," says Shettel. "Shop with an open mind -- try on the dress of your dreams, but also step out of the box and try several other silhouettes."

Try on the dress you never would -- it might surprise you. Consider these tips for what looks best on your body shape:

* An empire waistline makes a petite bride look long and statuesque and is also foolproof for hiding a belly.

* A-line styles can disguise heavy hips or a pear-shaped figure.

* Try a style with diagonal (asymmetric) draping. It hides a tummy and minimizes your middle.

* To minimize cleavage, try a halter neckline.

And Shettel can tell you, the wedding dress sets the tone for the entire ceremony. When dress shopping, bring someone along who you trust and who is honest. Give yourself a minimum of six months so you have time for fittings and shopping for undergarments, shoes and jewelry.

"Most importantly -- relax and enjoy the big day," offers Shettel, with a few other bridal tips:

* Delegate. Hand over responsibilities prior to the ceremony (and have a back-up person just in case).

* Although there may be a maid of honor, she may not be the best choice for all responsibilities.

* The bride should focus on the few most important items -- but no more than three.

* Keep your cool and be patient.

* Remember: Perfection is an illusion. Have a great day Ė no matter what!

For more information about finding the dress of your dreams log on to www.alfredangelo.com.

Courtesy of ARAcontent

Knowing bridal dress trends can help you choose that special wedding dress. Choosing the perfect dress is important to make your wedding day a day to remember.

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