Style Tips for Mature Brides

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Age is a question of mind over matter. If you don’t mind, it doesn’t matter. ~Leroy “Satchel” Paige

It’s no secret that I love all things wedding related, including being a guest at one. In total, I’ve probably been to close to 30 weddings in the past year, with each wedding further inspiring my own wedding.

I’ve seen super hero weddings, vintage and retro weddings, beach weddings, winter weddings, spring weddings. I’ve been on a cruise, I’ve flown to London and my personal favorite was an old college friend’s wedding to a Chinese bride. Very traditional, very different, very beautiful.

Most recently, I was invited to attend my fiancé’s boss’ third wedding. A formidable woman in her late 40′s/early 50′s, who reminded me a lot of Meryl Streep from The Devil wears Prada.

Coincidentally, it was in the same week one of our Facebook Brides asked: “Is it silly, yes or no, for a woman who is 50, and has been divorced for 20 years to wear a wedding gown at her wedding?”

I realized that we had never spoken about dresses for the ‘mature’ or ‘older’ bride (a phrase that seems to be placed on any bride above the national average, despite many of these women hardly considering themselves to be neither ‘mature’ or ‘old’ at that age), and I wanted to dedicate this blog to these ladies.

There are a three main concerns our mature brides stress over, especially if it is not their first time tying the knot.

1. Length wedding dresses
Typically speaking, first time younger brides love the idea of dressing up in the big princess gown. However if this is not your thing for your second or third wedding, go for something a little simpler. A sheath/column dress that falls to the knees is seen as very chic and classy, and paired up with the right veil, you can still be a blushing bride.

2. Sleeves/Neckline
Here’s a little tip for brides of all ages who may be sensitive about their arms. A simple way to deter attention away from them is to avoid strapless dresses, and instead opt for a dress with a halter top, or add lacy cap sleeves onto your dress. A halter top will also provide more coverage and support. After all, regardless if this is your first or fifteenth wedding, you still want to look fabulous.

3. Color
The biggest worry our ladies have is wondering if it’s appropriate to wear white for the second or third time. A common misconception: White dresses represent virginity and purity. Incorrect! In fact, blue was the color designated to purity, so if you want to wear a white dress again, go ahead! For brides not daring enough, a recent trend is wearing ‘off’ shades of white, such as ivory, eggshell and champagne.

In this day and age, there are no real ‘rules’ about what a bride is and isn’t allowed to wear on her first, second or tenth wedding. If a bride wants to marry her real prince charming in a second version of a fairy-tale wedding, there is nobody holding her back from doing it. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding, and you should wear whatever you’re comfortable in, no matter what your age.

Posted by Jacqueline H.

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