To Glove, or Not to Glove? That is the question….

Many brides love the look of bridal gloves with their wedding gown. But – how do you choose the right glove for your gown? And beyond posed photos, many brides are left to wonder – what to do with the gloves when it’s time to place the ring on my finger, or in the receiving line? Bridal stylist Dareth Colburn, founder of, shares her tips for bridal glove protocol.

Committing to the Glove

Let’s face it, we don’t typically get dressed in the morning and put on a pair of long, white satin gloves. So for some, wearing gloves may feel a bit uncomfortable. However, bridal gloves really add mega-style and elegance to your bridal ensemble. Satin, silk, lace, beaded, fingerless, opera – there’s a wide variety of bridal gloves and options available. But how to choose the best pair for your big day? First, choose a glove style to match your gown color, fabric and design as closely as possible.

How High or Low Do you Go?

When choosing a glove length — the more formal the wedding, the longer the glove! For a daytime or garden wedding, choose a wrist length glove. But, if it is a large formal evening wedding, go for a dramatic look and choose opera length! When it doubt, choose a glove that hits just above or below the elbow, as those lengths are the most versatile and compliment most gown styles.

With This Ring

During the reception, your husband-to-be will of course need access to your ring finger! One option is to “slit the seams” on the ring finger of your glove. Then just push the material back during the ceremony. Post-ceremony, swap those gloves out for an “un-slit” pair. Alternatively, you can choose to remove your gloves during the ceremony and hand them to your honor attendant. Ask your Officiant to give you a moment to remove your gloves with the back to the crowd to avoid the appearance of a strip-tease!

On or Off?

It’s hard to know the right times to keep the gloves on or off! Here are some tips – while greeting guests in the receiving line, it is appropriate to keep your gloves on. While you are eating – your meal, and during the cake cutting – you should remove your gloves. At all other points during the reception – from your entrance, first dances, during the bouquet toss and beyond – feel free to wear your gloves!

It’s a Glove Party!

Don’t leave your bridesmaid out – if the bride is wearing gloves, they can wear them too! Just make sure they have a unified look – their gloves should all be the same length and match the color of their dresses. One rule for bridesmaids — be sure their glove length is shorter than the brides. For example, if you choose opera-length gloves, your attendants should wear gloves that fall just above or below the elbow.Another great idea is to only have the Maid of Honor wear gloves—really let her stand out!

Go Fingerless

More and more brides are choosing fingerless gloves. They are available in many different styles, so that your groom can easily slip on your wedding ring during the ceremony, and you can keep your gloves on throughout the entire affair – from dinner and cake to dancing and beyond!

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Choose a Tiara According to Your Face Shape

A tiara should draw attention to your face by framing it, not draw attention away from it. The wrong shape tiara can make your face look too long and thin or too short and full. Here is a guide:

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Round/Full face:
To make your face appear longer, choose a tiara with some height or one that has a peak.

Long face:
Choose headbands or tiaras with little or no height that extend over your head from one side to the other at an even height.

Oval face:
Avoid pieces with a peak at the top, which will make your face appear longer. Choose a headband, side hair comb or hair pins.

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20 Weight Loss Tips for Brides

Include two fruits or vegetables in every meal or snack. You’ll feel fuller and cut back on calories from other foods.

Eat breakfast. You’ll be less likely to overeat later in the day.

Snack every four hours (try oranges, apples, pretzels, string cheese).

Eat at regular intervals.

Know your portions: 1/2 cup of rice is the size of your fist, an ounce of cheese is a large marble; a 3-ounce serving of meat is a deck of cards. Divide your plate: 3/4 with vegetables, grains, beans and fruit; 1/4 with extra-lean meat or low-fat dairy products.

Make room for cravings. Have a cookie now and then; just drop something else that day.

Drink water–a glass every one to two hours will keep you full.

Eat slowly.

Cut 100 calories a day (replace that candy bar with an orange and banana) and lose a pound a month.

Buy pre-cut fruit and veggies: You’ll be more likely to munch on them for a snack or make a salad for dinner.

Go for the less processed food (potato versus chips, whole-wheat bread over doughnuts.)

Don’t eat on automatic pilot (i.e. tasting while cooking, noshing from the serving bowl.)

Limit alcohol to special occasions. Not only is it highly caloric, but it also stimulates appetite and obliterates willpower.

Brush your teeth after eating.

Eat beans: add a handful to salads and soups to curb hunger pangs longer.

Sweeten with spice. Add spices like cinnamon and vanilla to desserts versus sugar.

Try a new food each day. The flavor will save you from dietary boredom (add mangos to a chicken dish, jalapeno relish to your sandwich, winter pears to salad.)

Go spicy. Get a hot flavor boost with chilies, salsa and curry instead of by overeating. Don’t even open the menu.

Resist temptation by just ordering the steamed veggies or something else low-fat like a grilled chicken salad or a soup and salad combo.

Try an herbal supplement to help curb your appetite and give you more energy.

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Dinnerware Registry Tips

If you’re going to register for kitchen and tableware items, it usually best to start with your dishes first. Your dishes, whether it’s casual dinnerware or your fine china, will be the focal point of your table setting.

If you’re not sure about your color scheme yet – go with white or ivory dishes. You can always add color (and change colors) with interesting accessories, candles, flowers and table linens.

Today, there are so many colorful patterns to choose from when selecting your dinnerware patterns. The department and specialty stores know exactly how to display these designs to make a table look so appealing! The only thing that is missing is the FOOD! Before you buy…think about how that bright green floral pattern will look with a piece of lasagna!

When it comes to table settings you should register for at least eight, but preferably twelve. It may sound like a lot right now, but don’t worry – you’ll use them!

Always register for “completer set”. This typically includes a vegetable bowl, platter, creamer and covered sugar bowl.

When registering for your everyday dinnerware, make sure it can go in the microwave, oven, freezer and dishwasher. Your dinnerware should look pretty but it also needs to be the utmost in functionality and convenience.

Some couples today are choosing to register for only one set of dinnerware (versus registering for casual dinnerware and china). This one set can be used for everyday dinnerware and “dressed up” with table linens and other accent pieces for more formal dinning.

You want your dinnerware, glassware and flatware to all coordinate. Sometimes it is hard to image how all of the items will look together when they are displayed in different shelves through out the store. So, ask for assistance from a sales associate and set up a complete table setting including your dinnerware, flatware and glassware.

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