Your wedding day is clearly one of the most important days of your life, but it can also often be one of the most expensive. For the bride possibly the most important item on the shopping list will be her bridal dress and with an increasing number of good quality but fairly cheap wedding dresses available today you can have the dress of your dreams without breaking the bank. For a significiant number of people a wedding dress has to be a full length white gown, symbolizing the bride�s pure heart and innocence, complete with train and veil first popularized by Queen Victoria who broke with the royal custom of marrying in silver and picked a white dress for her marriage to Prince Albert. This started a craze which has continued until today with a lot of brides picking white or a variation of white such as eggshell, cream or ivory.
Today however we are seeing two major shifts taking place when it comes to weddings. The first is a return to pre-Victorian days when brides get married in simple dresses of almost any color which took their fancy, except for black which was worn for mourning and red which was only for 'a lady of the night'. This also means generally dispensing with the veil, which is believed to be a symbol of virginity, in addition to the train which is very much a trapping of royal weddings and emulates the peacock, which was previously viewed as a royal bird. The second is a move away from the church wedding towards weddings held in a wide variety of venues, including the increasingly popular beach wedding. As a result not only do brides today enjoy a far broader choice of color for their bridal dress but, much more importantly, doing away with the train and veil and the requirement for a full length dress means that brides can make their selection from a range of far simpler bridal gowns.
For those of us who need to key a close eye on costs this is great as informal bridal gowns are also much cheaper than the full traditional white wedding outfit. Another important point here is that the move away from the traditional white wedding gown also means that you no longer have to purchase your dress from a specialist bridal outfitter who, not surprisingly, will charge you a premium price simply for the service which is provided or for the brand or name which you are purchasing. It is a bit like a pair of training shoes � you can buy two all but identical pairs of shoes and pay nine times more for one pair simply because of its brand name. There has certainly never been a better time to go shopping for your bridal dress and the choice available today in terms of style, color and supplier is enormous.
It is no longer that difficult to find reasonably cheap bridla gowns and still end up looking like a million dollars in the dress of your dreams.
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