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For more than 50 years, David's Bridal has helped millions of brides to create the wedding of their dreams. As a bride-to-be, you probably have many questions as you prepare for the event of your lifetime. Our experts are here to provide answers to some of the most frequent topics.

If you've got a question or concern that is not addressed here, we invite you to submit your inquiry to tipsandadvice@dbi.com. Please note that due to the high volume of requests, you will not receive a direct response to your email, but check back here for updates.

Can't wait? Call 877.923.BRIDE for an appointment at a store near you.
Can I wear a sleeveless gown for a fall or winter wedding?
I always envisioned that I would get married in a white wedding dress; however the color doesn't flatter my skin tone. What are my options?
What are the best gown styles for full figured brides?
This is my second wedding, can I wear white?
When should I start shopping for a gown?
Do I have to select the same dress for each bridesmaid?
My bridesmaids are all different sizes, what is the best dress to choose?
My wedding party is scattered all across the country, how can I coordinate?
How can I get ideas on creating my total wedding look?
Does my mom's dress have to match my bridesmaids?
How can I include my 11 year old niece in our wedding - she is too big to be a flower girl and too small to be a bridesmaid?
I have two young nieces and a nephew - how can I include them all in the wedding?
Do I have to wear a veil?
How do I decide how to wear my hair?
Do I have to send Thank You Notes or will an email suffice?
What undergarments should I wear under my gown?
When are gloves appropriate for brides and bridesmaids?
How can I find comfortable heels for my wedding day?
How do I manage a long train and veil at my reception?
How can I coordinate looks for the bridal party and groomsmen?
How do I select the right tuxedo style for my wedding?
How do I go about selecting formalwear for all the men in my wedding party?
Should I coordinate my father's formalwear with the rest of the wedding party?
What items do I need for my ceremony and reception?
Now that I'm married, how do I change my name?
I'm not sure if I want to change my name or not. What do I do now?

We get lots of questions about how to find the perfect bridal gown style and coordinating accessories. David's Bridal in-store consultants are specially trained to assist customers in pulling together the total look that's best for each individual. Online, we offer a variety of newsletters, articles, and tools to help you create the wedding look of your dreams. These helpful guidelines are the result of our many years of experience, however keep in mind that there are no hard rules to follow. Your wedding is Your Day and the most important thing is that your gown reflects your personal style and makes you look and feel beautiful.



Q: Can I wear a sleeveless gown for a fall or winter wedding?

A: Of course! Year round, today's most popular styles include strapless and sleeveless gowns. If you are planning a cold weather wedding, it is likely that most of your day will be spent indoors. And with the help of the season's hottest accessories, you can also stay fashionably warm for your outdoor travels, events, or photo ops. Our designers suggest adding a satin or faux fur wrap, bolero jacket, or glamorous gloves. Then you have the option of removing the outerwear at your reception, creating a whole new look! View All Wraps & Outerwear



Q: I always envisioned that I would get married in a white wedding dress; however the color doesn't flatter my skin tone. What are my options?

A: Today there are many alternatives to the traditional white wedding gown. Elegant bridal gowns are available in a range of beautiful hues, from ivory to champagne to light gold. If you really have your heart set on white, choose a white gown that features a touch of color. You'll look great in your favorite color, while also looking fashionable in the hottest bridal trend. Get the look of the season with a gown featuring beautiful color embroidery or trim, or select your favorite white gown and add a colorful ribbon or sash. Complete your wedding look by coordinating your accent color with your accessories, bridal party, and groomsmen attire. View Bridal Gowns



Q: What are the best gown styles for full figured brides?

A: Your options are virtually endless. Show off your curves in a sexy corset bodice and flowing pick-up skirt, add a color sash to a sleek silhouette for a modern chic look, or go for sheer elegance with a gown that boasts brilliant beading and lace. The most important consideration is the fit and construction?and we've got you covered. David's Bridal Woman offers a collection of bridal gowns in sizes 14W-26W, specially designed with you in mind. Our exclusive fit will make you look and feel beautiful not matter which style you choose for your special day. If you select a strapless or sleeveless gown and would like additional coverage, add a wrap or bolero jacket. View David's Bridal Woman Collection View Wraps & Outerwear



Q: This is my second wedding, can I wear white?

A: As noted in the introduction, this is your day to wear whatever style and color gown you want. Rest assured that while white was once reserved for first-time brides, the modern interpretation is that white is a symbol of celebration. Furthermore, there are many color options available today. We offer a selection of beautiful gowns in a variety of shades from ivory to champagne to light gold. The latest bridal trend may be perfect for you: gowns featuring colorful embroidery or trim, or the addition of a color ribbon or sash. It will be easy to carry the look throughout your wedding with color-coordinating accessories and bridal party fashions. View Bridal Gowns



Q: When should I start shopping for a gown?

A: It is never too early to start looking for your bridal gown. Many brides start shopping right after they get engaged (some even earlier!). It is a good idea to plan ahead (six months to one year) in order to allow time for ordering (if necessary) and alterations. If you're ready, click here and we'll help you set up an appointment.

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Q: Do I have to select the same dress for each bridesmaid?

A: The choice is up to you. Some brides like the tradition of matching bridesmaid dresses. Increasingly popular is the modern look of mix and match dresses and/or separates. Not only will you create a chic bridal party look, but your bridesmaids will be happy! To maintain a coordinated wedding look, we suggest that the bride choose the color (or two complementary colors) and let each bridesmaid choose the dress or skirt and top combination that she likes best. Another option is to let your bridesmaids personalize their look with sashes, ribbons or other coordinated accessories. View Bridesmaid Dresses



Q: My bridesmaids are all different sizes, what is the best dress to choose?

A: Bridesmaids come in all shapes and sizes, so you'll want a lot of options. We offer an extensive selection of dresses and separates in sizes 2-26, with select bridesmaid dresses (and bridal gown styles) in sizes 28 & 30. With such an amazing assortment of styles, colors, and accessories, your options are endless. View Bridesmaid Dresses



Q: My wedding party is scattered all across the country, how can I coordinate?

A: Your bridal party can shop at over 280 David's Bridal locations and your groom, groomsmen, fathers and ring bearer can choose from over 1,000 Men's Wearhouse stores offering exclusive discounts and perfectly coordinating formalwear styles. Convenience, savings and selection are just the beginning. You'll also benefit from our expert experience that comes from being in the business for over 50 years. View David's Bridal Locations View Men's Wearhouse Locations



Q: How can I get ideas on creating my total wedding look?

A: Our online tool, My Wedding Favorites, makes it easy to save and compare your top picks for bridal gowns, bridal party dresses and accessories. You can print your favorites to bring to the store or email your ideas to get feedback from your friends and family. Click here to get started.



Q: Does my mom's dress have to match my bridesmaids?

A: Your mother, as well as your groom's mother, can select from a variety of special occasion dresses that coordinate with your bridesmaid style. They do not need to be a perfect match, however we suggest choosing a similar formality and complementary color scheme. View Mother-of-the-Bride Dresses



Q: How can I include my 11 year old niece in our wedding - she is too big to be a flower girl and too small to be a bridesmaid?

A: Consider including a Junior Bridesmaid in your wedding party. We offer Junior Bridesmaid dresses in an array of colors and styles to complement your entire wedding party. These charming dresses are available in sizes 6-18. View Junior Bridesmaid Dresses



Q: I have two young nieces and a nephew - how can I include them all in the wedding?

A: You can certainly have more than one Flower Girl or Ring Bearer. Another adorable option is to ask one of them to walk down the aisle ringing a bell. View Flower Girl Dresses Visit Men's Wearhouse for Ring Bearer Tuxedos

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Q: Do I have to wear a veil?

A: A veil will truly make you look and feel like a bride, so try on several different lengths, styles and combinations to find a look that's right for you. You might not realize that you can mix and match up to 4 pieces to get the right headpiece look! If you decide not to wear a veil, there are plenty of headpiece alternatives such as tiaras, headbands, bun wraps, hair jewelry or flowers. View Veils View Headpiece Style Guide



Q: How do I decide how to wear my hair?

A: Consider the style that makes you feel most confident and let your preference guide you. Wear your hair up if your gown has a neckline or bodice you want to highlight. Long flowing locks create an air of romance and up-do's evoke a sleek, sophisticated look. Schedule a pre-wedding hair "trial" to see how which hairstyles look best with your veil and tiara or other headpiece. If you plan to remove your veil after the ceremony, select a style that allows for a quick and easy transformation. View Headpiece Options View Headpiece Style Guide



Q: Do I have to send Thank You Notes or will an email suffice?

A: You should always send a hand-written Thank You Note for each wedding gift you receive. You can customize your notes with color printing and your new return address! Shop Invitations and Thank You Notes



Q: What undergarments should I wear under my gown?

A: The right foundation is the key to looking great in your gown. Lingerie can enhance your shape and transform your silhouette, so choose undergarments specially designed for your wedding style. Select from a variety of slips (A-line, full, control) and bras (strapless bustiers, backless, long-line) to find the right combination for your dress and style.



Q: When are gloves appropriate for brides and bridesmaids?

A: Our designers (not to mention magazine editors everywhere) love the look of gloves this season. Add a touch of glamour with long, elbow length gloves or go for the chic, ladylike sophistication of shorter versions. View Gloves



Q: How can I find comfortable heels for my wedding day?

A: Put your best foot forward on your wedding day with David's Bridal. Try on a variety of shoe styles, heights and widths to find the most stylish and comfortable option. If you're not used to high heels and you want to dance at your reception, try a medium to high heel for the ceremony and bring an extra pair of ballet flats for later. Make sure to walk around in them a few days before the wedding. View Shoes



Q: How do I manage a long train and veil at my reception?

A: Start by asking your alterations specialist for suggestions on how to elegantly gather and attach your train to the back of your dress, also known as bustling. Enlist your maid of honor or attendant to help you get dressed, ensure your train is properly displayed during the ceremony and help with bustle transformation for the reception. For your part, take care when moving around, especially on stairs, and getting in and out of your wedding day transportation. Once your train is bustled at the reception, you should be able to move around and dance with ease! View Bustle Ideas

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Q: How can I coordinate looks for the bridal party and groomsmen?

A: Look for a bridal salon that can help with your total wedding party. Pulling it all together is easy and affordable with David's Bridal and Men's Wearhouse. Together they offer a great selection of the latest styles and exclusive colors for your entire wedding party. And when you purchase your bridal gown at David's Bridal, your bridesmaids, moms, flower girls, groom, groomsmen and ring bearer will enjoy special savings on their perfectly coordinated fashions. We take one-stop shopping to the next level. Visit Men's Wearhouse View Bridesmaid Dresses View David's Bridal Rewards



Q: How do I select the right tuxedo style for my wedding?

A: Historically wedding attire has been classified by the time of day and level of formality, however today's guidelines are much more flexible. The current trend is for weddings to feature a high level of personalization, which allows the bride and groom the opportunity to choose from a variety of tuxedo styles, regardless of time of day or setting. Achieve a modern wedding look by setting the formalwear style you prefer, from traditional to contemporary, and including vests that match or complement the color(s) of the bridesmaids' dresses. Visit Men's Wearhouse



Q: How do I go about selecting formalwear for all the men in my wedding party?

A: Tuxedos are usually selected to coordinate with the overall wedding style and bridal party colors. Your groom and groomsmen may choose to wear the same tuxedo and color-coordinated accessories. Another popular look is for the groom to wear neutral accessories (vest, tie, cummerbund) and the groomsmen to wear colors that coordinate with the bridal party. Whether you are looking for the groom's tuxedo, ring bearer tuxedos or wedding party tuxedos, Men's Wearhouse is your wedding tuxedo rental headquarters. Visit Men's Wearhouse



Q: Should I coordinate my father's formalwear with the rest of the wedding party?

A: Why not dress your dad in style. Whether or not he's walking you down the aisle, this is an important day for him as well. He doesn't have to wear the exact tuxedos as the groom and groomsmen, however the style and accent colors should be complementary. And if you're planning family photographs, coordinate a tuxedo for the father of the groom too. Visit Men's Wearhouse

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Q: What items do I need for my ceremony and reception?

A: Ceremony and reception details add a personal touch to your special day. Some of the must-have keepsakes include: guest book and pen, unity candles, cake servers, and toasting glasses. Bridal offers beautiful customized stationery to coordinate your entire event, from invitations that set the tone to menu cards, place cards and thank you notes. Don't forget to thank your wedding party with personalized gifts and show your appreciation to all those joining your celebration by giving them unique wedding favors. It may seem like a small detail, but it will create a big impact. At davidsbridal.com it's easy and affordable to shop for all your wedding day essentials.

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Q: Now that I'm married, how do I change my name?

A: There are a series of forms and notification letters that must be filed for you to change your name after marriage. You can travel to all of the state and U.S. government office and do the process manually, or you can use our easy online name-change service to go from Miss to Mrs. with ease!



Q: I'm not sure if I want to change my name or not. What do I do now?

A: You have many options when it comes to changing your name after marriage. You can take your partner's last name, take your maiden name as your middle name, hyphenate, use two last names, or keep your maiden name as-is. If you do decide to change your name, the David's Bridal name-change service is the easy online alternative to long office lines and frustrating phone calls!

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