Monthly Archives:: March 2009

Are Wedding Gowns Going “Mini”?

We love the kicky short gowns and even picked one from our floral photo shoot for the current Southern Bride & Groom Spring cover. Many of the designers are showing one or two shorter gowns in their new collections and they can be perfect for a destination wedding, a fabulous beach wedding, a semi-formal daytime garden wedding affair, or any encore wedding. Besides, most of these dresses can easily be worn again to a cocktail affair.

  • Dress with ruffled sheer front and ribbon tie is by Angel Sanchez, available at Tre Bella Bridal.
  • Babydoll style Vera Wang is available at Alexia’s; cover photo by Marthanna Yater.
  • The dancing bride actually wore an original Anne Barge bridal gown and changed to the short bridal dress for her after-reception-party; photo by Marthanna Yater.

Many brides with the budget are choosing a formal ceremony bridal gown, and a fabulous shorter bridal dress for the reception or after-reception party. Some girls have all the luck! 


New Wedding Etiquette: Processional

In the processional, brides may choose to walk down the aisle with anyone… or no one at all!  While most brides choose to have their fathers walk them down the aisle, some, due to family or other circumstances, may choose a brother, uncle, grandfather, close friend, or even the groom as their escort!

Though it is traditionally a Jewish custom for both parents to escort the bride to her groom, to symbolize their approval of the union and the uniting of the two families, it is perfectly acceptable today for any bride to invite both parents to participate in the procession.  Photo by Dara Blakeley Photography.

New Wedding Etiquette

The most frequently asked questions that are emailed toSouthern Bride & Groom, or asked of us when we are giving out our magazines at a bridal show are about specific wedding locations or about etiquette concerns that have stymied the bride-to-be. Those are truly the most interesting questions, and believe it or not, flexible solutions are often best in today’s NEW RULES of ETIQUETTE.

We invite you to send in your etiquette or planning questions and we will give you the traditional old rule answer, along with anewer rule if we know of one. If we do not have the answer for you, we will consult with our Southern Bride & Groom wedding planning professionals. We would also love to hear from brides who have come up with their own innovative ways to deal with various planning dilemmas!

Here’s one “New Etiquette” example: In this beautiful outdoor wedding on the lakeside gazebo at Rose Hill Conference Center, featured in the current 2009 edition of Southern Bride & Groom magazine, the bride-to-be wanted she and her fiancé to be surrounded by their closest friends as they said their vows. They alternated bridesmaids and groomsmen in a semi-circle around the couple…perfect for the gazebo. The photo is by Neil Boyd Photography.

In the NEW RULES of ETIQUETTE, you don’t have to have an equal number of men and women in the wedding party unless you love that tradition!  You can choose to have the bridesmaids and groomsmen walk out in pairs or in singles in both the procession and the recession, or even have only one maid or man of honor. 


Wedding Shows

Wedding Shows are a great way to meet so many wedding professionals and talented vendors all in one place! Here we are at one of this year’s Forever Bridal show events in Raleigh (The Wedding Show 2009, in January). Look for us at their spectacular wedding events and the other bridal happenings you see listed on our Web site in the Upcoming Events section. Of course it is also a great time to pick up your FREE copy of Southern Bride & Groom magazine!