Choosing a wedding dress is a big deal, and sometimes a bride just can’t find exactly what she has in mind; what will work with her ceremony, what works with her shape.  Maybe everything she has seen out there just isn’t…quite right. 
Because today’s weddings aren’t just the church and reception hall fetes they used to be, there is now more whimsy and creativity thrown into the mix.  Sometimes the wedding ceremony itself might be quite formal, while the reception is more fun and frivolous. This opens the door for a different kind of wedding gown look, or one that can be changed up as the wedding event progresses. Wedding gown separates have entered the scene, allowing you to put together the look you want, and even take apart your look as the day or evening moves on. 
Piece Together Your Wedding Day Look
Wedding designers have seized upon the separates idea and offer ready-made wedding gown components that allow you to put together a look that is all you. Or you can take these pieces and add a few of your own. Start with a foundation that fits your style and shape, and build from there. Options range from a short foundation dress with a sheer overskirt, to a sweetheart gown with a full ball gown style tulle skirt, to a simple sheath and an amazing bodice piece…the options are virtually endless, and your look can be truly one of a kind. 
An Opportunity to Incorporate Vintage or Heirloom Pieces
Let’s say you have sourced an amazing vintage top that screams wedding, or you have a bodice to a family wedding dress. These pieces can be worked in with other wedding separates. Pairing that vintage top with a perfectly hued tulle skirt or basic strapless wedding dress can equal the most unique and truly perfect custom ensemble.
Be Careful 
Make sure your look is cohesive. Involve a professional and choose wisely. The last thing you want is to look like your gown is a hodgepodge. But choosing well-designed components can be very smart—and can also be very budget savvy. We will be talking about the different pieces you can work with in the next few issues, and walk you through it “piece by piece”.

Posted on 2015-06-25 by Marsha Koller