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From dressmaking terms that have French origins such as demi-couture and prêt à porter, to phrases that all confusingly mean the same thing, here is a list of wedding dress shopping terms and their definitions.
Wedding dress terms
Haute couture is French for ‘high-sewing,’ and, in the fashion industry, it’s a term that is only reserved for fashion houses who have earned the title. Technically, haute couture garments are only considered to be true haute couture if they are produced by luxury fashion designers and meet certain criteria set by the Parisian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Although, the term haute couture, which is actually protected by law in France, is often used when referring to wedding dresses. Some people may label a dress haute couture if it has been made-to-measure for the intended wearer, and has been created using high-quality fabrics and hand-made techniques. However, technically speaking, this is incorrect.
While most wedding dresses do not meet the guidelines to be considered true haute couture, many wedding dresses can be classified as couture gowns.
The term couture refers to custom-made gowns which have been made with high-quality, luxury fabrics. Couture gowns are also hand-made or feature hand-sewn elements, and they are designed only for the intended wearer, rather than for mass-production. Additionally, a couture wedding gown may or may not be produced by a recognizably-named designer in order to achieve its title.
Made-to-measure is another way of saying couture, as it has the same definition. As the name suggests, a made-to-measure gown is one which is built from scratch and designed to fit the body shape of the intended wearer.
The word ‘demi’ is French and it translates to ‘half,’ therefore, demi-couture is essentially ‘half couture.’ A demi-couture wedding dress is one which is made using the same quality of fabric and techniques as acouture gown, but is designed with the intention of mass-production. Demi-couture gowns are considered to be a step-below couture gowns, and can be purchased off-the-rack.
Unlike couture dresses, ready-to-wear or prêt-à-porter gowns are already made and available to buy straight off-the-rack. Some brides may need to make slight alterations to a gown they purchase off-the-rack, such as cinching in the waist or shortening the hem, but generally, the design and structure of aready-to-wear gown is already completed.
A pre-loved wedding dress is one which has been worn before or owned by someone else. Often, pre-loved wedding dresses are still in good condition as they have usually only been worn once. Some brides may even choose to wear a pre-loved wedding dress on their wedding day for sentimental reasons, such as wearing a dress which once belonged to a relative or loved-one.
While your wedding flowers will be full of life and zest on your wedding day, chances are they won’t live much longer than a week or so after you walk down the aisle. That’s why many brides choose to preserve their wedding flowers. Thankfully, there are so many ways to do so!
If you want to keep your bridal bouquet as a wedding day souvenir, don’t let Mother Nature stop you. Here are eight ways to make sure you can keep your wedding day blooms forever.
Dip them in gold
Preserving your flowers in gold will certainly make them last forever, and this method is particularly popular in Singapore, where tourists can buy gold-dipped orchid stems and individual blooms which they can wear as earrings or necklaces. Imagine being able to wear your wedding flowers for the rest of your life? While dipping your wedding flowers in gold is a truly magical way to preserve your flowers, it can be pricey, so most people only preserve just one or two individual flowers in gold.
Preserve them in a flower ball
You won’t be able to preserve a complete bridal bouquet using this method (well, at least not a big one) but you will be able to ensure a small sample of flowers (up to 12cm long) from your big day survive perfectly by encasing them in a beautiful glass orb.
Your flowers will be freeze dried and preserved, beautifully, forever and you can use it as a paperweight or just a decoration that will remind you of your special day every time you look at it.
Preserve them in a picture frame
Turn your beloved bridal bouquet into a personalised piece of 3D art by framing it. This method involves separating the bouquet and drying it, then painting each stem and flower individually, before putting the bouquet back together again. You can also include your groom‘s buttonhole too!
Go for a brooch bouquet
Brooch bouquets are perfect for brides who love all things sparkly, and the best thing about them is that they will never wilt or go brown. In fact, they will look exactly the same for years to come, (although they may require a dust and a polish once in a while!)
Preserve them in a necklace
Drying and coating your wedding flowers in wax is an easy method of preservation, but you can take it a step further by encasing your preserved bridal flowers in pieces of jewellery. Keep a rose head from your bouquet in a necklace or turn smaller flowers such as buds of Baby’s Breath or Lily of the Valley into earrings.
Preserve the petals in resin
Rather than preserving an entire bouquet or flower, simply preserve the flower petals. There are lots of creative ways to store petals such as preserving them in resin, which allows you to create unique shapes. You can turn resin petals into pendants, or earrings, or even into objects such as bowls or vases. The options are limitless!
Preserve the petals in wax
Preserve the petals from your bouquet in wax and create your own candles. You can customise yourcandles by adding a colour and scent that reminds you of your wedding day. Even go a step further and make multiple petal-filled candles to give to family or the bridal party as a ‘thank you’ gift for all their input in the wedding.
Located in the South Pacific, the island nation of Vanuatu comprises 83 islands that stretch over 1,300 kms, offering visitors, quite literally, hundreds of spectacular locations, in which to marry.
Efate, Vanuatu’s most populous island, is “incredibly picturesque and perfect for couples looking for a diverse range of accommodation choices and resorts,” says Naomi Wheeler, Vanuatu Tourism’s Australian representative. “Or you could head to Espiritu Santo, Vanuatu’s largest island, which is simply stunning and home to infinite white beaches peppered with countless remote spots you can enjoy on your own.”
For a truly memorable wedding location – and wedding photos to match, imagine marrying in the shadow of the volcano at Mount Yasur on Tanna Island, which, though active, is still approachable and one of Vanuatu’s top tourist destinations.
Here are six other reasons to should pack your bags – and wedding rings – and head to one of the most beautiful destination wedding spots on the planet:
It’s really close to home…
“With nine flights from Australia to Vanuatu weekly, it’s never been easier to access paradise. Guests can sit back and enjoy the all-inclusive services including streaming WiFi entertainment and bar, before arriving in the “land of smiles” in under three and a half hours from Sydney or just two hours from Brisbane,” says Air Vanuatu’s Paul Forbes.
“Air Vanuatu also offers passengers the option to add on discounted domestic flights to the outer islands such as the stunning Espiritu Santo, where they can discover one of my favourite places, the stunning Champagne Beach,” he said.
Your wedding photos will be pretty spectacular!
Vanuatu’s lush, green landscape provides an incredible backdrop for your wedding photos, which will be unlike anything you’ll find in your friends’ wedding albums! Add to your wedding photos elements from the country’s ancient Melanesian culture and your destination wedding photos will truly be remarkable!
“Many couples like to have their wedding photos taken on the beautiful white sands of Champagne Beach with the aqua blue water lapping behind them,” adds Naomi. “The coconut palms lining long stretches of road also offer a unique photo opportunity.”
It’s perfect for small, intimate affairs
“While it’s possible to book out an entire resort and throw a large, lavish wedding in Vanuatu (and may couples do), says Frederick Maclean, General Manager at The Havannah, Vanuatu, “It’s also a truly wonderful place to either elope to or to hold a small, intimate wedding.”
Located on Samoa Point at Havannah Harbour and overlooking the islands of Moso and Lelepa, The Havannah Vanuatu, which is where the winners of Easy Weddings Wedding of the Year competition will enjoy a second honeymoon, is peaceful and tranquil – perfect for a small, private ceremony with just 30 of your nearest and dearest. The acclaimed venue, which has garnered nearly 400 five-star reviews on TripAdvisor, is regularly referred to as ‘paradise,’ ‘Heaven on Earth’ and ‘bliss.’
Vanuatu knows how to throw a great wedding!
While the idea of organising an overseas destination wedding can be quite daunting for some, it needn’t be if you’re considering Vanuatu, which is home to a host of top-notch wedding service providers, all of whom have years (if not decades) of experience creating memorable events, especially weddings, for overseas clients.
“Our wedding packages include a dedicated co-ordinator who can take care of everything for you, such as booking your photographer, hair and make-up artists, local warriors – or even a helicopter ride for you to arrive at your wedding on the day,” says Frederick.
Your wedding co-ordinator will be able to help you with all the processes required to ensure your marriage is legal and, thankfully, the process of marrying in Vanuatu for Australians is a lot easier than in other overseas destination wedding locations.
There are some magnificent Melanesian touches to be enjoyed
From warrior dancers and string music to a festive, flower-laden Melanesian wedding arch and, even, a traditional wedding canoe in which the bride can arrive, Vanuatu’s kind and welcoming locals adore sharing their culture with guests.
“When we add Melanesian touches to our weddings, we will decorate the wedding spot with palm leaves, tropical flowers and bougainvillea,” explains Frederick. “And, if the couple requests it, we can even have local warriors sound a conch shell as the bride arrives.
“It’s a spine-tingling moment, one neither the bride, groom or their guests will ever forget.”