Wedding Dresses

Who buys the bride's wedding dress?

Pre-wed­ding chores and fuss cap­ti­vate not only the main heroes of the occa­sion, but all rel­a­tives. Every­one wants to con­tribute to the wed­ding, to give advice and valu­able (in their opin­ion) instruc­tion. And yet there are tra­di­tions. To com­ply with them or not is a ques­tion for the bride and groom, who them­selves must decide whether their wed­ding will be clas­sic and tra­di­tion­al or non-stan­dard and mod­ern. There are many wed­ding tra­di­tions and they apply to lit­er­al­ly every­thing. Even the pur­chase of a wed­ding dress can be deter­mined by cus­toms that have come down to us from our ances­tors.

Wedding dress with train

Who, according traditions, should buy a dress for the bride?

In Rus­sia, it was cus­tom­ary for the bride to cre­ate her own wed­ding attire, as well as to pre­pare the dowry for her­self. By the beau­ty and dec­o­ra­tion of the dress, one could judge the girl’s abil­i­ties, her skill and dili­gence. There­fore, every girl want­ed to appear before the guests and rel­a­tives in the most beau­ti­ful and rich­ly dec­o­rat­ed dress. By the way, accord­ing to tra­di­tion, it should have been red.

Over time, these tra­di­tions began to be for­got­ten, and the wealthy par­ents of the bride hired tai­lors to cre­ate wed­ding dec­o­ra­tions. Even the col­or of the dress changed from red to white and pas­tel.

If the groom man­aged to vis­it Europe, then he tried to bring a dress for his future bride from there. And so the opin­ion was born that the groom should buy a wed­ding dress.

Magnificent wedding dress

In the Sovi­et Union, the wed­ding cel­e­bra­tion itself and the prepa­ra­tion for it were sim­pli­fied, and ancient tra­di­tions began to be for­got­ten. Not much time was devot­ed to the wed­ding, dress­es for the bride and groom were ordered at the near­est ate­lier, acces­sories were bought at the store, and the cel­e­bra­tion itself was held in a cafe or restau­rant.

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True, there was and is one tra­di­tion that con­tin­ues to be fol­lowed — the bride­groom should not see the dress cho­sen by the bride until the wed­ding. Oth­er­wise, the mar­riage may be unhap­py. But back to our ques­tion: who should be involved in choos­ing a wed­ding dress and who should be entrust­ed with its pur­chase.

Lush wedding dress with lace

Groom or his parents

Many believe that the groom and his fam­i­ly should bear the cost of buy­ing not only the dress, but all addi­tion­al items. This tra­di­tion is more com­mon in Cen­tral, South­east Asia and among Cau­casian res­i­dents.

The out­fit is cho­sen entire­ly by the groom’s rel­a­tives, includ­ing jew­el­ry, which can only be gold. In this way, the groom’s fam­i­ly demon­strates their wealth and how strong the groom’s feel­ings for the bride are.

Choosing a wedding dress for the groom

If you are just as lucky and the groom shows a desire to ful­ly pay for the entire out­fit of the bride, then you, as his future wife, should invite your moth­er-in-law to vis­it the bridal salon and choose a dress togeth­er. It would be pru­dent to vis­it the same salon before­hand with the per­son whom you know bet­ter and trust his taste and point of view more. Hav­ing noticed suit­able options, show them to your moth­er-in-law and make the final choice. You can con­sid­er buy­ing acces­sories for two with your future moth­er-in-law.

Choice of wedding dress with mother-in-law

It would be fool­ish to refuse the groom’s offer to pay for your wed­ding dress. It is only nec­es­sary to pre-nego­ti­ate the total amount that you can have.

If the dress you chose turned out to be more expen­sive, then either you will have to pay the dif­fer­ence your­self, or look for a more bud­get option.

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A com­mon sit­u­a­tion is that the groom buys a dress, while the cost of acces­sories is borne by the bride.

Bride or her parents

Sit­u­a­tions can be dif­fer­ent and it is pos­si­ble that rel­a­tives from the side of the bride will buy the dress. In this case, you need to take your moth­er by the hand and gath­er close friends whose opin­ion you trust.

Here you also need to know the amount that you can count on, to have an idea about the style and style that suits you.

Before going to the salon and try­ing on dress­es, con­sult with a fash­ion design­er, look at the fash­ion trends of this sea­son, study the rec­om­men­da­tions of experts on choos­ing a dress for your body type. The choice of dress is also influ­enced by the time of year, weath­er con­di­tions, the venue of the cel­e­bra­tion and the theme of the wed­ding.

How to buy a dress in other countries

In Euro­pean coun­tries, all wed­ding expens­es are shared between the new­ly­weds. Par­ents take lit­tle part in any­thing.

Choosing a wedding dress

If the wed­ding takes place in Ger­many and no wed­ding is fore­seen, then the bride choos­es not even a wed­ding dress for her­self, but sim­ply a fes­tive or ele­gant one, which she buys on her own.

Brides from the East mar­ry in a dress bought by the groom’s rel­a­tives.

In Amer­i­ca, the bride must choose the garters her­self, which are not just an acces­so­ry and an ele­ment of under­wear. They throw them­selves as a groom into a crowd of their unmar­ried friends. This tra­di­tion is very sim­i­lar to toss­ing a bou­quet. This tra­di­tion is becom­ing more and more pop­u­lar in Rus­sia.

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If you look at Brazil, the groom’s fam­i­ly does not take any part in choos­ing and buy­ing a dress for the bride — every­thing falls on the shoul­ders of the bride’s rel­a­tives.

A modern point of view on the purchase of a wedding dress

The mod­ern world has its own rules that deter­mine the fea­tures of the process of prepar­ing for a wed­ding. No one gets so hung up on who should still buy a dress for the bride.

Increas­ing­ly, young peo­ple make up a gen­er­al bud­get that goes to all items of expen­di­ture. If a woman is wealthy enough, then most like­ly she her­self will want not only to buy a dress, but also pay for half of the ban­quet.

No mat­ter how the sit­u­a­tion devel­ops in your case, it is imper­a­tive to agree on the choice of style in cloth­ing for the bride and groom.