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How to Choose a Flattering Neckline for Your Wedding Dress

Apart from the silhouette of wedding dresses, it’s important to pay attention to one detail of a dress: the neckline!

For many brides, the neckline is usually not a priority. However, the neckline is important because it holds the chest and provides comfort. A wrong choice of neckline can bring discomfort during your big day and an unbalanced silhouette, as well as affect the dress’s visual appeal.

To select the best neckline for your body type, consider the size of your bust and the ratio between your hips and shoulders. The following are some examples of necklines from Rosanovias.com.au.

Heart Neckline

The heart neckline is the most popular among the ladies. It is sweet and romantic, the reason so many brides prefer this type of cut. It emphasizes the chest region, making it perfect for women with small to medium bust size. Chesty women should avoid this neckline as you run the risk of pulling the dress up all the time.

That annoying armpit flesh? If you’re one of those brides who do not like it showing, consider having sleeves or wide straps to hide that area.

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Straight or Round Neckline

The straight neckline suits women with large bust because it reduces the visual weight in that region and provides good support. However, you must be careful of not making the cut too low or it beats the purpose. Women with small breasts should avoid this cut since it further reduces the bust size. But if you really want to have a straight neckline, make sure to add volume to the bust area using drapery fabric, pleats, or ruffles. Firework beading also adds to the illusion of a larger bust.

TIP: Chesty women must be careful not to “close” the neckline too much as it further enhances the bust.

The distance between the shoulders and hips is also a thing to consider. Women with broad shoulders and small hips should opt for necklines that narrow the shoulders. Straight, canoes, or shoulder-to-shoulder necklines increase the width of the shoulder and are only advisable for those who have narrow shoulders.

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Cleavage Canoe

The boat neckline is very similar to shoulder-to-shoulder (see below). The difference is this type of neckline is very close to the neck and has a deep cut. This cut reduces the neck and silhouette (petite women avoid this style). It increases the neckline and shapes the breast, making it perfect for women with small bust. Those who have medium bust should exercise caution in choosing this cut.

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Shoulder-to-Shoulder Neckline

The shoulder-to-shoulder neckline went missing for a time in bridal fashion. Today it’s again one of the most popular choices among women. Like a deep canoe, it also increases the bust area, ideal for those with small to medium breasts.

Brides with wide hips who want a balanced silhouette must choose this neckline. If you have an hourglass figure, you can play with this neckline at will, unless you have a large bust.

This is an excellent neckline for brides with boho-chic style. This design creates a modern and sophisticated look.

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V-neck

The classic V neckline is fitting for women of all sizes, but tends to flatter chesty women. If you have a small bust and want this kind of cut, consider adding some pads beneath the fabric or wearing a padded bra. It helps elongate the silhouette and make you look slimmer. The best part is, a slit complements this cut.

TIP: Some institutions may not allow low-cut wedding dresses so remember to consult your local church regarding this matter.

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8 Engagement Ring Shopping Rules

When buying an engagement ring for the one you love, it is both wise and correct for the groom-to-be to consult his future bride’s taste.

The engagement ring is generally not the biggest wedding expense – that’s typically reserved for the wedding reception – but for many women getting married is all about getting an awesome piece of jewelry.

But what if you are clueless as to what is the best approach to buying the perfect ring?

There is no need to panic. By following a few time-tested shopping rules, you can find a ring that is wow-worthy and a true token of your love.

  1. Become familiar with the 4c’s. A diamond ring’s value is determined by the 4 C’s: cut, clarity, color and carat weight. While clarity or flawlessness is an important factor when buying gemstones, color and carat are also important considerations. A reputable jeweler should provide verification that the stone is synthetic or natural and verify the stone’s color grade using the Gemological Institute of America’s grading system.
  2. Set a budget. While the jewelry industry recommends that you spend the equivalent of two month’s salary, you can figure out easily what is appropriate for the occasion and your paycheck. According to Modern Bride Magazine, couples typically spend around $2900 dollars on average for an engagement ring.
  3. Select the type of stone that she prefers. Some brides select a traditional diamond engagement ring with a round stone. While others prefer a setting featuring her birthstone. Many women skip the diamond and choose to wear larger semiprecious stones instead of a smaller and more expensive diamond rings. Aquamarines, sapphires, topazes and transparent tourmalines are lovely colorless diamond ring alternatives.
  4. Choose the proper setting for the stone. A ring’s setting frames the stone and sets the tone for the ring’s design. Modern designs like these Shaneco.com ring setting styles include: vintage, solitaire, yellow gold, rose gold, mounted bridal, and the option to completely design your own.
  5. Metals do matter. The metal of the ring should flatter the color of the stone and the bride’s skin tone or skin sensitivities. For example, 18-karat white gold is less likely to cause allergic reactions, but is more affordable than most 14-karat white settings.
  6. Consider her lifestyle. Think about the long-term ramifications of selecting the right ring for the wrong woman. For a woman who tears her pantyhose frequently, a heart or pear-shaped ring could prove to be disastrous. For a middle manager in a large corporate company a large 5-carat diamond may be perceived as gaudy and ostentatious by her coworkers or bosses.
  7. Don’t get ripped off by an unscrupulous jeweler. As with most expensive purchases in life, you should be careful of deals that look to good to be true. Although most jewelers are credible, diamond ring swindles still thrive. A legitimate jeweler should have no problem with you having a ring checked out by an appraiser before your final purchase.
  8. Take her to the store. Sure, it sounds un-romantic. But this is the best way to make sure you don’t buy a ring she hates. Make the first visit to the jeweler alone to discuss your budget and her stone and setting preferences. Then bring your fiancée to the store so she can choose the engagement ring she likes the best.

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