Q & A

Q. My veil arrived folded up in a box and now it's all creased. How can I get the wrinkles out?

A. Take it back to the salon and let them steam it. To ensure that it will stay crease-free, pick it up yourself or arrange to have it hand-delivered to you in a garment bag. If you didn't buy it from a bridal shop or don't live near the salon, then take it to a reliable dry cleaner that will iron out the problem.

Q. I would love to wear gloves with my gown, but I'm not sure what to shop for. Any style suggestions?

A. Gloves are back in a big wayand look better than ever. The hottest choices this season are styles that stop just above the elbow, and slouch gloves, which end midway between wrist and elbow; kidskin leather or cotton are the best materials. Two rules of thumb: Always show a little skin, and make sure the gloves are in proportion to your dress. In the evening, a strapless ball gown looks great with long gloves, while a wrist-length style best suits a short or cap-sleeve dress.

Q. I'm wearing a short, above-the-knee dress for my wedding. What heel height will look best?

A. Short wedding dresses worn with stiletto heels ruled the runways at the recent bridal shows. So go ahead and walk high and mighty in a closed-toe or open-toe shoe—choose a satin or peau de soie style—with a two-inch-plus heel. Keep in mind: You may want to bring another lower-heel pair for dancing.

Q. I'm wearing a sleeveless gown for my winter wedding and am worried about being cold traveling to and from the church. Any suggestions on a warm cover-up that won't wrinkle my dress?

A. The classic way to chase the chill is with a pale fur stole, faux or real. You could also ask your salon to order a shawl in the same material as your dress. If you fancy a funkier look, try a cropped down ski-jacket cut with a slim fit in white or light blue. And don't forget a fashion faithful: a luxurious pashmina wrap.

Q. Do I have to bring the exact lingerie I'm wearing on my wedding day when I go for my first fitting?

A. Ideally, yes. But if you don't have it, bring a style that comes close. The reason: The type of lingerie you wear will affect how your dress is altered. For example, if you're wearing a bra that minimizes your bust line during your fitting, the seamstress is going to adjust the bodice based on that measurement. Then if you opt for a push-up style on your wedding day, chances are the fit will be off, and you may find yourself in a tight spot.

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