. Bridal gowns are more ornate that the traditional Western style dress. Most wedding shops now have more choice.
Coloured dresses are becoming more common, but ivory or white is still more popular.
The mother of the bride and the mother of the bridegroom do confer with each other and the bride on outfit colours, and they take into consideration the bridesmaid colours. The waistcoat and coloured handkerchief that the groom and best man sometimes wears is normally the same colour as the bridesmaid’s dresses.
Brides rarely keep their gowns for their daughters; they either sell them or have the fabric used to make their first child’s Christening gown. Wear “something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue, and a lucky sixpence in your shoe,” as in the old English rhyme.
Lisa Schultz told us of her family’s tradition after her wedding with yourlimo.com.au: “All of the brides on my mother’s side of the family have carried over their arms horseshoes for good luck. The horseshoes, rather than being actual metal plates, are crocheted and a long ribbon is attached in a loop from end to end. The horseshoe is worn upside down over the arm of the bride during the wedding to bring luck to the marriage.”
Today, it is the custom to have many young bridesmaids instead of adult attendants. The bride pays for her attendant’s outfits.
The bridegroom rarely wears a tuxedo – only at a very large, formal wedding. Business suits are normal. The bridegroom has a best man, who also wears a business suit.