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Choosing Bridal Gloves

Bridal gloves come in several types, according to length – from short one-button styles, to 16-button opera styles that reach way past the elbows. The rule of thumb for choosing the length is the shorter the sleeve, the longer the style of hand wear. This is why opera styles go so elegantly with strapless gowns, while elbow length sleeved dresses look better with one-button styles. When considering the length, try on several types to find exactly what complements your particular gown. The length is also traditionally an indicator of how formal the event is, so you’ll need to factor that in as well. Ultimately, however, your choice will depend on the look of the gown and the overall theme of your wedding.

Just like other accessories, bridal gloves come in different styles and material. Naturally, you should apply the contrast principle again: if your gown has a lot of details, opt for plain one, and if your gown is simpler, that’s when you could have more fun with your hand wear. Moreover, matching with your gown doesn’t necessarily mean using the same exact fabric, especially if your dress is a combination of different types of fabric. The important thing is that the texture and the colours should match or complement. For instance, if you’re wearing a silk gown, satin or lace hand wear may be considered.

Possibly one of the most important and generally forgotten considerations is that brides need to take off their hand wear during the exchange of wedding rings. If you decide on wearing a 20-button opera style this can sometimes prove difficult. This is where additional factors kick in. Are your bridal gloves too fitted to remove efficiently? Is the fabric too expensive for you to cut a slit along the wedding finger to slip in the ring? Or is it better to wear a fingerless style? Remember, you’ll need to remove hand wear during the reception as well, especially while eating, and it takes practice to know the etiquette that goes along with donning hand wear.