When you are considering which accessories to wear for your wedding, do not forget about gloves. They may not be the first thing that comes to mind, but try a pair on with your gown, and you may be surprised at how much you like them. Gloves can add a polished and polished look to any wedding gown.
Gloves are available in a variety of fabrics and lengths. Bridal gloves should match the color of your gown, be it white, diamond white, or ivory. Silk gloves are very elegant, and may be the best color match if your wedding dress is also silk. Cotton gloves (with just a touch of spandex) are another very nice option. They are great if you want a glove that has no sheen at all. Other choices include spandex or matte spandex, which tend to be lower quality than the cotton or silk gloves. Ivory velvet gloves are luxurious for a winter wedding. The gold standard for formal gloves are those made in a soft kidskin.
The best length of gloves for you will depend on the style of your gown and the length of your arms. Gloves can usually be shortened, by the way, if you need an in-between length. The shortest gloves come just to the wristbone. They are very sweet with a vintage gown or for a garden party feeling. These little shorties can be very sweet when done in lace or a fine netting, as well as in cotton. The wrist length gloves are often trimmed with little pearls, which would be darling if you are wearing pearl bridal jewelry.
The next height comes to about 2 inches over the wrist. It is a very versatile length for gloves, and works well with a short sleeved gown. It is a fairly discreet glove, as it will be hidden behind the bouquet as the bride walks down the aisle. It's a nice choice for a bride who does not feel quite dressed without gloves, but is not looking to make a big statement.
Just under the elbow and just over the elbow are also very versatile lengths for gloves. Both are good choices for strapless gowns. If the bride is not comfortable with the shape of her upper arms, just under the elbow tends to have a better length, because it will not draw attention to a problem area. Either length will add elegance to the bridal ensemble.
The longest gloves are opera length. They are the most formal type of gloves, and are perfect for ball gowns. Very long gloves also help a strapless dress to feel less bare, which is particularly useful for a wedding in a church. Opera length gloves will have buttons at the wrist, to make them easier to take on and off. Faux pearl buttons are typical, but feel free to customize your buttons to coordinate with your bridal gown and accessories. Tiny crystal or rhinestone buttons would be a smashing complement to Swarovksi crystal bridal jewelry.
Formal gloves are no longer part of our everyday attire, so brides are often unsure about how to manage them. The biggest question is what to do with them during the ceremony. Do not try to put your wedding band on over the gloves – it will not fit! When you come to the ring exchange part of the ceremony, the bride will take a moment to graciously slip off both gloves (wearing just one glove would look silly in photographs). The proper way to remove gloves is to loosen the tip of each finger before pulling off the glove. Then the bride hands her folded gloves with her bouquet to the maid of honor to hold for the duration of the ceremony.
Do not forget to put your gloves back on for any formal portraits after the ceremony. It is also lovely to wear your gloves during the first dance. Gloves should not, however, be worn while eating. A fun idea is to have a special bracelet in you little purse that you slip on once the gloves are removed for the reception. It is not quite as dramatic as changing into a second dress, but a sparkly crystal bracelet will be a nice touch for the reception.
Although gloves may seem old fashioned, they definitely have a place in modern weddings. They can be demure, elegant, or even a little bit dramatic. Gloves will give your wedding gown a graceful and refined look.