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12 Wedding Dress Rules That Are Meant To Be Broken

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be challenging, but thankfully you get to make your own rules! No matter what you wear, you'll be a luminous, glowing bride with Olay Regenerist Luminous.

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1. Your wedding dress must be floor length.

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Short doesn't have to mean skimpy — tea-length dresses were popular in the 1950s and are a classy way to show off your best asset (if your best asset happens to be your legs).

2. Your dress must be ornate and complicated.

A simple hippie frock like this one is just the thing to wear for a beach or backyard wedding — you don't have to be uncomfortable to be radiant!
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A simple hippie frock like this one is just the thing to wear for a beach or backyard wedding — you don't have to be uncomfortable to be radiant!

3. You must wear boring wedding heels.

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Who wants to wear white satin shoes they'll never wear again? Wear shoes you feel like yourself in!

4. You shouldn't wear a coat during the reception.

If you're having your wedding during a colder month, a fur stole is not your only option! A great structure snow-white jacket with interesting detailing will stun just as much as your dress without overpowering it.
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If you're having your wedding during a colder month, a fur stole is not your only option! A great structure snow-white jacket with interesting detailing will stun just as much as your dress without overpowering it.

5. Your wedding dress can only be white.

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An all-white gown is classic and stunning, but can be hard to pull off! Ivory and dusty rose gowns are great alternates that will help warm up your complexion.

6. Your dress must be brand new or it will look outdated.

Thankfully, not every vintage dress is a poofy 1980s shoulder pad monster. This 1960s frock is an example of an ornate vintage dress perfect for any outdoor summer wedding.
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Thankfully, not every vintage dress is a poofy 1980s shoulder pad monster. This 1960s frock is an example of an ornate vintage dress perfect for any outdoor summer wedding.

7. Your dress will look matronly if it's all lace.

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Old-fashioned, shmold-shfashoined — lace dresses and accessories can be very modern with the right cut and fit.

8. Your bridesmaids must all wear the same dress.

Your friends all have different personalities, let them show it! Just set a color theme and let them personalize their look; the similarly colored dresses will create a beautiful ombre effect when the bridesmaids are all lined up.
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Your friends all have different personalities, let them show it! Just set a color theme and let them personalize their look; the similarly colored dresses will create a beautiful ombre effect when the bridesmaids are all lined up.

9. Your wedding dress must be all one color.

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Ombre wedding dresses are becoming more and more popular! It's a great way to inject a little bit of color in your bridal look if you're nervous about taking the plunge with a colorful gown.

10. Your dress must be, well, a dress.

If dresses were never your thing, a well-tailored pant suit or delicate lace short-and-blouse set like the one above will make you glow from the inside out as you walk down the aisle feeling your most comfortable.
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If dresses were never your thing, a well-tailored pant suit or delicate lace short-and-blouse set like the one above will make you glow from the inside out as you walk down the aisle feeling your most comfortable.

11. Your dress should cost an arm and a leg.

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Whether you're looking for something custom or ready-made, the options for affordable wedding dresses are limitless. The two dresses above both come in at under $400 total.

12. Long story short: Who cares about rules, wear what makes you happy!

This sunny yellow dress was hand-sewn by the bride's mom — how's that for a special dress?
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This sunny yellow dress was hand-sewn by the bride's mom — how's that for a special dress?