There is no question that the addition of gloves will add dignity
and grace to your wedding ensemble. The proper gloves will lend
an air of elegance to this special occasion. However, because
we don't wear gloves as often as perhaps our mothers or grandmothers
did in the past, choosing the proper gloves and knowing the rules
of wearing them can be intimidating.
Glove etiquette is a reflection of the times. Historically, the
length of the glove was directly related how formal the affair
and the time of day. Today, however, with more relaxed social
rules, the length of the glove is a more adequate reflection of
fashion-the color and style of your dress are the most important
factors in choosing the proper glove. Your wedding gloves should
complement your dress. Choose simple gloves to wear with an ornate
gown. Conversely, a simple gown allows for fancier gloves. Remember
the goal is to enhance not to overwhelm. While the traditional
color for gloves is white, your wedding gloves should match your
dress in both color and texture-white with white, ivory with ivory.
The texture of your gloves should be similar to that of your dress.
Silk gloves go perfectly with a silk gown. Other materials such
as kidskin, satin, or lace are also appropriate, depending on
the style of the dress.
Glove lengths range from 1-button, ending at the wrist, to 20-button,
ending at the shoulder. The length you choose should complement
your sleeve length. Generally, the shorter the sleeve, the longer
the glove-a sleeveless or strapless gown would dictate a glove
that comes to the upper arm. Elbow length gloves (12-button) should
be chosen for dresses with either cap sleeves or elbow length
sleeves. Shorter gloves (6-button and shorter) are reserved for
dresses with longer, more fitted sleeves. It is important to remember
that while the sleeve of the gown and the glove may meet, it is
never proper for a glove to cover the sleeve of a dress.
Exchanging of the Rings
During the exchanging of rings, you may either remove the glove
from the left ring finger by slitting the fabric underneath and
lifting it over the finger or you may choose to remove the glove
altogether. If you remove the glove, simply give it to the maid
of honor at the same time you pass your bouquet. It's a good idea
to practice removing your glove several times before your wedding
to ensure a smooth transition. After the rings have been exchanged,
simply pull the glove back down over the finger. If the glove
has been removed, leave it off until after the ceremony. Remember
to put your gloves back on for photographs.
During the Reception
At the reception, your gloves should be kept on in the receiving
line and for special dances with your groom and your father. As
it is never acceptable to eat or drink while wearing gloves, you
should remove your gloves before cutting your wedding cake. As
the more formal aspects of your wedding are now complete, you
may wish to take off your gloves, relax, and enjoy your party!
~ by Sherrie Thompson