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Wilkes-Barre bride, local bridal experts, offer tips on searching for the perfect gown

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With her bridal gown hanging in the next room, Alecia Torbik gets dressed on her wedding day at the home of her parents, Mark and Delphine Torbik of Wilkes-Barre.
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Alecia Torbik Lyons poses with her seven bridesmaids on the day she and Jesse Lyons of Wilkes-Barre exchanged vows.
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Alecia Torbik Lyons of Wilkes-Barre poses on her wedding day with her mother, Delphine Torbik, and nonna, Roseann Daddamio. Nonna is wearing the same gown to her granddaugher’s wedding that she wore to her daughter’s wedding.
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WILKES-BARRE — As she reminisced about her search for the perfect wedding dress, Alecia Torbik Lyons of Wilkes-Barre offered this advice for future brides: Don’t bring too many people along.

“As fun as it was” to have her mother, sister, godmother, close aunt, long-time friends — plus champagne — in her 10-person entourage, she explained, “it was definitely overwhelming because you’re looking for everybody’s reaction.”

She’d gone shopping in about six different stores, tried on dozens of gowns and was almost despairing she’d never live “the moment” that she’d seen so many future brides experience on TLC’s “Say Yes to the Dress,” that instant when they realize they look they way they want to look on their wedding day.

Then she took one more trip — this time to Tunis Bridal Shoppe in the Scranton area, with only her mother and grandmother along for advice and moral support — and found a lace and tulle confection that finally triggered those happy tears.

“It was actually funny because I almost cancelled that appointment,” she said.

All in all, she said, she enjoyed the search — but she now sees the advantages of bringing fewer consultants.

Here is more advice on shopping for the all-important wedding dress:

• Don’t be wedded to the idea of “white.” You may have grown up thinking all bridal gowns are white, but nowadays many brides opt for ivory or champagne which are flattering to a wider variety of skin tones. “Ivory has a softness to it that looks good on anyone’s complexion,” said Rhonda Thomas, who works at The Dress Lounge in Kingston, which is owned by her sister, Natalie Bush.

• Keep an open mind as far as style. Some brides have a fixed idea of the type of style they want, Michelle DeBiasi of Gerri Bridal in Pittston said, but it’s possible that style might not be the most flattering for you. From mermaid and sheath to fit-and-flare and ballgown, you’ll have a better idea of what looks best on you once you are wearing it, as opposed to seeing it on a hanger or seeing someone else wear it.

• Because your bridesmaids likely have a variety of body types, Judy Monko from Gerri Bridal said, consider choosing a color and allowing each bridesmaid to choose a style of dress in that color that best complements her figure.

Finding a lovely dress for your bridesmaids or your mother can be more difficult than finding one for the bride, Torbik Lyons said, but she happily reports the task was actually very easy for her grandmother, Roseann Daddamio

” ‘Nonna,’ as I call her wore the same dress she wore on my mother’s wedding day,” the recent bride wrote in a note attached to a photo. “It was very special to me and I think she looked beautiful!”

Reach Mary Therese Biebel at 570-991-6109 or on Twitter @BiebelMT

By Mary Therese Biebel

[email protected]

With her bridal gown hanging in the next room, Alecia Torbik gets dressed on her wedding day at the home of her parents, Mark and Delphine Torbik of Wilkes-Barre.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_wedding.dress_.jpgWith her bridal gown hanging in the next room, Alecia Torbik gets dressed on her wedding day at the home of her parents, Mark and Delphine Torbik of Wilkes-Barre. Submitted photos

Alecia Torbik Lyons poses with her seven bridesmaids on the day she and Jesse Lyons of Wilkes-Barre exchanged vows.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_wedding.dress2_.jpgAlecia Torbik Lyons poses with her seven bridesmaids on the day she and Jesse Lyons of Wilkes-Barre exchanged vows. Submitted photos

Alecia Torbik Lyons of Wilkes-Barre poses on her wedding day with her mother, Delphine Torbik, and nonna, Roseann Daddamio. Nonna is wearing the same gown to her granddaugher’s wedding that she wore to her daughter’s wedding.
http://theweekender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_weddingdress3.jpgAlecia Torbik Lyons of Wilkes-Barre poses on her wedding day with her mother, Delphine Torbik, and nonna, Roseann Daddamio. Nonna is wearing the same gown to her granddaugher’s wedding that she wore to her daughter’s wedding. Submitted photos
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Reach Mary Therese Biebel at 570-991-6109 or on Twitter @BiebelMT