When selecting a wedding dirndl, the colour palette represents a diverse contrast to the classic bridal gown: traditional white or cream work just as well as pastel hues or bold colours. Not only the colour but also the fabric plays an important role. The cotton dirndls bought at a market are probably best left at home. “When choosing the dress, go with high-quality, heavier materials such as brocade, silk or mikado,” advises Christine Rührlinger of the bridal salon “Hänsel und Gretel”. The tracht experts at Stassny also recommend doing away with lacing and embroidery. “A better choice here is hand printing on the apron or skirt, and don’t be afraid to go for bold colours,” Rainer adds. And speaking of the apron: in order to avoid the infamous apron faux pas, it is important that the bride ties the bow on the right-hand side once married. This side signals that the wearer is taken, engaged or married.