Front of the Dress…or Back?



Front of the dress or the back?  Where will you choose to place your emphasis?  When you select your wedding dress, some component of it will be making a statement.  Will you want it to be on the front of your gown or the back?  When I was married almost 33 years ago, I chose to have the back of my dress be the “wow” factor.  Was it a big “WOW”?  No…but I liked it.  It was the era of the bow.  Remember that, ‘ladies of a certain age’?


I was married before Fergie, (then, HRH, The Duchess of York – now, just plain old Sarah, Duches of York.  She lost the HRH, style and “The” before Duchess, when she divorced Prince Andrew), so one can not claim I was a copy cat with the bow.  But I’m pretty sure “the bow” was a common fashion statement. After a tiny nipped in waist, (I was a petite little bride), my dress had a massive bow in back.  I loved it.



The advantage of a “Statement Back”?  Your guests get to admire it during the entire wedding ceremony, and it makes for fabulous pictures.


But what if you go with a dramatic front, like the ones above and below? Well, then your guests get to admire you all of your wedding reception.  I do believe the dress above is a little daring for a bride, but who am I to judge…


And this applicae number above?  Well it is nothing short of a work of art.  Would I choose it for myself or one of my girls?  No… I tend to favor the more traditional.  But that’s the wonderful thing about weddings.  There is no right or wrong, just your vision…

Two in One Wedding Dress

Two in One Wedding Dress — Why buy two when you can buy just one? With the great extravagance weddings have taken in the last twenty years, is it surprising that brides want more than one dress? One for the wedding ceremony, and one for the reception? If you’d like to read about the bride who desires THREE dresses… click on the link: Three Wedding Dresses


As with anything, the more an item is desired, the more options become available. When my daughter, Maggie, was married two years ago, the choices for a 2 in 1 weren’t as plentiful as when my oldest was married last year. Kathleen had no desire for a “convertible dress” but Maggie’s head was turned by one.


There was one particular gown that she was drawn to, in fact we went to see it a couple of times. It had a very slim silhouette with appliqués, and an off the shoulder neckline, that looks amazing with the best strapless bra that will allow her to wear this dress. Lovely, just beautiful, but not quite proper for a young woman, an ingenue if you will, in a church wedding. But wait… it had an exquisite filmy glossier overskirt for the ceremony. I never would have believed that they were separates if I hadn’t seen it removed myself.


Both combinations looked gorgeous separately and as one. It’s definitely something for a bride to consider. I have seen similar dresses to these in a Chicago wedding boutique I visited a few weeks ago. They were stunning!


The dress above is my favorite of these photos. I adore the full, delicateness of the “skirt” AND the edginess of the cocktail type dress. Because, hey, you want to move, dance and have a good time at your reception, don’t you?


Feeling a little edgy? Maybe you may wish to choose a gown like the one below. Still bridal, but with the lovely pale shade of just a hint of color. And the convertible dress really does look like two different gowns. Maybe the key to the perfect gown is white on top, and color beneath for the reception??