Are you that edgy bride? The one who does everything just a little differently? Is your wedding the time, OR the place to lay that out for all to see? Well, that depends on you. Remember, there is no right or wrong when it comes to YOUR wedding. As long as you are kind, think of others, and are respectful, it’s your day! Do as you wish! Ok, that was a pretty
broad statement, ‘be kind’ and all that. What I’m referring to, is taking others into consideration. For example, if you’re having a large party of bridesmaids, and you’re considering excluding just one future sister-in-law, don’t. Add her in. Your friends will come and go, but family won’t. OR…do not stick a guest at a table where she’ll be uncomfortable just because you had a tiff before the wedding…
But when it comes to your dress, your colors, your menu —
it’s all about YOU! There is no wrong, just your desires! That being said…a few of the featured dresses on this post were posted for shock value. I know few brides who would choose them, and even more importantly, who could pull the styles off. One would almost have to be a 6′ tall model to do so.
But really, aren’t they spectacular? I think the one above would work for a destination beach wedding! In fact the top three photos appear to be on a beach. And I’d have to say…they’re better than Pamala Anderson’s white bikini! 🙂 Now that comment was for women of a certain age. Perhaps some younger brides do not remember her, OR her beach wedding. But to slightly older ladies, it’s iconic.
Perhaps a bit of color? Now THIS is bold… According to “Brides Magazine, 14% of all brides would consider a colored gown. And a few more interesting facts from “Bride’s Magazine” — 18% of all brides find their dresses on-line. And…only 1% of all brides purchase their dresses at a Sample sale. I was surprised at that figure. I thought it would have been much higher.
Wedding Dresses Through the Years … Each decade seems to have a wedding dress “Look” that characterizes its era. I was married in the 80’s, and the drawing below for that decade was spot on for dresses worn by my contemporaries. I believe the style was influenced by Diana, Princess of Wales’ choice of gown.
A bride’s dress should fit her venue, theme, season of year, and of course, her budget. Diana was married at St. Paul’s Cathedral, London. An enormous structure, much larger than the traditional royal wedding site of Westminster Abbey (location of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s 2011 wedding). Thus, Diana need a BIG gown. While I wasn’t a great fan of the dress, I think it suited the Cathedral, the balcony appearance at Buckingham Palace, and her statuesque frame. Her designers chose well.
Found on huffingtonpost.com
If I had to pick an era that is my favorite for wedding gowns, I’d chose the 50’s. There’s something so romantic about a cinched in waist and a full skirt. According the the above chart, a common hemline for the 50’s era was the “ballerina length” (right at the ankle). This…I do not like. I believe it could make the bride look stumpy, although guests could get a good look at her shoes. This may be an incentive to have such a hemline, provided the shoes were cute! If you’re interested in reading a few older posts about wedding shoes, click on the following links! Wedding Shoes – Flats Blue Wedding Shoes Pink Wedding Shoes Let’s Talk Wedding Shoes!
The gown below, I’m sure is inspired by Grace Kelly’s when she become the Princess of Monaco. It is one of my favorites. I’m not crazy about the hat, however. For more drawings of royal brides…keep scrolling…
Found on bmodish.com
Found on buzzfeed.com
So you’re wearing a strapless gown? Most brides focus on the front of their strapless gowns. What necklace she’ll wear, how creamy white or tan her décolletage will be. I wrote a previous blog titled, “It’s All About The Back” Click on the link if you’d like to read it. It describes dresses that focus more on the BACK of a wedding dress than the front. Not a bad idea, when you consider your guests will view more of the back of your gown than your front during your wedding ceremony.
If you want to spice up your strapless dress a little…consider Strapless Dress Jewelry! What are your thoughts about the glamorousness of the above photo? I love it, and think it’s a innovative way to enjoy the simplicity of the front of a strapless gown, while dressing up the back of one.
And as luck would have it, you can find many options for this jewelry on etsy.com. I’ve sung the praises of etsy.com many times. It’s an on-line website where mainly women market their incredibly creative creations. We purchased my daughter, Kathleen’s, wedding invitations on etsy, and received a great product and experience.
The jewels above turns a strapless gown into a dress with a jeweled décolletage. I think it’s breathtaking. I have never seen a bride wear something like it, have you?
What about the simple yet elegant bauble above? Lovely, but I think it’s a little racy for a bride…
And the downside to all this bling? Well, consider all the hugs you will receive as “The Bride”. While beautiful, I have great fears that the most embellished of the jewelry could have a great snagging potential to the guests’ attire as they embrace you. It could even be a cause of injury… 🙂
A third wedding dress? Would you really be that extravagant? Some brides these days are. According to www.theknot.com, it’s quite the new trend. A blurb from theknot.com follows below:
“Why have one dress when you can have three? We’ve heard of brides changing their dress for the reception or late night for the after-party. Now, a few fashion-forward brides are actually choosing three different gowns for each part of the day. Imagine a ball gown for the ceremony, a sleek sheath for the reception and then a short, feathery minidress for the after-party. It sounds like a lot, but for some brides who just can’t decide, this is a fun trend to try.”
It might be a “fun” trend to try…but I think it might break the bank. And remember, not only would you encounter the price of the dress, but alterations and accessories, read: shoes, jewelry, etc. There are so many different ways to spend a wedding budget, I personally don’t think a bride would get as much value from THREE dresses, as say…maybe from a string quartet at the ceremony, a videographer for the reception, a vintage car for a-get away. The options are limitless. Perhaps I’m looking at the whole three dress option from the viewpoint of “The Mother of the Bride”. I had enough stress picking ONE dress for my daughters…much less three!!! 🙂
But if you do choose to go the “Three Dress Route”, no one ever said your after party dress had to be white. What about the sexy little number above? I think the contrast between virginal white and this evening attire is striking. And I think a LBD would be easier to find than another white dress…A footnote to my two youngest daughters…don’t get any ideas. One dress only for each of my four girls. 🙂