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Enjoy her post on bridal wear and maybe find some inspo yourself!
It’s a day to be shared, a day to be remembered, and arguably the most anticipated day of a gal’s life: her wedding day. Even women who don’t want to tie the knot can’t help but muse about what their own would be like. Everything from the cake, to the flowers, to the groom and the party at the end—nothing is off limits. As children, we imagined this day before we even took a liking to our male counterparts, so it stands to reason that, while the groom is (somewhat) important, the perfect dress has forever been at the center of it all. It’s an idea that has grown and evolved with us as we’ve aged; for some of us into a clear image, and others, a fuzzy outline. It’s as if it’s our chance to try and outdo every other bride who has ever dressed in white before us, and the one day it is actually acceptable to do so. What we’re all looking for at the end of the day is to standout from everyone else. However, the fact is, when the time comes to start planning your real wedding and not just your fantasy wedding, that may no longer be the healthiest way to approach things. So. This begs the question: how do you stand out in a sea of white dresses?
In my opinion, what makes a wedding the most special is presenting an honest representation of who you are as a person, and what the two of you come together to form as a couple. In order to make this the true focal point of your special day, it is important to first come to terms with who you are and what the best way of representing that will be.
Possibly the first step to take on your dress hunting journey–besides, of course, taking venue, climate, and all those important factors into account–is defining yourself as an individual. Lots of brides who look back at their wedding photos regretfully (I’m looking at you ladies married in the 80’s) are guilty of making a critical mistake: it is important to make sure you still look like you on your big day–yes, a more elevated version of yourself, but yourself nonetheless. Whether a princess, a tomboy, or even just opting for a court-house wedding, there’s something out there for everyone.
There is something to be said for a more traditional bride: after all, there’s a reason why princess wedding gowns have stood the test of time. While it is true that tradition is classic and proven to never fully go out of style, it can also put you in danger of playing it too safe. Since the goal for all of us fashion-oriented ladies is to be the opposite of forgettable, it’s important to note that just because you may be traditional, doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to put your own spin on things.
1. Play with shapes
If the thought of going wedding dress shopping seems like a boring day of sifting through a bunch of the same cupcake-shaped gown, think again. Outside-of-the-box silhouettes, different lengths, and even different veil lengths are ways to avoid looking like the same-old-same-old from your nightmares.
2. Variations in color
If you fancy yourself a more traditional bride, do not fret: white is no longer just white. In addition to stark white, there is ivory, champagne, and rum pink, and many more shades in between like silk white, diamond white, and natural white. Even choosing the most subtle difference in shade can provide that extra something that makes your dress unique. More and more designers on the market are also incorporating pastel colors, in shades so light they are nearly undetectable, into their designs.
3. Experiment with textures
A wedding gown is not limited to one single fabric. Furthermore, there are lots of different appliqués that can be added to a dress to make it more interesting to the eye. Now, I know what you’re thinking: we’re getting dangerously close to 1980’s wedding dress territory. But no! Here are some more examples of how it can be done differently.
As previously stated, venue is an extremely important factor to consider before dress shopping. Gone are the days of exclusively cookie-cutter weddings. Although I myself am religious and will more than likely tie the knot in a Church, not all brides are created equal. Maybe a grand affair is not quite your speed, and that is just fine, too! Lots of couples nowadays opt for more low-key celebrations at court houses or with small groups of friends. You can get married on a beach, in a garden, or at your own home. It is this type of bride that ultimately has the most free range to really experiment with her wedding day style. Here are some options for you to consider:
3. Why wear a dress?
Bear with me, I know this may be a crazy thought for some of you to consider, and it’s true: this is not a suggestion for the faint of heart bachelorette. Just because most women wear a dress on their wedding day, doesn’t actually mean that you have to be most women. In fact, maybe you’re not most women! If the thought of wearing a dress is the complete opposite of your style, makes you feel uncomfortable, or makes you look like someone other than yourself, then why wear one? As Carrie Bradshaw experienced in the Sex and the City
movie, kidding yourself into being something you’re not with the person you love does not end well. Spoiler Alert: her happily ever after finally came to her after she went back to her original choice—a vintage white skirt suit, paired with her signature Manolo Blahnik’s. Funnily enough, Sarah Jessica Parker also reached outside of the box on her real-life wedding day to actor Matthew Broderick in a short black number—which leads me to my next point
Yes, color. Again. But this time a little more-so than the ones I offered to the more traditional bride. A colored gown can be a total show-stopper. Even a gown with a print can be a wonderful risk worth taking. The key here, and also sometimes the difficulty, is to shop for dresses within other lines not meant specifically for weddings. However, many wedding designers are more frequently incorporating bold colors into their bridal collections.
If in the end you still feel like your ensemble is missing that extra something, accessorizing is an easy way to incorporate any of the elements from above to complete your look. Sparkly belts and sashes are probably the most obvious pieces to go for, but even they can be taken a bit further. By attaching another piece of fabric that compliments your dress style with a belt, you can add length to your gown in the back for a more dramatic look that can change the entire shape and look of your dress. This is also an interesting concept because it gives you the option to remove some bulk for ease of dancing the night away at your reception. Experiment with headpieces in addition to different veil styles; you may find a veil to be completely unnecessary for the look you are trying to achieve once having explored other options. Body chains and shoulder veils are fun additions that add some pizzaz to simple strapless or backless gowns. Again, don’t limit yourself to specifically bridal pieces. If you are getting married in the colder months, perhaps adding another layer of warmth is a necessity. This can provide the perfect opportunity to incorporate interesting colors and textures, while remaining more traditional underneath for the actual ceremony. Remember: the most important thing to remember is to have fun and be yourself. Happy hunting!
By: Holly Odom