Saturday is conventionally accepted as the weekday of choice for those who are headed down the aisle to say I do, and with this in mind, I have been inspired to write about the woman, her big day and her big dress.
In the course of my career, I have had the opportunity of meeting and consulting with a plethora of brides and brides-to-be, with different personalities and of course different budgets. And, I have come to realize that every bride desires to look unforgettable, regardless of her budget.
I used to be a huge fan of big society weddings till I got invited to a 60-guest wedding put together by the event company Ceremonials. It was simple, tasteful and intimate. It was also the moment when I realised the power of a simple but sophisticated wedding gown versus the oversized tulle and endless train.
I am not saying brides should be tight-fisted, but each person can create her own look without breaking the bank, going exclusively for labels like Zuhair Murad, MAI, Vera Wang, Vivienne Westwood or Elie Saab. Also, wouldn’t brides rather cut their dress budget to fund a mind-blowing honeymoon, if they can’t have both?
So, whether you are on a budget or you are willing to go all out, contemporary or vintage, here are some alternative wedding looks:
Rules of Engagement
– Ensure your garment is properly tailored
– For garments that come as separates, be sure to add a bit of sparkle by embellishing the top with crystals
– Hair, makeup and accessories, should all be in sync with the gown.
– You can incorporate the cape or the off-the-shoulder trend into your gown.
– Heavily embellish your Lace catsuit so it doesn’t look bland. Tuck the Catsuit into your tulle skirt. Fix in your short veil and voila, you have an alternative to your wedding gown.
– Always remember that the dress doesn’t make it your big day, you make it what it is.
Have an amazing weekend and always remember that “fashion is what you buy and style is what you do with it.”