The other day, I was chatting to a friend who is currently planning her wedding, and I became aware of an issue facing many brides-to-be. I was surprised that it’s not something to have occurred to me before now, and I simply put that down to the wedding industry being what I know. My epiphany? More often than not, if a bride is looking for an untraditional dress, she has no idea where to begin her search!
Naturally, this became immediate post fodder; so here’s my guide to help you find your elusive, perfect, untraditional wedding dress…
For coloured dresses, you can widen the net as you don’t have to stick to wedding gowns at all! If you are already planning to flout tradition, then why not simply look for a dress you love – irrespective of whether it has been designed specifically as a wedding dress? You’ll probably save yourself a few quid too!
Here’s a really great piece for inspiration: Love My Dress
If you will be carrying something more than a bouquet up the aisle on your wedding day, you can absolutely still look fabulous. There are many styles available to showcase your beautiful bump and keep you looking elegant whilst blooming.
Do not make the mistake of underestimating the volumes of fabric used in creating some traditional dresses, and the weight and warmth this equates to. For exotic beach weddings, you will be seeking a lightweight, cooler dress. Alternatively, if you are planning a winter wedding in New York or Iceland, you will be looking for a coat worthy of your wedding snaps. The following websites will give you some options:
Shop Beach: Aisle Style
Shop Winter: Bridal Knot
If you are intending to hunt down and acquire an authentic vintage gown, try the following site:
Shop: Abigails Vintage Bridal
N.b. I thought about including accessories in this post; and then decided that they are worthy of a separate guide dedicated specifically to them! After all, they can make a simple dress totally look the part.
I’ll be back next week with a follow-up on some of the accessories that, in keeping with your chosen era, will help you nail your look – and more importantly, where you can find those key pieces.
In the meantime, for a vintage vibe, the following will help you to shop for your dress:
Twenties Inspired – Think Flapper
This look includes loose dresses with dropped waists that skim the frame, the intention being to achieve an androgynous, prepubescent look. Typical of the period were satin and sheer fabrics, scalloped patterns, and lots of heavy beading.
Thirties Inspired – Think Gatsby Glamour
If you are unsure of the characteristics associated with thirties fashion, think ‘Old Hollywood Glamour’. This look is more sophisticated and sleek than the previous decade, with the emphasis on accentuating a thin waist and a slender figure: the thirties reclaimed femininity. Backless, floor-length gowns in silky fabrics were popular.
Inspiration: Thirties Wedding Inspiration
Shop: Heavenly Vintage Brides
Forties Inspired – Think Gatsby Glamour
The forties saw military-inspired fashion. Skirts and dresses were knee-length, with the waist often belted, and accentuated with darts in the fabric. Separates became more common, and evening attire would often combine a satin skirt with a lace blouse.
Inspiration: 1940’s Wedding Dresses
Fifties Inspired – Think Marilyn Monroe
Low-cut tops with A-line skirts that came just below the knee were fashionable in the fifties. A full petticoat would often be worn to emphasise a small waist – this decade was all about the hourglass.
Inspiration: 1950’s Wedding Inspiration
There are so many stunning options available, it’s a little sad to have only one gown. But then having more than one means less time wearing each outfit, and that too is lamentable! I will be posting soon with ideas to get around this dilemma!
Please let me know in the comments below if there are any other untraditional wedding outfits that you would like to see covered on my blog. I’d also love to hear from you if you are planning your wedding and intend to wear something unique. Photos too, are very welcome!