Themed weddings and finding the right dress
Have you recently said ‘yes’ to the love of your life? Perhaps you accepted a romantic proposal a while ago but the time has now come to start planning for your big day? Where do you start when it comes to deciding on a theme, and even more importantly, on THE dress? This month we thought we would take a look at combining a theme, for those of you looking for something a little different, with finding the right dress to work with it and make your day truly unforgettable.
Fairy tale romance
If you are looking for that fairy tale theme, the one that when you think about it you get butterflies in your tummy and makes you feel like a little girl playing princess all over again, this is probably the one for you. The sort of dress that will make those princess dreams come true really does exist, all you have to do is think back to how you imagined it and then you know what you’re looking for. Think fitted bodice with a long A-line skirt; picture all the sequins you can get on to the bodice; imagine the floaty veil covering your pinned-up hair; feel the tulle for a delicate look or the satin for a more luxurious feel.
The roaring ‘20s
The 1920s were the definition of female elegance, dropped or empire-line waists, and floor-length gowns. Look for a dress that will sweep into the room after you. One that is made of lace or satin for that added touch of luxury. Grab your pearls or look for gowns that are sumptuously covered in crystals and you’ve got the idea.
A beach wedding
A seaside wedding can work whether you are on a remote Scottish island or a tropical Caribbean paradise. Look for a lightweight fabric that you can carry if you are walking over sand, but which will also give you that look and feel of complete beachside ease. Think chiffon material for a strapless number or work towards a Grecian look with only one shoulder and a couple of wrist cuffs. If a beach on a remote Scottish island is more your thing, look for a wrap that will match your dress – you can never quite predict the weather so it’s good to be prepared for all eventualities!
Think Hollywood. Think big and think strapless. A fishtail dress perhaps. Or a halterneck gown with a plunging neckline. Whichever style you choose, make it work with your body shape and look for shimmering, opulent materials that will invoke that Hollywood style and make everyone feel special.
This could cover all sorts of decades, but a popular one is the 1950s and its tulle-filled skirts and just-below-the-knee rock ‘n’ roll lengths. For an extra bit of pizazz choose a coloured underskirt; you could even match it to your bridesmaids’ dresses or the colour of your flowers. Seek out organza materials for a flirtier look and play around with boleros or wraps to ward off the evening chill later on.