So, here comes the inevitably stressful part of the wedding planning – what in the world is a bride to wear? Since it recently took me two weeks of me to decide what I was to wear to go to a wedding – as a guest – I figure I had better get my act together and cruise deeply into planning-girl mode. In the months since the engagement, I’ve invested in pile upon pile of wedding dress magazines – most are filled with reed-thin girls in revealing strapless gowns, or Kim Kardashian bodied ladies in slinky numbers. Being a girl who has none of the qualities that would enable me to don any of these dresses, if only in irony, I’ve been searching high and low for a dress that is more “me”.
I’m a girl who has neither curves, nor form, but does have an impressive collection of back-acne scars – so yes, I’m a toughie when it comes to pleasing me in dress form. All the dresses in my wardrobe feature generous sleeves and boast total back coverage – so I’ve been looking for a wedding dress that can provide me with these boons. Interestingly enough, if you googlefu “modest wedding dresses” you come up with a mass of Mormon-endorsed wedding dress websites. Which is a tad bit creepy. So, to avoid this happening again, I’ve narrowed my search by looking up “vintage style wedding dresses” – and huzzah, much love has popped up on my monitor.
The Vintage Wedding www.thevintagewedding.com
This little site possesses a collection of some of the most divine vintage dresses that money can buy – the ubershame? None of these gowns can be bought online – the horror! But at least I can metaphorically drool on them with glee and use their amazing dresses as inspiration.
- 1930s style ivory corded lace dress with cross over neckline
- Code: LTT01
- Colour: Natural
- Additional options: Silk sash/lace sleeves
- 1970s style cream silk crepe crochet dress with ¾ length sleeves
- Code: LSV02
- Colour: Cream
- Additional options: Silk sash
The Vintage Wedding site as has a section entitled the “Original Vintage Collection” – it showcases a selection of dresses that are one-offs, and have been restored, cleaned and can be tailored to an individual’s needs. Lustworthy!
Oh my, Marchessa www.marchessa.com
Now all of the below gowns are way out of my price range for a dress that I’m only going to wear for a single day – but they have got me thinking of the possibility for a tea-length gown for my “second dress” and the possibility of adding a little extra body in the skirt of my future gown – honestly, design duo Georgina Chapman and Keren Craig have really set the scene for vintage-cute with their new Spring 2013 Collection.
Monique Lhuilier http://moniquelhuillier.com/
Another designer that creates the most astonishing gowns – that make me gasp – but again, are way beyond my budget. Look at all of the bling – and the amazing tailoring! I love the lace-work in the first dress, and the astonishing “confetti” effect on the second gown – love it – reminds me of New Years and running about in glitter. The third has to be a wonder of gravity – you would have to a fairly thin girl to pull it off, though, because it would make a larger girl look far too balloon-esque.
THE AFFORDABLE: Okay, so lets get our heads out of the clouds and start thinking sense – I know, we would mostly all adore a beautiful dress like the one’s I’ve posted above, but when it comes down to it, sensible girls know that a dress like that, worn only once, can be a bit of a stretch (especially when this sensible girl is in the midst of a house-purchasing-renovating circle). So, I’ve managed to find a handful of more sensible options as well.
DAVID’S BRIDAL – Style T3299
- Cap Sleeve Lace Over Satin Gown with
- Illusion Back
WHITE BY VERA WANG – VW351023
- Satin Faced Organza Gown
- Illusion Piece Style
Alfred Angelo – Style 2243
- Net over Satin, Satin, Re-Embroidered Lace
- Chapel Train
- Crystal Beading, Sequins