When it comes to wedding dresses, the possibilities are nearly endless. You can customize your wedding look by going traditional or trendy or by following the beat of your own drum. Let’s talk about fun possibilities and ways to mix it up for your special day.
To wear white or to go bold?
Wearing white is one of the most popularly upheld traditions. Of course, many brides dream of white weddings and looking like Kate Middleton or Kate Upton. If white is your dream, then let it be white, but if you’re not attached to the snowy organza and milky white tulle, then your options are open.
There are some famous weddings that have broken this tradition over the years. Elizabeth Taylor, for example, did not wear white to several of her weddings. She wore emerald green in the ’50s, yellow in the ’60s, and a rainbow gown in the ’70s. More recently, jewelry designer Caitlin Mociun wore colorful stripes to her wedding in Puglia in September this year. In short, the whole palette is yours to consider when it comes to color.
There are also happy mediums between rainbow and white. Portia De Rossi famously fudged the white rule with a pale pink gown in 2008, and Gwen Stefani wore an ombré white to pink gown in 2002. Put your own spin on this tradition.
One dress or two?
Recently, Gwyneth Paltrow wore a stunning Valentino gown to her ceremony and then changed into a Stella McCartney romper for her reception. This is an old tradition that is coming back for convenience and style. Many wedding dresses, though beautiful, are cumbersome to move around in, cut cake in and dance in. Why not change into something lightweight and shorter such as a jumpsuit or romper? Obviously, one dress is less expensive than two, which is a definite con of the trend. However, your second outfit can be simple and much more casual. Try stunning your guests for the second time with a minimalist look that doesn’t break the bank. Let the ceremony gown be the main event or split your budget between the two outfits. This is also a good way to show a variety of looks. You could even change from dress to suit and really mix it up. Your two outfits wouldn’t have to be the same color either, so you could marry in a white gown and celebrate in colors and patterns.
Train or no train?
Dramatic trains are in this year, throwing back to Princess Di’s train to end all trains. Ringing in at 25 feet long, Princess Diana was a complete showstopper in her day. Although the puffy sleeves she was sporting have remained back in the ’80s where they belong, her epic train has come back into style. Meghan Markle wowed the world this year with a beautiful billowing train and a veil that clocked in at over 16 feet long.
Detachable trains are a convenient option that will help your dress to be more practical during the reception. Another option is a train that pins up in the back for the reception. Drama in the dress is great for the ceremony, but make sure you will be able to enjoy your reception without worrying about being stepped on.
Why have a veil?
Despite a history rooted in superstition (In ancient Rome, brides wore veils to ward off evil spirits), the veil itself has remained an elegant addition to the bridal outfit. A long veil can frame the entire look, while a short veil can be made to complement the bride’s hairstyle and frame her face. Veils are also a great opportunity to add some details into your look via embroidery and detailing around the edges. Though it may feel outdated to cover your face as you walk down the aisle, there are many ways to wear a veil. The trick is finding the right styling for you. Recently, Priyanka Chopra walked down the aisle to meet Nick Jonas for their nuptials sporting a 75-foot veil. While we certainly all don’t need a veil that requires a team of people to carry it safely down the aisle, a veil remains a simple, elegant and traditional touch.
Whichever way you choose to style your wedding look, you will stun the crowd with beauty and grace. The possibilities are plentiful and can be overwhelming, but stay true to yourself and your style and you can’t go wrong. Happy styling!
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Someone popped the question, and the answer was yes, now it’s time to propose to your bridesmaids. Proposing to bridesmaids with little gift kits is in, and while you can get premade proposal kits online, try making your own for a more personal effect.
Kits are a fun way to introduce each bridesmaid into the wedding party. Make her feel special and valued. The wedding is going to be about you, so make this gesture about your girls.
Emily and Charlie held their elegant, traditional wedding, photographed by Matt Priestman Photography, on November 16, 2013 in Bellingham.
We love how they blended old traditions like the garter toss and the German bridal cup with a modern sensibility and a personal touch. See what Emily has to say about planning their wedding after the photos.
The tradition of the thousand paper cranes held together by string, or senbazuru, comes from a Japanese legend, which promises that the wish of anyone who folds 1,000 origami cranes will have their wish granted. This legend has lent itself well to weddings, with many brides choosing to fold 1,000 cranes for their big day, hoping to be granted a long and prosperous marriage.
If you want to include this tradition in your wedding, don't feel like you need to do it all on your own. Enlist your fiancee, your bridal party, or even all of your guests (include a piece of paper and instructions on how to fold a crane in your invitations and ask guests to bring their crane with them to the wedding) to help you. The last thing you need while planning is one more thing you're desperately trying to get done in time.
To get you started, Kara will show you how to fold an origami crane.
I've used plain white paper to make it easier to see, but you can use anything you'd like - origami paper, paper in your wedding colors, or recycled newspaper or old books (do us a favor - really make sure these books aren't good for anything else before you rip them up.) would look fantastic.
How to do it:
We've come to the end of our first Pacific Coast Weddings blog series on incorporating wedding tradition into your modern wedding. And what better way to finish than with with an aspect of the "Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue," tradition that can be so much fun:
According to tradition, the act of wearing something blue on your wedding day represents purity, love, and fidelity. Finding something blue might be the easiest of all of the items so because there are so many options, but that's what makes it so exciting! You can do anything you want! Here are some of our favorites:
"Something old, something new, something borrowed and something blue." Welcome to our series on making this ever-popular tradition work for your modern wedding. We've covered something old and something new. Today's post:
Photos, clockwise from top left, by Art Pinney Photography, Joe and Patience and Geri DeZarn Photography.