Let’s talk about THE dress. Yup, the wedding dress. Picking out your wedding dress is one of the most exciting decisions for a bride. It’s the dress for that one special day. It’s the dress that makes you feel beautiful. It’s the dress that will be in your pictures and video. It’s the dress you wear when you say “I do” to the love of your life. But, what is THE dress supposed to look like? The answer to that question is really up to you. Like your wedding, your dress should be all about you. Choose something the reflects your taste and your style. Whether you are a bride that cares about the dress or not, whether you are a tomboy or a fashionista, you still want to wear something that makes you look and feel great.
So, I have a little secret to tell you…I am a huge Harry Potter fan. I’ve read the books countless times and I’ve seen and own all the movies thus far. I came into the series very late, but I love the fantasy of it and all of the characters. Now I’m sure you are asking yourself, what does Harry Potter have to do with wedding dresses? Hold tight, I shall explain.
Being the Harry Potter fan that I am, I couldn’t wait and I had to go see a Friday showing of “The Deathly Hallows” movie last week. I was excited about the movie, but being the wedding planner that I am I couldn’t help but also be excited to see how they were going to portray the wedding scene. While there are many aspects I could comment on (the purple tent, iron candlestick centerpieces and swirl motif) the one thing that really stood out was the wedding dress. Fleur (the bride) wore an eye-catching snow white dress with black detailing. When I saw it, it reminded me of a peacock with it’s feather-like layers. It is a statement dress without being overly dramatic or costumey (not a real word, but makes perfect sense). It’s different and it’s fun! I particularly love that it isn’t a strapless dress and instead has a classic sheer top that makes it more sophisticated. Hello, Harry Potter wedding dress inspiration. Love it! On a side note, fashion blogs have criticized that the design was stolen from a similar dress from Alexander McQueen’s Fall 2008 collection. The styles are very similar, but I have to say that I prefer this version much better.
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I’ve gone on long enough about Harry Potter, so what is my point? My point is that your dress can be anything. Not all women would wear this dress and that is a good thing because it’s a particular kind of dress for a particular kind of woman. It was right for Fleur and you need to find what feels right to you. It doesn’t have to be white, it doesn’t have to be long and it doesn’t even have to be a dress, it just has to be you. What is your style? What do you like wearing? What do you own that makes you feel good and why? Thinking about pieces of clothing that you own and like to wear is a good place to start. It should give you insight into necklines, silhouettes, fabrics, and colors. Let’s use another example from England, the newly engaged Kate Middleton.
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If you look at what she wears, she is very classic. In most of the pictures that are taken of her, she isn’t wearing something trendy, flashy or fussy. Her style is easy, comfortable and classic. I would guess that her wedding dress would be something in a similar vein. Do some closet reflection and see which way you are interested in going. Then try different things on and don’t be afraid to play with color, style, length, and fabric. My last piece of advice, throw the rulebook out the window and pick what makes you feel like the hottest person in the room because that is what you should feel like on your wedding day.