One of my favorite things about getting married was getting to pick my wedding dress! Every bride is different and has her own style (and budget)! Just for fun, I thought I’d share some of my favorite dresses that I found while I was looking. Oh what fun!
Alice Temperley's Long Jean Dress
Without a doubt, this dress (above) is among my top faves! Maybe it’s the hippy look, the sheer simplicity or the beaded cut-outs, or all the above! I’ll never forget this dress by British designer Alice Temperley. I even had my own dress tailor made to follow the soft, flowing skirt! Simply the best!
Jenny Packham's Claire (left) and Eden (right)
No wedding gown list is complete with mention of Jenny Packham. Having travelled to Toronto’s bridal gown boutique, White, just a few times to try on Ms Packham, I am a huge fan! The gown that first caught my eye from Jenny’s collection is Claire. A dress designed in memory of her friend. Coming in a close second is Eden. Do you see a trend here?
While admittedly I didn’t look at many of Claire’s gowns, Claire Pettibone has a timeless, romantic essence to her dresses that did not go unnoticed. I’m hard-pressed to pick any one Pettibone design simply because I haven’t studied them long enough. But if you like what you see so far, check her out at http://clairepettibone.com/
Without further ado, the designer I love to love… Australian fashionista Johanna Johnson! Right up my alley, Ms Johnson does bridal gowns like no other. Simple (ah, love that word when it comes to weddings) and lovely. What do you get? Simply lovely! She even inspired my jewellery choice, but I’ll save that for another day!
The timeless Johanna Johnson
I’m talking weddings here, people. Please folks..
What is considered a big wedding by normal social standards?
According to Yahoo Answers the consensus seems to be the guest count. A high guest count begets big everything. Bigger reception hall, bigger cake, more food, etc.. Fair enough. But then how many guests make for a big wedding? One hundred people? Three hundred? Five?
Further research seems to reveal that big weddings are defined by their cost. Big wedding = big cost. But if this is so, what is the value of a “big cost” wedding? According to a New York Times article (April 3, 2010) the average American wedding is $28,000. Another source claims $20,000 as the average wedding budget.
Costs and guests aside, allow me to throw out a theory here..
As with all things concerning a wedding, it is subjective. A big wedding, an expensive wedding, whatever it is; it means something different to everyone. Just as people’s tastes differ, as do their ideas of what makes a big wedding versus a small wedding, and expensive versus cheap. It’s all relative to the persons’ experiences, their preferences, and above all, their tastes.
Let me start by clarifying I have no problems with marriage or mating for life. I love partnership and union and everything like that. In fact, I’ve even found my mate. I’m all set.
Then why am I treating it like a dirty word?
Well, the simple ceremony which once represented two people uniting in marriage has become quite simply a cash cow. As soon as you mention the “w” word prices skyrocket. The wedding industry – indeed it is now an entire industry – is capitalizing on what should be your “big day”. I regret what has happened to the pure and simple marriage ceremony, where a dress wasn’t an overpriced gown and the dessert not a million dollar cake.
And whoever said your wedding day is the happiest day of your life? Um, I wish to object. I have the fortune of living some pretty spectacular days and cannot picture this day (as happy as it may be) topping all others.
An excellent example of wedding traditions gone wrong is depicted in the British film, My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding. Imagine being bruised on the hips or stuck in the car on account of your humongous wedding dress?! Hmmm…. something is not right here.
With so much pressure on the one big day it’s no wonder things are unraveling out of control. What happens if we remove these pressures and put our focus on what really matters – the celebration of marriage vows.