I love some trends that are happening in fashion today, boho and country chic are so in right now. However when I look back on my wedding photos I don't want to grin ruefully and say what on Earth was I thinking? We all know the trend I'm talking about...Enormous poof sleeves, gigantic butt bows, and a cathedral train that's been stepped on so many times it's ripped and filthy. The lovely teal taffeta bridesmaids gowns that go with it along with fabulous hair bands and crunchy perms. Those gave way to the mini-wedding dress. As pearl and rhinestone encrusted as a ballgown, but with a mini-skirt. Not my personal taste, but hey, whatever floats your bridal boat. (Excuse the picture I wanted to use a photo from a magazine and not someone's real wedding photo)
There are so many options and so many of them are what's currently in for a season. When my best friend got engaged we went and tried on dresses and had this exact discussion. Do you go with the trends, or do you pick a gown that has stood the test of time? We decided that for us, it's timeless. There are so many different opinions and when you feel like you're drowning in a sea of white it can be hard to decide.
However in the lead up to the appointment there are some things to consider, the stuff everyone has an idea about, weather, venue, formality. Blah, blah, blah. We all already know this, or at least have an idea. Most brides I've met build the wedding around the dress. The main thing to consider is what suits you as a bride? How can you be authentically you on your wedding day? There is a lot of pressure from family and friends to get the right dress (the one they want you to wear) and when they don't like something they let you know. I've seen it happen, it's not only for drama on Say Yes To The Dress.
I love glitter, I am not ashamed to admit it now, although for a while I was. What adult woman owns three pair of glitter shoes? This woman. That's right, I own three pair of Kate Spade for Keds glitter shoes (I had to size down if anyone was wondering). The pair in the bright royal blue are going to be my wedding shoes when the time comes. Why? In my every day life I'm pretty plain Jane with my clothing and get a little funky with my accessories. If you are the same way you might consider a "classic" dress and funky accessories. Or even traditional accessories for the ceremony and change them for the reception. Not all of us can afford two wedding dresses in the 10K range like they do on TV. Although, if you can and that's what you want, more power to you. These Blue by Betsey Johnson shoes would be great for a ceremony with a change into Keds for the reception. This a great way to be both traditional and fun. (Both shoes are also available in white, gold, and rose gold). This can also apply to jewelry, hair, and makeup. A quick change sets the tone for both ceremony and reception without breaking the bank or a full on dress change.
Also, these Keds in white remind me of the shoes from Father of the Bride. The ultimate wedding shoes, and the movie that really started my love of all things wedding and had me dreaming of the day I'd get married.
So get what you love whether it's timeless or trendy and make it work for you. Don't let other people's opinion sway you from what you really want. This day is for you and your fiancee, no one else should bring you down. For the maids and matrons of honor and the mothers of the bride, when she comes out of the dressing room you'll see in her face that she's fallen in love with the gown. So if you don't like it, try to be nice and fake it. On the day of the wedding she will be so beautiful and so happy you'll be happy she picked what she loved.
What do you think brides? Trendy or Timeless? Tell us in the comments!
P.S. Most photographers are going to want pictures of your gown hanging in a window or door frame. For better and beautiful photos ask if they've got satin hangers or bring your own. A nice alternative are the custom hangers found on Etsy (pictured available from FoxBlossomCo). They'll photograph wonderfully and will be a great keepsake.