Choosing A Wedding Gown

Every little girl dreams of her wedding day for as long as she can remember. Through childhood games, adorned in bed sheets and garden plucked flower bouquet she enacts that perfect day. Most brides-to be will often tell you they had every detail of their wedding day planned in their minds before they had even met their groom. Finally, when that day is just months ahead, choosing THE perfect dress is one of the most important wedding decisions a bride makes. The most important dress she will ever wear. Often, the most expensive outfit she will ever wear. This dress will hold a thousand happy memories between its flowing fabrics. This one outfit that she will wear for just a few hours must reflect the bride in every way. Her personality, her beliefs and her childhood dreams.

History of wedding gownsAlthough one might think that the tradition of a bride wearing a white gown is as old as time, in reality, the tradition came about fairly recently, when Queen Victoria chose to wear a white gown on her wedding day in 1840. Before 1840, royals chose to wear heavily worked gowns of colour, while common folk simply wore their Sunday best.

Modern wedding gownsAlthough the tradition is still very much alive, in modern times, many brides are opting not to be tied down by the tradition of a white flowing gown, choosing instead a style that suits their personality. Brides today are wearing everything from short coloured summer dresses to pant suits to celebrate their special day. While some brides are opting for alternatives to puffy gowns, dresses that could be worn on a later date, brides choosing to stick to a traditional gown are now opting instead to rent DIY wedding decorations instead. The bride still gets the flowing gown and the pictures, but as an alternative to paying thousands for her dream gown, she gets the memories for a fraction of the cost instead.

“What happens to the gown after the wedding?” This is a question that inevitably faces every bride. Bridal gowns take up a large amount of space and sparing that much space for a gown that she doesn’t intend to wear again can be a big decision. Some brides choose to keep the dress for her daughter in the hope that she may want to wear it however, the chances are, that when it is time for her daughter’s wedding, styles and traditions may have changed, leaving her dress unused. Some brides are choosing to “Trash the dress” in a new trend of wedding photography that is growing in popularity by the day. Another reason why brides are choosing to artificial wedding bouquets is, it inevitably solves the problem with storage of a bridal gown. A Bridal gown costs thousands, often one of the most expensive articles of clothing a woman wears in her lifetime, and although it may be one of the most important articles of clothing she will ever wear, many modern brides have begun to question the practicality of spending that much money on a dress she will only wear for a few hours. Money she could very well invest in her new future.

Written by Erin Pickering