Choosing a wedding dress is usually the first thing a bride thinks about when they are proposed to, says Bride to Be’s magazine editor, Sarah Gawthorne.
There was both a large amount of excitement and some sad faces in the Bride to Be office this morning. Whilst we all couldn’t wait to discuss last night’s episode, there was a sad realisation that it was the last.….at least until next season.
This week, I’ve decided to hand the reins over to our fashion girls, Elana Bardetta and Jessica-Lee Slarp, who both had plenty to say after last night. Here they discuss the biggest topic of all, finding THE dress.
Jessica-Lee Slarp, Market Editor
Deciding on a black gown for your walk down the aisle in is sure to turn heads. Kellie proved this last night when she donned an eBay purchased frock for the occasion.
Although black is a far cry from the traditional bridal whites, we have been seeing a heavy influence of this palette breaking onto the bridal runway, most recently Vera Wang proved that black is back with a vengeance with her latest Fall 2012 collection, showing us just how beautifully it can be done.
On your wedding day, your dress should reflect your own personal sense of style, a lot of brides believe that white is the obvious choice when it comes to the all-important gown, but this is certainly not the case. International bridal designers, including Oscar De La Renta, have been incorporating colour into their collections for a while now and it’s so exciting and refreshing to see it finally making its way onto Australian shores.
When it comes to shopping for your gown, don’t rule out black as an option. If the colour is too far from tradition for your own style, a black embellished waist belt can also be styled in to create a subtle touch of luxe detailing.
You can also incorporate the tone into your bridesmaids’ style, which we have seen a lot of here at Bride to Be, head to places like Carla Zampatti, Mrs Press or Coast London for some black bridesmaid dress inspiration.
Elana Bardetta, Associate Editor
The moment when a bride walks down ‘the aisle’ is without a doubt the most poignant of any wedding. First impressions count so the dress is of major importance. It should perfectly embody who you are, the kind of wedding you will have and your personal style (no pressure!)… which is why Kellie’s choice of a black gown raised quite a few eyebrows.
Personally I love a coloured bridal gown. I think it’s exciting and gives a girl a chance to buck tradition and make a style statement. Whether you’re thinking a pretty pastel, a vibrant colour or classic yet non-traditional black, the same rules do apply, so it’s important not to think any old dress will do just because it’s not white or ivory.
No matter the colour of your bridal gown, the dress itself needs to flatter your figure and must fit you well. You run the risk of looking underdressed wearing a coloured gown if it’s anything short of fabulous. So while brides wearing traditional white or ivory can opt for simpler styles and still stand out, girls wearing coloured gowns need to up the ante in terms of embellishment. Look for jewelled detailing, beautiful construction or some special design features that elevate the gown from the everyday to wedding day.