When it comes to bridal fashion, many brides are looking for something different – and this is what brings them to Alan Hannah. The designer is found in an array of bridal stores and is known for producing out-of-the-ordinary designs.
The colours can vary from white to pale cream to pink. This allows brides to get the white bridal gown that they have always dreamed of or choose something a little less traditional to stand out from the crowd.
The length of the dresses can vary as well. While most of the dresses are a full length, there are some above the knee dresses as well. This makes it easy for a bride to go from walking down the aisle to dancing at her reception without having to disappear for a wardrobe change. Necklines are most commonly strapless, but the style of the dress can be anything from A-line to Mermaid to Ball Gown. This lets brides have exactly what they want for their wedding day.
Fringe, pleating, and decorative jewels are used throughout the Alan Hannah collections to offer something unique. There are even unusual cuts that include a single strap or an above the knee dress with a floor-length train in the back. Brides love the creativity that is offered because they can find a beautiful dress that sits somewhere between traditional and modern.
Many brides are turning away from the widely known designers around the globe in an effort to spend less than £5,000 on their bridal gowns – and this is where many are learning about Henry Roth. He offers couture gowns that are affordable – generally around £1000 for a gown – and this will put a smile on any bride’s face.
Born in Australia, Henry Roth comes from three generations of bridal designing and he co-designs with his sister Michelle Roth, who is in New York City. He designs for brides that are sophisticated, fashion forward, and want to have fun. The Henry Roth bride is confident and knows that she wants her dollar to go far throughout her wedding.
Henry has become a mentor on Project Runway in Australia and he is also the host of a vodcast and podcast with his sister. He also has a law degree, which many people don’t realize. He runs his business from Sydney and New York City – and he has provided bridal fashions for a number of different celebrities over the year.
Every bride wants to look her very best on her wedding day – and choosing the right designer for the gown is critical. Naeem Khan has taken the bridal industry by storm. His work has shown up in a number of high-end fashion magazines including Harper’s Bazaar and others.
His work has graced the bodies of such socialites and celebrities as Eva Longoria, Brooke Shields, Katherine Heigl, Emily Blunt, First Lady Michelle Obama, and even Queen Noor of Jordan. The designs have been seen on the silver screen as well. Many of the women from Sex and the City were seen wearing this designer.
Many celebrities choose a designer wedding dress, and Vivienne Westwood has been the designer of choice for Dita Von Teese and Carrie Bradshaw, but now she’s reached the pinnacle. Ms Westwood has designed the wedding gown of none other than Miss Piggy!
Okay, we’re still a bit tongue-in-cheek, but the story is true. Kermit and Miss Piggy got married in “Muppets Most Wanted” which opened end of March. However, also like Carrie Bradshaw, it’s not entirely clear if this wedding goes through … in either case, the Westwood gown is definitely a huge success. We think you’ll just have to watch it to see!
Anne Barge has released a Bridal Collection filled with wedding gowns known for their modern interpretations through the use of unique shapes, embellishments, and fabrics. A vintage look is incorporated into all of the modern fashion as a way to ensure that brides have a perfect blend between contemporary and classic.
The finest materials and fabrics are used throughout the Anne Barge Bridal Collection and the resulting look is just stunning. Brides choose this designer for the timeless silhouettes, the intricate beading, and the stunning embroidery found on so many of the gowns that are produced. There are three distinct brands and each are designed towards the different tastes of clientele.
For some brides, a Vegas wedding is a dream they’ll never fulfil, for others it’s a total cop-out of kitsch meets karaoke Elvis and they would kill anybody who suggested it for them. But one thing you can say about a Vegas wedding … it’s unforgettable, even for those who were so wasted they forgot they got married, like Britney Spears and Jason Alexander who got their Las Vegas nuptials annulled 55 hours after the wedding bells rang!
It’s a neglected and unrewarding role, summed up by the expression ‘show up, shut up, wear beige’ but the job of the mother of the groom is often pivotal. Why? Because the essential duties of the mother of the groom are not as important as the essential nature of the mother of the groom who can be a powerful force for happiness or stress not just at the wedding but either side of the big day.
Do you remember Ann Duffy? She was the woman who rang a register office and cancelled her brother’s wedding because she didn’t like the woman he planned to marry. Her excuse? She was ‘saving him from a divorce’.
Ms Duffy, who impersonated her now sister-in-law to call off the wedding at Plymouth Register office, was jailed for two months on 11 February, for what the magistrate described as ‘totally unacceptable behaviour … a cruel and vindictive act which left the couple distressed and distraught.’ The good news is that her brother and his fiancée were able to reverse the cancellation and get married where and when they’d planned.
Las Vegas wedding
Meanwhile, Donna Farnsworth must be wondering whether her feet have touched the ground yet. Her partner of 27 years, Del, proposed to her live on TV (on the ITV Daybreak programme, to be precise) on 10 February as they were queuing for a ‘holiday flight’ at Heathrow Airport. The whirlwind journey ended on Valentine’s Day, with a wedding ceremony in front of the Bellagio Hotel’s dancing fountain in Las Vegas! The bride said she was ‘emotional and overwhelmed’ to be walking down the aisle in Vegas and no surprise, because the officiant at the wedding was Westlife member Kian Egan. The ceremony was formally confirmed by a Las Vegas registrar and as the couple kissed, the fountains – famous for featuring in the Ocean’s Eleven film – burst into life.
What a thrilling experience for Donna, who was given away by her daughter Fern, and we’ve decided that next week we’re going to have a Vegas wedding special feature … because it’s such a fun idea and because we do love the idea of being married, remarried, by Elvis!
Less joyously, UK immigration officials were uninvited guests at a wedding in Blackburn on Valentine’s Day. They weren’t delivering good wishes either; instead they arrested the British bride and her Kosovan ‘husband-to-be’ for engaging in a shame wedding. The woman was released without charge but the groom, who was in the country illegally, remains in custody.
And forty-two happy couples fulfilled their lifetime’s dream … they got married, on Valentine’s Day, at Gretna Green! Since 1754 the blacksmith’s forge at Gretna has been a popular venue; that was the year that the Marriage Act came into effect in England and Wales, meaning that people under 21 had to have parental consent to marry. In Scotland marriageable age remained 16, and Gretna Green is the first village over the Scottish border!
Of course it’s a huge industry now, and the ‘runaway wedding’ has become a well-oiled machine with pipers, tartan cakes and many couples travelling from further away than just England. 60% of Gretna weddings involve both bride and groom coming from outside Scotland and 20% of those are couples from outside the UK.
Tee hee, Unique Bride loves it when we’re ahead of the field. Just after we posted our blog about non-Valentine’s themed weddings, Cosmopolitan came out with a tongue-in-cheek article covering non-traditional wedding dresses! We see a lot of overlap there. Still, the Cosmo article is worth a read and just to be provocative we’re going to launch our counterargument:
You wear colour
So do our brides. It’s been a long, long time since all wedding dresses were white – Cosmo might need a refresher course on modern weddings!
The wedding industry is full of passion
From The Wedding Fairy through to the humblest favour maker or corner florist, the wedding business brings out the best in people. Look at how often a threatened wedding is pulled through by the generosity and resourcefulness of a community pulling together for the sake of love. Like hundreds of people offering to attend a wedding, bring gifts and sit on the bride’s side of the church for a Reddit user who admitted she was ashamed her partner’s family would see she had no friends … Given that truth, why not have the wedding day you’ve always dreamed of? Half-measures are unlikely to lead to happy memories …
The designers you love design wedding dresses too!
Many top designers make amazing wedding dresses – but designers specialise in wedding gowns because they are an unusually demanding and wonderful garment: they have to look great, perform well and – more often than not – have to be white, one of the toughest colours to make work. You wouldn’t go to a plumber to have your kitchen units fitted, so why seek out a wedding dress from anybody but a wedding dress specialist?
Anything can be a wedding dress
Can’t argue with that. Anything can, and you should always wear what works for you, but don’t exclude a classic wedding dress until you’ve tried a couple on … there’s a reason so many brides wear them and it’s simple. A wedding dress always looks stunning!
Wedding photographs should reflect your wedding
Of course they shouldn’t look like stock photography, but that’s about the skill and passion (there’s that word again) of the photographer, not about the dress. Seriously, do the images on this page look like ‘any other wedding’? No. So why would yours, just because you’re wearing an iconic item? That’s like saying all births are the same because they involve a baby, and any mum who’s had more than one will tell you they’re totally different!
Bunkum. Most dresses made of modern fabrics are easy to store. Many brides don’t store their dresses anyway, they repurpose them for evening wear or lend them to friends. And for those of us lucky enough to have worn a mother’s or grandmother’s wedding gown, there’s really nothing like it – and maybe your daughter, granddaughter or other female relative will feel the same about your wedding dress.
You may not be having a wedding dress wedding
See above point, Cosmo!
Not a Disney princess!
No, nor were we. Some of us were a bit of a Diana princess though, and some will be Kate princesses and what on earth is wrong with wanting a bit of fairy-tale romance on the biggest day of your life so far? There’s as many ways of being a princess as there are brides and whether you’re a Princess Leia, a Princess Fiona or a Princess Myrcella Baratheon, there’s a dress and a day for you!
Dancing, breathing at your wedding
See above, Cosmo. Modern wedding dresses are light, breathable and easy to wear.
Carrie Bradshaw did it
Yeah … and look what happened to her marriage! Seriously though, some brides love the whole traditional look, others really do rock a totally off the wall wedding theme. It doesn’t matter, there are no rules, and every attempt to break the ‘old rules’ just shows that people are trying to put new ones in their place. Do what works for you, and then send us the pictures, we love to see real life weddings!
Hearts and flowers are not for everyone and celebrating a Christian martyr on your wedding day isn’t for everyone either. Sometimes February weddings get hijacked by the theme of Valentine’s Day but if you don’t fancy that, you can strike out in several directions:
Magnificently minimal – this wedding theme requires you to limit your palette and focus on style. Black and white are the most common colours seen for a minimal wedding, and you can ask your guests to wear those colours, cater in them, and decorate your reception venue in them. High fashion, high key photography and high drama make a minimal wedding something unforgettable. But remember, you have to be ruthless with yourself and others to pull this wedding off.
Chinese New Year – now 2014 is the year of the horse, and that’s an easy and charming theme to celebrate, but the year of the rat, for example, is a tougher ask! If you don’t fancy the animal the year is characterised by, you can still build other features into your wedding. Red envelopes for your invitations, a Chinese themed reception including food, and decorating with lanterns and cherry or plum blossom and lotus flowers would all give this theme significance in your wedding plans. A red, or red and gold, wedding dress would be the perfect finishing touch,
Pagan celebration. The hard to pronounce Imbolc festival celebrates spring and the birth of the god of the new year. Pagan clothing ideas are great for a wedding – long dresses with trains, draped or daggered sleeves, coloured kirtles and other such Middle Earthish details can flatter any bride and you can decorate your church with hints of spring like flowering bulbs, branches of catkins and pale green, orchid yellow and white accents. And lots of candles. Finish the reception with a bonfire and a pagan handfasting where your hands are bound together with ribbon to symbolise your unity – you may be able to find a druid willing to handfast you in many areas of the UK as a complement to a formal wedding ceremony.
Get into it. Men care too, and your bride will adore you for caring about the details, even if it’s only a few of them. So whether you want a karaoke booth or bow ties, share your desire with your bride.
Don’t get into it. The bride is under pressure. She’s going to feel, from time to time, that other people aren’t doing their bit. Don’t get into it – however unreasonable you think her mother is being, however nasty her chief bridesmaid was about the dress, no matter how much of an idiot your best man just made of himself, don’t say anything you might regret later. That way, when you look back on your wedding you won’t have to apologise to anybody, for anything.
Have fun. A wedding is like an invasion – think of it as Call Of Duty Black (Tie) Ops and aim to be the winner! Be keen and enthused and take your bride-to-be off regularly to eat sushi or go rollerskating or for a walk in the park, just because you’re so on top of the wedding game you’ve got lives in hand!