Why Cosmopolitan Could Be Wrong About Wedding Dresses!
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!