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Something a bit less white and flouncy...
Member Name: norton501
Date: 07/05/10, updated on 03/01/13 (361 review reads)
Advantages: There are alternatives to the traditional wedding dress
Disadvantages: Many people have the idea of a White Wedding imprinted into their heads..
This is a review about my Wedding Dress experience...
I have had the fortune to have been a bridesmaid three times- when I was 6, 9 and 12 and my whole family kept telling me the old wives tale of "thrice a Bridesmaid, never a Bride". So I had a lot of exposure to dress fittings and being stood around with relatives who were trying to choose a wedding dress (always cream or white and lacey and pouffey and often meringue like...). Then after a disastrous ten year relationship with a serial cheat who "did not believe in getting married" when I eventually got my act together and left, I was not sure if I would ever be getting married.
When I eventually got married, it was arranged at short notice and the dress was not high on my priorities list.
A few months earlier, I had been in town browsing clothes and I tried on a few dresses in Next and snapped up a lovely little green tartan number. Almost like a babydoll dress but with a high scoop neck and short sleeves. As I have very green eyes, the dress seemed to bring this out. It fitted perfectly on my waist and made me look like a doll.
I could not see the dress in the Next store hanging up anywhere and it was not in the Directory (I had just stopped an assistant who was walking by with it) so this added to the "I was supposed to just find that dress" intrigue. I tried the dress on again at home that weekend but had no occasions to wear it then when I had to sort out what I was going to wear when we booked the wedding, I just grabbed this dress and put it in the case and decided that would be a good dress to wear.
When the wedding came around, I made one MAJOR mistake- I did not try on the dress again before we flew to Vegas and somehow, maybe due to the high wedges I was wearing (that made my feet look tiny almost like a geisha) when I put my dress on I found it was ludicrously short. I mean it barely covered my tail- It did cover my tail but if I had even attempted to bend over, I would have flashed my pants to everyone.
As there was nothing much I could do about it 30 minutes before my wedding, I just had to literally pull the dress seams as far down as I could and keep a hold of both sides of it to hold it down whilst I walked about half a mile through a big plush hotel with my garter showing and my bouquet and false eyelashes on and loads of people gawping at me! Also, I had to sew elastic into the wedges to stop them falling off my feet and one of the elastic strips was looser than the other so one of my shoes kept trying to come off! So I had to concentrate really hard on not falling out of my shoe, walking in 4 inch wedges and holding my dress down so I did not give everyone an eyeful.
In the end everything went smoothly on the day (the marriage did not last, but that is for another tale) and the photos were much better than I had expected. My dress looked short but not too short and none of our relatives have since commented on the length of the dress. A few people asked me why I got married in a green dress and I just explained as it was all arranged on a tight budget (around £1,000 including flights, hotel, wedding, license EVERYTHING!) I wanted to wear something different and my dress just felt right.
This is a review of my own Wedding Dress experience, which is not the usual- go to a bridal boutique, tell the lady when your wedding is, try a load of dresses on and discuss any alterations and them keep going back for fittings.... But there are lots of reviews in this section so if anyone wants more detail about the type of wedding dress in the photo then I am sure there will be a review to suit your requirements on Dooyoo.
I just wanted to speak for the other side of the market, where we get married in something a bit less white and satiny... There are no laws about what you have to wear for your wedding as far as I know, so remember it is up to you at the end of the day and if you know you will feel uncomfortable or will look worse in a traditional wedding dress than any other nice dress you buy then it is ok to wear something less traditional.. Especially if you are getting married in somewhere other than a church.
Summary: Just my own dress experience..
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