Traditional wedding dresses are great, gorgeous, fantastic even, but they’re not for everyone and that’s cool. It’s your day and you should feel like you, even if that means wearing a pink strapless jumpsuit instead of a long white gown. Here are 10 things to consider before you commit yourself to all that tulle.
1. The wedding industry is kind of a scam.
The people in the wedding industry know that you are more willing to drop major bucks on your wedding than on any other day in your life and they are not ashamed to exploit that fact. It’s not just that wedding dresses are expensive, it’s that the markup is so ridiculous. In fact, put the word “wedding” in front of just about anything — from the dress, to the cake, to the venue — and the price instantly skyrockets. Its just capitalism, but it sucks. You shouldn’t have to pay more for a dress just because you want to wear it on a certain day.
2. You’d probably rather wear something from a designer you actually care about than [insert random bridal designer here].
If you’re going to spend a small fortune on a dress, why not spend it on Lanvin or Chloe or Chanel? Forget about those random bridal people you never heard of or cared about until you got engaged. Take that money and just buy yourself the most awesome dress you can find from someone you’re actually really into.
3. Literally anything can be a “wedding dress.” You just have to get married in it!
Jumpsuits, suit suits, mini dresses, even overalls can work. Just slap on a veil, grab a fistful of flowers and you’re good to go.
4. You really don’t want your wedding pictures to look like stock photography.
Even when you have a good photographer, wedding photos can all start to look the same after a while and those big white dresses have a lot to do with that. Do you really want your wedding photos to look like they came with the frame?
5. Storing a big poufy skirt for the rest of your life is a real bitch.
You don’t want to hand over half your closet space to a dress you know you will never wear again, do you?
6. You wear color IRL.
Jessica Biel, Anne Hathaway, and Reese Witherspoon wore pink at their weddings. Ellen Pompeo and Shenae Grimes wore black. Amber Tamblyn wore yellow. Dita Von Teese, purple. Colors are cool. So are prints for that matter. If you’d wear them IRL, there’s no reason you shouldn’t wear them at your wedding.
7. You may not be having a “wedding dress” wedding.
Big, traditional wedding dresses are great if you’re having a big, traditional wedding, but they can feel a little out of place outside of a formal situation. Ball gowns on the beach? Awks. Bridal bikinis? FABULOUS! Maybe with a great cover-up for the ceremony?
8. You’re not a Disney princess and you’re good with that.
Disney princesses are great and all, but they’ve got their own problems — evil stepmothers, magic spells, a life that peaks at 16 (the list goes on). Besides, don’t you want to look like you on your wedding day? A nicer, more dressed up version of you, but still you.
9. You’d like to be able to dance/walk/breath at your wedding.
There’s a trend right now of having two wedding dresses — a long, traditional one for the ceremony and a shorter, less bulky one for the reception (you know, something you can actually move in). But why? If a dress is too uncomfortable or awkward to be worn for even a whole day, that should tell you something. Just go for the second dress. You know you want to.
10. Carrie Bradshaw did it and looked awesome.
Carrie realized that she just wasn’t a traditional kind of woman and decided that getting married at City Hall in a retro, full-skirted white suit was really the way to go. She looked damn good both ways, but she looked more at ease in the suit — more like herself.
Big is still an ass hole, though. Bastard. I can’t believe she forgave him.
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