Tag: celebrity wedding dresses
I’m all for making a statement with your fashion, and Lord KNOWS I’m even more for a bride having it her way on her day.
However – and this is a very big HOWEVER – let us not forget the whole reason behind the day in the first place. The love of our men should never, and I repeat never, be drowned out by the love of our fashion. Of course, I’m using the term fashion here very loosely, and if you’re wondering why… you needn’t look further than the first photo.
Please Don’t #1: Have your Cake Dress and Eat it Too??
I know time’s are tight, ladies. Hello?!?! I’ve done more budget crunching than Jillian Michaels has done belly crunching; so, believe me when I say I understand that you want to cut corners and “trim the fat” from your wedding expenses. And while I fully support getting use out of multi-tasking details, I do not suggest you let one of those details be your dress. I mean, honestly, who wants a dress that’s known for molding?
Designed by Ukrainian pastry chef, Valentyn Shtefano, this 20 pound wedding dress was created in two months from 1,500 cream puffs for his beautiful bride. And who said chivalry was dead? (photo courtesy of msnbc.msn.com)
Talk about a dress with movement!! Ohhh wait, I mean no movement! Designed by Lukka Sigurdardottir, this wedding dress treat doubles as dessert! (photo courtesy of lostateminor.com)
Please Don’t #2: Don’t Let it Blow Up in Your Face!
I can appreciate art. In fact, I’m very fond it, but there is a certain level of practicality every bride needs to be aware of on her wedding day. You can have a dress that is high fashion and over-the-top artsy, but having a helium filled, easily-popped-so-you-might-end-up-naked wedding dress definitely does not cover that level of practicality. Not to mention, the sweat level for plastic-wear is outrageous. Not flattering.
Barnum & Bailey got nothin' on these looks! These wedding gowns, made strictly from balloon animal's finest, will surely leave your guests open-jawed... and not in a good way. (photos courtesy of inventorspot.com and funkytrend.com)
Please Don’t #3: Too much Bride, not (nearly!) enough Dress
For the first time in my life, I was rendered speechless. Literally, I have no words… just an embarrassed, red face… I don’t even know these brides! Come on now, girls, we should all be proud of our bodies, but is your wedding day inside a church in front of your grandma and the good Lord really the place you want to show it off? I think not.
Oh my. At least the one on the right has the figure for a bikini wedding dress... Siiiiighhhhh. (photos courtesy of hitched.co.uk and brides.com)
i.have.no.words. (photo courtesy of wedinator.com)
Please Don’t #4: Too much Dress, not (nearly!) enough Bride
Believe me. I get the whole wanna-look-like-Cinderella, fairy tale princess bride complex. My best friend and most favorite girl in the world, Breanna Marie, might as well have written the book on this theory. I’m already prepared for when she gets hitched, because I know she’ll be the belle of the ball and have me in the pinkest, pretty-pretty princess bridesmaid’s dress money can buy. Buuuuuuuuuut, there’s a big difference between being a princess and being a cream puff (not the pastry this time.) So, ladies please, wear the dress… don’t let the dress wear you!
With a train like that, this is more than likely the only place they could do pictures... in a field... a very, VERY large field. (photo courtesy of diamondvues.com)
The only caption needed: Whyyyyyy? (photos courtesy of wedinator.com and tackyweddings.com)
Please Don’t #5: Loud and Ornate… not up for Debate
Your wedding day is about you; so, please please please don’t lose yourself in over-the-top accessories. Brides who decorate themselves too drastically don’t look trendy; they look, well, in a word, ridiculous. And nobody wants to look back in 5 years – heck, even 5 days – down the road and go, “Ugh, what was I thinking?”
Sugar Kei Sweet's design (left) and Christian Lacroix may be brilliant in theory, but they are disastrous in depiction. (photos courtesy of weddinginspirasi.com and larkinandcatcher.com)
I'm sorry, Celine. Like you. Love your voice. HATE the headpiece. (photo courtesy of ivilliage.com)
August 9, 2010
1953 June cover of Ladies' Home Journal
It seems that ever since I can remember, little girls are always taught that June is the month to marry… being a November bride myself, I couldn’t help but wonder why. So, like any good researcher, I first turned to my favorite grade school subject, history, to see what I could discover.
And discover, my dear friends, is exactly what I did! Historically speaking, there are several reasons why June has been the unmistakable month to marry. First, June is named after the Roman goddess, Juno, who is famously known as the patroness of marriage. I mean, hello???… seems like a pretty good start to me!
June is also the month known synonymously for warmer weather, and in previous centuries was typically related to the time of year right after a woman’s annual bath… and yes, I said annual… personal hygiene wasn’t really the main focus during the mid to late centuries. I suppose, however, if everyone smelled to high heaven together, what diff did it make? Haha!
photo courtesy of blog.photography.si.edu
Even as time went on, June remained the standout marrying month for female pioneers because it was thought if a woman were to get married in June, she’d birth her first child the following spring and have plenty of time to recover before the fall harvest. (Is anyone else glad they were born in the 20th century?)
photo courtesy of movies.ign.com
But it’s not just historical facts, myths, legends and superstitions that lead so many women to say “I do” in June; it’s also all the hype that the present day puts on it. In Bride Wars, both Kate Hudson and Anne Hathaway’s characters refuse to be anything but a June Plaza bride.
This same reference is made in Sweet Home Alabama when Melanie Smooter, played by Reese Witherspoon, reiterates to her supposed future mother-in-law that all the press would be expecting the Plaza in June… because apparently, if you’re a New York bride, it’s all about the Plaza in June. And I have to admit, after getting an eyeful of the picture below, I can see why…
photo courtesy of allegrophotography.com
Without a doubt, June has been the hands down winner for “most likely to succeed in wedded bliss” year after year. Several celebutantes – as if you didn’t already KNOW I’d need to reference them :) – have also followed the June bridal suit.
photo courtesy of usmagazine.com
Tina Fey, Jennifer Lopez (on marriage # 3) and Nicole Kidman (on marriage # 2) all took the plunge in June. Kendra Wilkinson, Alicia Silverstone, Christy Turlington and Jennifer Garner said “I do” during the famed sixth month of the year, and not to mention, Marcia Cross, Adriana Lima and Tori Spelling who all made their love offish in June!
The list goes on and on, people. (Even with brides that didn’t make it – cough cough – Jessica Simpson, Jennifer Anniston – cough cough – wed in June!) There’s simply no escaping the phenomenon known as the June Bride. Between movie references, celebutantes and every day brides, stepping out of single town and into married life was then, is now and perhaps forever shall be, June.
June 9, 2010
Audrey Hepburn. Marilyn Monroe. Sophia Loren. Elizabeth Taylor. Grace Kelly. Barbie.
…Don’t act like you’re not impressed. Fashion of the 1950s was all about timeless style and demure glamour, and these women embraced it beautifully. The entire decade – not to mention these bombshell beauties - oozed a kind of elegance, grace and sophistication that no other decade since has been able to touch. Heck, even the trends emulated by sultry, 1950s pin up girls reflected an element of class unscathed by raunchy obscenity or flagrant missteps.
It was a time for figure flattering tea length dresses and haute couture gowns; long sleeve, satin gloves and birdcage veils. There fitted waists and poodle skirts; delicately embroidered bust lines and ravishingly rouched waistlines. And while there are some parts of fashion history we all hope will never reemerge (helloooo 1980 linebacker shaped, puffy sleeved disasters!), it’s easy to see why fifties glamour is one of the most inspiring eras on the red carpet, and as luck would have it, bridal fashion.
Below are some examples of where old world icons and modern day designers have collided, and the results, my dear friends, are nothing short of epic. (Photos courtesy of Google Images, TheKnot.com and KleinfeldBridal.com. Merged by yours truly by the power of Photoshop.)
A soft, embroidered halter on Sophia Loren before & an Alvina Valenta gown after
A flaring, tea length dress on Barbie before & a Moonlight gown after
A single sleeved, off-the-shoulder Grecian dress on Grace Kelly before & a Romona Keveza gown after
A sleek, form fitting stunner on Audrey Hepburn before & a Palazzo gown after
A flirty, ballerina tutu on Marilyn Monroe before & a Winnie Couture gown after
A belted, cinched waist and pockets on Elizabeth Taylor before & a Priscilla of Boston gown after
A side sweeped, gathered gown on Grace Kelly before & a Enzoani gown after
A pleated, tea length halter on Marilyn Monroe before & an Amsale gown after
A bubbly, princess ball gown on Audrey Hepburn before & a Rosa Clara gown after
A jeweled side, red carpet favorite on Barbie before & an Oleg Cassini gown after
February 3, 2010
Please tell me I’m not the only one who obsesses over celebrity style? (pauses for a brief moment) I knew it!!
If you’re a bride who finds herself going gaga over celebrity wedding news, fashion and gossip, rest assured that you are not alone. In fact, my level of excitement on this subject matter is borderline embarrassing, but I simply can’t tear myself away from these famous fashionistas. I suppose it’s their sense of “unattainable” and my sense of ”need to know” that peaks my curiosity, but regardless, there is something to be said of celebrity style… especially when it comes to weddings.
I even delight in famous, fictional weddings. I mean, come on, who didn’t tear up during Season 2 of Sex ‘n’ the City when Carrie read this poem??
His hello was the end of her endings / Her laugh was their first step down the aisle / His hand would be hers to hold forever / His forever was as simple as her smile / He said she was what was missing / She said instantly she knew / She was a question to be answered / And his answer was “I do”
Seriously, <tear> I guess it’s just the hope-FULL romantic in every girl to have a fairy tale ending, and because celebrities have the ability to act one out – whether it’s through movies or real life – part of us gets caught up in it. Here’s a look at some of my fave celeb-butante brides through the years, and even if their marriages didn’t last, their style will live on forever…
July 13, 2009