Regular Dresses as Wedding Gowns: Wear What You Want – It’s Your Party
by Tina Boomerina (Christina Gregoire)
Not every bride is keen on having a big traditional wedding, filled with enough pomp and ceremony to rival a princess’s coronation. Hey, that conventional wedding stuff is not for everyone. And, some of you have done the Barbie-doll wedding dress once or twice before, and this time you'd rather wear a glitzy evening gown at a small, romantic candlelit ceremony.
Other brides would like to save money with less-expensive dresses because they're paying for their own weddings... and they'd rather have a great honeymoon or a bigger ring than a designer gown.
Indie Bridal Gowns
Then, there are the boho, indie brides (of all ages) who are naturally inclined to go rogue… chicks who want something different because “traditional” is not their style. This type of bride might prefer to wear a red sari, a mirrored kurta with white jeans, a flowered bohemian dress, a white suit with city shorts, a tie-died silk toga, or something so totally rock-n-roll that everyone in the room will gasp with delight when they see it.
All of these women might benefit from searching for their bridal outfits in small boutiques and department stores that do not cater to brides.
God knows I love a good show. So, wearing something unique and different is just fine with me (and with all of us)... because it’s your party. It’s your wedding. It’s your day.
All we ask is that you don’t embarrass yourself and that you wear an outfit that is suitably festive. You can go demure and sweet. You can go rocker chic. You can go Victorian Steampunk. You can go pink-plaid cowgirl. Just… get married.
We’re Happy You’re Getting Married
These days, many couples wait until they have five children before they decide to get married. C’mon, people. Chicks from my generation are just so freaking happy that you are actually going through with the ceremony… that we don’t care what you wear… as long as you wear something.
Modern brides can wear whatever they want. Well... if you're a bride, you can wear almost anything you want. I don’t want you to wear your shimmery Wallymart spandex and tell your wedding guests, “I read that brides can wear whatever they want. Here, you can read it for yourself on my iPhone.”
If you're a bride, you need to have dignity and taste… but you also need to have a playful side.
Party Dresses as Bridal Dresses
I know what I’m talking about. I’ve been married several times, and I’ve experimented with my own bridal gowns… a Gunne Sax hippie dress, a designer cocktail frock, a traditional white wedding gown… and the fat lady ain’t sung, yet, so who knows what lies in store for me in the future. Well... the point is... I know there are lots of fun options out there for any intelligent, creative bride with an independent streak.
Some of the wedding-ready dresses I’ve seen online are amazingly cheap (under $100) and other dresses are sky-high, gorgeous, designer gowns that are probably worth the big bucks. However, money is not a substitute for creativity and taste… although money plus creativity plus taste can be a killer combination that will blow people's minds.
So, look around at various stores and don’t limit your search exclusively to bridal shops. It’s quite possible you will find a regular party dress from a regular clothing store that will work just fine as a wedding dress… and it might even be something you'll end up wearing again... like when you're going out to dinner on your honeymoon.
Cocktail Dresses and Occasion Dresses
After watching my parents blow some major cash on two glamorous shindigs for me and two glamorous shindigs for my sister, I’ve come up with a common-sense theory that I want to share:
You should think about spending less on the dress and the booze and the band and the other stuff… and spending more on the ring. You're only going to wear the dress for a few hours… max. And, very few people are going to want to look at your wedding album.
However... that wedding ring is something you're going to wear every day for the rest of your life (hopefully). So, even if all your clothes come from Target, your big, sparkly ring is going to make you look like a million bucks.
I’m older and wiser than you. The ring is a better investment. I love a good party as much as the next gal, but life is unpredictable and you can’t hock a dress.
Paying for Your Own Wedding and Dress
If mum and dad are paying for your wedding, you should have a big reception, buy a designer wedding dress, hire an awesome band, have an open bar, and invite me. However, if you’re spending your own money, I really think you should try on a few regular party dresses from regular clothing stores. There’s nothing wrong with bridal shops, but why not look high and low until you find a wedding dress that's perfectly suited to both you and your lifestyle?
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