Wedding Dresses – “Nice Day For a White Wedding”

January 26, 2015 by  
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wedding dresses“White Wedding” was a song by Billy Idol first released in 1982. Today we are all very familiar, even comfortable with the concept of a white wedding, especially white wedding dresses. Unquestionably, there is a strong history behind the concept, but why is this, and is it still relevant in the present day?

 

Are white wedding dresses still considered desirable?

 

According to an article in Aeon Magazine, discussing more “traditional” weddings, white wedding dresses are relatively new.

Prior to the mid-20th century, weddings of this ilk were the domain only of the wealthy. Most people could not afford to spend money on extravagant festivities and so married simply, wearing their Sunday best with an afternoon party or dinner at home. In fact, prior to Queen Victoria selecting white satin as the material for her wedding dress in 1840, gowns were rarely white. The elite copied this fashion first, which trickled down to the masses from the 1950s onwards.

In Brides, Inc.: American Weddings and the Business of Tradition(2006), Vicki Howard shows that, for most of US history, weddings were private affairs planned by family, with few ritualised conventions. Elite families had large formal weddings that served as an indicator of social status. Major social changes in the 20th century, namely the postwar era of prosperity and the emergence of a wedding industry, set the climate for business people to create convincing rhetoric in favour of a consumerist wedding.

…via The modern wedding – Aeon Magazine

For many, the reasoning behind white wedding dresses is directly connected to the idea of the bride’s purity. In this day, this “tradition” is no longer even relevant. Many are choosing wedding dresses that have color and are not limited to traditional white. But a white dress can be part of a wedding for more reasons than tradition. Some designs practically demand to be made in white because they are so intricate that adding color to the mix would be somewhat garish. Some people just want to wear white.

When all is said and done, on the day you get married there are only two opinions that should even matter, those of the bride and the groom. If you want a white wedding, then have one – and if you don’t, then that is also fine.

Celebrities – Perhaps Not The Best Role Models

November 5, 2009 by  
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Although we live in a world where diverse tastes are accepted by more and more people, it has to be considered that there are some things which are very hard to argue in favor of. Not least of these is the terrifying three-word phrase: “Celebrity Inspired Wedding”. And yet, if you look briefly at the results of a Google search, you will find that there are many people making this choice. Considering how the marriages resulting from these weddings often turn out, it has to be wondered if taking inspiration from the celebrity world is quite wise.

If the celebrity is someone you have long admired and who influences your style in other ways, then there is an argument to say that you are being true to yourself by being true to them. If, however, you have simply seen the wedding photographs from their expensive and publicity-soaked wedding, you might want to slam on the brakes and think about things. Fashion is an unforgiving mistress. At any given time, a fashionable wedding might look like a real triumph, but those photos will exist in ten, twenty, thirty years’ time, and you are liable to cringe if the celebrity who inspired the look got divorced acrimoniously three months later.

Celebrities get a lot of latitude in what they do because they are celebrities. The media want to keep them sweet and will usually refrain from asking them what exactly they think they are doing. It is wiser to stick to the classics than follow a trend when permanence is an issue. If you want to follow a celebrity, wait until you’re married and copy their haircut.

Honeymoon And Wedding All In One?

February 9, 2009 by  
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There is an increasingly large market these days for wedding locations that also provide the venue for the honeymoon. To be slightly more specific, many people are now taking the choice to get married in another country, allowing themselves a choice of settings that can be visually breathtaking, if not entirely traditional. There are many people who, when someone raises this concept, think immediately of the celebrity weddings that have taken place on beaches where things sometimes get a bit out of hand. This does not tell the full story at all.

honeymoon

Certainly it could be argued that there is a touch of cynicism in combining the words “tourist” and/or “market” with the word “wedding”. And yet many places have developed a reputation as destinations for whole wedding parties rather than just the honeymoon. By widening the range of where you wish to hold your wedding, you can allow exciting settings such as castles, forests or just about anything you deem appropriate. As well as a geographical dimension, it can also enable you to include a historical element in your wedding.

A wedding and a honeymoon can be expensive.

 

As noted in a recent article on “Popsugar”:

Weddings are expensive. Honeymoons are expensive. But amazingly, if you put the two together, you can actually save a lot of money. A destination wedding cuts out the need to suddenly pay more than it’s worth to feed and water the hundred or so people you will inevitably have on your list. We are having a party in our hometown of London upon our return, and even keeping the numbers down as much as we could, we’re looking at over 100 guests — once your cousins and friends start having kids, the numbers spiral out of control very quickly! Even though we both have good jobs, neither of us has been saving for years for a dream wedding. There is genuinely no way we would be able to have a more traditional wedding in London with all the people we want to invite. As it is, our party (which includes a BBQ meal and drinks) is looking like it’ll cost almost the same as the entire Antigua trip. But even so, by marrying abroad, we’ve managed to keep our budget significantly below the average cost of a UK wedding…

…via Why We Chose to Save Money by Having a Destination Wedding

Thinking more generally, it also means that the wedding photographs will be something to behold. In addition, you do not have far to go for the honeymoon. Finally, for couples who come from different places and live far from their families, the wedding can be at a neutral venue. It may not be one for the traditionalists, but it is a popular choice for an increasing number of people.