My sister-in-law recently informed me that the process of getting a wedding dress can take between eight to 10 months. What? Eight to 10 months? My life is not even planned that far in advance. A brief wave of panic came and went, and with time ticking away (har har), I began looking at wedding dresses online. Given that weddings are a $40B per year industry, not surprisingly, that approach was overwhelming and ineffective. As a result, I have decided to forsake the shotgun approach, and consider for a moment, what I have envisioned my wedding dress would look like.
To the extent that I have thought about this topic in the past (not much), the image that most frequently appeared in my mind was in the spirit of a dramatic Christian Dior gown with an equally dramatic Philip Treacy hat.
The dress did not look like a wedding gown and often was not white (or a variation thereof). The dress was modern, but clearly referenced and respected the history that came before it. Beneath the drama, was a classically cut gown and, interestingly, almost always included long sleeves and a high neckline.
In contrast to the aforementioned, I have often pictured myself in dress having a ethereal feel.
As I wrote this post, what I am looking for in a dress has become a little bit more clear. Most of my choices are relatively conservative and it would not surprise me if that is a reflection of my underlying belief in the gravity of a wedding, and by extension, a marriage. I have a clear preference for a classic silhouette that nips me at the waist, which is probably just me knowing my body-type. Romanticism and fantasy are heavily present, but so is the ethereal. I am such a contradiction.
Does this dress exist? Even if it doesn’t, it was a very useful exercise. 🙂
All John Galliano and Christian Dior photos were sourced from here. As the site name contains an expletive, I won’t write the name of the blog, but if you are a JG/CD fan, it is a MUST visit!