Let me start out by saying that I am not getting married anytime soon. But I’m already at that age where talk of marriage – or specifically, weddings – is unavoidable, with friends getting hitched and relatives/mothers asking me when it will be my turn (to which I respond with, “I dunno, ask my boyfriend?”). A recent visit to a bridal fair with a friend had me rather overwhelmed by the ridiculous detail that goes into planning a wedding, and I decided right there that I don’t want any of that for myself. If I were to get married, my dream wedding will be so simple and stress-free that you can hardly call it a wedding at all. The same thing goes for my dream wedding dress – the plan is to walk right into a store like Milanoo and pick out The Dress right off the rack. I’ll let the bridal party worry about what they’re going to wear.
It doesn’t seem like I’m the only one with the changing attitudes towards bridal wear. Topshop in the UK just came out with their first bridal collection in collaboration with designer Richard Nicholl. Called Tie the Knot, this eight-piece collection features simple sheath dresses and corset bodices in off-white and old rose. Although my body isn’t emaciated enough for most of these dresses, I appreciate the total lack of fluff and the versatility of the design; they’d look just as good on the aisle as a summer party. I know that the once-in-a-lifetime nature of weddings justifies the need to spend on a dress that you can wear to your wedding and only your wedding, but I really can’t wrap my head around dropping tens of thousands on a dress I’ll only wear once.
What I also like about the whole buy-a-wedding-dress-from-a-high-street-store idea is that you’re not limited to the clothes that are marketed as bridal wear. When I did pass by a Topshop some weeks ago, I found a few maxi dresses that are quite wedding-worthy, if you don’t want to look like a cupcake anyway. Observe:
I won’t deny that a person’s wedding day is something special, but I’d like to think that it’s the event itself that makes the evening magical, not the dress. Just give me a pretty white dress that won’t make me look fat, and I’ll be happy. Plus points if I can get it under P20,000 with minimal stress!
Would you wear a wedding dress from Topshop? What are your thoughts about buying your wedding dress off the rack, from a non-bridal store?Google+