A short dress
I wore a shorter dress for my religious service. I loved the idea of something shorter for one of my experiences. It felt grown up and appropriate for the service that was a huge lifelong commitment for Matthew and I.
I have found there are lots of options for shorter wedding dresses that come either from the high-street or online stores. This little one reminded me of a Valentino dress. Sadly it’s not available anymore but I have tagged some other options below instead.
The key with anything you buy off the rail for your wedding (or any big event) is to have it tailored. I find it can even be helpful to buy a size bigger to guarantee there is enough fabric for any customisations, whether that’s using some hem for a belt, or just taking it in exactly to suit your figure. Often your local dry cleaner will offer a tailoring service, it’s worth asking around who is good. Finding a tailor in your neighbourhood you can rely on is so important.
The long dress
Most girls dream of a long wedding dress. The romantic look. However, you get engaged and think it will cost a fortune to get that dream to become a reality. Now I’m not going to lie to you, there is a big gap (well more like an ocean) between the quality of a wedding dress you can buy off the rack from, say ASOS, verses a custom-made gown from a luxury designer. The cut, fabric and experience will obviously be superior at a designer. However that doesn’t always matter. Maybe this is your second or third dress, maybe the dress just isn’t what you want to spend your budget on. Whatever the reason I wanted to show you with a bit of alteration and good lighting a cheaper dress can still give a wonderfully stunning bridal effect.
Suits and jumpsuits are so chic for a bridal look. I really wanted to wear a new look Dior inspired suit for a part of my wedding but I couldn’t find one. That said there are some super sleek and sexy trouser suits and jumpsuits that are more masculine but are still soft and modern. I love the idea of the Bianca Jagger bride. I wore a camisole (which is actually a dress) under the suit here, to cover my modesty a bit more, but if you’re in a tropical country or just bold, a bit of tape could keep you in but let you really reference Bianca Jagger. I love the idea of a bit of hatters net or a more modern veil with a suit.
Stella McCartney does great suits, this one is from Massimo Dutti. You can get net like this from VV Rouleaux or Peter Jones.