Now that I have to start making some big decisions for my upcoming nuptials, it has struck me that I'm not one of those girls who has known exactly what she wants since receiving her first Bridal Barbie! I never appreciated there were so many aspects to consider - from the cap sleeves of your dress to the length of your veil.
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To help me to design the perfect dress for my big day, I looked at some of the most famous wedding dresses in recent years for inspiration. Here are some notable wedding dress trends I have categorized, which might be helpful if you're in the same boat as me:
Pinkspiration: Colourful and less traditional wedding dresses are increasingly popular, and who better to set this trend than Gwen Stefani in her 2002 wedding to Gavin Rossdale?
Gwen Stefani in John Galliano
I have always loved Gwen's sense of style, and couldn't picture her in anything other than an eye-catching wedding dress - a faded neon pink gown was the perfect look for my favourite rock star.
Fast forward a few years and several other A-lister brides such as Reese Witherspoon, Margherita Missoni, and most recently Jessica Biel, are embracing blush-coloured wedding dresses. I'm not convinced they are for everyone.
Jessica Biel in Giambattista Valli
There is no doubt that Jessica Biel is drop dead gorgeous with a killer figure to match, but I wasn't convinced she was bringing sexy back in her pink and fluffy wedding dress. I especially didn't like how her dress almost blended in perfectly with the background of her wedding pictures - casting all eyes on JT jumping around like Tom Cruise once did on The Oprah Show. Pink is a great colour for weddings, but I would pass on it being the colour of your dress unless you can definitely rock it!
All Aboard the TRAIN: You don't need to be a royal to wear a super long train down the aisle, but history's most memorable wedding dresses make clear that when it comes to trains, the bigger the better!
Katherine Middleton in Sarah Burton by Alexander McQueen
The Duchess of Cambridge's jaw-dropping wedding dress had a 8 1/2 ft (2.7 m) long train. This however, was modest in comparison with her late mother-in-law's...
Lady Diana Spencer (Princess Diana) in David and Elizabeth Emanuel
Although the puffy shoulder effect of Princess Diana’s dress now seems rather 80’s, I think her wedding dress is the most famous of all time. Boasting a 25ft (7.62m) long train, it’s a good thing St. Paul’s Cathedral was long enough for her fairytale dress during her wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
Catherine Zeta Jones in Christian Lacroix
It's clear that no money was spared on Catherine Zeta Jones's mega train. Catherine married Michael Douglas at The Plaza in NYC, wearing a Christian Lacroix dress paired with a 6 ft (1.82 m) long Chantilly Lace train, which was not only gorgeous, but conveniently dusted the stairs of The Plaza. As the event is rumoured to have cost them $1.5 million they clearly didn't get much of a discount for helping with the housekeeping!
Slinky Dresses: Whether you are a supermodel or an ultra-fit bride, these slim fit dresses don't allow an inch to be pinched. Say goodbye to the cheesecake unless you have a good corset!
Kate Moss in John Galliano
Leave it to Kate Moss to hire controversial John Galliano to create her magical wedding dress immediately after he was fired from Dior. Kate knows how to work the camera on the runway, which was evident at her Cotswolds country wedding to Jamie Hince.
You know you are a born and bred supermodel when Mario Testino photographs your wedding for a 5-page fashion porn spread in Vogue!
Carolyn Bessette Kennedy in Narciso Rodriguez
Tanned to perfection with her hair simply tied back, Carolyn Bessette Kennedy was the vision of the American dream in her stunning form-fitting silk Narciso Rodriguez dress. There aren't many brides who could pull this dress off as well as she did.
Big Names But Big Flops? The most famous bridal designers come with a very large price tag, but are these couture dresses always worth every penny?
Victoria Beckham in Vera Wang
I wasn't surprised when fashionista Victoria Beckham announced that she was turning to the one and only Vera Wang, doyenne of wedding dress design, for her nuptials with David Beckham. I was however, stunned by the result of Vera's labour.
Even Victoria Beckham and her tiny waist couldn't make this dreadful number work. I don't think it helped that Victoria was posing whilst sitting on gold sprayed dining room chairs... this shot certainly doesn't spice up her life!
Anne Hathaway in Valentino
Valenti-NO! Why oh why did this horrific mosquito netting fluff ball of a dress happen to Anne Hathaway? Rather than having an elegant updo to tame down this wild child of a designer frock, Anne decided on a never ending 1920's inspired frothy headpiece, which I can only describe as a fashion failure.
Statement dresses: A classical wedding dress will always stand the test of time, whereas a trendy statement dress can later provoke comment for all the wrong reasons.
Jessica Parker in Off the Rack Black
In the tv show, Sex and The City, Sarah Jessica Parker's character, Carrie, lets "the wedding get bigger than Big." This couldn't be further from SJP’s real life wedding to Matthew Broderick in 1997, where she wore a simple and very non-traditional black dress. SJP later told Harper’s Bazaar that she regretted not wearing “a beautiful proper dress.”
Elizabeth Hurley in Tarun Tahiliani
Elizabeth Hurley first thrust herself into the spotlight whilst wearing a barely there safety pin Versace dress on the red carpet with Hugh Grant. Although her Versace creation was certainly eye-catching, I think she looks particularly stunning in this conservative pink wedding sari by Tarun Tahiliani. I cannot recall how long her marriage to Arun Nayer lasted, but I will always remember her in this stylish Indian wedding dress.
Nicole Richie in 3 Marchesa gowns
When fashion forecaster Nicole Richie married rocker Joel Madden, she wore not one but three custom-made Marchesa gowns. Nicole walked down the aisle wearing a poofy 100 yards of tulle. The newlyweds' names were embroidered down the sleeves, which must make it rather difficult to hand this dress down.
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Dita Von Teese in Vivienne Westwood
Burlesque dancer Dita Von Teese’s marriage to Marilyn Manson only lasted 13 months, but her purple wedding dress left a more lasting impression. I have always admired Dita’s ability to pull off the most unusual attire, and this grape coloured Vivienne Westwood dress is truly frock n’ roll!
Bianca Jagger in Yves Saint Laurent
Bianca had the fashion moves like Jagger when she wore a white Yves Saint Laurent “Le Smoking” jacket over a long maxi skirt at her 1971 wedding to Mick Jagger in St. Tropez. Oversized floppy white hats haven't ever looked so chic!
Lavish Wedding Accessories: Anyone who has planned a wedding will know that when it comes to wedding ‘extras’, the sky is the limit (as long as your credit card can take the strain). Whether you decide on an elaborate theme or to import an elephant a la Nicole Richie, there are endless options to supersize your big day.
Kate Moss's Army of Bridesmaids
Kate Moss looks like a fairy godmother in this angelic shot of her entire mini people bridal party. I wonder how many snaps it took to have all 12 bridesmaids and 2 pageboys smile at the same time.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene of Monaco's Cake
Princess Charlene's wedding planner clearly took over with cake-related executive decisions when Charlene tried to flee the country days before her nuptials. The massive five-tier white and pink floral confection featured a cornucopia cake topper and looked like it could crush the royal couple at any moment. They must have been eating leftovers for ages!
So after all this you might be wondering what conclusions I have reached, and what style of dress I have chosen for my big day. Obviously I cannot share that with you yet, as the bride never tells! Please share any wedmin tips and tricks you might have – I’m all ears.
Blondon – aka Bridezilla