Is it just me, or is anyone else bored by all the plain mass market white wedding dresses out there? Maybe it’s just that I’ve been at this for years and years now, but I feel like all those gowns are bleeding into each other. Does a colored sash and some diagonal folds really make one strapless A-line wedding dress that different from another? I’d argue that, no, it doesn’t. It’s like there’s this basic wedding dress template out there and whoever is making the majority of the gowns you see is just moving a bead or adding some lace and a few gathers here and there.
I’m trying to figure out if it’s simply wedding dress fatigue on my part, because I know the gowns that are not part of the cookie cutter brigade are out there! I love, for example, these from the Fall 2010 Claire Pettibone collection:
I’d say it’s the little details that make these Claire Pettibone wedding dresses stand out, but I think it’s actually the big details – the English lace and silk ribbon ties, the pewter embroidery, the pairing of a 40s style bodice and a sheer back. Gowns like these are the antidote, as I see it, to all the yawn-inducing wedding dresses out there. I think boredom is the reason I am so quick to push having a custom wedding dress made, either by some high end house of couture if you can afford it or an Etsy seller or local seamstress if you’re on a budget. Why settle for something that’s basically indistinguishable from every other wedding dress out there when you can have something much, much more interesting?