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Rrrrrrruffles have rrrrrrrridges

Rrrrrrruffles have rrrrrrrridges!

Ooooooooh, hello. You can all thank Victoria McMillan of Alvina Valenta for the vision of loveliness you see before you. I really love the simplicity of this rum pink silk duchess satin mermaid-style gown with soft pleated ruffles on top and on the bottom. And if rum pink isn’t your thing, you can nab this gorgeous number in ivory, champagne, crŔme, white, oyster, eggshell, vanilla, and something called dove.

Surprise them in silver

Surprisingly sexy in silver

No one expects the Spanish Inquisi…Oops. What I meant to say was that very few people expect to see a bride walk down the aisle in silver. But whatever they anticipated seeing, this Anne Barge gown will knock their socks off. It would be nice if there was an actual description of this stunning gown on the web site, but no matter. I can lust after it just as easily not knowing what it’s made out of or how it fits.

Wednesday Weirdness

The ever fabulous SJ sent me a link to this article about a Romanian priest who is levying a fine upon non-virgins who want to marry in white in his church.

Father Petrica Bratu, 37, from Valea Sarii in central Romania said he wanted to introduce the fine to uphold Christian traditions.

Father Bratu said: ‘The fine depends on how intimate a couple have been before they get married. If they have just moved in together it will be around ten pounds but it goes up to 60 pounds if the bride is pregnant or already has a child.’ Thus introducing the interesting concept of a sliding scale of virginity.

He added: ‘What is the use of the white bridal dress if the bride went from one man to the next, or if she comes into church holding the hand of her child? White is a symbol of purity. I want this to stay unchanged. I do not want young people to think that there is no such thing as sacred matrimony.’

Okay, then. I just hope Bratu isn’t ‘seeing for himself’ before levying the fine.

Susanna of The Bling Blog pointed me toward a recent post of hers that discussed Vera Wang’s new line of matresses. Yes, that’s right, the black-clad gown designer is turning into Martha Stewart.


Wang for Wednesday

Great dress, but explain the model, please.

Here’s a spot for loveliness from Vera Wang to get you through the rest of the week. This crepe satin wrap-gown features an organza ruffled train. Nice, no?

Want more Wang? And, really, who doesn’t? Check out Vera Wang On Weddings. Seriously, it’s freaking awesome.

Vera Wang On Weddings

Better bridal foundations

I love Spanx. And as a fairly recent Spanx convert, when a reader asked me to recommend some “serious, comfortable, sweat absorbing panties” she could wear under a two-ton, multi-layer, hot as heck wedding gown, I immediately said, “Spanx.” Sure, lace and frills are great on your wedding night, but do you really want to layer a fairly complex get-up like the Honeymoon Collection ‘Something Blue’ corset set

It\'s already got plenty of laces, tabs, and snaps to last a lifetime

Under something like this weighty Reem Acra gown in satin?

Complex enough, dontcha think?

Not that you could, of course. I’m just using it as an extreme example. Considering that many wedding gowns feature a mind-boggling assortment of ties, ribbons, beads, bustles, and so forth, why make wedding day dressing more daunting by adding in another later of complexity? Not to mention that putting a multi-layer undergarment underneath a multi-layer gown is a recipe for peak-level perspiration.

Spanx to the rescue!

Spanx Power Panties with Tummy Control 004

The Hide & Sleek Lace Trim panty even has a pretty bit of Italian lace that camouflages its heavy-duty, moisture-wicking, tummy-shaping intentions.

Then again, if you’re all for function over form, I’d advise future brides to consider underwear made specifically for runners. Panties like the Lavinia Activewear seamless brief are going to keep you sweat free and line free while staying where they are meant to, IYKWIM.

Oh, and the reader above is one of the smartest brides-to-be on earth, IMO. Sensible yet sexy, she plans to covertly change out of her utility undies and into something more eye-catching for the, ahem, wedding afterparty.

For the love of fluff

Bustled in the front...

Once upon a time, I thought that random gathered bits of skirt and bodice were fussy and silly. Now I can’t get enough of odd (and basically functionless) bits of bustling. Who knows why tastes change–perhaps it’s a matter of exposure? Maybe if you see something enough times you’re bound to start liking it?

More importantly, does it even matter? I’m certainly no less enamored by this fabulous Jane Wilson-Marquis creation. Yes, we’re talking about she of Simply Jane fame. The off-the-shoulder gown is made to order in silk gazar and features a Basque waist and ballgown skirt. The floral embellishments on the bodice and skirt are handmade.

...and bustled in the back.

I think that when it comes to something as generally frivolous as wedding gowns, one must treat one’s love of fluff like seasoned climbers treat the most forbidding peaks. Why climb mountains? Because they are there. Why do we love ribbons and lace and gathers and bustles and beads and bows? Why the heck not?

Monique, Monique, Monique…


In the “just because it’s costly and has a designer tag doesn’t means it’s necessarily nice” category of gowns, we have this satin, chiffon, silk, and tulle number from Monique Lhuillier. Here’s a thought: When your key wedding gown embellishments outnumber your key wedding guests, you have a problem.

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