The Perfect Wedding Dress or….. the Not So Perfect Wedding Dress.

My beautiful mother in her exquisite wedding dress.

My beautiful mother in her exquisite wedding dress.

It has been a long time since I walked down the aisle, but I do remember vividly the lead up to my perfect wedding dress.

I would have loved to have worn my mother’s exquisite wedding gown. It was similar to Princess Grace’s and my mother looked just as beautiful. The dress was satin and lace, but her waist was so tiny there was no way I could fit into it. So that was the end of that idea.

Making my own dress

Hundreds of hours of hand beading.

Hundreds of hours of hand beading.

I had studied fashion design so I decided to design and make my own gown.  I sketched the design, drafted the pattern, sourced the fabric (pure silk satin as in my mother’s) and instead of lace I was going to heavily bead it. It had a deep scooped back and cumberbund which was also beaded. It was very contemporary for the time.

Nightmares

All was going well, it was going to be a beautiful and unique wedding dress, and I loved it. The dress was half finished, I had spent hundreds of hours beading it, then……..the nightmares started. Every night I’d go to bed and dream of walking down the aisle to my awaiting husband-to-be, and my dress falling to pieces. This dream recurred every night.  I was so anxious about my beautiful wedding dress, that my mother, a girlfriend and myself went down to Brisbane and tried on wedding dresses.

The Store bought Dress

Into the bridal shop.

Into the bridal shop.

And yes I bought a wedding dress. It was the complete opposite to my design. It had a high neck, fitted bodice and LEG OF MUTTON  sleeves. I don’t know what I was thinking! It was so not me. Wanting the perfect wedding dress and not sleeping well, I had become so stressed, I just wanted to buy a dress. I ended up with the most conservative dress in the shop. Admittedly, I was happy with my choice at the time and everyone was very complimentary about the dress, but I am sure it was not what anyone was expecting. After all I had studied fashion design and liked to dress a bit out there. Definitely not conservative.

Yes.. They are leg of mutton sleeves.

Yes.. They are leg of mutton sleeves.

When I look at my wedding photos it was a very happy day, but I still think what on earth was I thinking with that dress.

I came across this great blog and thought it might help anyone who is looking for that Perfect wedding dress.

For all Brides-to-be, from those newly engaged, to those nearing their final months of preparation, or even the elusive creative who simply wants to talk all things wedding for the day our wedding styling workshop is for you!

Annie Glover from Blue Willow Weddings presents her ‘Wedding Styling’ workshop  at Studio fifty-three.

 

 

 

 

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