Love your way. It is your big day. The day you have dreamt about since you were a little girl. Fairy tales, family, friends, acquaintances, magazines, TV shows, movies, and even the news have long influenced the decisions we make for this special day persuading us to embrace (or is it abide by?) wedding traditions that have long been celebrated by generations over centuries. Designer Bruce Oldfield, whose critically acclaimed couture occasionwear has dressed the world's most glamorous women from Princess Diana of Wales to Charlotte Rampling to Rihanna, agrees, “Although I have done taupe, ice blue, peach and even red wedding dresses, white would always be my first choice. I think everyone expects a white or ivory dress.”
Passed down generations, many believe these traditions validate and bless the love between two souls, but can love - a feeling that is so difficult to explain in words, often even more difficult to express in words - really be simply permanently knotted by following the formula of wedding day traditions blessed by family, friends and a supreme sovereign body? The governing bodies between any relationship in any culture and society remain to be the lovers in the relationship. So, instead of dressing up like somebody in a catalogue, why not respect the woman your man fell in love with and just be you in the most important day of your life?
Forget about going to fittings to being dressed in a white tube dress constrained with strings on the back and a mile-long train like everybody else. Create your modern fairy tale by being yourself and having fun with your personal style and wardrobe. Why not mix your favorite H&M pieces with your high-end pieces to create your perfect bridal look for your royal wedding? Or go for something modern and cool by pairing a classy dress with a simple leather jacket and flats? Or change the wave of contemporary bridalwear by opting for opulent overalls or a chic netted top? Just remember: what you seek might not only necessarily be hiding somewhere in an exclusive bridalwear boutique, but might already be in your wardrobe.
Mr. Oldfield advises, “Following fashion trends always dates a wedding dress and the more extravagant the trend statement, the more cringe making later on. I have made so many dresses, I suppose that the simplest feedback always remains the most important. You can’t beat things like ‘I felt so happy in my dress that I didn’t want to get out of it’ praise indeed. The best feedback comes from other guests: ‘the dress looked as good at the end of the evening as it did when she walked down the aisle’.”