For some time, wedding dresses and marriage have been on my mind this year. And I don't know why. I suspect that someone in my family may be getting married soon. My friend said that her long-time boyfriend told her he wanted to talk to her about something, but at the right time. Now, both of us have tried to figure out what this could be, and a marriage proposal is at the top of both our lists.
While I wait to find out who may soon be engaged, I've been watching wedding reality shows, combing any bridal magazine I can find, and sketching wedding gowns I may soon attempt to make. One of my favorite wedding reality shows is called Say Yes to the Dress on Slice tv. I just love to watch the brides-to-be trying on different styles and cuts of designer wedding dresses.
www.flickr.comFor those of you who are budget minded and watch this show, you can imagine what I'm thinking when I hear the prices for some of the gowns. Nothing against women who believe that the higher cost of the gown makes the day more special, but I don't think I could spend more than $500 on a wedding gown (but then I'm stingy). Actually, if I could buy one for $200, I would do it. Weddingdress.com is an online store that sells gowns from $99.00 (wow!) to about $400. Let me throw this in now if you're really super- budget minded. There is a video on Youtube called $10 Wedding Dress - Threadbanger Projects. I couldn't believe the simple but nice looking wedding dress that came to life using t-shirt fabric!
My favorite wedding gown designers so far are Vera Wang, Amsale, and someone new to me, Angel Sanchez. Vera Wang uses a lot of tulle, giving a lot of her gowns an ethereal quality. She experiments with volume and shapes and her dresses are unique. Amsale uses both soft and structured fabric for her designs. The bodices of her strapless gowns are unique in that she uses diagonal pleating on some of them to personalize the dresses. She's also bringing in the short wedding dress for 2010. Angel Sanchez uses firm fabrics for most of his collection for 2010. I appreciate the flower neckline on one gown, and the assymetrical flounces on others.
View these three designers' 2010 collections on Youtube:
Vera Wang Bridal Gowns - Spring 2010 Lookbook
Brides.com - Amsale Spring 2010 Runway Show
Brides.com - Angel Sanchez Spring 2010 Runway Show
Enjoy! Till next blog.