When it comes to dresses, there is no need for the bride to stick to traditions and customs. The world has evolved, and so have weddings. This only means that the bride, before marrying her ‘Prince Charming’, is free to wear whatever she likes.
This is where a more casual approach is desired. However, it doesn’t mean that the bride walks down the aisle wearing a pair of jeans and a casual top. Casual wedding dresses don’t stand to indicate ‘casual’ all the way. On the other hand, they stand to indicate a striking balance between a casual and traditional approach towards wedding dresses. It may not be easy to achieve such perfection in balance, but an attempt that is well-made can turn out to be fruitful.
Knowledge of the different available options has to be gathered and an informed decision must be made. Read on to find for yourself, various executable ideas on casual wedding dresses.
Short and Sweet
This one’s about fun, it’s about letting your hair down, without making it look like you are letting your hair down. To put this wedding dress idea, what you need to do is find yourself a fitted and short dress. Wearing just the dress may make it look a little too casual, but to overcome this problem, all you need to do is team your dress with a veil, and Voila! Just like that, you are ready to attend your own wedding.
You can wear a white short dress with a white veil, or if you are willing to be a lot bolder, experiment with color. A classic example of this wedding dress idea can be seen in the Guns N’ Roses video for their song ‘November Rain’. Once you’re done with seeing the video, it may be that much easier for you to decide on if you want to stick to a short wedding dress for yourself.
Beach Wedding Dresses
Beach weddings are all the rage now, just in case you didn’t know that. However, the kind of dress a bride would wear to a beach wedding can also easily be worn to a traditional church wedding. A classic beach wedding dress can look so stunning that you may never even want to take it off.
A typical beach wedding dress is generally nothing but a long gown with slight improvisations made with the ‘sleeves’ of the dress. In most cases, there are no sleeves to talk about. Sleeveless wedding dresses or wedding dresses with spaghetti straps are your most casual and/or relaxed option.
If you are not lucky enough to get married on the beach, this kind of dress can easily be worn to a traditional church wedding too, making it such a versatile option. For this look, veil or no veil is entirely your call; it really is up to you. A tip: When you don’t wear a veil, you will look less formal, when you do wear a veil, you will look more formal. The choice is entirely yours.
Frocks and Frills
Whoever said that frocks are only to be worn by little girls running around on a patch of grass, trying to catch disappearing butterflies? No, depending on how you look at it and how capable you are of carrying the look off, frocks can easily be worn by women too.
However, wearing a frock may require a certain amount of boldness and open-mindedness, but you can take it for granted that frocks break away from traditions and can give you the casualness that you seek. To zero in on the kind of frock that you can wear for your wedding, consult your friends; look through magazines or visit someone who is an expert at the kind of frocks that can be worn to weddings.
Remember, out of all the ideas that you may find in this section, it is easiest to go wrong with frocks. Try your best to be a little extra careful with this wedding dress idea.
Cocktail Dresses and More
Cocktail dresses are the kind of dresses you would wear to a party, but this doesn’t mean that you can never wear one to your own wedding. When designed the right way, cocktail dresses can be extremely beautiful and casual too. After all, that’s what you are looking for at the end of the day – beauty and casual chic.
To play it safe with casual dresses, but still look like you are living life on the edge, focus on white cocktail dresses with white veils, or black cocktail dresses in white veils; baby pink dresses are allowed too. However, as far as other colors go, avoiding them is your best option.
This is because, when you experiment with color and cocktail dresses, you are only going to make yourself look more casual than you should for a wedding. With this option too, it would be safe to consult friends, ask around a little, go through magazines, etc.
That’s it. You are now a lot more familiar with the art of dressing up casually for your wedding. Remember, at the end of the day, when the curtains are drawn, when the lights are turned off and the candles are blown out, it is your wedding and is really all about you.
No matter what the rules say, no matter what you are expected to adhere to, everything is bendable. So, break free from old age traditions with a casual wedding dress. What’s more, you can also rope in your significant other and, together, untie casual chic and marital bliss. All the very best to you as you go about the challenge of dressing up casually for your wedding.