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my dream wedding dress

If I ever get married, I want it very much to be in a dress like this:

Well, not just like this because it’s too much of a dark color for a wedding. But if you turned the skirt into an offwhite like the sleeves so only the bodice was that brown? And maybe if you gave it a short train? I can see myself being much more comfortable in this than anything I’ve seen on display in bridal boutiques.

Over at FB, a friend posted a link to a dress from the Rivendell Bridal Co., and my first thought was: if they ever open up a Rohan Bridal Co., let me know. Elven dresses are too flowy for me, but Eowyn’s always struck me as beautiful and feminine but also sort of practical. I can see her hitching up her skirt if she had to run across a muddy field to talk with her brother. And that practical aspect is important to me, for reasons I can’t quite lay my finger on.

Also, I need sleeves and a structured collar or I won’t feel happy. Something about today’s bridal gowns – they offer no modesty and nothing interesting. I have known several friends looking very beautiful and happy in these dresses, and I don’t criticize those choices. But for me, when I imagine myself in one of those dresses, it feels like my body would be on display. Not that I have any bridal aspirations, or any suitors, but I thought this topic was interesting. Both as a sign of how truly geeky I am and also as a glimpse into my psyche.

The runner-up? Something like this dress from the Alice in Wonderland remake. The jacket is much too business-like though; maybe if it were straight sleeves at the elbow and then opened up into bell sleeves.


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Mar. 21st, 2013 10:26 pm (UTC)
Good choice! :D
Mar. 22nd, 2013 11:15 am (UTC)
Mar. 21st, 2013 11:03 pm (UTC)
Ooh, I like that Almarea gown in deep green, though. My wedding dress was that colour. (And a not dissimilar style, except without the long sleeves, and cost about 1/6 of what that one does. It had the advantage of being bought as an evening dress rather than from a bridal-only shop, and thus escaping the think-of-a-number-and-then-treble-it-because-you-said-wedding nature of these affairs...)
Mar. 22nd, 2013 11:14 am (UTC)
I hear you. I am sure there is a difference in quality but so much of the mark-up must be because it's being billed as a wedding dress. I know I couldn't tell the difference between a wedding gown and evening gown on my own.

I think that green dress would be quite beautiful, if I liked "open" necklines like that. The body itself is so flowing.
Mar. 22nd, 2013 01:06 am (UTC)
I find the "topless" wedding dresses most unseemly especially in church. I think Eowyn's white frock would make a gorgeous wedding dress, not that I wish to marry anyone!
Mar. 22nd, 2013 11:11 am (UTC)
I kind of like imagining dresses, even though I have no drive to get married at present. I so agree with you on the church weddings issue.
Mar. 22nd, 2013 12:13 pm (UTC)
Oh, thanks for posting all these links and pics! I am designing this year's Halloween costume, which will be a LotR theme, and this was so helpful!!
Mar. 22nd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
I think that would be lovely. I always really liked the flowing, split sleeve of that dress, any for me anything related to Gondor or Rohan was always more interesting than any of the elves.
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