Wedding Gown Magic … or Not
I love watching the show “Say Yes to the Dress.”
I’m intrigued by the different styles. The extreme range of prices for the gowns–anywhere from a thousand dollars to upwards of ten thousand dollars (or more.)
And the interaction between the bride-to-be and whoever she brings to help her choose her gown? Sometimes I’m stunned by the interaction between the future Mrs. Whoever and her mother. Or her best friend. Or her bridesmaids. Or her future mother-in-law. Even her future husband. I’ve watched brides fend off the opinions of all these people at one time!
Who knew wedding gowns were such emotion-laden objects?
Some women dream of their wedding gown for years, cutting out pictures from Brides magazine and updating their must-have wish list as the styles change. Strapless. Form-fitting. Princess gown. Lots of bling. Classic.
The hope? To feel one-of-a-kind beautiful on your wedding day.
That’s a lot of expectation wrapped up in lace, satin, bows and beads.
In my debut novel, Wish You Were Here (Howard Books, May 2012), my heroine’s wedding gown has … shall we say a supporting role in the story line. And in Rachel Hauck’s upcoming release, The Wedding Dress, a one-hundred-year-old wedding gown influences four generations of women.
I’ve known women who ignore their budget and any bit of common sense for a dress they’ll wear for one day–for just a few hours of that one day. Some celebrities opt for two gowns–one for the ceremony, one for the reception. Talk about splurging.
But when you get past the price tags and the material, you discover the same purpose: It’s all about the bride feeling b-e-a-u-t-i-f-u-l in a way she’s never felt before.
Wedding gown magic.
In Your Words: What’s your take on wedding gowns? Were you all about saying yes to the perfect dress when you got married? Or are you still dreaming of your wedding day and discovering your wedding gown magic as you stand in front of a row of mirrors in a bridal salon? Any special wedding gown memories?