When I was growing up, Indian weddings were still very much a large affair. And by large I mean in the region of around 1,000 people would be in attendance. Despite all the people and chaos, when my parents returned home from one of these events (to a house filled with members of our extended family) the first question my mum would get asked was; what was the bride wearing or how did she look? And though the size of weddings has since changed, the focal point still very much remains on the bride. You see for that one day when you walk down the aisle, you are the heroine of your own fairytale and everyone around you will simply be in awe.
While your hair, makeup and other accessories are important for your overall look, it’s the outfit that catches everyone’s immediate attention. So in case you didn’t know already, your dress will likely have a starring role of its own on your big day. Of course beautiful dresses don’t come cheap and with multiple events it’s often difficult to understand how to split your budget. So what would you say if I told you that you didn’t have to buy multiple dresses at all, but instead could find different ways to wear the same dress and still look stunning?!
Have I got your attention yet? Recently, I caught up with Sally of Sally Bean Couture who specialises in luxury silk dresses for brides. Sally has worked in the wedding industry for over 13 years and spent time working with leading designers including Jenny Packham, Vera Wang and more recently Phillipa Lepley. Take a simple glance at her website and you’ll see that her dresses ooze style and luxury. She’s worked with a number of brides, many of whom were either from an Indian background or marrying into an Indian family and therefore thoroughly understands the importance of wearing a dress that can easily transform throughout the day or be worn over several days.
She’s kindly sketched three different designs to illustrate how such a dress would work below. (These are all exclusive to Carriages which makes me feel so incredibly priviledged!)
Look 1: In the morning you could opt for a full-length lace ballgown with a corset bodice jacket and a beautifully embellished veil.
Look 2: Swap the full-length skirt for a shorter drapey skirt and remove the full-length jacket to give your dress more of a party look. Style with a pair of heels and get ready to hit the dance floor.
Look 1: You could select a fishtail gown with layers of light detailing, in a figure-hugging style that is hidden beneath a full tulle overskirt – making it look like one piece, with very long sleeves and arms encased in lace.
Look 2: As the day evolves and you head into dinner, take off your skirt to reveal the inner fitted dress.
Look 3: Take off the long sleeves and replace them with sheer romantic tulle caplet sleeves that sit and frame the shoulders.
Look 1: Another look is a dress layered with laces and ethereal details of the lightest twinkly laces that look dramatic for the day.
Look 2: Take away the skirt to reveal a dancing party dress.
Look 3: Add on a jacket to make the look perfect for many occasions beyond your wedding, such as a formal work party.
Sally believes that a multi-wear wedding dress like this evolves and creates an element of drama and surprise throughout the day, yet remains so versatile that you can literally wear it anywhere, making it great value for money!
Want to book in a consultation with Sally to discuss your wedding dress? Head over to sallybean.co.uk