Whether it was your mother, grandmother, or great aunt, we can all picture the traditional wedding. We think of pastels, poofy sleeves, sherbert punch (non alcoholic of course), a church, and just maybe an ice sculpture. While we all love looking back at those photo albums, we are so thankful the wedding world has kicked off! The industry has allowed the modern bride to create a personal and unique wedding day. Most importantly, we want brides to know that there are so many options for their dress! While there is absolutely nothing wrong with traditional, we at Annalise want to show you different ways to ROCK your wedding dress.
Before we get into the nitty gritty, brides should remember to be themselves. Don’t let the stress of all the planning sway you from an ivory lace fit and flair to a blue tulle ball gown. We aren’t saying safe is always right but your intuition more than likely is! For some brides, their dress is their dress and they plan to wear it for as many hours as humanly possible. While other brides plan to step into something less formal so they can party until the wee hours! There isn't a wrong or a right answer, but we want to share three different ways to rock your wedding dress.
The First Look: Short & Sweet
There is something so sweet and relaxed about a short wedding dress. Some brides simply want to be cool and comfortable while others want to be more casual. Whatever the reason, a short dress can be worn for the ceremony, reception, or even a last minute change to hop in the getaway car! Personally, we love “Ryland”, a high low gown by Anne Barge (middle). Amy Kuschel’s, Little White Dress Collection is also fabulous - just look how pretty “Kitten” (upper right) and “Belle” (upper left) are!
The Second Look: Dancing Queen
If you’re looking to wow the crowd or maybe just want something more fun to dance the night away in, we say GO FOR IT! You will always have pictures of your ceremony dress so don’t feel bad if you think your first dress will lack attention. Trust us, everyone will remember the gown you walked down the aisle in! To switch it up, try sequins, a jumpsuit, or even a different color like blush or lavender. Some of our top picks are “West” by Hayley Paige (top right), “Dori” by Hayley Paige (bottom left), and the “Lucas” Jumpsuit with Ann Topper by Rebecca Schoneveld (middle).
The Third Look: Honeymoon Ready
You’re finally hitched! Now the only thing left to do is go enjoy being a newlywed. Honeymoons don’t necessarily mean you have to jetset across an ocean. So whether you’re headed to a tropical island or simply headed home to finally relax with your hubby, why not slip into something less formal and a bit more intimate. We love “Venice” by Amy Kuschel (far left), “Sadie” (top right), and “Chelsea” (bottom right), both by Rebecca Schoneveld.
As you can see there are many reasons and ways brides can switch up traditional bridalwear. Remember, always stay true to you but don’t be afraid of trying something you’ve always dreamed of. Judgements and criticism aside, at the end of the day this is YOUR day! No matter what you choose, everyone will love your look because you love it. We hope we sparked some ideas for different ways to ROCK your wedding dress!