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Wedding Wednesday – A New Trend In Wedding Attire

And the more tackier version:

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  • Shoegal February 6, 2019, 8:17 am

    This looks like it was done just for a fashion show. That’s kind of cool. I think it’s a little much for a regular wedding.

  • Ripple February 6, 2019, 8:34 am

    Just another way for wedding planners to get big bucks for something that lasts a few seconds.
    I do like the music they played for the second video – the circus theme!

  • staceyizme February 6, 2019, 9:30 am

    It’s not an inspired look, in my estimation. Of course, I also think that the standard sleeveless bodice is now almost onligatory, and it’s also not a great look on everyone. Maybe brides shouldn’t all be required to rear the big white dress? In which case, we wouldn’t be as likely to see designers relying on such specious “innovations” in the costume.

    • staceyizme February 6, 2019, 9:31 am

      “wear”, sorry.

    • Ulla February 6, 2019, 10:33 am

      The reason behind sleeveless bodice is the cheapness of the dress industry. Sleeveless bodices are far more easy to fit on different body types, you can pull it bit up or down and the length of the back and torso does not affect the matter too much. If you have sleeves on the other hand, that is far more difficut to fit and to modify for the wearer (if you need to refit the sleeves/armhole as whole etc). It’s not really about fashion, it’s just that it is expensive to make so many different versions of the same dress when you can make just one version and it will fit most (so you have wide range of potential buyers).

      So, at least here, wedding dressess with sleeves are really hard to find, to the point that if you want those, it’s probably just easier to have custom made dress. I wanted sleeves myself for my winter wedding. Welp, did not find any really, so ended up having to have dress without.

    • Annie February 6, 2019, 11:15 am

      The sleeveless look has had its day, and it appears to (finally) be over. When I got married 3 years ago, dresses were starting to have sleeves. (I wore my mother’s wedding gown from the 1970s – sleeves and all.) Nowadays, all the photos I’ve seen from brides have them with some type of sleeve.

    • AS February 6, 2019, 3:22 pm

      Brides are required to wear white. They just do, because Queen Victoria wore it, and somehow the fashion stuck. I wore non-white dress for my wedding (a bright-red, off-shoulder), and no one commented against. And it costed me, including alterations, at least 5 times less than the cheapest white bridal gown (which, IMHO, are often price inflated).

      Some people did comment though, that they’d not be courageous enough to go so totally off of traditional color.

      • AM February 6, 2019, 5:28 pm

        I wore red for my wedding, too. It still makes me so happy to look at those photos; the color really suits me better.

        • AS February 7, 2019, 1:33 pm

          Yay! High-five, AM! 🙂

          I love my photos too. White or yellow usually looks washed off on me, and hence red was great!

  • Catherine St Clair February 6, 2019, 10:37 am

    It’s not to my taste as balloons always say, “birthday party” to me. I’d also worry that, if the veil is not sufficiently attached to the bride, it might float off and be on the ceiling for the ceremony or that a young flower girl or ring bearer might be so taken with the balloons that their assigned roles would go awry. The more things that can go wrong in a wedding, the more things that will go wrong in a wedding.

  • Michelle February 6, 2019, 12:00 pm

    The second video where is was done for a fashion how – I can see that for a fashion show because they usually have a few “over the top” things. However, for a regular wedding it’s too much. I personally wouldn’t do it, but to each their own.

    I wonder how much extra a “flying” veil cost? If it drops too soon (on a guest) do you get a do-over? What about the one that was so fast it just sort of wadded up and hit the bride in the face?

    One of them did look like a ghost or apparition zipping through the air so, if a guest is particularly sensitive or scared of that kind of thing, I can see it making them uncomfortable.

  • Mechtilde February 6, 2019, 1:34 pm

    The flying veil looks like an accident waiting to happen- I hope they made sure there weren’t any candles…

  • AS February 6, 2019, 3:26 pm

    I suppose both these are for fashion show. If a bride actually wears balloons for her wedding, I’d be tempted to carry a safety pin 😉 .

    If people have the money to spend, that’s fine. But these are quite over the top, IMO. Who said that flying veils are “fairytales”? What next? Flying carpets? Tall towers? Maybe they should start adapting scenes from the Grimm’s versions, rather than the Disney version.

  • Lynne February 6, 2019, 4:21 pm

    Yeah, that’s more “ghost” than “fairytale” to me.

  • Sarah B. February 6, 2019, 7:50 pm

    … Yeah, if my bride wore something like either of those, I would probably not be getting married that day. Toss up if she’d change her mind first because I was laughing uproariously, or if I’d change my mind first because *she* thought that was a swell use of a lot of cash which would not bode well for the rest of the marriage, which would be my second thought after “oh my god, that’s so ridiculous.”
    Fortunately, I don’t have to worry about that because my fiancee wouldn’t wear either of those if they were free, she’d been triple-dog-dared, *and* she lost a bet. Her dream wedding is going to a public park with deep personal meaning with the dog and me in clothes we already have, reciting vows we’ve written ourselves, and grabbing a couple random passersby to sign the marriage license. She’s only half kidding about the last part.

  • Anonymous February 6, 2019, 11:04 pm

    I don’t really see this as an etiquette violation; just a horrible fashion mistake. I mean, objectively speaking, I’d rather go to a wedding with a bride with a flying veil (balloon version or not), where the ceremony started on time, the reception started right after the ceremony (either at the same location, or with transportation provided to the reception venue), all the guests were treated equally, there were no cash-grab attempts, and the reception wasn’t held at a meal time unless a meal was provided, than a wedding where the bride looked normal, but with delays, lag times, A-and-B-lists (bonus points if this is made obvious), dollar dances, wishing wells, and/or only cake and punch at 6 p.m. If the couple decides that a flying veil is important to them, and they can reasonably afford it, then yeah, it might look stupid, but I don’t think it’s rude. I’m pretty sure people were saying the same thing about puffed sleeves and butt bows on bridesmaids’ dresses back in the 80’s and 90’s, and powder blue and harvest gold tuxedos for men in the 70’s, and one-shoulder dresses in the early 2000’s or so.

  • Kay_L February 6, 2019, 11:09 pm

    Flying veils: Ick!

    The bride should come out fully dressed, including the veil, if she is going to wear one.

  • Doris February 7, 2019, 12:40 am

    I once read that the bridal veil is a symbol of the bride’s virginity. i.e. it represents an unbroken hymen. Just think of the implications of the veil flying through the room to return to the bride!

    Could someone please explain the appeal of setting your wedding dress on fire while you are wearing it? Burning the dress seems more of a divorce ritual than a wedding one. Plus, it is so dangerous.

    • admin February 7, 2019, 7:39 am

      The burning of the wedding dress while the bride is still wearing must be a new Darwin Award category. I cannot fathom anyone in their right mind actually doing that.

    • bambi_beth February 7, 2019, 11:55 am

      Perhaps it’s to mimic the scenes in The Hunger Games where Katniss Everdeen’s clothes have flames in them? I mean, that is of course CGI, but people like what they like.

    • Miss-E February 7, 2019, 3:43 pm

      I recently saw a video from the wedding or two professional fire-eaters. It was a lesbian couple and they both wore special dresses that they could get out of quickly. That’s literally the only time I’ve seen that and it seems to be pretty specific to their profession, it’s not a trend.


    • Devin February 11, 2019, 3:35 pm

      I had to look this one up and it appears to be more of a trend from those that do ‘destroy the dress’ photo shoots. Afterwards, the photographer photoshops flames onto the destroyed dress, the women aren’t really setting them on fire while wearing them. After doing some research, I ended up down a rabbit hole because this theme is seen as problematic by some as women have been burned in their wedding dresses for things like being found to not be virginal, or not having a large enough dowry.

  • Rinme February 7, 2019, 2:06 am

    Never heard of the flying veil before; it looks cool when done right, though I wouldn’t pay for it…

    The second video is a fashion show. If done in a real wedding, it would be over the top and silly.

  • LKB February 7, 2019, 5:41 am

    Not really an etiquette situation, no, but certainly a logistical nightmare for a real wedding, not a fashion show. Does a venue — such as a church — now have to install a track to make it happen? Who gets to prep the balloons and put them on the veil in the correct position and balance? When is the popping ceremony — at the wedding, at the reception, at the end of the festivities, at the wedding bed? Or does she get to wear them in the car between venues? What happens in a good windstorm?

    Just another example of how the fashion industry is not meant to be mimicked in real life…. (I’ve always thought the fashion industry was a bit silly anyway.)

  • JD February 7, 2019, 9:00 am

    The flying veil just looks like a gimmick to me. After the bride has appeared and all have seen her face, what’s the point of putting on a veil over your face after that? Yes, it did kind of look like a ghost flying toward the bride, but mainly it just looked like a foul-up waiting to happen. I wonder how many guests got “veiled” by accident with those things?
    The balloons look pretty silly, too, but people don’t generally do what they see in fashion shows — do they? I’ve seen photos of some hideous, hard-to-wear wedding gowns shown at fashion shows –I don’t think I’ve seen a photo of a bride actually wearing one of those get ups at a wedding. How would that balloon veil be done, practically speaking? Do you carry a tank of helium to the church? How do you know how many are enough, but not too much? How many “brides’ rooms” have room to get that all set up in preparation for the walk down the aisle. What happens if it breaks loose and floats off? Our church has very high vaulted ceilings (it’s a cathedral). I can’t imagine trying to catch an escaped veil in there.

  • Miss-E February 7, 2019, 3:47 pm

    Bad taste is not really an issue of etiquette.

  • Peaches February 7, 2019, 9:46 pm

    “More tackier?” Is that right?

  • Ashley Kilday February 25, 2019, 1:32 pm

    My first thought was to use for comedy– not “exquisite beauty” or “fantasy wedding” but like I forgot my veil and turn around at the right mark on the floor, clutching my hair with an “OH NO” look on my face. I’d whip out a wand from the bouquet (“ACCIO VEIL!”) or snap my fingers or something silly and then the veil flies in and lands on me and I can turn and carry on. I don’t want to look majestic, I just want a laugh.