I love how there are so many different styles, colors, etc for every personality, preference, and body these days! I'm getting married in September, and my gown is pretty traditional. Ok, wicked princess-style traditional, with ballgown skirt, sweetheart neckline, chapel train, and cathedral-length veil and fingertip blusher.
I really only get weird looks when I mention that 1. It's NOT strapless (I cannot physically hold up anything strapless and do not want to risk a wardrobe malfunction mid-ceremony.) It's off the shoulder, similar to Belle's yellow dress in Disney's Beauty and the Beast and 2. It's ivory. I'm a blonde Irish-Polish girl, and I'm either as white as a sheet myself or red as a lobster if I think about sunshine. There's no in-between.
Because we're getting married at the end of September and New England weather can go either way, my mother is making a light, faux fur trimmed velvet cape in case of chilly temps. My shoes are on loan from my grandmother - they were her wedding shoes 64 years ago! Not counting specialty undergarments, the whole thing is costing around $1200 with tailoring, jewelry, and the fabric for the cape. Other than the reception itself, that's the biggest chunk of change we're dropping on anything. My fiancee doesn't get to see it until I show up on that aisle!