Do you have a passion for art and bridal design? Perhaps becoming a wedding gown designer is the job for you! You’ve got to start somewhere, and we have a professional track outlined that may just help you achieve it. See what actions you can take to become successful in this field, and learn about the career paths well-known designers followed to get where they are today!

Fashion School

Just like many successful career paths start with studying at a university, the same goes for design. Though this is not a requirement, it will help you better jumpstart your profession and learn the basic fashion techniques and skills. It is great to have a baseline of knowledge in fashion design before narrowing to bridal design. Two reputable fashion schools include Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) in New York City and Parsons the New School for Design in Manhattan. You should take classes in bridal design specifically if offered, as well as classes in sewing and stitching. While in school, start designing gowns. You can never get started too early!

Fun fact: The notable bridal designers Reem Acra and Amsale both attended the Fashion Institute of Technology. Reem Acra studied design and then went on to study at the FIT equivalent in Paris.

Sketch of a wedding dress

Internship

While studying at a university, you should be looking to get an internship, ideally with an already-established wedding gown designer. Learn the tricks of the trade with a real-life experience — not just from sitting in a classroom! If you are unable to land an internship with a bridal designer, any field with relation to fashion, art, or design would be beneficial to you. With this experience, you will be able to gain insight and knowledge about the daily tasks of a designer and what you like and dislike about the field. You will also be able to network with people from various backgrounds and expertise. Who knows, maybe the guy on the elevator you introduced yourself to is your next boss! I would also keep an outline of tasks you completed at your internship, complete with any designs you created, for your reference. Building up a portfolio throughout your studies and apprenticeships is crucial for future interviews and careers. Showcase your work and be proud of it!

Career

Once you graduate, you should not expect to have your own bridal line that is ready to hit the runway. Be patient; creating a wedding gown line can take years and years of work. You want your first set of pieces to “wow” a crowd. This can also be costly; we recommend you get a position in the fashion field so that at least you are immersed in and surrounded by your passion. Consider becoming a bridal consultant, a gown buyer, or perhaps a bridal runway assistant. We learn from observation, and what better way to check out the new gown trends than to be constantly around them! We are not insinuating that these professions are placeholders, but they do make sense and align well with the career path of an aspiring bridal designer. However, while working, you should begin designing gowns.

Fun fact: According to Monique Lhuillier’s biography, the famous gown designer designed and created the gowns for her very own bridal party!

Tips:

  • Make yourself aware of current news in the fashion world regarding new lines, up-and-coming designers, and runway shows.
  • Do not give up! Designing can be tough, especially with garments such as gowns that have so many intricacies and varying fabrics!

Now, get sketching!


If you want to sell your wedding gown after your big day and are unsure how to place a value on your used dress, you have come to the right place! Here’s a summary of the used wedding gown market and the factors that affect the valuation of a dress that a bride may want to sell.

Several websites such as privatesellers.bridepower.com and www.preownedweddingdresses.com allow you to post your used gowns. Traditional selling sites such as Ebay.com and Craigslist.com are also great options, but putting a pricetag on your used gown can be tricky. Based on Internet site surveying, if you are posting a gown that has only been worn once and its still within a year from your wedding date, the starting price should be around 50 percent off what you paid for it. That is just a general starting point, and there are other important components of your gown you must also consider. Preownedweddingdresses.com even includes a value calculator to help you assess the price of your used gown.

Original Price of Your Gown

When selling your gown, your first step is to think about how much you originally paid for your gown. You would probably have trouble selling your used dress for almost the same price as you bought it for. As stated above, a good benchmark to work with is about 50 percent off the original price if your gown has only been worn once and it is within a year of your wedding. You may be thinking your gown is worth more than the 50-percent-off value or worth less, so just use your judgment when posting based on the various components that follow. Also, as stated on preownedweddingdresses.com, the original price of the gown does not include taxes or alterations.

Wedding Gowns in Shop Window

Designer of the Gown

If your gown has a designer label, this will obviously affect the price. Just like street clothes, when a well-known designer has made a gown, it is going to cost more than one from an unknown designer. Many brides want to be able to say their gown is from someone who is well-known in the bridal industry, and this comes at a higher price. This is definitely a factor considered in the price calculator.

Ripped Wedding Dress

Condition of the Gown

If your gown has tears, rips, or missing beading and lace, you must note this when posting. Be honest! No bride deserves to buy a used gown only to find that it is in poor condition and needs alterations. Obviously, if your gown has a stain or tear or anything else that causes it to be unwearable, the price must reflect this. By no means am I saying that you shouldn’t sell your gown if this is the case, but every potential buyer is entitled to awareness of the gown’s true condition. Tip to the buyer: Make sure that you know the return policy when purchasing a used wedding gown just to err on the side of caution. If the gown does not meet your expectations and was not what you thought it was going to be, you should be able to send it back.

Length and Size of the Gown

The average height of a woman is 5 feet, 4 inches. Did you hem your gown to a length that is reasonable for most women to wear? If you are below 5-foot and your gown will only work for women who are also under 5-foot, this may decrease the value of the gown. When your potential buyer pool is reduced, your price has to change. Similarly to the length of the gown, if your gown size is considerably smaller or larger than the average size 8 or 10, you may have to alter your price.

So now that you have most of the gown value factors listed, get selling! Hopefully this helped you determine your used gown price and you are ready to post your dress.


Today, little girls are often kept awake at night by the dreams of their wedding. They fantasize about a perfect wedding reception, glowing dress, and prince charming. In the Middle Ages, however, weddings were much different. Ironically, in the days of actual princesses, weddings were a much less glamorous affair. Little girls were still kept awake at night but most likely out of fear of being married off to some strange man to solidify an alliance or grant family wealth. Yes, weddings were vastly different then, and unsurprisingly, so were wedding gowns. Most brides did not wear the white gowns most wear today. Instead, they tried to exhibit their family’s wealth, wearing the most striking colors made with the rarest of materials. Blue was an especially popular color, as it represented purity and piety. Some colors were avoided, such as green, because it represented bad luck. In 1500s France, the now-traditional white was also avoided, as it was worn for mourning. This, however, did not prevent Mary, Queen of Scots, from wearing her favorite color on her wedding night. The majority of those who were not as powerful and wealthy could not afford to buy a gown for their wedding night and simply wore their best dress.

Victorian Era Wedding

More modern trends began to emerge in 1840 when the English Queen Victoria married her cousin. Well, perhaps the wedding was not terribly modern, but Queen Victoria shone in a beautiful white gown that would later inspire many other brides. This trend traversed the sea, appearing in the American magazine Godey’s Lady Book, which claimed the best color for a wedding dress was white. White was, however, a hard color to obtain, and only the wealthy could afford it during the 1800s. It was also expensive to buy a gown and only wear it once. That is why most did not buy white gowns during the Great Depression; instead, they followed the example of the past and wore their best dress. A great economy post-World War II inspired many more to buy a wedding dress, and the industry is still growing strong today. Though most wedding dresses are white, the style often varies depending on the style of the time. For example, following the trends of the 1920s, dresses were typically short in front and long in back. But in the 1940s, when full skirts reminiscent of the Victorian Era were more popular, gowns were designed in this style.

So far, we’ve focused on the wedding gown in European culture, but many other cultures have interesting traditions regarding the garment. For example, each Native American tribe has a unique take on the dress. For the Hopi, the groom and other men who want to help weave the wedding outfit from many parts, such as three white wedding robes, one with red stripes at the bottom, white buckskin leggings, and moccasins. The bride is also buried with these garments, as they are believed a necessity in traversing the underworld. In the Delaware tribe, the bride wears a knee-high deerskin skirt and traditional wampum beads on her forehead. Except for necklaces or beads, the bride’s torso is completely bare. In the winter, the outfit is completely changed. The bride protects her feet with moccasins, replaces the skirt with deerskin leggings, and wears a robe made of turkey feathers. Her face is then painted with clay of red, yellow, and white.

Indian Couple Wedding

Brides of Eastern cultures often wear red or a mixture of red and white, as red symbolizes good luck. Many Chinese brides today choose to wear the more Western white dress and then wear red at the traditional tea ceremony. A red silk sari is the traditional outfit for an Indian bride. However, as in times past, new fabrics and colors have been made available. Japanese brides, differing much from Western wedding culture, wear at least three gowns during their weddings. At these events, the bride wears a white kimono, symbolizing death, as she is now dead to her family. Under this, the bride wears red, symbolizing rebirth, as she is being reborn into her husband’s family.

Gowns differ greatly from era to era and from culture to culture. Thankfully today, both the most popular fashions manufactured and a variety of styles can be purchased. Thus, little girls can stay awake at night dreaming up their perfect gown and rest assured that when their day comes, they’ll be wearing it.

Works Cited

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     https://www.marryjim.com/en/page/show/id/30/template/history.

“The Intriguing History Of Wedding Gowns.” All That Is Interesting. 1 Aug. 2013. Web. 13 July 2014.
     http://all-that-is-interesting.com/history-of-wedding-gowns.


Getting fitted for a wedding dress

More often than not, your dream gown is going to need some sort of alteration. It is rare to find a gown that fits like a glove and has every bead or pearl intact. But have no fear, there are great seamstresses that will get your gown in tip-top shape before your big day! Though you know your gown may not fit just right, you may be wondering exactly what should be done to make you look like a princess on your wedding day. It is sometimes hard to know what you want altered for the altar! Highlighted below are some useful alterations that will improve your look!

Have your gown taken in

If your gown is not fitting how you want and there is excess material, you should have it taken in to show off your figure. All eyes will be on you, and you want to look flawless! The right seamstress can usually take a gown in, so you shouldn’t worry if it is a bit big on you at first. If you love it, buy it! On the other hand, if you are planning on losing weight, you should not get a gown that is too small, because it is much harder to release seams on a gown than to take them in. When in doubt, get a larger size! If you do get a smaller size, though, make sure the seams can be released before purchasing the gown! The last thing you need is a gown that doesn’t fit — talk about a wedding disaster!

Shorten the hemline

Getting fitted for a wedding dress

Generally, your gown will be too long and you will need to have it hemmed. Make sure you bring your shoes before heading to the seamstress for your appointment. She will need to do measurements based on whether or not you are wearing flats or heels, and she will need you to stand in them so she can see just where the dress should fall. Sometimes hemming a gown can be difficult if there is beading or lace on it. However, the seamstress can usually remove the design and place it back when the correct gown length is achieved. For those cases where the design can be really difficult to remove, make sure you are clear with the seamstress before the alteration is performed. Perhaps talk to her about alternative options so you can have the correct hem without sacrificing the beautiful embellishments on your gown. You do not want any surprises when you pick up your gown after it is altered.

Bustle your gown

Your gown will have a beautiful train for your walk down the aisle and your ceremony. However, are you going to want that train behind you when you are on the dance floor? Probably not! Bustling your gown is when you pin your train up so you can move around freely! There are various ways to do so. One of the most common bustles is the French bustle, where the train is pinned up from the bottom with ribbons. The Austrian bustle is less common but still a beautiful option. Essentially, the fabric is gathered by a string and can form several layers on the back of the gown. There are several other bustles, but your seamstress will advise you of the smartest choice based on the fabric and style of your dress! So don’t stress if you are not sure which one you should do!

Bustling a Wedding Dress

Whether you are getting one or all of these alterations done on your gown, planning and timing is key. Make sure you book an appointment with your seamstress far enough in advance (three to five months from your wedding day) to ensure a successful alteration process. Sometimes the seamstress may deliver unexpected news, and you want to have enough time to recover. Also make sure you are clear with your seamstress about your expectations of the gown fit and look. This way you can avoid unnecessary confusion and panic! Often, the bridal store that you buy your gown from will refer you to a seamstress. It’s important to make sure that you go to a seamstress that specializes in bridal wear. Gowns are made of a different fabric and are far more complex than a shirt or pair of pants. Once you find your dream gown, you do not want just anyone to work on it; so, please, do your research before making your decision!


When preparing for your big day, there are a million things on your mind and a to-do list for your feet! While your shoe choice may not seem imperative compared to every other detail you have to consider, it is nonetheless an important feature of your overall wedding look. Whether you go for glamor, comfort, or a mixture of the two, your shoes can make or break you! Below are some questions you should keep in mind when on the shoe hunt!

What Color?

Do you want the color of your shoes to match your dress? Do you want to add a pop of color to spice up your look? Depending on your personal style, you may go for bright pink pumps and make a statement or go for the more subtle look with beige or white heels.

Matching the shoe to the gown

If you do want to match your shoe to your gown, be sure to show a sample of the exact gown color at the store, and they will help you find the perfect pairing. The last thing you need is a mismatched disaster! Also, having a sample will help you determine whether or not the fabric of your gown and shoes work together.

Matching wedding shoes with wedding dress

Pop of color

Keep in mind that if you do a pop of color on your feet, it should complement your wedding colors — you do not want clashing hues! We always love when brides pull a color from their bouquet or room décor and tie it in with their shoe choice! It makes for a polished and clean look. Guests will take notice!

What Style?

Funky? Classic? Chic? What shoe will you choose? Some love when a bride’s dress is simple and elegant and her shoe is bedazzled and glam! On the contrary, when a bride’s dress is anything but simple, a more basic shoe may be the way to go. However, it is ultimately up to you to decide your dress and gown combo — that is half the fun. Experiment a little; you may have to try on several shoes before you find the perfect ones for you. Many bridal boutiques sell wedding shoes, as well as online stores. (Warning: When purchasing online, make sure you are aware of the return policy. There is a possibility that the size may not work perfectly or the color looks different in person.)

Fashion Is Pain?

Fashion is pain. However, is pain worth it on your wedding day? It is up to you to make that decision. You have to stand throughout the ceremony and reception, and you do not want to have blisters or sore ankles for all the dancing you have ahead of you! There is definitely a way to be fashionable and practical; you just have to find the right pair! Of course, some brides may be more used to walking in 6-inch heels than others. Before committing to a pair of shoes, make sure you can comfortably move in them and feel confident as well. Sometimes the most fabulous-looking shoes can leave us sore for days!

Tip: Wear your heels or flats before the big day so you are used to walking in them! The last thing you need is a stiff pair of shoes that you will be shaky in all night. Like all other shoes, wedding shoes will be most comfortable when broken in!

Walking in Wedding Shoes

Flats Versus Heels

Wedding Flats

Do not be afraid of flats! They are more often than not a very comfortable option and can be just as elegant and classic as heels. If your groom is on the shorter side and you do not want to tower over him, then flats are a great alternative. Also, if you are having your ceremony on the beach or in a garden (basically anywhere outside), flats probably make the most sense. However, it is all up to you to decide!


So, in your wave of wedding madness, make sure to think about your shoes, even if that means adding another thing to your to-do list. Trust us, you’ll be thankful when your guests are ooohing and ahhing over the glimpse they got of your fabulous feet.


Finding the right song for your wedding processional can be difficult. It sets the tone for your wedding ceremony, and you want it to be perfect for your walk down the aisle. Though traditionally brides had an organ play the commonly known tune “Here Comes the Bride,” the music selection for today’s brides has greatly expanded to a variety of genres! Some brides opt for instrumental pieces while others want vocal pieces. Let us take a look at some options, and perhaps this will make your choice a little bit easier!

“Make You Feel My Love”

Billy Joel and Bob Dylan

The meaning behind this song is very romantic and passionate. It is about making promises and being supportive of one another. This one is sure to make your guests cry tears of joy! It has vocals, so if you are looking for an instrumental piece, this would not be the one to go with!


“Somewhere Only We Know”

Keane

This is such a beautiful song that is a less traditional choice but still powerful. It has a wonderful message and works great for a processional.


“Bridal Chorus”

This is essentially a modern version of “Here Comes the Bride”. It is less eerie and played on a piano rather than an organ, making it a great choice if you want a classical feel with a modern twist for your walk down the aisle!


“Somewhere Over the Rainbow”

Israel Kamakawiwo’Ole

We personally love this song. It is a very calming piece sung by Israel and played on his ukelele. It is not overpowering at all and is an outstanding option for a bride who wants a feel-good, slow-paced song with vocals.


“Wedding Song”

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

The “Wedding Song” is an acoustic piece with vocals. It is quite fitting for the altar and is a slow-paced song that discusses a love story. “You are the breath that I breathe” is a line sung throughout, which is a truly powerful one, especially when walking down the aisle to marry your soul mate.


“All of Me”

John Legend

“All of Me” is a hit song on the billboard charts this year and has been one of the most commonly played songs at weddings since it was released. The message behind this song is so perfect; it would make any guest tear up!


“Largo”

Bach

If you are looking for a more traditional, classical song, this is the way to go. There are no vocals in this string piece that is romantic and sets an elegant tone for the processional.


These are all great options for your processional, and perhaps they inspired some other song ideas as well! Music choice can be hard for your big day; we totally get that. But first, figure out if you want vocals or instrumentals and then from there, do some research! What do you want the meaning to be? What mood do you want to put your guests in? Do you want an upbeat song or a slower tempo? Start by answering a few of these questions, because they will narrow down your search. After all, there are thousands of possibilities!


If you have begun your wedding gown hunt, I am sure you have heard of designers Lazaro, and Monique Lhuillier time and time again. When you search bridal gowns online, their names are some of the first to appear. When you hear what celebrities are wearing for their big day or on the red carpet, these same names are repeated constantly. By now you are probably familiar with their collections and stylistic preferences. Perhaps one of their pieces is your absolute dream gown! This is not a bad thing, but let us spice things up a little! Bring in the new designers! Have you heard about Inbal Dror or Galia Lahav? How about Haley Gutman? Though these names may not ring a bell quite yet, they are some of the hottest up-and-coming designers in the bridal market right now. Read about these new designers in more detail below. Trust me, you’ll want to know them!

About Galia Lahav

Lahav was born in Russia and has 30 years of experience with couture dresses. She was an art teacher and realized she wanted to turn that passion into fashion art. She became well-known in Israel by handcrafting gowns individually for her brides. Lahav’s first store was in Tel Aviv, and she eventually expanded all over the world, including locations in the United States, Australia, Italy, Germany, Russia, and many others. Some of her collections include La Dolce Vita, The Empress, The St. Tropez Cruise, and Homage to the Sizzling 1920s.

La Dolce Vita Collection

Tullia, from the La Dolce Vita Collection

La Dolce Vita

This collection is romantic and involves many textures, from beading to lace. The line was inspired by skies and a love story between two people.

The Empress

This line is modern and form-fitting with a presence of lace. Lahav intends for these gowns to exude a mixture of fiction and fantasy.

The St. Tropez Cruise

This collection looks like how it sounds. It is clean and chic, with an island flair.

Homage to the Sizzling 1920s

This line embodies a youthful but classy and elegant look. The silhouettes are body-hugging, and there is a large presence of corsets.

Her gowns are magnificent and delicate, all while embodying glamor and class.

About Inbal Dror

Dror 2014 Collection

BR-14-16, Inbal Dror 2014 Collection

Dror is an Israeli designer who studied in Israel before working in Italy. After learning the tricks of the trade, she then moved back to Israel and opened her own bridal salon. She handcrafts gowns catering to each of her bride’s requests.

Dror recently presented her 2014 collection, which is based off of Los Angeles, “the city of Angels.” Her 2014 line has a romantic and traditional feel. She wanted to reflect the changes that Los Angeles has gone through in the past century, from a romantic place to a busier, fast-moving, and advancing city. Her 2013 collection embraced a vintage theme where lace was ever present along with pearls and stones. She focuses on glamor and femininity through her gowns, which are elegant, beautiful, and unique. Keep on the lookout!

Haley Paige Gutman

Gutman studied at Cornell University and is 26 years old. She majored in fashion design and minored in medicine. She is a designer for JLM Couture. Before she landed her position at JLM, Gutman worked at Priscilla of Boston designing gowns and bridesmaid dresses. She also interned at Elle Magazine. She has created two lines for the JLM brand, called the Haley Paige collection and the Blush Collection, and is in the process of taking over the Jim Hjelm line. If you are a bride who wants a mixture of traditional and funk, you should definitely check out her collection! Gutman is certainly hitting her stride.


If I asked you to describe what a bride wears to her wedding, you would most likely answer something along the lines of a white gown. Correct? However, just as traditions, morals, and ideals differ all over the world, so does wedding attire. People hold unique perceptions of what a wedding gown should look like because gown trends differ globally; the archetype of a wedding dress changes as we move from country to country. In Western cultures, white is generally the color of choice whereas in Eastern cultures, red is. The style of gown also differs. Let us begin with the United States and Europe to discuss the evolution of bridal wear. Then, we can explore other traditions! Though gowns and wedding practices may vary, the idea of a wedding, a coming together of two people in love, remains the same worldwide.

Western-world Style Wedding Dress

US/Euro Style Wedding Dress

U.S. and Europe

The evolution of the white wedding dress dates back to Queen Victoria’s wedding. She decided to wear a white gown, and from then on the trend stuck. Prior to this, brides wore all colors to their wedding. It was really up to them; there wasn’t a traditional color that brides wore. White became a symbol of wealth and power. Today, throughout America and Europe, brides typically wear white or ivory gowns. The silhouette varies from sheath (form-fitting) to full-skirt! Depending on the bride, she may choose the style of gown she wants. She may have embellishments such as beading, lace, or pearls. It may be strapless or have sleeves. Though colored gowns are becoming increasingly more common and we are seeing them from famous designers in 2014 collections, white is still the leading color. Brides usually wear only one dress, but some may change into a shorter or more manageable gown for the reception!

Chinese Style Wedding Dress

Chinese Qípáo Wedding Dress

China

Traditionally, brides in China wore intricate gowns called qípáo. These covered the whole bride’s body except for her feet, head, and hands. Of course, the style of gown varied across China, but it was most commonly red and conservative. Red is the color of luck in China, so it makes sense for a bride to wear it on her wedding day. In northern China, brides currently wear form-fitting qípáos whereas in southern China, the bride generally wears a two-piece gown. This consists of a skirt and jacket. Some brides opt to go without the jacket; it is up to the bride! Not all brides in China today wear just red. The flexibility of wearing other colors has expanded, and depending on the bride’s preferences, she may choose to wear something other than the traditional red. This is similar to an American wedding where brides commonly wear white but can definitely spice things up by choosing a different color for the altar! Brides in China generally have three different gowns for their big day: one is more Western influenced (most likely white), another is the qípáo (red), and the third is usually a ball gown.

India Style Wedding Dress

Indian Sari Wedding Dress

India

In India, brides tend to wear saris or lehengas (a form of a sari), depending on where they are within the country. A sari is draped fabric down to a woman’s feet that is commonly made from silk or cotton. There are several different ways to wear this garment: Gujarati, Tamil, or Bengali draping. You can easily find out how to do these styles online or at a store that sells saris. A lehenga is a ready-to-wear version of a sari. As opposed to draping fabric, a lehenga can be slipped on and zipped. It is pre-stitched, whereas a sari is not. Whether the bride opts for a lehenga or a sari, she will most likely wear red or maroon; however, brides are moving toward other colors in modern-day weddings, such as black and white. Brides will generally also have henna sketched on them to complement their attire. It is worn almost as an accessory.

We have outlined general bridal attire based on trends in a few countries. However, there are always exceptions, and each bride has her own idea of what she wants to wear on her big day. She has the right to wear any style and color. Hopefully this has helped you become informed of what other brides are wearing around the globe and the differing trends in bridal wear!


Most people dream of a beautiful wedding reception and are content with a flowing white dress, a fitted tuxedo, and a grand tent for the reception. Some, however, have entirely different dreams for their wedding. They prefer to leave the traditional behind in favor of a wedding that accurately expresses their interests and passions. These interests, ranging from comic books to skydiving, permeate through the wedding in unique and creative ways. Though many may think these weddings can be strange, they can also be a lot of fun. Here, we look at a few examples of these superbly wacky marital ceremonies!

Superhero Weddings

Superman Groom

“They are the true heroes of the night”

Lots of people love superheroes. Throughout the world, people dress up as the caped crusaders and flock to various conventions such as Comic Con. Why shouldn’t these die-hard fans be allowed to feel like superheroes on their wedding night? After all, there have been many famed superhero romances: Superman and Lois Lane, Batman and Catwoman, and Spiderman and Mary Jane! There are many ways one can turn their wedding night into a crime fighter’s paradise. One easy tweak is attire. The couple could go extreme, marrying in full-blown costume. They could also, however, add small flourishes to the typical gown and tux, like featuring a symbol of the specific superhero or even a mask, for example. The bridesmaids and groomsmen can also be equipped with similar attire, but the bride and groom should probably look the coolest. After all, they are the true heroes of the night. All the others are simply sidekicks. Another fun and easy way to alter the wedding is through the cake. Instead of a bride and groom standing atop a bed of pearly white frosting, have two superheroes kissing as they fight thugs atop an evil lair cake. Sure, it may look like a cake meant for an 8-year-old’s birthday, but the point of a superhero wedding is to connect with your inner child. Small adjustments to further drive the theme include superhero-themed table cloths and balloons. Though these may seem frivolous, they really add to the atmosphere.

Some feel like superheroes by donning a mask and a cape. Others feel like superheroes by jumping out of a moving plane 15,000 feet in the air. To those who don’t skydive, it may seem insane that someone would want to do that on their wedding day, but it’s actually more common than you’d think. There are actually programs set up for this exact purpose. Vegas Extreme Skydiving has a whole section of its website devoted to wedding packages. One can choose to have their reception on the ground, but there is also the option of saying “I do” right before the leap! Though this is definitely an extreme option, one doesn’t have to get too extreme with the planning. You simply find a skydiving company willing, and off you go!

Extreme Sports Weddings

Soccer Wedding

“If the couple shares the passion,
it can become a great wedding theme”

Skydiving can be rather scary, and it’s not hard to see why. Most people prefer less intense sports like baseball or football. They not only like to play these sports but also follow their favorite teams religiously. Like superheroes, these sports and teams can become a large part of someone’s life. And if the couple shares the passion, it can become a great wedding theme. There is even a site called sportsthemedweddings.com that sells sports-themed wedding items such as centerpieces and cakes, as well as gives advice on how to plan the perfect sports wedding. Similar to a superhero ceremony, you can add flourishes to the attire or have sports-themed accessories. Unfortunately for comic book lovers, you can’t host your wedding in the Bat Cave or the Fortress of Solitude. Sports fans, however, can rent out certain baseball stadiums and football fields to host their wedding bash.

Unless you’re prepared to skydive before you take your vows, these weddings require a lot of planning and can often be quite expensive. If you’re looking for a fun, quick, and easy themed wedding, look no further than Las Vegas. Companies like Viva Las Vegas Weddings offer a broad range of wacky wedding-themed ceremonies ranging from $475 to $1,300. You can get married in full gladiatorial attire and kiss under a high-flying circus act! Whether you want a fun ceremony or a wedding that truly expresses your passion, themes are a great and quirky alternative to the traditional wedding.


Monique Lhuillier was born in Cebu City in the Philippines but moved to Los Angeles to study design and began creating bridal gowns in 1996. By 2001 she had opened her first retail store and within a couple of years she became famous for designing wedding dresses for celebrities such as Britney Spears. Now she has stores in several major US locations and is a world-renowned fashion designer.

Her main area of expertise is the wedding dress and her collections are as eagerly anticipated as any in the world. Below, we look at her most recent offerings which wowed the public as per usual.

Fall 2014 Collection

Onlookers said Lhuillier’s Fall 2014 collection was akin to walking in an enchanted forest. This probably had more to do with the moss, birdcages and branches involved in her presentation rather than the actual design of the dresses! She is a designer that knows how to put on a show and the presentation of her dresses was more memorable than the actual shows of some designers.

Her stunning dresses were not overshadowed however with most of the collection made from ivory or white silk organza and Chantilly lace. As always, the designs ranged from the simple to the complex which means there is something for all tastes.

Pearl Style Wedding Dress

Pearl
Fall 2014 Collection

Julia

This bridal gown could be worn at any Gala event and it is a sleeveless knee-length dress with a scoop neckline. This is certainly not a gown for the traditionalists!

Pearl

This is an adorable cocktail dress with a circular skirt that is well above the knee and a high neckline. If you are planning to wear this dress be sure your legs are in perfect shape!

Lucille

This is another classy knee-length A-Line dress with a Chantilly lace illusion high neckline. Like most of the collection, this dress is ideal for an outdoor wedding.

Spring 2015 Collection

Lhuillier said this particular collection was her ethereal daydream which appears to be a very apt description of what she has produced. There is a feeling of romance and fantasy in these dresses as silk satin organza, Chantilly lace, embroidered beading and tulle finishes all combine to produce a memorable collection of bridal gowns. While Lhuillier mainly sticks to traditional white, there are pastel shades dotted around the Spring 2015 collection.

Chairman Wedding Dress

Chairman
Spring 2015 Collection

When you close your eyes and think of a classic and traditional wedding dress, this gown is probably what you see. With its Watteau train, silk embroidered tulle overlay sweetheart neckline and strapless nature; it is a stunning creation and one of the best in the entire collection.

This is a more unusual wedding dress with long sleeves, a keyhole illusion neckline and tulle overskirt the highlights. You should consider this gown if you really want to leave a lasting impression.

Lhuillier is an innovative designer with an eye for the unusual but creates wedding dresses that suit almost every taste. Whether you want a traditional and classy gown or something a little bit different, a Lhuillier creation is likely to produce the goods.

Images taken from moniquelhuillier.com and brides.com