Growing up, I was never the sort of girl who would dream about their wedding day. I didn't play in those kid weddings and dress in a white tablecloth like other girls I knew. I think I married my toys off once, but other than that, I had never been really fascinated by weddings.
Then of course, I attend last year's Wedding Showcase during the NZ Fashion Weekend where dozens of gorgeous dresses strutted down the runway. Veils, flowers, chiffons, and lots of shades of white. I really could have stared at them for ages. And now I can't help but stop outside bridal shop windows and gaze. I regress to a little girl in my head who thinks "When I grow up and get married, I'm going to wear a really pretty dress like this."
This year, the collections of dresses at the wedding show were as stunning as last year. If not, more. I know some people may say "how many ways can you really design a wedding dress?" Well – hundreds. What's great about the show is that there are wedding dresses to suit all sort of female figures and personalities. And when I say personalities, I'm not just meaning Jamie Ridge opening up the wedding show in a Michelle Yvette dress.
I'm meaning the different sorts of upcoming brides who would have their different tastes on what to wear on her big day. For example, this Michelle Yvette dress seemed to bring up quite a number of comments and camera phones when this came down the runway. Sure, I'm struggling to think what sort of "modest" bride would be willing to wear such a piece as they walk down the aisle. But I thought maybe an underwater wedding? So you don't have metres of material weighing you down. That could work, right?
What's also amazing is the amount of detail that goes into some of these pieces. For example, this A La Robe shawl had the most delicate crotchet detail on the back for a vintage feel.
Whereas this John Zimmermann dress had amazing beading detail and cute little feathers on the sleeves. Those little details really make a dress go from average to amazing!
And of course the boys are not left out with a great collection of suits from the Crane Brothers. I'm standing by the statement that any man can look much more attractive in a suit. I don't know what it is about suits that can make them more attractive, but any piece of a suit can just boost their appeal by 20 points.
So you do not have to be a bride-to-be to love the wedding show. Whether you're a lover of great details, of massive chiffon covered dresses, or even if you want to see good guys in good suits, the wedding show really has something for everyone. You can't help but become a wedding fan.