With the rising number of “Goths” in today’s society, it is only natural to assume that love will bloom like a black rose among the angst ridden and emotionally detached and that Goth weddings will soon start to be big business. Fashion lines have already begun spinning out black lace and satin wedding gowns and shimmering burgundy bridesmaid dresses in Gothic styles that would make the thickest black eyeliner run from tears of joy.
Imagine the union of Peter (known as Raven to his friends) and Suzie (in Goth circles called Mistress Twilight). The loving couple has saved for three years for their big day, and finally has enough to rent out the Gothic Cathedral in town for the happiest day of their lives. Suzie goes shopping with her two best friends and bridesmaids Arachne (her parents call her Janice), and Morgana (her grandma calls her “Sarah Lee, sweet as can be”). All three girls agree that this Goth wedding must include burgundy bridesmaid dresses. What else would compliment the bride’s stunning gown of all black with a corset top tied with burgundy ribbons and a full, sweeping black taffeta skirt? ONLY burgundy bridesmaid dresses will do to make this a wedding that will keep the Goth community abuzz for months.
The girls soon discover there are several styles of burgundy bridesmaid dresses and cannot agree on a cut. Arachne, being tall and busty, wants her dress to have a lower cut neckline with a shorter hem. Morgana, shorter, but with a longer, more graceful neck, thinks the halter top style is the more flattering of the burgundy bridesmaid dresses. Luckily, the two girls happily agree on the same fabric and shade of burgundy bridesmaid dresses, so the difference in styles is fine; the style of bridesmaid dresses can differ as long as there is some cohesive element, such as color or fabric, to bring them together.
The big day has come for the Goth couple, and as bride and groom nervously apply their eyeliner back stage, family and friends sit in the Gothic Cathedral downtown, surrounded by black roses and melancholy music, anxiously awaiting the bridal party to begin their procession. An ancient organ moans out the strains to “The Bridal March” as the first of the entourage emerge from the large Gothic doorway in the back of the cathedral. Morgana and Arachne slink seductively down the isle in their gorgeous burgundy bridesmaid dresses escorted by Raven’s best men Crow and Vulture (aka Ralph and Bernie) and take their places on stage. As Raven, dressed in all black with one burgundy rose pinned to his lapel, and Mistress Twilight join the party on stage, the audience is taken aback. What they thought would be a tasteless display of the macabre turned out to be a beautiful wedding party that successfully reflected the bride and groom.
Vows are exchanged, replacing the traditional with “’til sweet death does part us”, and tearful family members and fellow Goths bid the newly married couple adieu as they depart for their honeymoon in Transylvania. Morgana and Arachne decide it would be a pity to waste such fabulous burgundy bridesmaid dresses and go out to celebrate their friends’ new union in style.
And they all lived happily ever after. So, next time you see a new wedding fashion line and wonder, “who would have a need for burgundy bridesmaid dresses”, remember love comes in all styles.