It is every six-year-old girl’s dream: being swept away by prince charming and vowing your eternal love for each other. He has awoken you from your cursed sleep, found your glass slipper, or saved you from an evil witch in some dashing manner and now you find yourself saying “I do” in his palace by the sea. All while wearing a cloud of shimmering white satin draped over layer after layer of taffeta, creating a floating, beautiful, puffy wedding dress.
Thanks to the return of 80’s fashion, puffy wedding dresses have become more popular. This, along with the luxury of Internet shopping, can make your childhood dream of wafting down the isle in a floating, white, puffy wedding dress a reality. Vera Wang’s 2011 wedding collection included several puffy wedding dresses to choose from, giving brides the option between a sweetheart neckline and fitted bodice or a draping halter-top neckline. If Wang is not in your budget, several other designers also offer selections of luxurious, puffy wedding dresses, including a line that replicates the gowns worn by the various Disney princesses.
Donning a puffy wedding dress for your big day may do more for you than just fulfill a childhood fantasy; the layers of either taffeta or tulle that create the “puffy” look also do a fantastic job of covering that little extra around the hips or tummy that may be giving you wedding day jitters. Most women choose to forgo traditional “Cinderella” puffy wedding dresses, which have a puffy skirt, as well as puffy sleeves. The modern versions of puffy wedding dresses usually have a more fitted top that gives way to the full, glamorous skirt. For women who want to accentuate cleavage, a sweetheart neckline is the perfect match. No matter the top, bare shoulders and elbow gloves are a must to complete your “princess” wedding day look.
Many second (or third) time brides did not get their dream wedding the first go round but feel white isn’t suitable for a second marriage. For these women, several lines also offer puffy wedding dresses in pink. It’s never too late to have a dream wedding!
Keep in mind if the bride is wearing a puffy gown, put the bridesmaids in a more toned-down style of dress, like an a-line or slim line pattern. This ensures not only that the bride is the focus of attention, but also that there will be a minimum of bustling fabric during the ceremony.
Every bride should feel like a princess on her wedding day, and with the resurgence of puffy wedding dresses in today’s bridal fashion scene, that is more than doable. Dress it up with plenty of silver and diamonds. Feel free to even replace the traditional bridal veil with a sparkling tiara attached to a flowing, satiny train. Remind Prince Charming why he rescued you in the first place and awe your family and friends. It is, after all, your dream day!