La Femme

The Non Bridal Bride Edit

Like most little girls I was obsessed with bridal wear and many weekends were spent designing gowns and planning the nuptials of my barbie dolls who all had to share the one groom thanks to the one Ken doll I owned. Did someone say #sisterwives. As I entered my teens and began to understand the true cost of weddings I have increasingly become the poster child for the anti wedding.

Before I go any further I want to preface this blogpost my stating that as individuals we all have different tastes, beliefs and ideas surrounding our big day and though I truly love pomp and ceremony it’s just not for me. As women, we’re constantly encouraged to criticise other women for their life choices so should you be traditional and are inspired by everything associated with the big white wedding than all the more power to you. There is beauty in tradition and you have every right to celebrate according to who you are. I just sit on the other end of the spectrum namely as a result of anxiety associated with planning, the costs associated for one day and discomfort with the script we’re encouraged to follow.

Small, low key and intimate are my guidelines with the hopes of utilising my savings for a honeymoon that takes me around the world. Truth be told I have never been in a relationship where I have genuinely contemplated saying I do. A reflection of all parties involved and my fear of commitment perhaps. Lately, I have found myself addicted to all sorts of programs dedicated to weddings which has me reflecting on what I would like and how small, low key and intimate would translate into my choices if I were a bride.

Instantly my mind goes to the dress. As a fashion student I can appreciate the talent and craftsmanship that goes into creating these visual masterpieces yet the cost is not something that suits my lifestyle. In fact, I would seek something I could potentially wear again for another life event. With this in mind the anti wedding persona that exists within me has slowly had their curiousty peaked with many a night spent scouring the web for dresses under $1000, that adopt a minimal aesthetic and speak to the non traditional potential bride in me.

Here are my 2019 picks.

un

MICHAEL LO SORDO | THE UNDONE

scoop neck slip dress with side split

$690 AUD

deux

MICHAEL LO SORDO | THE UNDONE

alexandra v neck lace maxi dress

$625 AUD

trois

DION LEE

linear pleat v neck dress

$757 AUD

quatre

MICHAEL LO SORDO | THE UNDONE

backless jersey maxi dress

cinq

HALSTON HERITAGE | NET-A-PORTER

cape-effect crepe de chine gown

$691 AUD

six

LES HEROINES | NET-A-PORTER

the hedy ruched matte-satin gown

$683 AUD

sept

BEC & BRIDGE

the kat asym midi dress

$260 AUD

huit

CAMILLA AND MARC

antonelli long sleeve dress

$699 AUD

neuf

THURLEY

empire sun dress

$799 AUD

dix

DION LEE

godet pleat dress

$890 AUD