Tuesday 21 February 2017

Bride Tribes - From the Classicist to the Modernist, which style of bride are you?

Published 25/07/2015 | 01:00

Individualist: Caroline Morahan wears Kathy de Stafford
Individualist: Caroline Morahan wears Kathy de Stafford
Stephanie Allin - as worn by Amy Huberman when she married Brian O'Driscoll
Sarah Morrissey and Pat Jennings Jr. on their wedding day in 2014.
Marian Finucane plumped for black
Spiritualist: Gordon D'Arcy and Aoife Cogan, who opted for the laid-back looks of Amanda Wakeley
Sensualist: Jennifer Maguire's dress was designed by Kathy de Stafford
Sparklist: Claudine Keane's dress was by Elie Saab when she married Robbie

The choice of wedding dress reveals more than just a sense of style.

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THE CLASSICIST

The Classicist believes a wedding dress should be traditional, simple and modest. In other words, timeless. She favours A-line and empire-line cuts and looks to designers like Vera Wang, Emma Hunt, Margarett, St Patrick and Stephanie Allin (as worn by Amy Huberman). The Classicist is the first to send thank you notes to her guests (probably because she starts writing them while on honeymoon).

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BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: A full-size orchestra for the church? No? Beef or salmon: Wicklow rack of lamb and pan-seared Atlantic halibut.Wedding favour: Sterling silver miniature photo frames. FIRST DANCE: At Last by Etta James.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Tour of the Italian lakes.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Jackie O and Audrey Hepburn.

 

THE INDIVIDUALIST

The Individualist wants to make an entrance and a statement. She believes fashion should be about theatricality and experimentation, and she will boldly go where no bride has ever gone before. Whether it's 16 flower girls, a 12-foot train or a one-off pair of shoes, The Individualist wants to wow her guests with the unexpected. Caroline Morahan wears Kathy de Stafford. For more show-stopping numbers, look to the work of Ines di Santo, Galia Lahav and Zahavit Tshuba.

 

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Releasing white butterflies seems perfectly reasonable to this bride tribe. Beef or salmon: She was the first to do the retro sweet bar thing. Wedding favour: Personalised mini scented candles.

FIRST DANCE: The Way You Look Tonight by Frank Sinatra.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Bora Bora.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Anne Hathaway.

 

THE NON-CONFORMIST

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Who said you have to wear white, asks The Non-conformist (Marian Finucane  plumped for black). This breed of bride always put practicality ahead of frivolity (and would rather stick pins in her eyeballs than enlist a chorus of bridesmaids).

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Could threaten to call the whole thing off due to work commitments. Beef or salmon: An intimate meal for friends and family in the Trocadero. Wedding favour: She asked a friend to lend her a pair of shoes for the occasion as it seemed foolish to buy a new pair for one day out.

FIRST DANCE: Too long in the tooth for that sort of nonsense.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Maybe West Cork, if they get around to it.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Bianca Jagger.

 

THE MODERNIST

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The Modernist is a dedicated follower of fashion. Sass & Bide Black Rat leggings? Bought them in Paris. Isabel Marant wedge trainers? First Irish owner. This enviably stylish bride always bucks tradition in favour of a contemporary twist. Sarah Morrissey's dress is by Peter O'Brien. Other fashion-forward brides should look at Gemy Maalouf, Jenny Packham and Amsale.

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Would have no issue queuing from 5am outside Brown Thomas to buy bridesmaids' outfits in sale. Beef or salmon: She asked Dylan McGrath to advise. Wedding favour: They're a bit dated, no?

FIRST DANCE: Something from Alicia Keyes' new album.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Costa Rica is the spot, according to Conde Nast Traveller.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Olivia Palermo.

 

THE SPIRITUALIST

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The Spiritualist's wedding vision is an outdoor affair with lavender garlands, seraphic bridesmaids... and maybe a centaur. Her guests appreciate the free-spirited ambience, even if her 92-year-old grandmother still can't get her head around 'glamping'. The idea of a corset makes her wheeze and she prefers the laid-back looks of Amanda Wakeley (as worn by Aoife Cogan), Alice Temperley, Samuelle Couture, Grace Loves Lace and Rembo Styling. Head jewellery or floral headpiece is obligatory.

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Liable to ask her yoga teacher to officiate the ceremony. Beef or salmon: Locally sourced slow food with the word 'organic' appearing at least once on the menu. Wedding favour: Wildflower seeds in environmentally-friendly packet.

FIRST DANCE: 1,2,3,4 by Feist.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Tulum in Mexico.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Kate Moss.

 

THE SENSUALIST

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The Sensualist bathes in Aromatherapy Associates bath oil, sleeps on Egyptian cotton bedsheets and shops in lifestyle emporiums where a bar of soap costs ¤15. The touch and feel of her wedding dress is just as important as the cut and shape. Think cascades of silk, Chantilly lace and whispers of chiffon. Jennifer Maguire's dress was designed by Kathy de Stafford, but other Sensualists should explore the work of David Fielden, Belle & Bunty, Elizabeth Fillmore, House of Delphine and Sharon Hoey.

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Calling caterer to ask if he could scatter dried peony petals over the crème brûlée desserts is not beyond her. Beef or salmon: Crackling pork belly with caramelised pear. Wedding favour: A bespoke blend of essential oils made especially by an aromatherapist friend.

FIRST DANCE: Your Love is King by Sade.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Portofino.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Carolyn Bessette-Kennedy.

 

THE SPARKLIST

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The Sparklist likes shiny things. Rhinestones, sequins, seed beads ... it doesn't matter so long as her dress twinkles in the light. This type of bride describes jewellery designer Theo Fennell as a genius and considers the limited edition gold and Swarovski crystal iPhone a collector's item. She chooses her wedding dress with a magpie's eye and opts for designers like Badgley Mischka, Zuhair Murad and Naeem Khan. Claudine Keane's  dress was by Elie Saab.

BRIDEZILLA MOMENT: Likely to consider commissioning Slim Barrett to create a tiara... for every outfit change. Beef or salmon: Lobster with wild mushrooms and figs, and gold leaf chocolate macarons. Wedding favour: Crystal butterfly decorations.

FIRST DANCE: Glitter in the Air by Pink.

HONEYMOON DESTINATION: Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

CELEB INSPIRATION: Petra Ecclestone.

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