Wedding Pride: Break the mould on your big day
As news broke about same-sex marriage becoming legal in the USA, the fashion world rejoiced. Models like Cara Delevingne, designers like Marc Jacobs and Zac Posen took to social media to express their delight. But how important is fashion on your big day? We speak to stylist Courtney Smith about nuptial style
The rules have changed and it's an exciting time for brides and grooms to be. But should you maintain tradition or change it up completely? Courtney Smith says it's all about being yourself.
"I definitely think both brides should wear individual dresses to express their own style and personality. I don't think it's necessary for men to match their attire either; instead compliment each other by adopting a colour accent or print or pattern to both wear in different ways. For example, one groom could wear a blue pattern waistcoat and the other could have the same pattern in a cravat."
When it comes to bridesmaids and groomsmen there are many options to consider here too. Courtney says whether it's same-sex or heterosexual weddings, there are no strict rules to how the wedding party should dress.
"More and more brides are opting for mismatched bridesmaids dresses with different styles, lengths and colours. You should definitely take this approach when choosing your bridesmaids attire. Do your own thing."
Many same-sex couples may opt for a mixed gendered wedding party with groomswomen or bridesmen, so how should wedding fashion be approached when gender is in the mix?
"Choose one complimentary colour or pattern or fabric and have it run throughout the wedding party, but just different touches on each person."
Fashion on a budget
Weddings are notoriously expensive, however for Courtney the fashion doesn't have to be.
"Instead of getting all the men to buy new suits get them to wear a classic black or navy that they may already have. Then let the tie, bowtie or cravat be the additional extras that bring it all together."
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Not everyone has a wedding theme, but according to Courtney it can be a great way to tie the whole event together.
"A couple's personalities and taste make a wedding theme special. I went to a festival themed wedding last summer that had hay bales for people to sit on, a marquee, family and friends made food and all the place settings were handmade and mismatched and it was so personal and gorgeous!"