Being over 30 means you’ve had plenty of time to figure out what you want to wear down the aisle (or to the courthouse or oceanside or wherever you say your vows). It also means you’ve developed your own style, your own tastes, and your own ideas about what getting hitched means. Here, three fashion I-dos:
Classic doesn’t have to mean crinolines
You’re not playing Barbie Bride anymore, and this isn’t your junior prom, so ditch the hoop skirt. Classic gowns with clean lines offer glamour without all the fluff. Guys can save the tux for the next time James Bond calls, and stroll down the aisle in a tailored suit instead.
My city, your mountain
Make your dress work for you. Ethereal forms rendered in gauze or drapey rayon play up your assets. An empire waist suits most shapes: Think Stevie Nicks circa 1970 or Renaissance Faire royalty. Keep the look simple with bare feet, or sandals and loose locks. Men can go hipster-chic or vintage-dapper with a retro suit, hat and shoes.
She wears a Nataya Age of Love dress in champagne gauze and lace with a net yoke and a matching Nataya Age of Love cape. Dress from Terra Diva.
Model: Guenevere Seastrom.
He wears a vintage Hickey Freeman olive-green suit with plenty of stripes and shine, a mustard-colored tuxedo shirt and cowboy boots. Attire from Ragtime.
Model: Brian Postelle.
It’s your big day: Make a statement. Designer-made gowns are customized to your unique shape. An heirloom dress can be tailored to your body or reimagined as a new design. For him, the traditional jacket and tie might not fit his personality—add sequins, stitching and bolo tie as needed.
She wears her own designer-made gown featuring lace taken from the wedding dresses of family members. Custom gown from Ship to Shore by R. Brooke Priddy.
Model: Pamela Caswell.
He wears his own blue tailor-made Manuel suit with decorative embroidery, sequins, and one-of-a-kind buttons by Nashville designer-to-the-stars Manuel Cuevas Martinez (former Nudie head designer who created suits for the Flying Burrito Brothers and Bob Dylan).
Model: Bryan Marshall.
Where we found it
Gowns and Suits
Manuel’s Exclusive Clothier, 1922 Broadway St., Nashville, Tenn., 615-321-5444.
Men’s Wearhouse, 2-A Haw Creek Lane, 299-1974.
Principessa, 66 Haywood St., 252-7517.