By Taylor Selcke
We've all been there. Your best friend or sister is getting married and as the maid of honor, you get all of the responsibilities and tasks deemed "important." This may include (but is not limited to) helping her bustle her dress, pulling a Pippa Middleton and holding her train as she walks into the church, and, of course, the awkward (yet comical in movies) holding of the dress while she goes to the bathroom. Since it's her special day, you grin and bear it, but after going through that torture, you can't imagine doing the same to your MOH on your big day.
Enter the comfort bridal trend.
A popular choice by designers such as Galina and Nicole Miller and growing in trendiness, brides are ditching traditional ball gowns, sky-high heels, and veils for lightweight fabrics, ballet flats, and fascinators.
"You want to be comfortable on your wedding day and it's important that you can dance and move around without feeling like a stuffed bride," says Jennifer Meyer of Che Bella in St. Paul.
Owner of Flutter Boutique, Michelle Hanson, also points out that instead of fidgeting with your dress for 30 minutes, that is time that could be spent enjoying the company of your guests. At her shop in Minneapolis, Hanson says comfort is usually a top priority for her brides.
But just because you are opting for comfort, doesn't mean you have to sacrifice fashion. "There is a little bit of a misnomer that to be fashionable and bridal, you have to be uncomfortable," Hanson says. "You may have to do a little bit of research, but if it's your goal to be fashionable and comfortable, the styles are out there."
With the growing popularity of the comfort bridal trend, these dresses are becoming easier to find. Stores are stocking the shelves with simple dresses to meet the demands of their brides and designers are following suit. "Designers are much more conscious of using lightweight fabrics but are still being mindful in the construction of the dress to make sure that when a bride puts it on, it still feels like a wedding gown, but not necessarily a 100-pound wedding gown," says Hanson.
And while the dress might be your biggest purchase, the smaller accessories that can make your wedding day a little easier (and comfortable) should not be overlooked--and location is always an important aspect to keep in mind. For example, you may love the traditional idea of a veil but if your wedding is outdoors, it may not be practical. If you get hitched on a particularly windy day, you will constantly be trying to adjust it instead of gazing into your husband-to-be's eyes. Try a fascinator or trendy flower hair pin instead.
And those stiletto heels you want? They'll sink right into the ground (a lesson many of us girls learned at high school prom pictures). Instead, Meyer suggests you opt for cowboy boots or wedges, options that are "less formal and more artistic." Not to mention, you will be allowed the comfort you need to dance all night long at the reception.
Che Bella, 611 Grand Ave., St. Paul, 651-209-8822, chebella.com; Flutter Boutique, 720 W. Lake St., Ste. 107, Mpls., 612-216-1926, flutterboutique.com
Photo 1: Helena by Ivy & Aster; Photo 2: Layer Cake by Ivy & Aster.
Photos courtesy of Michelle Hanson.