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Tuesday, February 27, 2007

Strappily Ever After

'After all, says etiquette expert Letitia Baldrige, a bride is supposed to look beautiful, not like a babe, when she walks down the aisle.'

No offense to friends who wore or plan to wear strapless for their wedding, but I do find this article very true!

When I was wedding dress shopping, it was nearly impossible to find a dress with any sort of strap or sleeve whatsoever. Women at bridal shops thought I was crazy to even want sleeves! When I would explain that I preferred that style, and that it seemed more appropriate for a wedding in the dead of winter anyway, they'd say, "Oh, you're getting married outdoors?" Oh good grief...In JANUARY in Erie, Pennsylvania?! No, I just want sleeves please!

I think the article hits the nail on the head for several different points. First of all, very few people actually look their best in a strapless gown. Secondly, if you're having a traditional wedding and people over the age of 40 or 50 will be present, it's likely that a number of your guests will think you're a skank rather than a blushing bride; baring your shoulders and back freely is a relatively recent trend for brides. I chose a lacy sleeve not only because it was what I wanted and thought would be most flattering, but also because I considered it more appropriate.

But wow, it is sure hard to find anything other than strapless these days. I ended up wearing a strapless gown with a lacy jacket over it. And I still had to hold the dress up with double-sided fashion tape, as my alterations had not been done well enough.

Keep in mind that I'm not saying it's a terrible look for everyone! I've seen a few people look stunning in strapless. But it wouldn't have worked for me.

Hat tip to Jessica for the link to the article!


  1. Yes I do have a piano here in Berlin, a Grotrian Steinweg from 1922, a bit more than 7 feet. I bought it used for a very very good price from a lady who advertised in the German equivalent of Craigslist. I had to get one because I didn't have anywhere to practice...

    Of course I'm too broke to get it tuned.

    My neighbors hate me for practicing.

    How did you guys find the Steinway?
    I'm online from time to time, but I never see you on!

  2. Anonymous8:05 PM

    <3 Leticia Baldridge

    big fan