Brides Are Right to Avoid Kate Middleton's Wedding Dress


kate middleton wedding dressThe anticipation of the royal wedding here the U.S. was BANANAS. On the big day, Kate Middleton and Prince William's nuptials drew in the largest audience for the Today show since President Obama was elected in 2008, for Pete's sake. Sure, we were all excited to see how handsome Wills looked and how lavish the royal shindig was. But the real story: the dress.

When the Duchess stepped out of her carriage and revealed her long-sleeved Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen wedding gown, jaws dropped and the media went carazay.

Of course, she looked stunning. The dress is an absolute dream with lace sleeves, a beautifully cut, delicate neckline ... plus her waist looked smaller than my pint-sized 4-year-old neighbor's torso. But to be honest, I would never wear a dress like Kate's on my wedding day. And it seems that despite all the gown hoopla, a lot of other women feel the same way.

Designers and buyers alike are in New York this week for Bridal Fashion Week, where the verdict is in: Kate Middleton's look has been done before, and when it comes to this season, no one's really interested. Designers did copy that look and put it on the runway straight after the royal event in April, but they noticed that no one was really buying it. I guess it's true what they say, you live and you learn -- right?

"The trend is going the exact opposite," designer Gregory Nato told the Wall Street Journal. "A modern bride is creating an original event for herself. She's bringing personality into it."

I can totally relate. Who wants to be someone else on her special day? Think of it this way: Would you want women saying, "OH MY GAWSSSHHHH -- your gown is a total copy of Kate Middleton's!" or "This dress is SO you, it's to die for! I've never seen anything like it!" Personally, I'd want the latter.

Like many women, Kim Kardashian included, I've thought about my wedding day for years and years. Seeing Kate in her dress, no matter how gorgeous it is, does NOT change my thoughts on what I want my own to look like. And we can't forget: Kate got married in a royal ceremony where she needed to maintain a certain element of princessy elegance and respect. Not saying that I don't want to be elegant on my big day, too, but I'm more interested in showing a bit more skin in a sweetheart neckline, empire waist dress myself. I'm interested in being the best version of me that I can be.

Would you want to get married in a wedding dress like Kate Middleton's?


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Melis... Melissa042807

I wouldn't want to get married in someone else's dress. Period. And that dress was tailored and designed for her body. I'm slim, but not THAT slim, so I'd look like a marshmallow in a dress with that kind of waistline where the fabric is all gathered. 

I think it's cool to design gowns inspired by what a celebrity wears, but an exact copycat? Nah. 

Rhond... RhondaVeggie

I made my own dress, based on a pattern but tailored for me. It's a special occasion, I wasn't about to wear a copy of someone else's dress or any old thing from a store.

I doubt you're going to find anyone around here who'd be interested either. This is a website for moms after all, chances are there are very few people around here planning a wedding and even fewer who would be wearing white.

mamac... mamacifuni

i had a pink dress because well i'm always wearing pink why not on my special day

bobek bobek

Since Kate's dress looked like Grace Kelly's wedding gown I guess even she was someone else on her wedding day...

Magno... MagnoliaQueen

I loved her dress and might have even liked something similar, but the same dress?  No.

marem... maremare13

I wore my mothers wedding dress on my wedding day, and it was a dream come true for me!!  Even though it was hers, it looked different on me!  It was so pretty and had gone from white to a beautiful cream color over the years, I had to have it altered (I am bustier and have more junk in my trunk than she did) and it was so pretty.  By doing this I saved a ton of money and had my dreamy wedding..and noone there (out of my little circle of family and close friends) knew it was my moms dress until our announcement came out in the paper!!bride

nonmember avatar JaneS

While dress shopping I was torn between two dress and man oh man am I glad I didn't go with the dress which had lace sleeves and same cut and neckline in the end...Although I bought my dress in Jan, I'm getting married in one week and I know full well everyone would've made the link - especially because we got engaged the same week and I also have a sapphire engagement was bad enough with everyone asking was the ring choice inspired by 'that one'. (it wasn't and isn't the same style...pure chance)
I loved her dress...on her! I love that it had the Grace Kelly look to it (that's why I liked the one I tried on - had a real vintage feel) but the lace-work that had the UK and IRL symbol elements to it did give it an individual twist...but at the end of the day I'm glad the only person I'll be compared to on my day is me!

pebos... pebos_mama

well i eloped and wore blue jeans on my "wedding" day so i never really gave it much thought. we went to a wednesday night servive at church and since we had the marraige license in the glove box of the car we just asked the preacher if he would do it real quick. so he did and then we went to applebees and had dinner together. i called my mom a few days later and was like "hey i went ahead and got married btw" ohh she was pissed. lol. but it was all good, shes gotten over it by now.

Other... OtherMonkey

Kate's dress was lovely on Kate but not for me.  I had a simple halter with a cinched waist and full skirt - what I call full anyhow.  I'm sure she had some constraints on what details she could or could not include in the dress considering the tradition of it all.  If she had married a regular Joe rather than a Prince, she may have chosen a different gown.  Who knows?

marie... mariesmama

i sewed my own dress it cost 140$

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