Say Yes to the Dress!

The Yes Factor!

A bride in a Sophie Tolli wedding dress in 2012.
A bride in a Sophie Tolli wedding dress in 2012. | Source

Find Your Inspiration and Then the Bridal Gown

My dear friend Bob gave me the idea for this hub of mine. He beautifully writes;

"My lovely wife and I had no wedding. We were married in the pastor's house with one friend of mine and the pastor's family in attendance. I can't imagine her in any of these beautiful dresses because even though they are beautiful, they wouldn't do her justice. It's hard to imagine any that would."

Bob went on to say that if he did get to choose a dress of his liking, it would be the "B dress," as seen on my "Flattering Wedding Dresses for Skinny Woman" hub. I found Bob's perspective very touching, and yet extremely valuable information for any other brides. In my own event planning, I never really thought about the man's perspective, when it came to wedding dress selection. Most brides, I am sure myself included, mostly cares about whether the dress is right and it happens to look on them. I think most of us brides, just presume if we like something, naturally our beaus will follow. However, as Bob pointed out that might not be necessarily true.

A Smart Choice;

When I first got married in 1994 to Mr. Charles Knippel, I distinctly remember asking for his input. Bucky being Buck, actually sat down with me one day, and scrounged through some of my bridal magazines that were worn from handling. After an hour or so, it was amazingly clear that my idea of the perfect wedding dress, was completely different from his. In my magazine, I had tabbed all the "Cinderella" style bridal gowns. Bucky, as my husband to be clearly spoke of his disgust for these types dresses. He hated dresses that featured a deep V'd waistline, because they created really puffy gathers at the hips. He said the look was ugly, because it made all the models butts look ten times bigger. The funny thing about it was, I personally thought all the kind of dresses, were the prettiest. Needless to say, I purchased a lovely sheath bridal gown, with a detachable cathedral length train. My bridal gown was made of raw silk, and had very little beading. I must admit, it looked spectacular on me! Bottom line, Bucky was right.

For that time and era, my dress was considered unique by all standards. Everyone at that time was wearing fairy tale dresses, which usually had big fancy bows sewn across the butt. In addition, most of these wedding dresses were also heavily beaded, and if that wasn't enough, most of these bridal gowns were made of an obnoxious, polyester, satin.

Therefore, the dress I selected was really different for that time period. You can imagine how unique I must have looked in my plain, straight wedding dress that was made out of hand spun, raw silk. From the gasps in the room, I would not have changed a thing.

To really showcase my new look, I also wore a bellowing tulle, Pillbox hat as my veil. My husband Bucky, cried throughout the entire ceremony. He clearly thought I was the most beautiful woman in the world. That was a truly remarkable feeling.

Saying Yes to The Dress

In the spirit of a recent engagement, brides tend to want to go shopping for a bridal gown right away. The stark reality though is, most brides are ill prepared to start shopping for their bridal gown. They and their family members, generally end up having a very difficult time, and often confusing day. This article is design to ease some of that difficulty. With your vote, brides can become more knowledgeable and less confused. It is the hope of this author that brides reading this article, are able to find the right dress, and walk away from a shopping experience saying, "YES!" to the right wedding dress.

  • At the end of the picture gallery is a poll. Please vote for the dress of your choice and help another bride make the right choice for her big day.
  • This poll's purpose is to be a focus group, designed to give brides another viewpoint .

What many European, Indian, and Asian brides might not realize is that many American brides want to know what the latest wedding designer trends are, to hit the fashion runways of China, India, or Europe. Any point of view is desired however, points of view from men might also be another avenue for brides to find the right wedding dress.

Do A Little Homework Beforehand

In this article located below is a grouping of bridal gowns. Each gown is label A-F, and listed accordingly to alphabetical order. The bridal gowns featured below, have been selected according to a particular style and look, which represents a trend.

The point of featuring these particular looks and pictures are to inform:

1.) Inform brides, friends, and family members, who might be shopping with a bride for a wedding dress- what a romantic look, modern look, traditional look, etc…, of bridal gown looks like exactly.

2.) Inform brides, friends, and family members, who might be shopping with a bride for a wedding dress- what other people are saying and thinking, about a particular bridal gown look.

Way too often, when it comes to weddings in particular, women tend to think what looked good in their day, will still look good today. Which is far from the truth actually. What might have been considered high fashion in 1973 is NOT necessarily, going to be considered high fashion in 2013. Therefore, Mother-to-Be's can do a little homework, before stepping out to shop, and (now thanks to this article) be current on what is considered high fashion in this decade.

Bridal Gowns by Sophia Tolli

  • This years featured Bridal Designer is Sophia Tolli. All selected dresses are from her 2013 Winter and 2009, 2014 Spring collections.
  • The styles selected are featured for the same reasons as the Pronovias of Barcelona gowns were selected for the 2010-2013 poll;

A- Bridal trend

B- Traditional Style

C- Contemporary Style

D- Romantic Sophistication (my featured favorite)

E- Modern Couture

F- Innocent beauty

What Dress Are YOU Saying YES To???

Mermaid, sweetheart strapless neckline, all lace and tulle gown with sash. Style No. Y21246
Mermaid, sweetheart strapless neckline, all lace and tulle gown with sash. Style No. Y21246 | Source
Traditional style, appliques and fabrics make this a breath taking feature. 2014 Spring Collection
Traditional style, appliques and fabrics make this a breath taking feature. 2014 Spring Collection | Source
Sheath gown with accentuated key hole back, outlined in lace appliques and a sweeping train. Style No. Y11310 2014 Spring Collection
Sheath gown with accentuated keyhole back, outlined in lace appliques and a sweeping train. Style No. Y11310 2014 Spring Collection | Source
Romance and sophistication make this dress breathtakingly inspirational. Style #11413 2014 Spring Collection
Romance and sophistication make this dress breathtakingly inspirational. Style #11413 2014 Spring Collection | Source
Modern two tone couture ball gown. 2013 Winter Collection
Modern two tone couture ball gown. 2013 Winter Collection | Source
Sweet elegance and simplistic detailing truly captures the innocent of youth. 2009 collection Style No. Y1936
Sweet elegance and simplistic detailing truly captures the innocent of youth. 2009 collection Style No. Y1936 | Source

Say Yes to The Dress!

What featured dress do YOU like best?

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Gender of Voter

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Did you find the the selections for this hub helpful?

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Clear Favorite for 2010-2013!!!

Topped the poll at 51%
Topped the poll at 51% | Source

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Mark Tulin 2 years ago from Santa Barbara, California

I'm beginning to understand that a wedding dress is not just a piece of material sewn together--but a symbol, perhaps several symbols and, in a way, a magic garment that transports the woman who wears it to new and great adventures.


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IntimatEvolution 3 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Looking for some new perspectives! Need a vote


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Okay, I found it online for you. It is a style from a couple of years ago. http://vancouver.canadianlisted.com/clothes/size-6... That link is for dress D. Now I don't know if they have the over-the-top piece, but, that's the dress.

The model number Badem, is a model number for the bridal company Pronovias. But Pronovias 2011-2012 dress is different. But this hub was written 2009-2010, so... Good luck. Try calling the company. No I don't have that information, but, I'm sure if I could refind this dress online again, that it won't be too hard to find the company's number. Good luck, and I hope the best for you.


SVON 5 years ago

DO YOU REMEMBER THE DESIGNER?


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IntimatEvolution 5 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Sorry, I don't remember.


SVON 5 years ago

WHERE DO I FIND DRESS D?


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

I've got a tie in progress!


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Thanks saleheensblog! Welcome to my profile of hubs. I'm tickled pink that you stopped by. Cheers.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Thanks for voting in my poll. I appreciate it very much. Thank you.


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What's News 6 years ago

I am a male and I picked C.


Its me from my mobil 6 years ago

So nobody likes F yet. That's interesting. If you didn't vote in the poll, please do. I would like everyones opinion. Thanks!


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Please cast your vote, on my online poll. Your perspective is wanted here!


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Darlene and Equella, thanks for your great input! I'm so excited that you all liked this hub.


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Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

Great hub, I was in my past like a wedding coordinator and have seen some great dresses, but in this hub wow the greatest dresses ever...thanks for sharing...


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equealla 6 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

You are so right, we just assume the bride must decide, but what does the man have to say about the surprise dress. Most of them will perhaps just say it is beautiful, not to hurt feelings, after a dress was bought.

With my daughters still to be wed, I will keep this in mind. Thanks for the tip.


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Please cast your vote, on my online poll. The male perspective is wanted here!


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IntimatEvolution 6 years ago from Columbia, MO USA Author

Bob I hope you all do reunite your vows. I think that would be perfect.


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no body 6 years ago from Rochester, New York

I am honored and happy to be an idea source for you, buddy. My wife talks about renewing our vows and she wearing a dress and inviting her family this time. I love the idea. I think the dress would be the biggest reason it may not happen. I don't think she would find one that she think she can wear and that everyone else will think is pretty. I tell her that it doesn't matter, for truly it shouldn't but it does to her. So the date for the renewal gets pushed farther and farther into the future. Perhaps for our fiftieth, if there are any family left she would go ahead and pick one already. By the way, the ones you displayed, I had to pick a hint of shoulder because all the rest were well not feminine enough. I know that sounds silly because they all are fine specimens of womanhood and the dresses all showcase them well but a wedding is happy but solumn. It is fun but serious. A woman needs to be shown as a whole package, an entire person not just as a female partner. Each person is different and each is inspired to highlight a different aspect they feel is important. Is beauty important or is elegance? Is statuesque important or is voluptuousness? Do you want people to see you have wealth on the inside or outside? My wife was given me by God. How would I showcase this jewel? I have idea. She renders me speechless as she is, in an ordinary plain old day. How would I handle a day like a wedding? Poorly I believe. I will have enough to do by just not fainting on that day.

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