Breaking Bridal

Breaking Bridal

by Katie Murphy

Non-Traditional Wedding Dress Options for Your Virtual or Socially Distanced Ceremony

Weddings are hardly the only thing that have been forced to be reimagined right now. With many couples deciding not to postpone their nuptials to post-pandemic times, that means guests are Zooming in to witness the ceremony or events are being held outdoors at a socially distanced capacity.

Bottom line - the epic productions and sizeable floral installations are likely shelved for the moment and so too is the traditional white gown.

Whether you’re re-working your wedding for fall or doing a small virtual ceremony now and a larger in person gathering later, evolve the idea of what a wedding looks like starting with your dress.

“It can be bridal in feeling, but since everything is unconventional right now, you can go a little rogue with your dress,” says Katie Murphy, VP of sales and personal styling at 11 Honoré.

She has been working with several brides-to-be helping them find the right look for their wedding and thinking outside of the box has felt right for creating the perfect, memorable moment.

Murphy advises starting by scheduling a one on one virtual appointment with her or a Client Services manager. “It pays to hop on Facetime for a few minutes to work with an expert who can help you find the best dress for you,” she says. “This will help you minimize alterations and also avoid getting overwhelmed with too many options. A stylist can have an edit ready for you for a quicker, easier choice.”

She adds that right now, it’s imperative not to overthink the dress. “I think that at this time, brides are more willing and likely to make quicker decisions. The focus is less about the production and more about the actual marriage,” says Murphy. “Because the wedding is not going to be as traditional as it perhaps would have been pre Covid, she is less attached to the idea of a traditional dress.”

Here are Murphy’s 6 suggestions for finding the perfect wedding look right now:

1. Choose a simpler silhouette. Simple does not mean boring, but maybe skip the traditional beading and embroidery and go for something with a different focus - a dramatic neckline, a bright color, a whimsical element!

2. I love a neutral shade like the silvery taupe silk of the JC Obando Trench dress. This is so chic and paired with the right accessories and flowers, this would be an amazing wedding look. This dress also comes in a marigold tone which is a great option for those in the mood for color.

3. For a country wedding or a beach venue, I love the powder blue Azeeza cotton Thistle dress. This with a simple sandal or even barefoot is so youthful, playful and feminine.

4. The Rani gown by Ahuwahlia is giving you the traditional white gown feel but it has updated elements that make it unique, stylish and a bit less formal.

5. I think a lot of fall brides will be having socially distanced weddings outside and the Jonathan Simkhai Annalise puff sleeve dress is perfect for this setting. It’s super feminine and special, the satin has a beautiful shine to the finish, but isn’t loud. Paired with a chic kitten heel and some deep green florals would be divine.

6. The Chrissy dress from the 11 Honoré collection is the dress of the summer in so many ways. I love the idea of this dress worn for a beach wedding over a swimsuit. I also love this for a summer wedding at City Hall worn as a tailored shirt waist dress with a sweet handbag and ballet flats. There’s so much versatility with this piece for every body type and different tastes.


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