Channel Greece at your weddingJanuary 7, 2019
You don’t need Grecian roots to wed like a Greek goddess. You can channel your inner deity by considering Maggie Sottero wedding dresses. One of our favourites in the Ronelle by Sottero and Midgely. It’s a single-shouldered wonder of sparkles and sheer fabric, a champagne-coloured dress with a diamond shimmer underlay. It would work beautifully for an after-dark wedding, because the glints will magically catch the light.
The back of the dress is bare and strappy, adding that graceful goddess effect. It’s an A-line cut, so it works with any figure. You may need a corset if you’re a busty bride though. The jewelled detail at the shoulder and waist as well as the side-slit on the bodice have a combined effect of widening the hips and slimming the waist, flattering the bride’s beautiful body no matter where her curves are. The flowing skirt is great for dancing.
A dress for a goddess
This dress works best with an up-do, exposing her nape and baring her shoulder. Consider a garland instead of a veil, following the path or forest nymphs. If you do opt for a late-in-the-day ceremony, make sure the room AC is on high. You don’t want goosebumps the entire night, and your dress will be wasted if you have to cover up. It would be worse if you caught a chill, sneezed throughout the ceremony, and spent your entire honeymoon with the sniffles.
The dress comes in size zero to size twenty-eight, but because it’s sleeveless, one-shouldered, bare-backed, and has a torso slit, it’s easy to adjust upwards for plus-size brides. If you’d like your bridesmaids to use the same theme, they could wear one-shoulder-dresses too. Mori Lee’s 643 and 648 both have single-shoulder designs in a mix of satin and chiffon. 643 has a bejewelled belted sash while 648 has an asymmetrical torso and empire waistline.
The dresses are similar, but empire waists are kinder to apple-shaped girls, so pick the dress that best suits their figures. After all, the designs are close enough to safely mix and match. You could even choose to have your covered shoulder on the opposite side as your bridesmaids. Another interesting take is to use the flower principle. Few people know that when Polynesian women wear a flower in their hair, ‘left’ means single and ‘right’ means married. So, dress your bridesmaids’ flowers and shoulders according to their status.
It may be a bit trickier for you because you can’t adjust your shoulder after the ceremony. It’s not as simple as a graduate turning their tassel. For photographic purposes, having your sparkly white gown with a right shoulder and your bridal party with their left shoulders strapped – that and the contrast of white vs coloured – will make exciting pictures.