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identify one favourite dress. This is, of course, the
oppose of having to look for two wedding dresses
of two different styles and therefore double the
trying-on process. Women may think, well, who
doesn't want to try on more wedding dresses?
But anyone who has tried on too many knows
how tiring, frustrating and confusing it can be.
Spare your pocket -- It usually works out better
financially to buy one dress. Of course, it is possi-
ble according to how expensive your taste is to
buy a very expensive wedding dress that costs
more than two cheaper ones. However, what usu-
ally happens is that brides that buy two dresses
compromise on style and quality to be able to af-
ford them, when they could have bought one per-
fect wedding dress at the same price. Also, two
dresses leads to different accessories, headpieces
and shoes, thus increasing expenses again.
Simplify your day --- If you're already married or
have been a bridesmaid, you would understand.
Why would you want to add another element into
a wedding day? The time in between your cere-
mony and reception is your one moment to sit,
rest and relax before heading back out to the
crowd again! Do you really want to fill that time
repeating the get-ready process? I wouldn't.
Nostalgia --- Despite my young age, I do love tradi-
tion. Your wedding dress, like your husband,
should be your one and only. If you have two
favourites, then technically you don't have a
Even though I'm sure you see which side I'm lean-
ing on, I have to be fair, so here are the pros of two
Eat your cake and have it -- Everyone's lifelong
goal is to have everything go his/her own way,
isn't it? Well, with two wedding dresses you can.
Most people pick an elegant ode-to-tradition
gown for their ceremony/formal part of their wed-
ding and then a more liberating gown for the
dancing. It is one way to ensure that 'wining' to
the ground is still a possibility at your wedding and
not have to concern yourself with trying to buy
one gown that can multitask.
Easy way out -- Perhaps yet another lifelong goal.
Instead of having to be decisive, two wedding
dresses allows you the permission to let your in-
decisiveness reign; a woman's dream. You don't
have to pick one style of dress. If you have two
styles that you absolutely must have you can get
Pleasing your Mama -- The hardest thing some-
times is that mother's want their daughters in tra-
ditional gowns, whereas daughters want to walk
the catwalk in the latest trends. Again, with two
dresses each can have their desire.
So there you go, the pros and cons. Whichever
you decide is fine, as long as it makes you happy.
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THIS IS A QUESTION that would
never have been conceptualised in the
olden days, but trends are constantly
changing, and in our modern world
and there's almost no limit to where
that change can go. I'm unsure of the
exact year that this trend began, but it
has certainly become a popular one.
Wedding dresses have evolved from
layers and layers of puff-sleeved
gowns with intricate hand-woven em-
broidery to factory-made mass pro-
duction of half the cloth, quarter the
man-power, but double the quantity
for each bride. What a familiar pro-
gression. It's quite economical for
those standing to profit from it.
So how did it all begin? Traditionally, a
bride would have one wedding dress
that would be worn for her entire
wedding day and she wouldn't mind
because she slaved to have this dress
made and she loves it, so why would
she ever want to take it off? Secondly,
she'll never wear another wedding
dress in her life, right? So I suppose
due to the breakdown of family life,
respect for marriage and the rising di-
vorce rates, one can conclude that the
pedestal on which your one-ever wed-
ding dress was held has come crash-
ing down. All a theory, of course, who
really knows, but as usual there are
pros and cons to every decision.
Channel your energy -- With all there
is to think about and do during plan-
ning your wedding, the more focussed
you can be the better. Having one
dress design to think about would be
helpful. When you go dress fitting you
are looking for one style and trying to
By Dr Makini McGuire
Wedding dresses have
evolved from layers and
layers of puff-sleeved
gowns with intricate
to factory-made mass
production of half the
cloth, quarter the man-
power, but double the
quantity for each bride.
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