27th Jun 2019
As the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding gown goes on display in Windsor and Edinburgh we got thinking about that tricky and all-important decision that every bride has to make – the hunt for the perfect dress.
More brides are choosing to have a wedding day outfit change. They’re adding a little something or even taking something off for their evening reception. We take a look at brides who have done this and share some inspiration for creating a different look after you’ve said ‘I do’.
The Duchess’ change of outfit is probably the most famous bridal outfit change of the year. Meghan wore the stunning Claire Waight Keller dress to say her vows along with a 16ft veil and changed into a bespoke Stella McCartney halterneck dress for the private evening reception.
While the Duchess also changed her hair and accessories part way through the wedding day this, of course, is not realistic for most brides. But, changing dresses is becoming increasingly popular as brides opt for a more traditional long dress for the day and then something more relaxed for dancing in the evening.
Solange Knowles switched it up by wearing one outfit to her ceremony and another once she got there. She cycled to the Church in a caped Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit but changed into a dramatic Kenzo gown for the ceremony.
Orange is the New Black and The Handmaid’s Tale star Samira Wiley opted to go from glamour to casual when she married her partner Lauren Morelli. She wore a ball gown with a beautiful off-the-shoulder neckline by Christian Siriano but changed into jeans and a tank top when it was time to dance – we’ve seen similar but with jeans and sandals for a country-look at the height of summer.
Closer to home, friend of Birdsall, triathlete Rosie Clarke, married her husband Stu in a beautiful Willowby Range by Watters dress with a Wendy Makin skirt over the top which she took off for the evening reception for a more modern look. It’s a great example of how to transform yourself without the need for a whole outfit change.
As described by OK! Magazine, which we have previously featured in, changing outfits is the wedding trend all the celebrities seem to be following at the moment. Our venue lends itself so well to this whether it’s the bride, groom or everyone involved. We have some spectacular, more traditional places to say your vows, such as our Church or our historic ruins. But, come evening, we have several areas within our gardens that work really well for a marquee or tipi allowing you to create a garden party, festival feel or whatever takes your fancy, the only limit is your imagination!
A Royal Wedding: The Duke and Duchess of Sussex opens at Windsor Castle from 26 October 2018 to 6 January 2019. The exhibit then moves to the Palace of Holyroodhouse in Edinburgh from 14 June to 6 October 2019. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to view our home and see how we can help you create a truly unique wedding day.