Cheap wedding dress blast misses the point of marriage
AFFORDABLE wedding dresses at H&M and ASOS cheapen marriage, fashion correspondent for news.com.au Rachel Wells claims.
The journalist was aghast at news the Swedish fashion retailer had launched wedding gowns ranging in price from $269 to $599.
Sharing with readers a photo of herself in a $5000 "all silver-sequined and custom-designed to fit like a glove" wedding dress on her big day, Wells said when she married she "wore the most remarkable gown I have ever worn in my life."
And as for wedding frocks like that of H&M or online fashion site ASOS, which stocks dresses starting at $137:
"Yes, my wedding dress cost me an arm and a leg, but it is a precious and fitting symbol of the significance of the commitment I made to the man I love more deeply than any other," she said.
"And, to be honest, I just don't think a mass-produced $95 wedding dress can do justice to such an occasion."
Who is this woman?
"If I'm really honest, I think it's a little tacky," she said of the affordable gowns.
Let's be clear, the only thing tacky about this whole discussion is Rachel Wells.
I'm getting married at the end of the month - in 25 days to be exact.
And I should be honest to my husband-to-be, so here goes:
Lachlan, I bought the dress I'm marrying you in because I think I look banging in it. Yes, I haven't toned the arm fat as much as I'd like but the larger skirt, at least I think, makes me look at bit smaller on top.
I spent more than I was supposed to on the dress because I'm not very good with money and I just threw it onto the massive pile of debt we are already acquiring to put on this whole shebang.
With a bit of luck, we'll be able to pay down that debt quickly.
I don't think that dress symbolises too much other than my lack of control when shopping.
But then, you know that about me and you chose to marry me anyway.
If we didn't have the money and/or I had the body and/or I liked it, if I rocked a $20 dress down the aisle, I wouldn't care.
And you wouldn't care.
When my sister got married, seven years ago yesterday, she and her husband - the best family I know - danced to Neil Diamond for their first song:
"Money talks, but it can't sing and dance and it can't walk..."
They've been rich, they've been poor and they have four of the most beautiful kids going.
The precious symbol of love that I will give you and cherish when we get married on April 30 won't be something that will live in a clothing bag permeating in the stench of mothballs in a cupboard for the next 50 years or until I decide to flog it on Ebay.
It has, however, been custom-designed to fit like a glove.
You won't be able to touch it, but you will feel it, everyday of our lives.
Rachel Wells can keep her trashy, not-even-white wedding gown and turn her nose up at those who can only afford or are willing to buy something from a high-street retailer.
But as Diamond sang in his chorus: "As long as I can have you here with me, I'd much rather be, forever in blue jeans."