The best part of every wedding has to be that first moment when the congregation holds a collective breath and turns in anticipation of The Dress. In recent times however I must admit to feeling a tinge of disappointment. There is so much exposed skin with strapless creations, plunging necklines, and backless gowns. Every bride is stunning, of course, but dress-wise wouldn’t it be nice to see something different?

My parents came back Sydney Harbour just yesterday with some interesting observations of the brides they’d seen taking photos by the water. Dad commented at length on their absurdity – all (as he put it) “shivering in their strapless gowns”. Now I would be happy to blame this viewpoint on men being the Martians that they are, but I must admit in seeing some truth to the matter.

Every girl wants that dream dress, but why is it that everyone’s dream seems to look the same? Maybe this is because every gown available on the market seems to have the same traits. An article in the Sydney Morning Herald online last week said that while brides aren’t all opting for traditional weddings, they are heading back to the classic look in gowns. Or just the same look in gowns, due perhaps to a lack of choice?

Be it a wedding in summer, winter or somewhere in between – you can be sure that the wedding album will give nothing away. As long as it looks oh-so-Hollywood the couple is happy, even if they are still recovering from the frostbite. A little exaggerated, you say? Perhaps. But the perfect wedding shouldn’t mean that all practicality should fly out the limousine window. And a little more focus on the life-long marriage rather than the just wedding day wouldn’t go astray.

Why not be a more memorable bride and try something unique? My mum’s favourite bride at the harbour was Muslim, glowing in white just as much as the others but standing out while baring only her face. Baring all does not equate to beauty or brains, so why not choose something that suits your figure and personality. 

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Tamara El-Rahi is an associate editor of MercatorNet. A Journalism graduate from the University of Technology Sydney, she lives in Australia with her husband and two daughters.