Not Quite 27 Dresses

The major thing I’ve learned, the five times I’ve taken on the important role of bridesmaid is, you have to accept whatever the bride and groom throw at you. If the bride wants you to wear a yellow taffeta fufu skirt with a purple polkadot bikini top, and a mariachi hat, then that my friend is exactly what you will wear - no matter what the season, it’s about them not you.

So when I started thinking about what my point of difference would be within an extremely saturated wedding market I thought ‘why not let the bride and groom decide what I wear’. I don’t want to clash with the bride, the bridesmaids, the groom, groomsmen or even the mother of the bride for that matter. I want my couples to feel absolutely at ease in every aspect of their wedding ceremony and, what better way than to have total transparency. Now, I like to keep some surprises within the words of the wedding ceremony but what I wear doesn’t have to be.

Think of me as your very own live celebrant barbie. If you want me to wear the Lovebird maxi, with the leopard print boots, and my Nana's beautiful black and white scarf tied around my head, so be it! If you say, ‘Vic, I want you to wear a hessian bag and gumboots, but I can see you don’t have that listed, is it possible?’ Hell yes it is! I will literally wear whatever you want me to. If however, you’re thinking ‘OMG, another thing to think about!’. Again, no drama - you just tell me your colours, and I’ll work around that.

There are currently 15 dresses on offer across multiple styles. My top picks are (in no preferred order):

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Hotel Paradiso

I missed out on purchasing this dress twice. When it was released the first time, and then when they released it again in one of Spell’s Unicorn Tears launches.

I was gutted.

I had the dress in the online cart, then I was distracted by someone at work (yes, I was online shopping during work hours!) then when I went to check-out, it was sold out! Luckily for me, my friend found this at one of the warehouse sales. It was $200 cheaper than the earlier releases because it has a very minor fault. If you can find the fault, I’ll take $50 off your overall fee.

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Sirocco

This is my newest dress, purchased recently from Sheike. If you loosen the straps it can have a slightly sexier look to it, but I’d only do that if I was wearing this one out on a date with my honey. When I’m celebrating your love, I’ll tighten the straps right up so we don’t have a wardrobe malfunction Janet Jackson super-bowl style.

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Italiano

When my cousin married her true love back in 2012, in Lake Como, Italy. We had these amazingly fitted, blue lace dresses. They were stunning and the dress complemented the landscape perfectly.

When I went to try the dress on again, back when I was planning my Style Me collection, I was devastated it didn’t fit anymore. Luckily I found this one online, the blue lace is so elegant and classic - the perfect celebrant dress.

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The Love Bird

So aptly named, this dress is the perfect balance between a bright colour, and classiness. The fabric is beautiful, and has a swishy swish swish to it as I walk.

If you look really closely there are birds printed on the fabric, it’s just so beautiful. I sometimes wish I could wear this dress everyday!

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Elysian

I was walking past Arnhem in Byron Bay just as the girls were putting this dress in the window for the first time. I instantly fell in love with it.

There was a lady in there who was also trying on the white version. She ended buying it for her daughter’s wedding for which they were in Byron Bay from Melbourne celebrating across the weekend. We got talking and she agreed, this one was the perfect dress to celebrant in.

Head over to my Style Me page to check out all the dresses currently on offer and style me anyway you wish, hair up or hair down; big, small, gold, silver, or no earrings all; jacket or no jacket; heels or boots - it’s up to you!

Your style is my style. Have some fun with it!

Victoria Armstrong