Brides Going Goth: The Fine Art of Embracing your Darker Side

By Amy-Jo Tatum, Published Oct 6, 2012

Last week we looked at bridal shopping beyond the salon. Today we're going way beyond that now that it's finally October, the perfect time to check out a few Goth gowns. More brides are braving the dark side the past few years, some even booking October 31st as their wedding day. If you're going Goth, you don't need me to tell you you're probably not going to find your gown in the typical bridal salon.

Think about it this way: If you sport bits of Goth in your day to day life why would you all of a sudden become Grace Kelly on your wedding day? The good news is, we live in a world where self-expression is finally respected; you're free to go as dark and diverse as you want ranging anywhere from Lolita to SteamPunk. Researching Gothic bridal design (mostly on Etsy), I found you'll probably  have to narrow down your shopping. This will mean finding what direction you want to go in the Goth world.

First off,  any of you unfamiliar might be asking, what is Goth exactly? Gothic is alternative and definitely a look for the non-conformist. Styles of dress include punk, Medieval, Renaissance, Victorian, Lolita or combos of these styles with accents of black or white makeup and hair. The colors of traditional Goth are black, deep muted red, purple and blues. Fabrics tend to be rich and heavy: velvet and satin brocades combined with black and dark laces and even leather. Corsetry is popular and unapologetic in Goth dressing, usually paired up with voluminous skirts with heavy understructure. And speaking of understructure,the silhouette will probably be the same as a traditional bride--big gown with tons of petticoats--but the message conveyed is something different all together.

These gowns by Romantic Threads cover most of the gamut of Goth.

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