Dominique Douglas is the director and owner of Stylish Events, a wedding and event management company. She has been organising weddings for clients for over nine years and in a passionate plea to designers, she is urging them to create wedding dresses with elegant sleeves.
She says: "If there is one thing I hope many brides will remember from the fabulous Royal Wedding of Prince William and Catherine Middleton it's that her dress had sleeves.
"As a wedding planner I see many brides on their big day and search for dresses from designers at every budget level. I have been frustrated for many years by the fact the vast majority of wedding dresses are strapless, backless or halter-neck. Very few elegant dresses have sleeves. Sometimes there is a bolero jacket added, but this is really an after thought.
"And now, a lovely, charming and slim young woman has finally done it for all those ladies who want, need, or should cover their arms.
"Before I add anything else, I should state for the record that I am one of these women. I have never liked my arms, and the thought of showing them off on my wedding day in a strapless dress terrified me.
"So, I actually had my dress made and I was very happy with the result. It was not the dream wedding dress you see in the magazines, but for me that was the compensation I had to pay to disguise an area of my body that made me self-conscious.
"But there are so many brides who believe a strapless dress is the only option - and for many it is certainly not the best choice. Unless you have slim or toned arms, shoulders and back, it is very hard to look elegant in a sleeveless wedding dress.
"Please, please may I call for all designers - and brides - to take note of our new Duchess and see how elegant, graceful and beautiful she looked.
"There must be other dresses that could be designed this way. I hope this is the dawn of a new era and we will see a trend for more wedding dresses with sleeves. All rise for the sleeve."
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Posted: 21 February 2014
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