Splurge on that wedding dress



May 30, 2011 – Weddings make us girls go crazy. Whether you are to be a guest at a family/friend’s wedding, (we go crazy looking for the perfect outfit –who wants to look at themselves in a photo and they are the only ones looking so-so) or your own wedding (because you are supposed to be the show stopper).

Most of the time we are accused of going bride-zilla on our friends and loved ones because all we go on about is “my wedding…”
Your wedding is the only time -when you are still alive- when all the attention is focused fully on you. It is your day. Even the tom boys are put in a dress, get to get all dolled-up and pampered for the day…

The big idea here is to keep in mind that cameras are rolling throughout this day as everyone wants to capture this beautiful moment. Memories are forever, so you need to ensure that even after 20 years you will look at your wedding pics and go something like “I totally nailed this beautiful bride look” I know of a friend who is going to regret doing her wedding sans make-up…

That said, shopping for the perfect gown can be a nightmare…What with not getting exactly what you had in mind, or being too undecided and can’t choose which gown to buy coz you are in love with three or four gowns at the same time and your friends are not helping the situation when all of them like different gowns, or worse yet looking so cliché because the wedding gowns sold around are all the same hence will make you look like a “cliché bride”…

Thanks to the internet and online shopping because nowadays you can Google your gown and have it shipped over. The best part about this is that you will get the exact same gown you’ve ever dreamt of getting married in. and hey!  Your fairy tale wedding…
Problem is, unlike the men, you will never get to wear your wedding gown again so it is said that “there’s no need for brides to splurge on their wedding gowns”.  A statement I don’t agree with BTW. It is your wedding dress and if you can afford it then by all means go for whichever one you want.

The good news is that you can rent a gown, but chances are that it will have to count as your something borrowed (your gown should be your something new in most cases…not always though). The other good news is that you can make arrangements to sell your gown to a bridal gowns shop which will be a win-win situation for both you and the shop.

The other alternative to allow you to splurge on your gown is that you can always keep it for your daughter or grand-daughter but chances are since you are coming from a different generation, they will not have the same taste as you.
The Carolina Herrera’s,  Marchessa’s , Vera Wang’s, Sophie Cranston’s of this world have designed really beautiful  gowns but mostly I believe these are for the bourgeoisies  …those who can absolutely afford them effortlessly.
The trick here is to spot the designer gown of your dreams, and then have it custom made for you at a pocket friendly price.

Here are the different types of gowns
If you have beautiful toned shoulders and arms…


If you are from the petite family, go for the mermaid gown…this type shows off your beautiful modest curves



If you are going for the princess look…here are some ideas



If your choice is the trendy bride…


For the pregnant bride


If you are exchanging vows at the AG chambers


For a modest look and still look fabulous


Remember, you don’t want to look like a Christmas tree, so avoid the really “busy gowns”.

Last tip: Shop wisely and make sure you tone that body because…the cameras add a couple of pounds…



Maureen Ojunga is the newest Health enthusiast in town. She is also a gadget freak and a lover of all things WINE! Besides being a lover of life, she enjoys writing Relationships and Sex pieces and is also an Interior design junkie.

  • Izodamy

    Dennis Onyango, I quite agree with you on this!. Even in very advanced economies it has never been known that facebook and twitting has put money in the pockets of youths other than social networking. Not every person in any given setup has the opportunity to get a university level education. And even for those who have it, how many are technology savvy?. As a youth, with multiple degrees up to and including advanced level, I just fear for my brothers and sisters who have never been lucky and had an opportunity like myself. Some of us even with little political popularity are struggling to find projects that can keep our youths engaged in a more productive manner!. It is just surprising that a person seeking leadership of a country still believes in whipping youths and his tribe to vote for him by giving them handouts without any long term solution to their problems. Instead of criticizing all the times to win sympathy, it is a prudent idea if Mr. Ruto at least for once engaged the public in discussing tangible ideas that can move this country forward. So far I have heard none from him and I wonder if his bid for presidency is all about revenge and trivializing issues and dividing communities because of his going to the Hague to answer to crimes against humanity? All there is known about Mr. Ruto is the YK’92 project that helped impoverish the country and numerous cases about public grabbing and his chest-thumping. Does Ruto and company really represent the interests of the Kenyan youth other than their own hidden agenda and selfish interests? It is high time a Kenyan youth got real representation!!.

  • Oludavin

    Well said Mr. Denis, I wish u could organise tv and radio shows to make sure that these facts are understood by many youths and everybody out there listening to empty talks from the gang of seven idiots!

  • Bmutai

    Good article Mr Onyango. 
    If Hon. Ruto wants the PM to be judged by his performance/non-performance in the KKV project, then it is only fair that Ruto be judged by his performance as the former minister for agriculture too! If during his time he introduced any policy that would is going to improve our food security, then he should be given all the time to make noise. Otherwise he should just shut up and let leaders who’ve got ideas rule…
    Leaders who thrive on opposing other people’s ideas while never coming up with their own shouldn’t be entertained if we’re to move forward. From my personal observation, Ruto would be lost without the PM. He only exists to poke fingers at the policies being supported by the PM.
    So, Hon. Ruto, if you do read this, please, please, please, do come up with one good policy/idea… And don’t be surprised if you get the backing of the PM!

  • OneKenya

    Way to go Dennis!! I have always wondered why the PM’s office doesn’t just take out a newspaper ad or pay for a TV ad that highlights issues such as these. I have been digging up my own information concerning the members of the G7 simply because it looked very much like the set up that created our financial crisis following YK92. I challenge the media to do the same, show us who these purported leaders really are. Let us know the real Railas, Rutos, Uhurus, Wamalwas etc. Still, as beneficiaries of scam money, both Jirongo and Ruto should be thankful they can still speak in public, and not from prison cells. What YK92 did was criminal, and it is criminal that Ruto and his gang continue to discredit a national program that has benefited more real youth than their YK92 monster ever did.

  • razor ramon

    I imagine that since Ruto  discovered the wonders of facebook he doen’t have hiw lawns more, flowers weeded etc or probably they dont use slashers and jembes.

  • Cwmuruga
  • Anonymous

    This is good bwana Onyango, the Gang of 7 must be told explicitly who they are and what they have done to this country. It is insulting to hear someone who benefiting from the corruption network of YK92 and the old KANU order talk about youth empowerment. And I want to challenge Ruto to tell Kenyans which economy today thrive only on ‘computers’ – as he is bend on making us belief. Kenyans are very sharp and we know just like a jembe/ panga a computer is a tool used to make work happen. In all economies these tools are necessary as not all people have the same qualifications and opportunities. So I challenge the Gang of 7 to lay down their National agenda as opposed to personal read Raila agenda.

  • Igutatony

    thank you for the article. please kenyan, so the sake of our country dont vote these idiots G7,KKK or whatever they call themselve! Pangas and majembes are also tools of the trade! Cheap politics from cheap politicians.

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