What’s a weird wedding without unique, or at least nontraditional, wedding attire? This week’s episode of Taboo explores the world of strange weddings and viewers will get a gander at a few interesting ways to dress up (and dress down) an unusual wedding. In the United States we normally expect brides to walk down the aisle in formal, sometimes elaborate, and usually white dresses. The white wedding gown is not, however, every bride’s choice of attire.
Want a dress that fits perfectly, even after you’ve put on a few pounds before the ceremony? How about painting on the dress? Artists are able to use body paint to create an entire gown, a process that takes three or more hours depending on the detail. This requires a bride who is extremely comfortable in her own skin and the more comfortable she is the less paint is required. Taboo attends a group wedding where the brides and grooms all marry in the nude. With the exception of accessories and body paint for decorative flourishes, couples face the future the way they came into this world, without the fancy clothes.
Wedding dresses can be the most expensive component of any ceremony, especially dresses that are made with expensive fabric, crystals and other adornment. A dress made of less expensive materials can save the bride and groom some dough, but would you consider a dress made out of toilet paper? It’s a popular bridal shower game, but can you truly make a dress out of toilet paper? Some designers think so.
Every year Chic-Cheap-Weddings.com has a contest for designers who are willing to create a gown out of nothing more than toilet paper, tape, glue and a needle and thread. The contest is sponsored by Charmin and entrants use anywhere from 10 to 50 rolls of toilet paper in their creations. In 2012 winning dress beat out over 700 other entries.
Brides who are willing to pay for an expensive dress, but want a dress like no other can dress up have a surprising number of options. Perhaps the most bizarre dresses are made from another common party item, balloons. Balloon gowns have been at the height of fashion in Japan, where designers make elaborate dresses which can cost as much as $13,000 in the United States. Japan isn’t the only place to create inflated wedding dresses. Thelma Levett, 55, a balloon artist in Leicestershire, England has gained a bit of attention with her dresses inspired by Kate Middleton’s now famous gown. A balloon dress only lasts 24-hours, so wearers must be willing to pay for something unique, but very temporary.
Strange weddings confront the norm by breaking traditions and creating sometimes outlandish ceremonies as well as attire. When long-standing traditions are broken, what is created is often considered taboo. Some would argue that love reigns above all. Others feel when some social mores are shattered, it is sacrilege. Is it possible for strange weddings to go too far?
Tune in to this week’s episode of Taboo: Weird Weddings Sunday August 5 at 10 PM et/pt.