Hooked on My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding? We are, too! And if you’re in the thick of wedding planning right now, it’s impossible not to be inspired by gypsy style.
OK, so maybe you won’t pull out all the stops, but for a day filled with glitz and glamour, you could take a few tips from the most outrageous brides we've ever seen. With that, we propose the following 10 ideas to go gypsy at your wedding.
10: Arrive Like Cinderella
Gypsies make a grand entrance when they arrive at their weddings – even if there are just three witnesses in the parking lot when the horse and carriage pull up. There’s something about riding in a carriage that gets a girl in the mood for matrimony. Plus, it makes you feel like a total princess.
In a world of fast-changing wedding trends, we love the staying power of this Old World mode of transportation. But if you need to be rushed to the church, you’re going to need the longest limo available. Also an option: a pimped-out 18-wheeler. Your call.
9: Lights, Tulle, Mechanics!
For gypsies, fashion is one big game of one-upmanship. Last month, a neighbor wore a wedding dress wider than her family’s camper. How can you possibly top that? Easy. Add lights and mechanics. We love a fashion-forward gypsy who dares to wear an illuminated dress with a lifelike butterfly that gently flaps its wings on her bodice. Steal this idea for your own wedding, but be warned: The bride who wears a dress laced with circuitry is wise to have a fire extinguisher on hand. You never know.
8: Get a Maid of Hotness
Sure, a wedding is a gypsy’s special day, but she knows the importance of the event to her family and friends. Girls just want to look good – and in the right bridesmaid dress, who knows whose eye a lady might catch? Let your bridesmaids show off their sexy side in revealing gowns. No one wants to feel frumpy at the altar, especially when you’re wearing a wedding dress with cutouts.
7: Thick Skin Trumps Flawless Skin
We don’t mean this figuratively. If you’re going to wear a gypsy-worthy wedding dress, you’re going to need thick skin. Those giant skirts and crystal-encrusted bodices weigh a lot (maybe even more than you!), and every step you take down the aisle means 100 rhinestones rubbing against your bare flesh. Ouch! A gypsy bride measures the success of her dress by the cuts and bruises she incurs on her big day. Wear the wounds with pride, ladies.
6: You Should Be Dancing, But...
If you really want to go gypsy at your wedding, you’re wearing a giant dress, obviously. But you may have found that simple actions, like turning around, walking, squeezing through doorways and fitting inside your carriage are impossible. We won’t even mention enjoying the first dance with your groom. If you’re not prepared to sit very, very still on your wedding day, may we recommend changing into a sexy reception ensemble? A short white skirt can go a very long way toward making this one unforgettable night.
5: Take It Easy on Hen Night
Your hen night – that’s bachelorette party, for those who aren’t fluent in the queen’s English – should be fun, but not too wild. Gypsies have this down to a science. Dress up, preferably with a theme in mind, and pull all your best friends (and maybe Mom?) onto the dance floor. Skip the booze or enjoy just a little. The real attraction here is your fabulous outfit, which should be the second most amazing thing you’ve ever worn in your life. It’s second only to your wedding dress, which you’ll be wearing in just a few days.
4: Tan, Whiten and Acquire Acrylics
Beauty isn’t in the eyes of the beholder. There’s a pretty standard formula every woman can follow to get gypsy gorgeous. Get thee to a spray tanning salon. Whiten your teeth. And have a manicurist add the longest, most brightly colored acrylics imaginable to your fingertips. You’re halfway there! Now, you just need a few hair extensions, a generous dusting of body glitter and a swipe of pretty pink lipstick. You’re ready for the altar (and you’re welcome).
3: Get Over the Groom's Antics
Gypsies often marry men their families select for them, so if yours isn’t an arranged marriage, be thankful you’ve gotten your pick of the town. Give your groom some breathing room. So he’s a little late for the wedding because he was drinking at the pub. Relax – more time for you to primp! Yes, this is your big day, but a wedding is a special event in the life of a gypsy man, too. It’s a day to party and prepare for a new life as the family’s provider. Let him have his guy time.
2: Don't Fall for Trends
Take a peek at Pinterest, and you’ll find wedding boards devoted to vintage-style dresses and laid-back farmhouse receptions. To gypsies, there’s no such thing as barnyard chic. And why buy old when you can have a brand-new gown custom-made for you? This advice goes for anybody, really, but especially for those of you going gypsy. Skip the trends. Your wedding day should reflect the real you, not what’s hot in the pages of wedding magazines.
1: Be Bold With Color
What color were the bridesmaid dresses at the last wedding you attended? Charcoal? Navy? That won’t fly with gypsies. Their taste lies at the other end of the color spectrum. We’re talking hot pink! Shocking teal. Bright yellow with purple accents. Have some fun with color, and all eyes will be on you and your best girls when you hit the dance floor at the reception. Trust us, all the other gypsies there will be competing for best-dressed, and the wedding party deserves the title.