Here’s what men want—and what they don’t want!—your wedding dress to look like:
“I love strapless and hate poufy. Also, my wife was absolutely smoking on our wedding day.” —Charlie, married, whose wife wore a gorgeous strapless fit-and-flare lace dress (I was at their wedding! He certainly didn’t know those deets!)
“I don’t really notice much, but too poufy is cheesy. Form-fitting is always better. And I give extra points for cleavage.” —Derek, married
“Brides who wear dresses with a crazy-wide bottom, like they’re French aristocrats from the 1820s, kinda look stupid. Also, brides who wear a dress that doesn’t allow them to move are silly.” —Andrew, in a relationship
“I don’t remember any wedding dresses other than yours, but I know I always notice the bad ones, where it feels like the bride is trying too hard. Oh, but I like embroidery. It makes a dress feel classic.” —Rory, married (to me!)
“I like functionality for the dance floor. I don’t like anything poufy or anything nontraditional, including non-white dresses, extra-long trains, anything that shows too much cleavage, and short wedding dresses.” —Ethan, married, whose wife’s dress had a very modest train
“I like simple dresses with spaghetti straps—simple but elegant. I’m NOT into the poufy stuff. And I don’t know what a train is.” —Gary, single
“The simple question is, ‘Does the bride look wonderful?’ Almost always, it’s a yes. A bride’s face, full of joy and happiness, is what I’m most interested in remembering at a wedding. I would really hate to be the guy who responds to this e-mail and says, ‘Well, I thought my wife’s choice of train was shit, but I didn’t say anything.’” —Ned, in a relationship
“Strapless is sexy. Cleavage is sexy, but it’s not appropriate for a wedding, because then guys won’t stop staring! Dresses that sparkle keep our attention. Dresses that are incredibly tight make us worried that you’re going to pass out—and they look odd when you walk. Dresses with wine stains at the end of the night show us you’re finally having a good time!” —J, married
“I have been to roughly 8 million weddings and I can say with total honesty that I cannot remember one thing about a single wedding dress. I think they’ve all been white? Yes, I like white wedding dresses. I notice when girls are precious and uncomfortable in their wedding dresses and don’t seem like they want to dance and/or sweat in it. I don’t like that.” —Dave, in a relationship
“The first thing I notice is how the dress fits, then I notice the material it’s made of. I think strapless and non-poufy are more elegant than their counterparts.” –Eli, married, whose gorgeous wife wore a strapless mermaid gown
“I like form-fitting strapless dresses that aren’t too long. The dress shouldn’t be too long because I like it when the bride can dance comfortably. I’m not really a fan of ruffles. I like white, but I don’t think a dress should be so ‘traditional’ that it looks dated.” —Reggie, married
“Let me tell you what I don’t like: poufy shoulders and a dress that is too long running along the floor. A backless dress doesn’t look classy. I like to see shoulders though. And wearing white is important! And the dress should have a high-quality zipper.” —Aaron, married, whose wife’s wedding dress had a broken zipper! Also, he’s in a wedding band, so he’s seen lots of brides!
“Simple is best. I like clean lines. I don’t like a ton of “flair” or poufiness or flowers or big details. The MOST important thing: The bride needs to be able to dance!” —Seth, married, whose wife wore an A-line dress with clean lines. She was definitely able to dance!
To conclude: Strapless is good. Poufy is bad. The jury is still out on cleavage. But the bride had BETTER be able to dance!
Have you ever asked your guy what kind of wedding dresses he likes? Do you think he could tell you anything about ANY wedding dress, other than the fact that they’re generally long and white?
This Poll was taken from Glamor.com