Created By: DragonQuestZ on January 4, 2011 Last Edited By: DragonQuestZ on January 6, 2011
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Fairytale Wedding Dress

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A gown as lovely as one made by a fairy godmother.

A fancy wedding dress with an old-fashioned style of skirt (usually full length and bell-shaped), and plenty of trimmings. After all, a Wedding Day is no excuse to leave out the Costume Porn.

The main reason for such dresses (and perhaps the key to this trope over any other wedding dress) is the notion that many women like to "feel like a Princess" on their wedding (even if she is already royalty), and wearing such a dress is at least one way to carry out that wish.

And this kind of dress is Truth in Television, as any Bridal Magazine will show loads of these, at least as much as the modest and sensible dresses.

Sometimes it doesn't even have to be worn at a wedding. It can show up in a bridal Fashion Show, or be one of several dresses a character tries on for her wedding (often a dress that she turns down due to either cost or it genuinely not being the kind of dress she wants).

When it is a wedding, this tends to be worn by younger women. Older women are usually seen as not being so naive about how wedding should go (even if they aren't above romance).

Now as the name indicates, this dress is likely to show up at the end of some Fairy Tales, or at least modern works of them.

It isn't immune to being Impossibly Tacky Clothes, if either the bride has little taste or she is forced to wear such a dress. It also isn't immune from being Doomed New Clothes or a Blood-Splattered Wedding Dress, unless it's a live action work and the dress is too expensive to wreck.

Name comes from the term "fairytale wedding", which is meant to evoke old-fashioned grandeur and elegance (look for the newlyweds to leave in a horse drawn carriage), which includes the dress.

A Sub-Trope of Pimped-Out Dress (which means some examples will be lifted from that).

Compare Happy Holidays Dress, Elegant Gothic Lolita, Little Black Dress.

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  • January 4, 2011
    Zulfiqar
    Good trope.

    I'm rather suspicious about the word "Fairytale" (since it has some confusing genre associations), but that's a minor thing, and I ATM can't suggest any better adjective.

    You should probably note that especially pimped out versions of a Fairytale Wedding Dress feature a long "tail" (er... dunno how it's actually called) carried by a pair of children.
  • January 4, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^ First of all, it comes from the term "fairytale wedding", which this kind of dress is more likely to show up. Although I should have had that in the description. I edited it in just now.

    Second of all, that item is called a train, usually flowing from the skirt or from a really long veil. That's based on the long ermine capes royalty would wear, requiring peers or servants to carry them.
  • January 4, 2011
    Jallen
    Should also be pointed out that the whole white wedding dress thing is a rather recent. According to The Other Wiki it became popular due to the fact Queen Victoria was married in a white. Before then rich colours like red and green where popular.
  • January 4, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Um, no mention is made of the colors.
  • January 4, 2011
    Evalana
    • In the My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic episode "The Ticketmaster," Rarity imagines herself marrying Princess Celestia's nephew while wearing one of these (with a rather long train), despite being a unicorn. Pic here
  • January 5, 2011
    DaibhidC
    • One appears in Superman: The Wedding Album. However while Ellen Lane thinks it looks wonderful, Lois herself absolutely loathes it. It isn't the dress she wears for the actual wedding.
    • Alice Tinker's wedding dress in The Vicar Of Dibley episode "Love & Marriage", although being Alice it has a few unique additions of her own, such as a headpeice that looks like a glass sculpture with hearts hanging from it, fairy lights, and an illuminated bodice reading "I Love Hugo". (Her original design was even weirder: "And for the train, I thought Thomas The Tank Engine...")
  • January 5, 2011
    StarryEyed
    • In the Toei anime of Yu-gi-oh: Honda fantasizes about marrying Miho, with her wearing one of these.

  • January 5, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
  • January 5, 2011
    Generality
    Amy Pond's wedding dress is something of a Chekhovs Gun (in that it hangs on a closet door, waiting to be used) throughout the fifth series of the revived Doctor Who.
  • January 5, 2011
    shimaspawn
    You might want to organize the examples by media before launch. It will make things neater.
  • January 5, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ Um, wasn't she revealed to be engaged early on? If there is something else, you should explain it.

    ^ Okay, but this still needs a couple days anyway.
  • January 5, 2011
    Generality
    The dress was revealed in the first episode, and the series was largely about the question of whether she would ever wear it.
  • January 5, 2011
    Evalana
    • In Kuragehime, while watching jellyfish at the aquarium, Tsukimi's mother promised to make her a wedding dress just like that, fit for a princess. Though she then said, "Or is it weird that jellyfish remind me of princesses?"
  • January 5, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    ^^ That's not a chekhov's gun. It's too obviously tied to the plot. Sure it's an example for this ykttw, but it's not a chekhov's gun. That would require pointing it out, and then having it pay off at a later point. The dress is more thematic instead.
  • January 6, 2011
    Generality
    I could argue that it does count, but that's not really relevant to this discussion. So whatever.
  • January 6, 2011
    DragonQuestZ
    Well even if the dress is shown in the episode, and then at the end Amy mentioned she was engaged, it would just be Foreshadowing.

Three days must pass before this YKTTW is Launchworthy or Discardable

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