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A GOTHIC LOLITA WEDDING.

Many girls dream of getting married on a tropical beach in a strapless Vera Wang and diamonds… but to a Gothic Lolita, that actually sounds more like a nightmare! For her, nothing less than a frou-frou horrorshow will do. Here’s how La Carmina would plan a Gothic Lolita wedding. (The next post will cover the reception and food.)

The bride’s dress: My Gothic Lolita outfits tend to be subdued – such as in the Thanksgiving photos – but on my big day, I’d go all out. Go ahead; drown me in layers of black/white ruffles and bows. Petticoats? Boned corsets? Panniers? Bring ’em on.

Many Japanese Lolita brands sell fanciful dresses that can double as wedding gowns. You might find something like this white Heart E dress from Baby, the Stars Shine Bright, or Metamorphose Temps de Fille. Accessorize sumptuously with Victorian chokers and brooches, lacy gloves, and chunky Mary Janes or boots.

Makeup and hair: Unlike her pasty Goth cousin, a Gothic Lolita’s makeup leans towards the natural. Try highlighting your eyes with subtle fake lashes and black, grey, or brown eyeshadow. Lips can be lightly tinted brownish-pink or blood red. As for your hair, think Rococo: partial or side up-dos, straightened doll bangs, long ringlets, flower ornaments. I’m a fan of little hats or headbands with veils, such as in the photos above.

The groom’s suit: Your special guy will look real Dandy in a frock coat or tail coat and Victorian-style trousers. I love military accents and punk-inspired chains, as well as vests under cutaway jackets. A ruffled shirt, or jabot and cuffs, adds a Romantic touch – and a top hat is absolutely necessary. Wait. You say he’s reluctant to dress Kodona? Are you really sure you want to marry him?

Bridesmaids: Your bridesmaids may not be as devoted to Lolita fashion as you are (I can picture them squirming under a bonnet like Ichigo in Kamikaze Girls). The photo above shows a nice compromise. You can put your maidens in black dresses and boots, and then Loli-fy them with matching fishnets, mini-hats, and hair flowers.

The setting: A Gothic church or Victorian-era home is an ideal spot for walking down the aisle. Look for rooms with dark wood detailing, rich carpets and drapes, and maybe a dramatic stone or carved fireplace. Decor ideas include red roses, long candles, red and black grapes, and sheer swatches of dark fabric.

After the ceremony, you and your hubby can head to the nearest graveyard to scowl for photos. Ah! Doesn’t it sound lovely?

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