(Closed) Gender Swapped Wedding

posted 10 years ago in Relationships
Post # 3
184 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

Whew, you have a doozy of a problem there.  For some reason in our culture, we have allowed women to be more masculine, but letting guys be more feminine hasn’t really yet come.  A majority of people have come to terms with men who enjoy fashion, shopping, gossiping with girl friends, and being the ‘girl’ in a relationship, but we just haven’t gotten to the point of accepting guys in dresses in every day situations.

 I think if you’re going to go through with your idea, you’re going to run into a lot of resistance from a lot of places, and I don’t think there’s a way to avoid it.   I’m not sure I have advice for talking to parents and grand parents, that one is a little tough for me, but I do have a couple of dress suggestions.  I’m not sure where you live, but if you want the boutique shopping experience, I would suggest finding a smaller boutique, where the owner might be less judgemental than a salesperson bound by company standards.  You may have to go to several before you find one that will allow you to try on dresses.  Your other option is to find a seamstress who will custom make a dress for you, this may be your most painless option.

The other bit of advice I have for you is try not to lose your partner’s feelings in your quest for your perfect wedding day.  It should be a celebration of both of you, and a compromise between what both of you want.  (General advice for any bride!)

Best of luck!

Post # 4
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

How do you normally dress? In private, public, at work, when you have met her parents/family before? That informs how you should dress on your wedding day.

Figure out what is at the root of her hesitation and address that. For example, she could feel uncomfortable about not only having to explain (both) your clothing choices to your conservative families—but also to live them not just normally but on one of the most important, scrutinized and expectation-laden days of your life. 

As historybride pointed out, it’s not unheard of for a woman to wear a tux in a wedding—in many lesbian weddings one party wears a tux and the other a dress. But when you see two gay men getting married, usually both are in suits or tuxes. So I don’t think the 27 Dresses example really holds up in terms of societal acceptance of men in wedding dresses…it’s a double standard, and yeah, that stinks. Which isn’t to say you shouldn’t try…but you should pick your battles. 

It’s important not to let your stubbornness morph into pressuring. More important than what you wear on your wedding day is that BOTH of you are comfortable and happy, that your respective happinesses take precedence over your personal desires. This doesn’t mean you should give in, or that she should give in. You should reach a solution together. Only you two can find out what that may be. It sounds like you have a lot going for you, and I am sure you’ll find a solution that makes both of you really happy. 

Post # 5
2765 posts
Sugar bee

I wanted to focus on the issue you raised towards the end of the post: your desire for a bigger wedding.  It’s interesting: it’s usually the bride who wants a bigger wedding, and a groom that wants to go to city hall.  So in yet another way, you two have gender-swapped with tradition :-).

I wanted a smaller wedding than Mrs. Bee, but of course I wanted her to be happy too… which led me to embrace a bigger wedding.  I’m sure your bride wants you to be happy too!  That’s really the only way I know to bridge the gap between a couples’ mutual expectations…

Regarding talking to her parents and your mutual grandparents, I don’t know enough about your family to give any advice.  But I do know that cross-cultural couples often wear one outfit during the ceremony, and another during the reception (we wore Western clothes at first, then swapped to Korean clothes for a second Korean ceremony).  Maybe you could gender-swap your outfits for the ceremony, and swap back for the reception?  Just an thought!

Good luck!

Post # 6
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Hm.  I say, wear your dress and be proud! But like the others, I think it’s likely you will meet a lot of resistance, so be prepared.  I mean, your bride, the one who loves you most in the world is objecting a little, so understand if the more conservative people in your life or those who are strangers (the dress shop employees) don’t regard you so openyl at first.  HOPEFULLY they would support you no matter what, but again, like the others, I think we have a double standard on our hands (as far as stereotypes).  Good luck.  As far as you and your bride reconcilling this part of your life together, I’m sure it can be done and it will all work out for the best.  I think Mr. Bee’s advice about the bigger/smaller wedding is  good and can be applied to most aspects of a relationship.  Relationships are about give and take.  You want your dress because it would make you happy. It sounds like your FW wants you to be happy  so she is trying to go with your idea.  SO as long as you try to go with her ideas (maybe she wants to wear a dress too and that is the point of contention? Maybe she wants you both to be present when your idea is revealed to your parents, etc.?) and try to do what makes her happy too, then things will work out.  I don’t know if this is helpful or not, but good luck, and let us know how thing progress!

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