Grooms 1,000 Men Voted 12 Nov 2012 share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email The results of the biggest-ever Brides survey are in. Prepare to take a peek inside the mind of a groom-to-be arrowup cta-arrowdown expand expand expand expand expand share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email zoom aside During the run-up to your wedding day, a lot of questions will be robbing you of your beauty sleep. Will those super-snug Spanx be visible? How will we keep Uncle Terry away from the free bar? Are the swans too much?! And whether you’ve sorted your dress or have yet to find The One – this question is sure to go through your mind: ‘Will he like it?’ Well, why worry when you can know? Brides commissioned a huge guys-only survey. We asked the savvy men at GQ.com and Wired.com; we quizzed friends and partners. We even hit the streets of London in our biggest vox-pop yet to find the answers to the all-important questions about your dress and the big day. 1,000 men gave us their thoughts and it turns out that they’ve got some pretty strong opinions. First we asked them which one of these five dresses they would choose for their bride. Despite their differences, one of these dresses stood out as the clear winner... BROWSE THROUGH THOUSANDS OF DRESSES WHAT DOES YOUR DRESS SAY ABOUT YOU? share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email zoom aside Which of the previous five dresses would you choose for your bride? 35%: Sleek 21%: Lace 15%: Short 16%: Princess 13%: Sparkle Men told us that when ti comes to the dress, simple is key. An evening gown-style frock came top of the poll. Why? Because apparently guys favour the unfussy, flattering and , well, familiar. The chances are he’s seen you in something like this shape before. ‘We might be fed a diet of scantily clad girls,’ says stylist Tom Stubbs, who’s planning his own wedding. ‘But actually blokes are quite straightforward at heart – and they like a bit of romance. In the end, it’s all about the girl and what suits her.’ And Tom speaks for many of the guys we interviewed. What came across most was that he just wants you to have the dress of your dreams – yes, even if it means downsizing the honeymoon... BROWSE THROUGH THOUSANDS OF DRESSES WHAT DOES YOUR DRESS SAY ABOUT YOU? share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email zoom aside Which word describes your perfect bride? 44%: Stylish 20%: Understated 16%: Traditional14%: Glamorous6%: Virginal‘Your wedding shows your taste, who you are and what you stand for,’ says Chris Moorby, menswear blog stitchedandstiched.com. ‘Your friends and family will be judging that all day long. Perhaps glamour doesn’t fit in with the way people are thinking right now – it’s much more about being understated and authentic.’ BROWSE THROUGH THOUSANDS OF DRESSES WHAT DOES YOUR DRESS SAY ABOUT YOU? share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email zoom aside How much is an acceptable amount for your bride to spend on her wedding dress? 45%: £1,000-£3,000 If it’s dress vs honeymoon, she wins every time (aww!)24%: £500-£1,000 It’s one day, why go mad?23%: £3,000- £6,000 Extravagant but worth it5%: £5,000-£10,000 We’ll replace the car next year 3%: £10,000+ She deserves to feel amazing on her big day BROWSE THROUGH THOUSANDS OF DRESSES WHAT DOES YOUR DRESS SAY ABOUT YOU? share-facebook share-twitter share-whatsapp share-pinterest email zoom aside Which one of these celebrity brides, in your opinion, looked the best? 44% The Duchess of Cambridge – the all-time classic bride 22% Luisiana Lopilato (aka Mrs Michael Bublé) 16% Kate Moss, with her ethereal, vintage look 9% Rock-chick rebel bride Gwen Stefani 9% Glam footballer’s wife Abbey Clancy When asked to choose between five of the most headline-hogging dresses, the men we surveyed didn’t go in the direction we predicted. ‘I’m very surprised – I would have thought they’d go for Kate Moss’s dress,’ says blogger Chris Moorby, whose own wife went for a vintage–style lace gown. ‘Maybe it’s because men want the woman they marry to be a little more elegant on her wedding day.’ It seems they couldn’t detach the celebrity personality from the dress they were wearing. Men are united on several things – keep it relatively simple and not a million miles from your usual style and you can’t go wrong. So, our best advice? To wear what you want because if we’ve learnt one thing it’s that men don’t love surprises – they love you! BROWSE THROUGH THOUSANDS OF DRESSES WHAT DOES YOUR DRESS SAY ABOUT YOU?