It has taken Edwina Ehrman more than five years to put the V&A's new exhibition - Wedding Dresses 1775-2014 - together, but this weekend (May 3) all that hard work will have paid off.
The curator and celebrated author has been busy acquiring new pieces for the museum's archive, filling the gaps of its wedding dress fashion history, including the headline-grabbing gowns of Kate Moss, Gwen Stefani, Dita Von Teese, Katie Shillingford and Mary Charteris. But there are plenty of other gorgeous gowns to make you swoon…
Charting the evolution of the bridal gown across two floors - with the oldest gowns from the late eighteenth century taking pride of place on the first floor, and the last fifty years of fashion being displayed on the mezzanine level - it is sure to be a huge success.
The gowns themselves are captivating, of course, but the films and photographs of the dress on its big day are all the more touching and add a human side to the tale; fascinating details peppered around like fairy dust, quaint line drawings illustrating the buildings that hosted the nuptials alongside quotes from those involved in the different weddings.
Outfits worn by grooms, page boys and bridesmaids bring the rest of the wedding party into the fold.
There are, of course, the designs of Jenny Packham, Ian Stuart and Temperley London on display too, showcasing the huge talent that continues to exist in the industry.
"This isn't an exhibition about marriage," explained Edwina, "it is about the dresses and the evolution of the wedding dress."
It also happens to be very beautiful, and an inspiring way of looking at your own wedding dress choice…
COMPETITION: WIN TICKETS TO THE V&A'S WEDDING DRESSES EXHIBITION
Victoria and Albert Museum; Wedding Dresses 1775 -2014; 3 May 2014 -15 March 2015; Tickets cost £12, concessions available; To book call 020 7420 9736 or visit www.vam.ac.uk