The Orlando Sentinel‘s front page this morning continues its coverage of Disney’s new “Fairy Tale Weddings Collection,” since “the dresses are on display at Solutions Bridal [in Winter Park, FL] through Sunday, as the first part of a national tour of the princess-inspired gowns.”
This article features a video of women trying on the gowns as well as talking about their reasons for choosing a Disney dress over all of the other options. As one woman put it, “It’s so new. That’s one of the draws… No one else has it.” (Solutions Bridal is the only retailer in Florida to have the gowns at this time, so this weekend “brides from as far away as Seattle are flying to Central Florida to snap up the wedding dresses.”)
While many women may be drawn to the Disney collection right now simply because of its exclusivity, the issues behind these dresses and the consumerism inherent in the “Princess paradigm” also remain largely the same.
The woman who decides to buy the Jasmine-inspired gown in the video says that “It’s the closest thing I’ll ever become to Princess Jasmine, that’s for sure.”
Another woman from the video, “who purchased a gold dress inspired by Belle from Disney’s Beauty and the Beast,” says that “I just always thought as a little girl, [Disney’s] where I wanted to get married…It’s kind of like the whole fairy-tale princess, happily-ever-after thing.”