Puff Puff

November 21st, 2011

Puff Puff - Wedding

A look back at a time when even shoulder pads were not enough.

(submitted by Gemma)

82 Responses to “Puff Puff”

  1. Mary says:

    I imagine she put her arms around his shoulders for their first dance and suddenly no one could see their faces..

  2. MaryMc says:

    “Yes. THIS is the dress that I want.”

  3. trishthedish says:

    Stay Puff marshmallow bride…kill it!

  4. Doc says:

    OMG! That bride is a dead ringer for my sister! (It’s not her, but it looks like her.) Seriously…

  5. Cheryl says:

    A hint for making those puffy sleeves even more glamorous was to stuff newspaper in them so that they would puff up into a circular ball-type shape. At least that is what we used to do, but these …these are some pretty BIG shoulders.

  6. Sara says:

    I think the Anne of Green Gables reference is timeless, but the one I keep coming back to is Napoleon Dynamite.
    “I like your sleeves. They’re big”.
    “Thank you, I made them myself”.

  7. melissa says:

    Who needs air bags in cars when you can wear them on your shoulders!!!lol

  8. gamergal says:

    Eureka! I have finally found the one responsible for designing the shoulders on World of Warcraft!

  9. Sue says:

    Anne of Green Gables line (when she gets her puffy-sleeve dress from Matthew) – “The puffiest in the world!”
    One up on you, Anne!

  10. Alan says:

    I should have a spare can of helium laying around, let her float away.

  11. April says:

    I can only imagine the look on his face when he saw those things coming down the aisle!!

  12. Kimberly says:

    You may now deflate the bride.

  13. sam says:

    hope she carried a puncture kit with her. (probably tucked up her sleeve)

  14. Anthony O'Neill says:

    I thought it was a re-run of “Dynasty”

  15. Kate says:

    When the Groom kissed the Bride, I can assume that is the sensation of airbags going off in the car…without the impact of course!

  16. Darth Bubba says:

    I can see the announcement in the paper now:

    “Mr. and Mrs. Popeye proudly announce the marriage of their daughter…”

  17. Pipergirl says:

    Good thing he’s holding her down

  18. No Capes says:

    She was inspired by the giant balloons used to lift the plane out of the ocean in Airport ’77.

  19. Joanne says:

    Love the Flashdance band around her head.

  20. Alan says:

    “In the event of a water landing,please use the lady in row 12 as a floatation device”

  21. Janet Amaral says:

    Oh, the 80’s….how I miss them. NOT!!! My bridesmaids and I had sleeves similar to these, but a *wee bit* smaller. Lots of scratchy tulle inside them, and even some tissue paper to give us that “Princess Di” look we all wanted. Now I just laugh and cringe at the same time!!

  22. GLC says:

    Wedding Problem: Bride has a conjoined twin
    Solution: A cleverly designed dress

  23. Visa says:

    Was this the inspiration for the wedding gown in “Enchanted” or was this gown inspired by “Enchanted”?
    Either way all I can think of is Anne of Green Gables dreamily romanticizing “puffed sleeves”…

  24. Bridal gowns by Mean Joe Green

  25. John says:

    “You are the wind beneath my shoulder pads…”

  26. Hewahine says:

    OMG the sleeves are actually bigger than her hair!

  27. chris f says:

    Watch her – she has something up her sleeve!

  28. momofswiss says:

    Gotta love the headband too!

  29. Marie says:

    Is anyone else suddenly in the mood for s’mores?

  30. No we’re not smuggling anything… we are um on our honeymoon

  31. Her dress deployed airbags due to an accident before the shoot

  32. Jan says:

    OK – she wins, size does matter in all instances! LOL

  33. js says:

    Betty was always the shy type – even with her new hubby – she thought it best to keep him at arm’s length.

  34. McGee says:

    The great thing about our new “VersaDress” – it’s easily folded into the sleeves to make a fashionable and comfy pillow!

    Sleeves also detach for use as shower caps, grocery bags, laundry hampers and flotation devices.

    Do not let children under the age of six play with sleeves as they may be a choking hazard.

  35. FS says:

    Curse you, Princess Diana!!

  36. Dorothy says:

    Jiffy pop Jiffy pop the magic treat — as much fun to make as it is to eat!

  37. shannon says:

    Reminds me of Ms Jane on one of the seasons of America’s Next Top Model when his sleeves kept getting bigger and bigger

  38. Jay says:

    *or is it called a sweatband? Regardless, it screams “aerobicize”…

  39. emcd says:

    Those aren’t sleeves, they’re pontoons.

  40. Liz says:

    And I though MY 1993 wedding dress’ sleeves were puffy. WOW!

  41. Rick says:

    I like your sleeves….they’re real big.

  42. Inkcap says:

    Little Jackie Paper loved that rascal Puff…

  43. Laura P. says:

    Anne of Green Gables would have LOVED this dress!

  44. TipToeDude says:

    That bride’s got some major guns.

  45. Julie says:

    I like your sleeves. They’re real puffy.

  46. I’d hate/love to see what the bridesmaids’ dresses looked like.

  47. Carol says:

    wow. 90’s wedding dresses had huge sleeves. I think there is more fabric in one of her sleeves than in a modern wedding dress.

    • Jen says:

      Puffy sleeves were pretty much phased out by the 90’s. Judging by the dress and headband, I’d guess this was 1988 at the latest.

      • CB says:

        Unfortunately, puffy sleeves lived on well into the mid 90s. I worked at a catering company and saw several “puffy sleeve” weddings on the east coast in the 90s. It wasn’t until ’96 that the sleeves returned to “normal size”. But headbands were pretty much phased out in the 80s so it is likely this bride was married at the latest in ’89 (unless she was married in the mid-west–they tend to get fashion later (about 3 years later) and hold onto it longer. I know…born and bred in the Midwest!

  48. senora_jennifer says:

    W O W

  49. Jen says:

    Maybe that’s where they got the idea for side-impact air bags.

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