From simple to ornate, strapless to long sleeves, traditional ivory to a blush of color, today’s bridal gowns can fulfill every bride’s dream.
When most people think of wedding dresses, they automatically think white. But, few brides actually select a stark white gown, choosing ivory or champagne instead.
And many brides are ventuing off the off-white path, choosing soft colors, such a gold, pink, peach or blue with an ivory overlay.
“We even have some dresses that are embroidered or floral,” says Helen Durham, owner of Gabrielle’s The Classic Bride Salon. “The floral gown is beautiful and even has these silk-flowered headpieces to go with it.”
Today’s wedding dresses also run the gamut from strikingly simple designs to elegantly ornate.
“If a bride opts for a plain dress, she’ll pair it with a beaded belt or have a veil with bling or hair jewelry,” says Marie Gilley, owner of Bridal Boutique. “There’s either a ton of it (bling) or it’s totally plain.”
“We’re seeing a lot of subtle beading … seed pearls and crystals,” adds Durham. “Or they have full-blown glitz. It kind of goes one way or the other.”
Lace continues to be a favorite embellishment.
“Boho lace is very popular,” says Gilley. “And we’re seeing a lot of vintage-looking laces.”
“The Boho look is real big right now, with its layered skirts” adds Durham.
Speaking of skirts, Durham and Gilley agree that the fit- and-flair silhouette remains the most popular. However, the tweaked ball-gown silhouette is gaining ground.
“They’re very young and flirty,” says Gilley.
“And, they really are very flattering,” says Durham. “Girls with gorgeous figures are showing them off.”
And that doesn’t mean showing lots of skin. Today’s brides are opting for a bit more coverage.
Not every dress is strapless, as was the case over the past several years.
Now, a variety of sleeves are to be found, from cap sleeves to three-quarter to long.
For those brides who want a strapless gown, there’s the option of a jacket to wear during the ceremony.
With more coverage up front, dresses are providing a bit of drama in the back.
“There are a lot of high, sheer backs with beading, or they’re low cut,” says Gilley, adding that a lot of designers are customizing their dresses to a bride’s particular wishes.