They say that you’ll know which wedding dress is the one the minute to try it on, but how do you know which style to try in the first place? Princess, A-line, mermaid, ball gown, trumpet, empire, the huge array of designs can be downright confusing. In the overwhelming whirlwind of wedding planning, choosing the dress is perhaps the most stressful part for you as the bride. Not only do you have to pick a design that you love and looks stunning on you, but it also has to be comfortable enough so you can actually dance in it. Oh, and all eyes will be on you and you’ll have pictures and videos to remind you of it your entire life. No pressure, right?
According to a Vashi Dominguez poll, 80% of married women have regrets about their wedding day, and 30% of these would have liked to wear a different wedding dress. Interestingly, 30% of brides also try on fewer dresses before they settle for the one. So, to make sure you look and feel and best on your big day, start by looking to the most flattering wedding dress styles and create a mood board with the ones that call your name. Here are 5 gorgeous ideas to start with:
Megan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress
Surprise, surprise, we start off our list with a Megan-inspired wedding dress. If the Alexander McQueen wedding dress Kate wore in 2011 ruled the show for years, now it’s time for the latest royal wedding to inspire future brides. Megan Markle’s superb Givenchy gown is an excellent source of inspiration for brides who want something elegant, timeless and figure-flattering. Designed by Clare Waight, the dress encompasses the class and understated sophistication of the Royal House, but at the same time, it has a universal approachability to it.
Why choose this style: The pure white dress with clean-cut lines, a delicate flow and dreamy princess vibe, this style of dress definitely deserves a closer look if you are planning a traditional wedding and you want a timeless design. And if you love British royalty, of course.
Jumpsuit wedding dresses
Not a fan of dresses? No problem! If you don’t wear dresses in your daily life, you shouldn’t be forced to wear one on your wedding day. Designers are challenging the status quo in bridal fashion and now is perhaps the best time to be an unconventional bride. Jumpsuit wedding dresses are the perfect choice if you want to make a statement and look incredibly polished. And the best part yet: you’ll actually be comfortable and dance the night away! Bridal jumpsuits come in hundreds of gorgeous styles and you can play with textures and fabrics depending on how edgy or romantic you want the whole ensemble to look. Where to start your search? Andrea Hawkes, Sanyukta Shrestha, Maggie Sottero, and Naeem Khan are some of the best-known designers for bridal jumpsuits.
Why choose this style: you are a fashion-forward bride and want your bridal outfit to reflect this. You want to challenge tradition, be yourself and make no compromise on comfort.
Vintage is making a comeback
Fashion always finds a way to come back to the old values and wedding dresses are no exception. This year, vintage inspiration can be seen all over the catwalk and iconic styles that defined the history of wedding dresses are making a comeback. The two most popular options here are the 1900s, with high collars, frilly sleeves and romantic long trains, and the 1920s, with “flapper” dresses with scooped necklines. In this period, the Juliet Cap Veil was almost everyone, and brides preferred complementing the simplicity of the gown with large statement brooches and long pearl strands.
Why choose this style: you are fascinated with the magical appeal of the old days and your wedding is vintage-themed.
The black wedding dress
Traditionally, women are expected to wear white or off-white colors on their wedding day, but this is slowly starting to change. As proved by the stunning designs of Naeem Khan, Halfpenny London, or Christian Siriano, black wedding dresses don’t have to have a Morticia Adams vibe. On the contrary, paired with silky ribbons, lace and flowing trains, black wedding dresses look incredibly classy, elegant and feminine. Fair warning though: don’t go for a black wedding dress if you’re not completely sure. Otherwise, you won’t wear the dress, the dress will wear you.
Why choose this style: you want to break the ordinary and plan a unique wedding. You are a strong, edgy and confident woman who isn’t afraid to make bold choices and show off her elegance in a non-conventional way.
Don’t you just hate it when you’re the one who has the least fun on your wedding day because your long dress forces you to move like a robot? It doesn’t have to be like that. Your big day is first and foremost about you, and you’re very much right if you want to have fun and look cute at the same time. Afterparty-ready dresses are usually short or have a detachable train, so you can wear the same outfit all day long and avoid spending money on two different dresses. Out of all wedding dress styles, this one is one is the most affordable because you don’t necessarily have to purchase them from a wedding dress shop specifically.
Why choose this style: you want elegance, but you don’t want to compromise on comfort. You have a playful personality, you want to dance all night long and have one dress for both the ceremony and the reception.
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