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8 Interesting wedding dress features to inspire the modern bride

Weddings are a routine affair now, and a white wedding dress is expected norm at most weddings. There are so many splendid wedding dress choices in this serene color, and more ideas evolving by the hour. So, why should a bride be tempted to look elsewhere, when she is to choose a dress for the most special day in her life?

While white may be the typical choice, this doesn’t mean there is any dearth of exciting options in white, waiting to be discovered. So, if you want something unusual and interesting, albeit in pristine white, to wear on your wedding day, you are in luck. Today, we will take a look at some interesting wedding dress styles to inspire you, and give you more variety than the regulars on the wedding scene.

Romantic tea-length gown

Anything that ends above the ankles is immediately interesting in a wedding scene. As brides have forever been associated with long, traditional wedding gowns that extend into long overflowing trains, a short wedding dress is unexpected and hence, refreshing. The best thing is that you do not have to go too short either, as tea-length dresses are versatile and suit many wedding themes. They have the capacity to help a bride stand out from the wedding party and guests.

This tea-length wedding dress is a romantic stunner, that has all the elements expected in a wedding gown, except for the length. The mix of satin and net, ends in a beautiful scalloped hemline with floral motifs spanning it. The layered A-line skirt is a perfect way to show off a tiny waist, and the sweetheart neckline adds a romantic touch. Simple but stylish, this is the perfect dress for a vintage-style or casual wedding. We can also see many brides with their hearts set on a garden wedding, fall in love with this desirable beauty. This pattern is one you should certainly consider if you would like to look young and dashing on your wedding day.

Empire bodice with narrow draped skirt

The empire style waistline is usually expected to flow into a billowing skirt or at least one that flows away from the waist and hips. This is the reason that this style has always been favored by those with a heavier waist, and to camouflage thinner hips. However, the empire style would be just as attractive, and more suitable for brides with just the right amount of curves, when paired with a narrow and snug fitting silhouette. This would in fact be a glamorous and sexy dress style in this case.

This gown is the perfect example of the style we just discussed. The sequined bodice has a dramatic empire waistline fashioned in a draped design, with a stunning beaded applique in the center. From here, the A-line skirt falls to floor length, and also features a side front split. It is a gown that has enough going on to be a stunner. Nevertheless, it also features a chapel length train and a lace-up corset back that adds an even more ravishing finish.

Full-length illusion sleeves over sweetheart bodice

We have seen enough gowns with sweetheart bodices, and an almost equal number with full-length sleeves. While the former style is a wedding staple for brides who do not mind exposing their decolletage and shoulders, the latter is usually chosen by brides who strive for the exact opposite. However, it isn’t everyday that we see these two wedding dress features come together to create a sophisticated combination, like we will just see.

Here is a gown that combines both the dress features we discussed earlier. A dress artistically created with ample draping in the bodice and skirt with a classic sweetheart neckline. However, the addition of illusion sleeves of full-length gives it an unexpected twist, and this factor adds extra appeal to this dress. The sheer sleeves are adorned with specs of lace along the length, and these are very dramatic. The back of this dress is equally stunning, with the illusion sleeves closing in a keyhole design. Additionally, it has also been embellished with crystals and rhinestones to create a sparkling effect.

Tip: If you like the idea of adding sleeves to any other sweetheart gown for a similar effect, you can easily have this done by a talented seamstress, by using extra fabric. You can also achieve the same effect by pairing your gown with a full-sleeve bolero or jacket, fashioned in the same style as seen in this gown. This allows you to have a full-sleeve gown to cover up your arms, even while you can keep the sweetheart gown that you have your heart set on.

Off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves

The off-the-shoulder neckline is a style statement that is very sexy, and hence chosen by many brides today. However, we usually see it paired with thin shoulder straps or with cap-sleeves. Seldom is it seen with long sleeves. When it is, the effect is very attractive, and almost has a vintage style associated with it. So, when lace is also included in the design, it is time to end your search for the best vintage gown. Check it out.

Here, the off-the-shoulder neckline is combined with elbow-length sleeves for a contemporary take on a classic feature. This A-line dress also has elaborate lace work all over its length and scalloped details bordering the neckline and hemline. A sweetheart bodice plays peek-a-boo from beneath the lace layer, while crystal beading accents the lace motifs making it elegant and classic. Think of this gown as a choice that will be appreciated by the older generation, even while it is glamorous but very comfortable.

Plunging sweetheart neckline with illusion halter yoke

Plunging necklines are not for the faint-hearted, as they are a sexy element with a lot of risk. However, if you are a bold but practical bride, the illusion style neckline clubbed with the plunging bit can come to your rescue, in the form of a modesty piece. We think plunging necklines are statement pieces by itself, that a bride doesn’t need much more to make a dramatic statement. Look at this dress here.

This gown features a plunging sweetheart neckline, but in a safe manner that will support the bride’s bust. It has a barely there sheer yoke fashioned in a halter style, so the bodice is supported and held up in position without effort. Additionally, the illusion neckline is adorned with crystal beading that resembles a necklace. This eliminates the need for an additional neck-piece. Plunging necklines are usually paired with spaghetti straps, but this illusion-style pairing defeats that any day. The entire dress is in a single satin finish, with a full godet skirt. The absence of any other embellishments, aside from the necklace adds to its sophistication and style. The back is equally captivating, with the illusion neckline continuing into a band of encrusted crystal details that culminates in a low-cut V shape.

Sheath dress with A-line overskirt

Sheath dresses are a great choice for brides who want to create the illusion of curves. However, they do not have the flare or layers that make it as dramatic as a ball-gown or layered skirt. So, it may be figure-flattering for many brides, but it is not always a first-choice. However the simple silhouette that the sheath dress has can be elevated with a detachable over-skirt. The result is as good as having two wedding dresses, but at a single price. So, if you want a different look for the ceremony, and the reception, you can have it with this option. Take a look at this dress to see what we are talking about.

This two-piece lace and tulle wedding dress is the Y11562 from the Sophia Tolli wedding dress collection at Best for Bride. The strapless sweetheart sheath has been accented with lace appliques throughout the length, and they are employed in a beautiful shadow box effect. The waistline is highlighted with a waistband of ornate crystal beading. Brides can choose to wear this dress with or without the misty A-line overskirt, depending on the effect they seek to achieve. The back features a corset that fits it perfectly to the curves of the body. Additionally, this dress can also be used with halter straps or spaghetti straps for a novel effect. All these versatile features allow you to choose the style that is perfect for your overall look.

Fluttering sleeves with A-line dress

A simple A-line wedding dress with no other features that stand-out, can instantly be updated with the simple addition of fluttering lace sleeves. This wispy sleeve style can add plenty of feminine appeal to any wedding gown and it is perfect if you seek a simple enchanting element that can alter your entire look. Another good thing about these sleeves are that they add the required coverage and support, while not looking too modest, if you do not want to be drowned in layers of fabric. Here is a dress from the Jasmine wedding collection that features this style element.

The T162067 from Best for Bride features a snug A-line silhouette with a beautiful sweetheart bodice and lace details. The most noticeable feature of this gown, however, is the fluttering sleeves that form a V-neckline over a sweetheart bodice. The sheer sleeves have pretty lace motifs on it, which makes it all the more attractive. Although a simple dress, that isn’t too poufy, it is one with a statement style, and this makes it truly unique.

Dropped draped waist

Not all brides have the ideal figure to carry off a dropped waistline. It is usually the penchant of those brides with a perfect hourglass figure, or a slender waist. The dropped waist is not a style that flatters tall brides, as it further elongates the torso. So, this is not a regular on the wedding scene. So, when it appears, it is a welcome change, and one that is remarkable. While dropped waists can be done in various ways, draped dropped waists are striking. See what we mean here.

The F161054 is a dress from the Jasmine wedding collection, and features the dropped waist feature. Here, a sweetheart bodice is accented with crisp, draped details that end in a dropped waist on one side. Further the effect of the dropped waist is enhanced with additional styling using a sheer V-neckline with just the right amount of embellishments. The fact that this combination is attached to an A-line skirt makes it a simple silhouette that is both elegant and endearing. The drama of the entire dress extends to the back, where the illusion V-neckline is replicated, and is encrusted with necklace like details in concentric curves towards the central zipper. This is a classic beauty that is perfect for weddings held in houses of worship. It is also comfortable to wear and not too revealing.

Of the various styles we just discussed, which do you think is your favorite? Also tell us whether you would like to go for a dress with just one or two factors that wow, like we saw here? Or would you prefer a dress that is elaborate and full of details in every way.

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Wedding Dress Tips for the Bride who is expecting

Getting married when you are pregnant doesn’t mean you have to look matronly on your wedding day. There are plenty of choices for expecting women, so they can look fantastic on their big day while they celebrate their journey towards motherhood.

When choosing a wedding dress, the question you should ask yourself is whether you want to hide your bump or flaunt it. Here, we have rounded up some tips to help you choose the right wedding dress in both scenarios. Join us as we discuss them.

Conceal your bump with a gown with a raised waistline

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A raised waistline is one that lies above your natural waist. In such a design, the focus is shifted to the bust area. You find this in gowns with empire waistlines. When there are several layers of fabric that flow away from the body, it is easy to hide your bump. Another idea is to wear an overlay skirt with an interesting waistband at a height where your bump will be conveniently concealed. Asymmetrical waistlines which drape towards one side of the body instead of at the centre, are also a good option.

Flaunt your figure in an A-line or trumpet gown

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If you want to show off your new silhouette, you can do so with an A-line gown or trumpet gown that fits you snugly. Go easy with the embellishments and details, as you do not want to look too cluttered. A gown with a satin finish will be slimming, while it still draws attention to your figure. While altering your gown, don’t make it too tight as you will feel and look uncomfortable in it.

Size the gown right

You cannot predict how much you will grow in the months leading up to your wedding. So, choose a dress that allows you to accommodate the changes in your size and shape. As a rule of thumb, add one inch per month for the months remaining up to your wedding date, and then order a dress one size larger than what this corresponds to on the size chart. This means there will be enough fabric to take in, if you do not grow as big. It will also easily fit you, even if you grow bigger than you expect to.

Choose a flattering neckline and sleeves

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Your overall look will also depend on the neckline and sleeves of your wedding dress. V-necklines elongate your torso and make you look slimmer. Similarly, a strapless or sweatheart bodice allows you to emphasize the slimmest part of your torso—the neck and shoulders. Also choose sleeves that add the illusion of length. Three-fourth sleeves and cap-sleeves are stylish and good options to try.

When choosing your wedding dress, make sure you are comfortable in what you wear. It should allow you to breathe and not stifle your movements. Have it hemmed to the right length, so you do not risk tripping over it. Also pay attention to the shoes you wear. Avoid high heels, instead go for a good looking but comfortable pair of peep-toes or flats.

Your wedding is a big day, and make sure you have fun as you celebrate it with all the people in your life who mean the most to you—including your little bun in the oven! For more wedding tips and advice, visit us on Best for Bride.