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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.

At Best for Bride, we feature dresses from top designer collections from around the world. Our special sales, discount offers and rental services at affordable prices help every bride find the dress of her dreams within her budget. You can also shop online at our website for a hassle-free, enjoyable experience, if you do not stay in Canada. Check out our online gallery for our impressive collection of wedding gowns, dresses for the rest of the bridal party, wedding dress accessories and everything else you need for your big day.

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A guide to choosing the right attire for different types of weddings

Weddings may be formal or casual, and how you dress for a particular wedding should be based on this factor. It wouldn’t be appropriate to wear a formal evening gown to a casual beach wedding, or a pair of flip flops to a black-tie wedding. These are very obvious dress-etiquette rules, but it doesn’t always have to be so straightforward.

What you choose to wear should match the tone for the event. The general guidelines are not to wear white or black, never turn up in a pair of jeans, your dress shouldn’t be shabby nor should you look unkempt. Let us now look at what type of dressing would be appropriate for different types of weddings that you may be attending in the future.

Casual weddings

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These weddings are usually held at an informal venue, say a beach or a garden. Most daytime weddings are casual events. Though it says casual, you shouldn’t dress for it like you would when you go camping with friends. Make sure that your choice of attire is cheerful, but elegant. Women would look good in pretty dresses, printed skirts or trousers and a nice blouse. Men can wear casual pants with a cotton shirt. Though the wedding is casual, you shouldn’t wear jeans (especially the worn out variety). Also choose appropriate footwear that matches your ensemble. Make it look as though you took some effort to dress up.


This is a tough choice, as it is difficult to draw the line between what is semi-formal and what is formal or informal. You can opt for dressy, but not too formal, or choose a formal attire with simple details. For example, a knee-length dress in satin or chiffon would be fine, but not a full length evening gown. You could also wear well-tailored trousers with a printed or silk top. Match your accessories to your outfit, but keep them simple. Men can choose their tuxedo in a dark or light color, as either would be appropriate.

Formal weddings

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You will clearly recognize a formal wedding from the tone of the invitation and the venue where it will be held. This is the occasion to show off your expensive full-length evening gown with the elegant accessories you chose to go with it. Embellishments and prints are fine, as long as they are classic and add sophistication to the dress. Pair it with matching heels and you are all set. Men are expected to be dressed in a tux, a crisp shirt and a matching tie.

Black tie weddings

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This is often confused with formal weddings, as the dress code is pretty similar. Take a cue from the name, and sport a black tie and wear a tux as well as a vest. Women can choose formal gowns and add accessories that are classic and elegant.

Whether you have to attend casual or formal weddings, and whether the wedding is in summer or winter, we at Best for Bride, have all the right choices for you to pick from. Visit our selection of evening gowns today and make your pick.

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How to choose a wedding gown that makes you look slimmer than you actually are

On your wedding day, all eyes will be focused on you—the Bride! So, it is only natural that you want to look your very best. While you may make a sincere effort to stick to your workout regimen and diet to be in top shape on our wedding day, we know it is not always possible.

So, what do you do if you cannot make it? You fake it!

Here are some tips on how to choose a wedding gown that will allow you to look slimmer than you actually are, on your wedding day.

Choose a flattering silhouette

Certain silhouettes like the fit and flair style are naturally slimming. This pattern closely contours over your natural curves and gently falls all the way down to the knees, from where it balloons out into a cascade of layers. The result is that you look leaner and taller.

Another dress that works for almost any body shape is the A-line gown, as it fits till the waist and flares out from the hips, emphasizing just the required curves. Other factors to look out for in a gown are the neckline and waist. An angular neckline (like the V-neckline) or an off-the-shoulder gown work well. Choose an empire waist or one that falls below your actual waist based on whether you want to show off or hide your waistline.

Find the perfect fit

A gown that is an ill-fit looks uncomfortable, and can even add some dreaded extra pounds. When your wedding dress fits you correctly, the fabric drapes over your figure beautifully and doesn’t bunch up at places. So, you will look lean. Entrust alterations to a professional seamstress who knows her way around wedding gowns, and it will be money well-spent.

Consider corset-gowns

Corsets have two advantages—it pulls your upper body in and creates a tiny waistline. The elegance of a corset back is also an additional detail that will make your gown more interesting.

Corset gowns can easily accommodate your changing shape without difficulty. So, you needn’t worry if your weight fluctuates during the days leading up to the wedding.

Make sleeves work for you

If you aren’t fond of showing off your arms, choose a gown with sleeves. However, remember that not all sleeves are slimming.

Butterfly sleeves, fitted three-quarter sleeves and full-sleeves are the options that will achieve a slimmer look. These designs shift focus from your shoulder and upper arms, and instead emphasize the slimmest area, your wrists. If you go for a shorter sleeve, make sure the lines of the sleeve do not look tight against your skin, as this will only emphasize your arm’s thickness.

Tuck it in with good shapewear

Innerwear that fits you well and tucks in any bulges will help you look slim and feel more confident. Make sure you choose a well-fitted bra that keeps your cleavage modest if your gown is strapless. When you choose a fitted silhouette, get inner wear that will camouflage any bulges, and your gown will fall gracefully over your body.

Visit us at Best for Bride for more wedding dresses that fit these requirements and allow you to look as slim as you desire on your big day.

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Your guide to planning a formal wedding ceremony

After a brief spell of laid-back, casual style weddings, more and more couples are once again opting for formal weddings. Also known as black-tie weddings or white-glove worthy weddings, this classic form is slowly growing in popularity, and this is why. The elegance of having a luxurious wedding with all the details right, is very tempting. When you know that traditions never go out of style, is a better reason required,to choose it as your event style?

If you want sophistication and style to set the tone at your wedding, a fantastic formal wedding may be beckoning you. Here, we look at the essentials to plan such an event, and help you determine if this is indeed, what you want.

Step everything up a notch, including the budget

The venue will have to be classic and stunning; think along the lines of a castle, historical site or country club resort. The décor will involve lavish decorations and dramatic centerpieces. The guest list is usually large (certainly more than 100), and the reception will be formal and sit-down style. The bar should feature top-class wines and classic cocktails.

Everything from the perfect invitation to a fantastic cake and even your wedding favors and vehicle to leave the venue, should look and feel formal. So, aim for this option only if your budget is on the higher side.

Attire of the couple and all the others

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Formal affairs require everyone to adhere to a strict black-tie dress code. Your wedding gown, as well as those of your bridesmaids would have to look formal, and all the men should be in tuxedos.

Ball gowns have always been the traditional favorite for brides, but you can opt for other styles as long as they are full-length gowns. Your gown should ideally feature at least a cathedral train, and a veil would be appropriate.

Your bridesmaids should also be dressed in classic patterns. These weddings normally involve more bridesmaids and ushers than regular weddings do. All your wedding guests will have to appear in formal wear, and you will have to specify this in your wedding invitation.

Decor, cake and Flowers

Choose to decorate the venue elegantly, and in classic style. Employ stylish flower arrangements, candle lights and lush textiles like silk and satin to create a magnificent setting. Roses, stephanotis and orchids are flowers suitable for the ceremony.

The wedding cake is usually a classic three-tier cake, with elegant elements like ribbons, flowers, beads or textures adorning it. You can choose round or square, or for a more contemporary touch choose a hexagon cake. Do not choose a pastel palette or the whimsical topsy-turvy cake design, as it is inappropriate for this type of ceremony.

Keep up the style, but don’t tone down the fun

A vintage car like a Rolls Royce, or stylish limousines are ideal choices to carry you to and from the venue. Although a black-tie wedding may seem very prim and proper, remember that it can still be lots of fun. Get a lively band or orchestra, celebrate in full swing, have some interesting photographs taken and have a blast.

For more wedding tips, as well as to pick the perfect wedding dress for the occasion, check out the collection at Best for Bride.