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9 wedding dresses that reinvent classic traditions

There are two types of wedding dresses that are memorable—those that reinvent classic traditions and others that are strikingly unique. If we look at the former, it so happens that there are many classic dress features that are always look great in a wedding dress. When these features are incorporated beautifully, the dress becomes unusually appealing and attractive.

Many designer wedding gown collections today feature dresses with unusual twists on all-time favorite features. Here, we shall look at 10 such design details in some fantastic wedding gowns that blend tradition with modernity,  to look both attractive and beautiful.

1.Deep V-neckline

Powerfully sexy and very bold, the deep V-neckline is a universally flattering feature that looks great on brides of most body types. Since this design feature is usually found on gowns with straps or sleeves, it supports the bust area and thus looks very attractive. Another advantage of the V-neckline is that it is naturally slimming and is capable of creating the illusion of a longer upper body.

In the Mori Lee gown featured here, the V-neckline is accentuated with embellishments along its length. This makes the neckline very prominent and draws attention to the decolletage and cleavage. The sleeveless design also allows the bride to show off her arms. The fit and flare design of the gown is another element that creates the illusion of extra height.

2.Off-the-shoulder straps

There is something seductive and extremely attractive about a wedding gown with straps that seem to fall off the shoulder. These gowns have an old-fashioned Hollywood appeal and are extremely sexy, without being in-the-face flashy. It is in fact, more attractive than a regular strapless dress as it looks very feminine despite exposing the shoulder. This feature on a dress draws attention to the neck, decolletage and shoulders. So, it is a perfect choice for brides who have a well-toned upper body.

In the Jasmine bridal dress featured here, the off-the-shoulder neckline is sultry and appealing. The simple embellishment of crystals at the corner of the bodice where the straps begin is extremely attractive. This is a definite winner if the bride is a slim beauty who would like to show off her neck, shoulders and decolletage. We also love how the dress seamlessly drapes along the bust, waist and hips, and later flows into a slight fit and flare skirt that cascades to the ground.

3.Embellished sleeves

Long-sleeved gowns were popularly loved in the past, with elaborate puffy shoulders and sequins adorning the sleeves. Though padded shoulders and puffed sleeves may not find favor with the modern bride, the entire idea of long-sleeved wedding gowns isn’t quickly forgotten.

Here is a Mori Lee gown with full-sleeves. The beauty of this dress lies in the fact that the sleeves are not your regular state-of-the-art plain sleeves, but are embellished with lace details throughout the length to look very interesting and appealing. With floral appliques spanning the outer edge of the sleeves, the sheer fabric over the rest of the sleeve length creates a beautiful look with skin barely peeping out from within. The dress is a masterpiece in itself, with the soft sweetheart neckline and beautiful floral appliques adding extra charm to the lace dress.

4.Lace

Lace is a timeless and elegant classic wedding dress feature where weddings are concerned. There are few other wedding dress features that are as attractive as lace. The expression of thick and breezy elements that spiral and float in floral designs throughout the length of a dress is very attractive and it is no wonder that it is favored by many brides. Modern designers have honed the exquisite beauty of lace dresses, by adding more features that accentuate the beauty of the floral designs. By including embellishments like crystals, rhinestones and beads and crafting them into illusion neckline designs, lace is given new life so it looks updated and modern.

In this dreamy Sophia Tolli wedding dress, elaborate lace work has been played to perfection in every section. The sheer neckline over the sweetheart bodice is exquisite as it blends into classic cap-sleeves. At the waist is a scintillating chevron band formed of rhinestones and crystal, and this adds a modern touch to a classic element like lace. The fit and flare silhouette gracefully glides into a scalloped hemline, where the lace details are further embodied with perfection. This is a glamorous gown, but one that is a striking symbol of classic beauty.

5.Sheath silhouette

After the Victorian era of tight corsets that sucked in a woman’s body to fit the look of a perfect hourglass figure, women started embracing their natural curves and accepted loose fitting garments with open arms. The wedding scene was no different, as more and more brides boldly began dressing for their big day in gowns with fluid wedding gowns in sheath silhouettes. These dresses would softly fall over their natural curves and emphasize their natural body shape to perfection. It was an expression of confidence and sensuality, and has continued to be favored by several wedding designers ever since.

The Elsa from the Alfred Angelo Disney collection is inspired by the snow princess in the movie Frozen. Featuring a sheath silhouette embellished with a scattering of snowflake beads, this gown is an elegant and powerful dress that will do wonders for the bride wearing it. The simplicity of the sweetheart neckline contrasts well with the Watteau train that beautifully glides behind like a rippling stream of water. This is a fairy-tale gown that looks like what you could seen in a dream, and any woman who grew up loving storybook princesses would love to embrace the classic silhouette that magnifies her femininity.

6.Empire Waistline

The empire waistline is a raised waistline style that began as part of Neoclassical fashion. This style goes back to the 18th century when it was first seen during the time of the First French Empire. The elevated waistline usually has a circumference that snugly goes around the bust region. It is a flattering style for those who have unsightly curves in the waist and stomach area. Since this pattern camouflages these areas, it hides a bulky waistline while highlighting the bust. The empire silhouette is greatly favored by modern day brides, and is clubbed with several modern elements to fashion a stylish and contemporary look.

This gown from the petite brides collection at Best for Bride features an empire waistline attached to a fit and flare silhouette. This gives a new look to the gown, as the traditional empire waistline was usually attached to a layered skirt that flared out from the bosom. Here, this modern fit gown simply makes use of the empire waistline style by highlighting the elevated waistline with a bow that runs around the circumference of the gown at the bust. This particular feature gives the skirt the illusion of added length, thus making the bride look taller than she actually is. This is one benefit of a design like this.

7.Cap sleeves

Cap sleeves are not only a welcome change from the ever-so-common strapless wedding gown style, there are also very feminine in their appeal. This is a style that is very forgiving for women who wish to hide their shoulders and those who seek a modest look and style with their wedding dress choice. While it offers the necessary coverage, this classic dress style element also gives you the opportunity to flaunt the rest of your arms. The modern updates of the cap-sleeve style usually focus on mixing it with illusion necklines for an attractive finish. It looks extremely beautiful when attached to lace gowns.

In this couture wedding gown from the Jasmine collection, the cap sleeve design instantly adds sophistication and style to the design. Since it is done in Venice lace, it is very dainty and feminine, and the scalloped neckline formed of very fine lace appliques integrates with the sweetheart bodice in an elegant fashion. The neckline and sleeves perfectly complement the beautiful fit and flare design of the gown, and is suitable for both the modern bride and the tradition-loving girl.

8.Ball gown

One of the silhouettes that screams wedding is the traditional ball gown. While the original ball gowns were usually done in crispy or silky fabric, the current trend is to use netting and tulle or lace to create fantastic and dramatic silhouettes. The original design usually showcased a skirt with very little to no detailing, and all the embellishments were in the bodice. Designers these days however, spare no detail and the embellishments are seen in the skirts too. The result is dramatic and these gowns easily pack a punch.

This Mori Lee gown is a fine example of what we just discussed. The skirt almost has a 3D effect with the various floral appliques extending all over the bodice and again reappearing along the hemline. The muted color of the base fabric forms an attractive base for the beautiful motifs along the hemline. Adding more womanly appeal to the pattern is the softly sculpted sweetheart bodice that highlights a pair of well-toned arms and decolletage.

9.Plunging backs

Dresses with plunging backs were made for brides who are unable to expose their shoulders, collar bones or cleavage, but have that rebellious streak which makes them want to make one bold statement. Plunging backs are famous again, but this time in a range of options like never before. Those who deem it unfit to wear a low-cut back can still opt for the illusion style back detail dresses that allow them to conceal, yet reveal. With simple lace details or floral appliques forming beautiful pictures in the back, they are bound to enrapture everyone who glances at them from behind during the wedding ceremony. Low-cut plunging backs with embellishments bordering them are also a trending favorite, and these features create an exquisite statement for any wedding dress.

This Jasmine couture wedding gown is a beautiful and delicate work of lace which features an open V-neckline in the front and a deep cut neckline at the rear. The soft lace has an exquisite charm with its intricately woven details that span the entire length of the gown in pretty little clusters that are thicker in the front and thin out in the skirt. Perfect for a formal wedding ceremony, the deep-plunging back is the one striking element that gives this dress a signature finish. Few dresses have the elegance to strike a charismatic effect as this dress does. Alencon lace marries with tulle to form the fantastic details that makes this dress a dream to wear.

Wedding dress trends are a forever evolving scene, with some fashion trends staying longer than the others. Classic design details like those discussed above are the few features that are perpetual favorites. Of course, you may find the occasional bride who doesn’t want lace or can’t imagine dressing up in a full-sleeve wedding gown. But we should remember that these are rare. Most of the features listed here are those that will forever remain etched in our memories as timeless and hence, classic. The list doesn’t end here. As the years progress, more and more designers come up with even more interesting details from the past and breathe new life into them with their designs. So, as long as there will be weddings and those who love history, the classics will continue to be reinvented.

At Best for Bride we are well-stocked with all the designs you can imagine. These range from the attractive timeless classics above to the most modern and trendy designs you can imagine. Come visit our website and have a glimpse of what is on offer. You are certain to find at least a few gowns that you will fall in love with. So, if you are a bride planning to get married in the near future, head over to Best for Bride today. We have you covered with not only wedding dresses, but have everything that you will want for your special day.

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When two brides are better than one: Wedding dress ideas for lesbian weddings

A bride in white, gliding down the aisle is a sight to behold. So, how about two brides in focus on a wedding day?

Choosing dresses for two brides can be confusing, as there are so many things to consider. Do you both wear dresses, or is it better that one wears a dress, and the other a suit?

Well, it all boils down to wearing what you look great and feel comfortable in. If you are planning your wedding sometime in the near future, here are some dress pairings you may like to look at.

Both in dresses that are similar, but not exactly the same.


Modern bridal collections bring out dresses that are similar in many aspects, yet unique in their own way. If you want a cohesive look, consider dresses that match, but aren’t entirely similar. This way, both of you look matched, without compromising on individual style. The similarities could be in the fabric, neckline or pattern.

Wedding dress and white wedding pant suit

If either of you wouldn’t like to wear a dress, there are plenty of other options. One of the most popular choices is the wedding pant suit, which is a two-piece formal attire in white. It is stylish by itself, but can be accessorized too. It is one choice that competes with a fabulous wedding dress, and can create the same impact.

White wedding dresses that are entirely different

If both the brides want to wear dresses, but don’t like the idea of being too similar, they can choose two different gowns that reflect their personalities. One factor to keep in mind, is that your choice of attire should be complementary, as certain fabrics and colors don’t pair well.

If you want to keep the looks entirely distinct, here are some options to consider

  • Modern sheath silhouette with traditional ball gown
  • Mermaid inspired gown with A-line dress
  • Short hemline dress with modern Grecian inspired gown
  • Colored wedding gown with minimalist wedding dress

Traditional wedding dress and Suit with vest, button down shirt, tie and trousers

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To sport the traditional style of bride and groom, one of the brides can choose a stylish suit while the other wears a traditional wedding dress. Add drama to the masculine attire, by pairing it with fantastic heels. For an updated twist from the traditional style, consider checkered or printed shirts, or an unusual shade for your vest, so it oozes with style.

Don’t forget the impact of the location, color theme and the accessories you choose. Remember that there is more scope for glamour and glitz at your lesbian wedding. So, play it to the most.

At Best for Bride, our collection features dresses of all types. Take a look at our online gallery, and you are bound to find the wedding outfits that the two of you would love. Book your appointment with us, and whether the two of you come shopping together, or separately, we will make sure you enjoy the experience.

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The best bridal earrings for different wedding dresses

The earrings you choose for your wedding day play a huge role in determining your wedding day look. The right pair will complement your dress, and enhance your facial features by creating the right impact.

When choosing your earrings, there are a few things to keep in mind. Some earrings look better than others, for a specific type of wedding dress. Let us find out what they are.

Vintage style wedding dresses

Typical traditional wedding dresses have a timeless elegance that is best complemented by vintage style earring designs. Silver and gold earrings in classic designs look good, as do earrings with intricate stone work and floral designs. Natural pearl earrings also work with these dresses, either in the form of drops or studs. Colorful gemstones highlighted with white stones along the borders are another good choice.

Mermaid gowns and sheath silhouettes

These contemporary designs are very stylish, and can be enhanced with matching modern earring designs. It is a good idea to match the stone color on the earrings to the embellishments on the dress. Sparkling stones in different colors work well, but it is best to go for a silver or clear base instead of gold. Similarly, white cultured pearls work better than natural pearls, when worn with modern dress silhouettes.

Heavily embellished ball gowns

Most ball gowns feature intricate detailing on the bodice, and an elaborate skirt. This pattern is usually very dressy, and it isn’t advisable to add too many accessories and clutter the look. Simple stud earrings or long drop earrings that are simple, but elegant are the ideal choice. If the dress features an embellished neckline or a high collar, you can cut the sparkle from your earring to avoid a crowded look. Stud earrings are also a good choice for women who don’t usually wear earrings, but wish to find one to complete their wedding outfit. With studs, you have the flexibility of choosing a size that is appropriate for your face.

Modern fit and glamorous gowns

When your wedding look is glamorous with a fit and flare gown, ruffles in the skirt, an off-the-shoulder neckline or a stylish A-line skirt, your accessories should also accentuate the effect. Long or short statement earrings, with plenty of sparkle can give you a dressy edge. Just remember that the more bling your earring has, you have to balance it out in your necklace, so you don’t look over the top. Stone-studded hoops, crystal detail earrings and tassels are all good ideas for a Hollywood-inspired wedding day look.

Wedding dresses with short hemlines

The shorter hemline is associated with casual weddings, and so classic earring patterns may not look good with them. The two obvious choices that do work, are thin, long earrings and big bling studs. The latter goes well with layered frocks, while the former is a better choice when your dress is fitted all the way.

Pick your wedding jewelry, including the earrings for your big day from our collection at Best for Bride. With the option to either rent or buy from our collection, you will be spoilt for choice. So, visit us today.

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Do you love vintage weddings? Here are 10 great ideas to plan yours

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This generation has a penchant for everything vintage. Our obsession with history makes it impossible to separate our lives from nostalgia. There is an endearing charm and unparalleled appeal attached to anything vintage, as the very term denotes high quality, and represents the best of its time. So, this interest in all things of a bygone age is acceptable.

This is why vintage style weddings never go out of fashion. Vintage weddings are high on style, and are the perfect choice for a couple to have a meaningful wedding with elements that reflect their personality. Another attractive factor about vintage weddings is that it allows you to mix and match various styles, ideas and create a signature of your own. It is no wonder that couples find it thrilling when they work with history to bring the old world charm into their modern day weddings.

Before we look at some good ideas for your vintage wedding, let us first help you decide whether you are indeed the couple who would love this theme. To find out, ask yourselves these questions.

  • Are you drawn to items that belong to bygone eras?
  • Does your idea of a perfect holiday include visits to antique shops and historical sites?
  • Do you think that the best fashion belongs to decades in the past, and nothing today competes with the style and grace of weddings of the last century?
  • Is your personal decorating style timeless and classic?
  • Are you drawn to elegant neutral and pastel palettes and do you love metallic items with beautiful details that are definitely not modern?

If you answer yes to some or most of these questions, you are most likely going to enjoy putting together a vintage wedding.

Now, many brides are scared of planning a vintage wedding, as they think it is hard work or they can screw up the details. To put your fears to rest, let us bust some of the common vintage wedding planning myths.

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#Myth 1

All your wedding details should fit into one era, or your wedding will look wrong

Your wedding is not a history exam. It is about what you love. There are no rules that say every detail should be right, or that you cannot mix ‘n’ match all the ideas you borrowed from the past, when planning your wedding. You can work around a specific theme, but it isn’t always necessary. The idea is to be inspired by the past and plan your own unique style by borrowing what you love, not copy it entirely.

#Myth 2

For a wedding to be vintage, you should stick to very specific color palettes

Your wedding is all about you, and trust us, it is possible to have glamorous dark colors in your wedding and it will still be vintage-style. It is all about experimenting and finding what you like most. Remember that it is not a single element, but the harmony of various elements in your wedding that brings out the style. So, do not limit yourself to pastels and muted neutrals for a vintage wedding. Instead, work around your choice of colors and find the ones that work for you.

#Myth 3

You must love a vintage era, or you will be lost when planning your wedding

Absolutely not! If you just chanced upon the vintage wedding style when you started researching wedding styles, you can still have a vintage wedding. All the details and inspiration you want are here on the internet, and you do not need to look any further to plan the perfectly vintage wedding.

Now that we have all these doubts out of the way, let us look at the most popular vintage wedding styles and find the one that you like most.

Rustic Vintage or Classic Vintage

Rustic vintage refers to a style that is personal, where the couple interweave and bring together all that conjures up nostalgia, to create their own signature style. It is entirely different from a classic white ballroom wedding, and can be quirky, casual, relaxed, joyous and fun. The couple usually choose to have a relaxed ambiance that is warm and welcoming. There is immense scope for personalization and this wedding style has been continuously evolving over the years. This article on the Special Events blog suggests that present day rustic vintage weddings are moving towards mixing classic elements like lace and gold-rimmed china tea cups in place of the older favorites like burlap and Mason jars.

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Classic Vintage is rather defined and specific to a particular era. This is popular among brides who are die-hard fans of a specific decade in history, and wish to recreate the same scene at their weddings. Popular eras include the 1920’s and 50’s. Brides choose wedding dresses that were the fashion at that time, and also stick to various details like the exact getaway car, style of dress and hairstyle that were trademarks of that decade. One word of caution when planning a classic vintage wedding: be inspired by the era, and don’t try to entirely copy the look. Or you will end up having a fancy dress or costume party ambiance for your wedding. A few authentic details from the era are all it takes to recreate the effect, so do it in moderation.

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As you may have guessed by now, rustic vintage is the more popular style today, as it offers plenty of scope for personalization and is still nostalgic.

Next, let us look at some ideas that are great for a vintage wedding.

1.Wedding venue

Have a style in mind, and find a venue that matches it. It is a bonus if the venue you choose has vintage furniture that is relevant to the theme you have in mind. It will allow you to reduce the number of things to bring in, to build the look. A barn is a perfect location for a rustic wedding, while a Gatsby inspired classic vintage wedding would work better in a historical house or ballroom.

2.Invitations and wedding stationery

Have a specific theme in mind? Let your invitations give a sneak peek into it. So, choose designs with a retro charm for classic vintage weddings. For your rustic wedding, highlight the main colors of your wedding by adding them to your stationery suite and matching them to the tone of the event. This is the perfect way to create that first impression, so plan your paper suite around it.

3.Add family history

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If you have a vintage heirloom like a birdcage veil or earrings that will add to your attire, it is the perfect way to go. You can borrow lace from your mother’s wedding gown and add it to your bouquet, or even find a talented dressmaker who can rework your mother’s wedding gown and make it yours. Displaying family details through photographs or using generations old antique décor items at your wedding can add a special sentimental touch to your special day.

4.Decor

The options are endless, but our genuine suggestion is to limit the details so your guests do not feel overwhelmed. Remember it is a wedding and not a museum tour, so stick to few but striking elements that are vintage and build your theme around it. Here are some ideas to consider

  • Stacks of old books, birdcages and mercury glass votives make interesting centerpiece and décor elements
  • Embellished and gold-rimmed china cups to either serve afternoon tea or as display pieces for your tables
  • Freshly painted vintage bicycles dressed with flower baskets as display elements
  • Typewriters, leather suitcases, trunks and record players as décor elements

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  • For shabby chic décor, include burlap, twine and frayed ribbon on your tables and in the decorations
  • Folding wooden chairs for functionality and to contribute to the overall look
  • Old picture frames and black-and-white photo walls or backdrops to bring back old memories
  • Working ice cream bike complete with chalkboard display to serve ice creams and lollies for dessert
  • Dessert buffet with traditional sweets in classic-style tall glass jars and antique silver and white platters
  • Decorative doilies for the dessert and dinner tables

5.Wedding dress

You have two options here: either get hold of a vintage wedding dress and restyle it to match and fit you, or buy a brand new dress that has elements that are vintage-inspired. This wedding dress from Best for Bride, for example, will easily fit the vintage theme.

If your mother or grandmother has handed down their wedding dress, consider seeking the services of a talented dress maker who can rework it to fit your size and your taste. If you are confused about what to look for, so your wedding dress is vintage, here are some features to suit your need.

  • Lace is a definite vintage style, and the more the merrier.
  • Scoop necklines, jewel necklines and Queen Anne necklines
  • Butterfly sleeves, T-shirt sleeves and three-fourth or full sleeves
  • For the 50’s look, consider tea-length frocks with plenty of pouf to them
  • Maxi dresses with sheath silhouettes and a natural drape that falls freely

You can also read more on the evolution of wedding dresses here and get an idea of what was in vogue in each era of the past.

6.Accessories

Each vintage era had its signature jewelry designs. The ones that were most popular include

  • Georgian jewelry featuring white sapphires and red rubies
  • Victorian jewelry with floral designs. Also used sapphires and garnets
  • Art deco jewelry with large, flashy chains and chandelier pendants
  • Late 20th century featured pearls
  • Blue sapphire earrings and bracelets

The trademark accessories also included birdcage veils and rhinestone studded elaborate hair-combs.

For the groom, replace the standard boutonniere with a photo brooch.

7.Flowers

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Toss out the round bouquets and go with loosely bundled bouquets of wildflowers, baby’s breath, and blushing roses. You can also go with a single statement flower like hydrangea for your entire bouquet, to hone the vintage style. Add a lace handkerchief to your bouquet for an interesting twist.

8.Entertainment

A live band is a must-have, to nail the vintage feel. For fun at the wedding, consider adding games like ‘hook-a-duck’ or a photo booth with vintage props and Polaroid film photos. You can also have entertainers at your wedding that remind you of popular icons from the past. This couple chose to have a chimney sweep. Brilliant, I must say!  If you decide to go with a DJ, make sure that your playlist includes songs from the era that you have focused on. Music sets the mood of the event, so make sure that the background music is chosen with care, so you can rekindle nostalgia, right from the beginning of the event.

9.Wedding cake

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Choose traditional flavors like fruit cake, sponge and chocolate for a truly old-age style. Nude cakes decorated with fresh fruit and cream are very welcoming. You can also have it dusted with soft glitter for added bling. Other interesting designs include cakes embellished with lace prints and with pillars between the tiers.

10.Wedding favors

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Edible favors are the best. You could also consider photo mint tins or old-style photograph frames. Use brown paper bags with stamps or vintage prints for an authentic touch. Tie it up with lace, or if you are a big fan of burlap, go with it instead.

Weddings mark a beginning to a lifetime of happiness. And is there a better way to do it, than remember the best from the past, through history itself, as you step into a new future? What do you say? We hope that we have given you enough ideas and inspiration to put together your vintage wedding today.

Come visit us on Best for Bride today to choose the wedding dress that is perfect for your big celebration. Browse through our extensive bridal gallery and you are bound to find a wedding dress that is perfect for your wedding, whether it is rustic vintage or classic vintage. Also choose your bridesmaids dresses and find everything you need for your décor, flower needs, cakes and more, all at Best for Bride.