Casual Wedding Dress Styles

There is a great new array of more casual wedding dress styles available today – especially during the spring and summer – so you can feel relaxed, comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day. For many women, dressing up in a spectacular wedding gown can be the highlight of their year – for others, the thought of formal bridalwear makes them a little uncomfortable. So if traditional wedding dresses and ball gowns really aren’t your style then fear not, there are plenty of other, more casual designs to choose from – either in wedding boutiques or even on the high street.

Some styles to consider include:

Blouson – loose and floaty, blouson styles are gathered at the waist or just below for a flattering and summery look. Usually made from fine or sheer fabric, you will often find blouson styles made from delicate and feminine prints. Go for pastel or muted colours and dress up with sparkling jewellery and a sleek hair do.

Drop Waist – drop waist gowns can lengthen the body by placing the waist at the hip area, with either a fitted or loose bodice above – usually with detailing on the skirt. This kind of wedding dress can suit both classic and casual brides, and is a great modern style. Available in a huge range of styles and fabrics, this kind of wedding dress can look as formal or as traditional as you like.

Grecian - draping and luxurious, Grecian wedding gowns are comfortable and suit most body shapes. Best in silky and smooth fabrics, Grecian dresses are usually floor-length with detailing around the strap/neckline area. For a contemporary look, go for asymmetrical straps and a bold colour. Perfect with flat sandals or bare feet and loose, curled hair.

Mini – show off your legs and make your fiance’s jaw hit the floor! A mini dress can be any style you like – skin-tight, loose and flowing or with a bubble hem. Go for classic white or ivory with delicate detailing for a more formal look, or step out of tradition and go for a completely different colour. Because your dress is, well, mini, you can maximise on accessories instead! And because you’ll be showing off your shoes, make sure you choose some stunners.

Tea-length – these wedding gowns stop just above the ankle and often hark back to the 50s with wide, full skirts. Bouncy, fun and fashionable, tea-length wedding dresses are very popular at the moment. Beautiful with a sweetheart neckline and lots of retro accessories.

Vintage – choose your favourite era and play dress up! From elegant lacy 20s style to the glamorous golden era of the 30s and 40s, from the rock and roll 50s to the psychadelic 60s and 70s, or even go all Wedding Singer and go for neon 80s style – it’s up to you.

Two-piece – A skirt and top combo can be a lovely alternative to the traditional wedding dress. Mix and match with your favourite colours, fabrics and styles to create your own signature look.

Dress/Trouser Suits – More commonly seen at registry office weddings, a dress or trouser suit is yet another way of stepping away from the traditional wedding gown. There are plenty of styles and colours to choose from, on and off the high street. Though we would advise buying the best you can afford, and consulting a seamstress or tailor to get a perfect fit – not all suits are created equal!

Whatever kind of wedding outfit you choose, make sure it reflects your personality, your style and most of all that you feel absolutely comfortable in it. Beyond that, the specifics are up to you!

Wedding Dress Styles: Find a Style That Looks Great On You

It’s difficult for all brides to look the same, because there are so many different wedding dress styles for them to choose from. A bride’s wedding day look will be created by picking out a wedding dress with both a silhouette and neckline that flatters her figure. Wedding dress styles come in a number of combinations of silhouettes matched with necklines. This means that a bride with almost any type of body shape will be able to find a dress that looks good on her.

Let’s start by looking at the most common silhouettes. Wedding dress styles usually fall into these five categories.

A-Line Dress
Also known as the Princess dress, this is one of the most popular traditional wedding dress styles. The waist is defined with a fitted bodice and the rest of the dress flows out, usually to the ground. This simple silhouette looks good on almost any figure.

Empire Dress
The thing that defines an empire dress is its high waistline which is located right under the bust. The bottom half of the dress can either be a-line or something much more fitted. It is recommended for a petite bride, because it gives the illusion of an elongated body or for a bride who would rather cover up than define her waist.

Ball Gown Dress
This type of traditional wedding dress has a fitted bodice and a very full skirt that is typically floor length. Brides with pear shaped bodies should choose this style to define the waist and hide their curvier bottom.

Sheath Dress
This narrow shaped dress hugs and shows off every curve. It looks great long or short, and is  perfect for a bride who is well proportioned and likes to show off her feminine figure.

Mermaid Dress
This type of wedding dress is also narrow and form fitting, but flares out below the knee. It accentuates a woman’s hips so a bride who chooses this type of dress has to be very comfortable with her curves.

Now we look at some of the common necklines. Wedding dress styles can be broken down into the following:

Strap
A classic neckline for a traditional wedding dress where straps are in place on either side of the shoulder, holding up the dress. It looks good with almost any body shape.

Strapless
This type of dress exposes all of the shoulders and arm without any straps to hold the dress up. It’s a good look for bustier women and women with beautiful collarbones or shoulders.

Sweetheart
The shape of this neckline looks like the top of a heart, it can either be worn with or without straps. It’s a very feminine look, drawing attention to the chest and elongates the neck.

Halter
This type of neckline has straps, but instead of being on the sides of the shoulder, they are wrapped and tied in the back. It’s an excellent choice for women with slightly broader shoulders.

V-Neck/Plunging
Like the name implies, the neckline here is shaped to resemble the letter V, showing off a bit of cleavage in the front. Women who aren’t afraid to be a little revealing should try this neckline.