Wedding Dress Trends – Top Wedding Dress Styles for the Modern Bride

Reflecting the overall trend of breaking away from tradition and steadfast rules, modern brides are choosing wedding gowns that reflect their personality and vision–not necessarily their grandmother’s. The only rule for wedding dress style these days is to choose one that suits you. Whether that means wearing a gold wedding dress, trouser suit or sundress, go with it! And even if you are more traditional and have always envisioned yourself as the fairy princess in the white satin ballgown, you needn’t worry about being perceived as old fashioned or “not with the times.” The modern “rule” for wedding dress style is to choose something that makes you feel comfortable and beautiful on your day.

That said, although certain traditional dress styles are always popular, bridal fashion does follow mainstream fashion to some extent. So if you are looking for something a little more contemporary or “now,” consider turning to the catwalks for inspiration.

The currently popular 20s-and floral-style dresses can be easily incorporated into a wedding dress. Accessories, such as chandelier earrings, can also transfer from the catwalks to comprise your wedding look. Try to avoid fashion that will date quickly, however, as you will want to display your wedding photographs for a long time. As a general rule, keep your wedding ensemble fashionably forward, not overly trendy.

Today’s Hot Wedding Dress Trends:

Add Some Color –

Using a wedding dress to bring out a colorful personality, modern brides are not afraid to add a splash of color to the traditional white gown. Whether that means adding a colored ribbon or piece of jewelry or foregoing the white wedding dress all together, today’s brides find inventive ways to incorporate color into their wedding attire. Particularly popular shades are blue, pink, cappuccino and champagne.

Lace Up –

Lace has made a recent comeback, exuding a look vintage romance that is feminine, yet not overdone. Many brides are enchanted by lace, envisioning a majestic day in a lush green garden.

Magnificent Embroidery –

For an ultra elegant, opulent feel, glamour girls savor wedding gowns adorned with intricate hand-embroidered details. This look warrants grand chandeliers, candlelight and an isle of red roses.

Ultra-Feminine –

As seen on the runway, feminine details are making a big impact. Ribbons, ruffles, flowers and bows are finding their way back onto wedding dresses and taking femininity to a new level. Brides who envision themselves floating along the cobblestones of a historic mansion will love this look.

Wedding Dress Tips For When You Are Considering Wedding Dress Styles

When you are shopping for a dress for your wedding day, there are quite a few things to consider with wedding dress designs. What I thought I would share with you are some wedding dress tips that I learned while in the process of buying my dress.

1. One of the first wedding dress tips you should consider is to keep an open mind. Since there are so many wedding dress styles available, even before you go to buy a dress, you can easily be overwhelmed.

I was very specific about the type of dress I was going to wear. I swore I was going to buy a tea length dress that was vintage, very 50’s, and ended up purchasing a mermaid wedding dress. Go figure! Therefore, don’t be surprised if you end up trying on something you thought you would never wear and end up loving it.

2. Go with your gut. Once you try on the dress and it looks fabulous on you, then you are done shopping and you don’t need to continue looking at various wedding dress designs. You will stress out and make yourself crazy if you start comparing your dress with others you see in magazines, stores and online.

3. Before you buy a dress, determine what your budget is. What I did was when researching various wedding dress styles; I telephoned the manufacturer to learn where the dress was sold locally. I then called the store to find out what the price was to determine if the dress was in my budget. Don’t discount a dress if it is very inexpensive, again go try it on, you might be pleasantly surprised.

4. On a tight budget? Then once you have an idea of wedding dress styles and what type of dress looks good on you, check out eBay, consignment stores, thrift stores, sample sales and in some cities, you can rent your dress as well. I knew someone who once stumbled upon a garage sale and there, hanging on the garage, was her dress!

5. Some other wedding dress tips to keep in mind are to remember that you want to be comfortable on your wedding day. Never in a million years did I think I would be comfortable in a mermaid wedding dress but was pleasantly surprised when I tried it on and not only did it fit perfectly but it was also easy to move around in.

6. Also, remember not all wedding dress designs will fit you perfectly especially in the dress length. Therefore, leave yourself a few months for alterations. If you have to order the dress, then tag on another 6 months leaving yourself with at least an 8 months lead time for manufacturing and altering the dress prior to your wedding day.

7. Finally, have fun with your dress. Add an accent or two if you wish. I intend to do something to compliment my groom by wearing either a pink tool wrap or maybe replace the white ribbon that ties the bodice with a pink ribbon.

Of course, I can’t show you my dress, it wouldn’t be fair to my fiance. However, it’s an off-white mermaid wedding dress and I love it! Until next time, remember the Budget Bash mantra: make it simple, delicious, stylish, fun & economical to all!