Planning a wedding can be one of the best experiences of a woman’s life. And, of course, finding the perfect dress is perhaps the most exciting part of planning your big day. Now, you may be the type of bride who knows exactly what she wants, and, if so, good for you! But, for the rest of us, all those options can be a bit overwhelming. With all the designers, styles, colors and details, how are we supposed to choose just one? Well, thankfully, narrowing down your choices doesn’t have to be so mind-boggling. Keep reading for tips on figuring out your bridal style, and choosing the dress that will suit you perfectly.
Is Audrey Hepburn your style icon? Does your everyday wardrobe include clean lines and understated chicness? If classic beauty is your thing, your bridal style could be best described as simple and elegant. A few great classic wedding looks include pretty A-line frocks, strapless column gowns and styles with full skirts and fitted bodices. Also, tea-length gowns are great for classic brides, as they definitely give off a traditional vibe, while still managing to look fresh and modern. And when it coms to hair and accessories, a classic bride can’t go wrong with a strand of pearls and a chic updo.
Do you love romance novels, mushy movies and love songs? If so, a romantic bridal style may be perfect for you. For the best in romantic bridal style, go for flowing silhouettes, lace overlays, ruffles and other ultra-feminine details. For example, the Essense of Australia from Essence Designs collection features the intricate beadwork and stunning lace details that perfectly compliment a romance-inspired bridal style. When it comes to accessories, pair a romantic, ladylike gown with a flowered hairpiece (think flower crowns or headbands) and vintage-inspired jewelry.
If you turn to the pages of Vogue for your style inspiration, you might just be confident enough to rock a high-fashion gown. Definitely not for everyone, couture dresses have a little more flair than your average bride can handle; but, if you’re not afraid to turn heads, you should look for a dress with lots of structure and dramatic lines. And, since couture dresses can be pretty dramatic, keep hair and makeup understated; a sleek bun and simple jewelry will do the trick.
Do you play by your own fashion rules? Can your style be described as funky or eclectic? If so, you might be a nontraditional bride. And you know something? That’s okay. There’s no rule that every bride has to wear a traditional wedding gown. In fact, your wedding is the perfect opportunity to showcase your uniqueness, so don’t be afraid to drape yourself in a less-than-classic dress, a pantsuit or whatever you feel like wearing. Go all out. This is your day.
If you love browsing the racks at your local thrift and consignment stores, a vintage bridal style might be your best bet. For a true vintage look, try off-white shades (cream, champagne and even pale yellow) with lace and beadwork. Top off your look with a wavy chignon, complete with jeweled hairpins and a short lace veil. Or, for a sizzling “Old Hollywood” vibe, opt for a curve-hugging satin gown and dramatic jewelry. And when it comes to hair, this look pairs perfectly with long, loose waves and a deep side part.
Now that you’ve figured out your bridal style, you’re one step closer to finding the dress of your dreams. Good luck!