Your wedding dress is very much a centre piece of your big day so make sure it perfectly reflects your personality and theme, while still respecting your budget. Consider the style of dress you would like, as well as the fabric type, train length, neckline and straps or sleeves.
Make sure you set the budget for your wedding dress at the beginning of your wedding planning, not forgetting extras such as your veil, shoes and accessories. When shopping for your wedding dress, ensure the consultant knows your budget, this way you will not try on something over your price point and then be disappointed.
Popular Modern Wedding Dress Trends
Whether you are a fashion forward bride or one who follows their own personal style, it is worth considering popular modern trends. You may find a style you love, or a style you wish to avoid!
Super clean lined wedding dresses create a bold yet traditional look. The addition of a belt emphasises your figure and adds subtle detailing without changing the overall simple and elegant look.
Heavy detailed wedding dresses are very eye catching, creating a glamorous look, completely juxtaposing clean lined dresses. It is also a unique look with a large variety of possible detailing; sparkles, beads, lace, feathers, fringes and flowers.
Bohemian wedding dresses have always been a popular style of wedding dress. The perfect look can be created for light hearted brides, matched with loose braids, wavy hair and floral head pieces.
Colourful wedding dresses are a great option for the less conventional bride. The hint of colour in the dress perfectly reflecting your personality and wedding theme.
Jumpsuit styled wedding gown is a non-traditional alternative, a very elegant and sophisticated choice.
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Consider which style of dress would suit you best, complimenting your figure and in keeping with your wedding theme.
An A-line dress is fitted at the hips and gradually widens towards the hem, accentuating your waist and height, with a full skirt that is not as dramatic as a ball gown.
A sheath wedding dress is a fitted straight cut dress, which is often nipped at the waistline with no waist seam. This style is perfect for bride who wishes to have a simple yet sophisticated look.
Mermaid wedding dresses are trumpet styled with fit and flare, tailored close to your figure until the knee, and then flare out dramatically. A great option for a bride who wishes to show off her figure.
Ball gown wedding dresses create the perfect princess look. Ball gowns are a popular choice, but with so many variations of material type, skirt style and sleeve, you can be sure yours will still be unique.
Fit and flare wedding dresses are cinched at the waist with a flared skirt, similar to the mermaid styled dresses, although the flared skirt begins slightly higher up the leg, starting from the thigh.
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Sleeved wedding dresses are perfect for autumn and winter brides, adding a little more coverage, also making them appropriate for a conservative bride. Sleeves nicely counterbalance a plunging back or neckline, creating a very elegant yet striking look. Sleeves do not have to be a solid coloured fabric; sheer sleeves allow delicate detail to be added.
Lace and embroidery are timeless. For the traditional bride, delicate fabric and detailing creates the most romantic wedding dress.
Illusion necklines are a very glamorous choice, giving the appearance of a sleeveless dress, while being more conservative. This style also allows for the addition of delicate detail.
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For those fashion forward brides especially, shopping by designer may be a good place to start. Each designer has a unique style, whether they’re known for creating timeless romantic dresses, or big bold statement dresses for the more daring bride.
Vera Wang’s dresses are typically sensual, sophisticated and youthful, a very good choice for younger brides who wish to incorporate their personality and elegance. Vera is also known for use of colour when designing her wedding dress collections.
Lilian West’s wedding dress embody whimsy and romance. Perfect for the free-spirted bride, Lilian’s styles range from soft, patchwork lace to flowing silhouettes.
Maggie Sottero designs classic and romantic gowns, definitely worth considering this designer if your day is traditionally themed.
Trunk shows are a great way to view a designer’s collection, giving you the unique opportunity to view and try on wedding dresses straight from the runway, before they are available in stores. Look out for when your favourite designer is coming to a salon near you.
To compliment your dress and complete your look, consider which accessories you will wear.
Your veil can be any length, and with any additional detailing, complimenting your dress and hair style. Long veils are stunning and traditional, but do consider short or cage veils, which particularly compliment a casual wedding dress. Your jewellery also depends on your personal style and type of dress. The neckline of some wedding dresses are decorative enough, without the addition of a necklace. Any detailing or sparkle on your dress may be nicely complimented by earrings and a bracelet. A decorative belt, depending on the style of your dress, can help complete your look and accentuate your waist.