The relaxed wedding dress
Bohemian and relaxed wedding dresses are becoming increasingly popular and are great for summer weddings in the UK or if you plan on eloping and getting married abroad. Dresses such as this backless one by Grace Loves Lace really have a vibe of femininity and romance, with the light loose fabric making it a really comfortable option in warmer weather.
Dresses by other designers like Yolan Chris offer great combinations of fabrics and patterns making them perfect for that Boho look. Their dresses fall beautifully with heavier layering around the legs and a more minimalist body to accentuate your curves.
If you wanted a tighter fitting option then samples by Pallas Couture are great, with lots of intricate lacing and croquet work down the front of the dress which has a less formal feel compared to plain designs. You are left with a gorgeous natural shape and an elegant train to finish it off.
If you wanted something unique and truly stand out then dresses by Marchesa are also worth considering. As a brand they really embody the relaxed look and feel.
Trouser Alternative Dresses
Wedding fashion has now taken a leaf out of the book of normal fashion now and 'jumpsuits' and trouser suits are becoming more and more common - almost to the point of being seen as often as a conventional dress in some areas! If you're really not keen on skirts and want to have a really unique and different look, then these next few designs may be for you.
This two-piece by Lela Rose is really versatile and can be dressed up or down to match your vision and look. It has a bit of an Audrey Hepburn feel to it and is really chic and fashionable.
For those that are really in the know, don't forget about the wider trouser styles too. You could easily add some sparkle or beads to the legs to set yourself apart from the crowd such as on designs by Savannah Miller. If you wanted to opt for a proper trouser suit, or even just the jacket, you can make it work brilliantly with your dress in the shoulder months of spring and autumn, or pair with some really cute trousers such as these by Amanda Wakeley.
One designer to keep an eye out for if you're a fan of this style is Elio Abou Fayssal who always seems to be well ahead of the curve. Some of their samples include stunning sheer and jewelled lace trousers and high necked long sleeve tops are a great combination while maintaining a sense of elegance.
Coloured Wedding Dresses
That tradition of having to wear white at your wedding is something that is often broken these days, with a huge increase in coloured wedding dresses being worn. Blush and pastel tones are especially popular as well as floral designs too.
Fenoli have some great pastel designs out, especially in light blues. Their large ballroom style are combined with sheer and intricate bodice designs as well as floral decorations on the lower part of the dresses too. If you want a really floral design then dresses by Naeem Khan are worth considering. They maintain a really elegant and feminine shape with great colour choices for the flower detailing. They have a real whimsical feeling to them.
Bursts of colour mixed in with lighter fabrics really make the dress above by Marco & Maria. The metallic detailing throughout give it shine and sparkle whilst remaining decidedly feminine. Those wanting something a little different should definitely consider styles like this.
Your choice to go for a non-white dress needn't be so obvious, however. You can opt for subtle detailing and colours too just to give the dress a bit of 'pop'. This dress by Katya Katya Shehurina showcases some pastel blue and detailing on the waistband reading 'truly madly deeply' whilst otherwise remaining largely traditional with a beautifully long flowing skirt.
Red Carpet Glamour
Glamorous and embellished dresses will always play a key role in bridal fashion, and the designs seem to be getting more daring every year. Beads, lace and sultry silhouettes are the name of the game, and Pronovias is always striving for intricate designs. This dress really is worthy of a wedding and a red carpet, and the sleeves/cape adds a real edge to the dress too.
If you're looking for less risque designs then perhaps Rosa Clara is more your thing. With a tight fitting silhouette and flared sleeves this is really on trend at the moment, with the whole outfit having the sort of style that Victoria Beckham would be proud of! At the other end of the spectrum, if you're looking for something really special that is sure to put a smile on your partner's face all day, then designs by Berta Bridal really epitomise glamour, femininity and sensuality. The attention to detail is just incredible.
A real favourite for the year is the above elegant design by Karen Willis Holmes. Really it's everything a glamorous bride could wish for and more. A subtle elegance that is sure to be a winner for everyone.
Big and Dramatic Volume
We're talking about added textures, layers and extra volume. Big dresses don't have to be tasteless and tacky, in fact if done right they can be some of the more stylish dresses of all. One key designer to always consider is Vera Wang. Known to create really show-stopping designs, this stunning gown has a lovely backless design and an incredible skirt to accompany it.
Other designers that have captured the ballgown look brilliantly are SAVIN London with their bodice and feathered skirt combinations and Ines Di Santo who have opted for a more traditional look. Intricate lacework throughout, off the shoulder cap sleeves and thin straps go so well together.
Paolo Sebastian has gone one further and combined a few of this year's key trends - colour and volume. The soft blush pink really complements the neckline while the detailed embroidery bring attention to the layering in the skirt. Simply beautiful.
Sticking to more traditional styles doesn't make your dress any less unique or special. There is still massive scope and versatility. Current designs and trends certainly don't have to be the 'safe' or 'traditional' option at all. Peter Langner has combined simple elegant fabrics and satin stripes on a wide waistband to create a really stunning example that is super flattering with a nice voluminous skirt. Sassi Holford has gone down a similar route with a slim belt complementing the traditional shape. The angled strapless neckline really makes it stand out, and it even has pockets! Perfect for hiding away canapes.
Some dress designs will never go out of fashion. High necks and long sleeves with some lace detailing will always look stunning whatever the time of year. This Carolina Herrera pairs this with some lovely fabrics and a subtle fit with a slight flare to create a really lovely finished dress.
Another designer to look out for is Heidi Elnora, who's classic take on the traditional dress just oozes elegance. The deep neckline, flattering waist and flowing skirts are simply gorgeous and are completed by some lovely intricate detailing on the outer layers. Gorgeous!
Light and airy gowns are key trends for this season. If you want a big dress, make sure the fabrics are light to make sure you can move more easily and are more comfortable. Remember that you can always customise dresses to give them an element of 'you'. Belts, flowers or lace can make it more unique and there is so much you can do! Remember that laid back lace, high necklines and flowing fabrics always make for a gown that oozes romance and tends to be what most brides are looking for - something really classy and elegant.
Whether you're deciding on a traditional dress, a light and airy bohemian design or a a beautifully coloured and floral dress, make sure the details are captured and you look gorgeous in your wedding photographs.
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