Bridal Trends: Thinking Out of the Box for Big Day Style!
For a girl who’s used to looking at red and gold saris, the idea of a beautiful white wedding dress has always enchanted me.
There are a multitude of gorgeous options, and even with ever-changing trends in the bridal world, this year it’s all about elevating classics. Since many brides are trying to find a good balance of traditional and modern styles, here are a few trends that will help you find the perfect mix of both:
“After the royal wedding, I saw a sudden change: Everyone wanted illusion necklines and straps,” says Allison Newby, manager at b. Hughes Bridal. Kate Middleton’s wedding gown started the illusion neckline frenzy, and designers such as Carolina Herrera and Anne Barge have shown the trend all over their runways.
Illusion neckline: Romona Keveza gown at b. Hughes
We all died a little when Carrie Bradshaw appeared in her gorgeous wedding dress and vintage blue bird hairpiece in the Sex and the City movie, but let’s be serious — wearing a small animal on your head for the big day is just not for everyone! Instead, a subtle vintage-inspired hairpiece can add a unique and beautiful spin on any traditional gown.
Paris by Debra Moreland headpieces at The Bride Room
“Girls are drawn to two-piece dresses because they look seamless on the wedding day, and in reality they are gowns you can wear again,” explains Stephanie Arnold, manager at The Bride Room in Bandywood. “Many of our brides love wearing the tops with more casual skirts for anniversaries and other special occasions.” Monique Lhuillier is one of the many designers who recently embraced the trend, sending beautiful two-piece gowns flowing down the runway.
Two-piece Monique Lhuillier gown at The Bride Room
“Belts are a great way to incorporate beading work for brides who don’t want an entirely beaded gown,” says Newby. “Try pairing them with simple, natural-waisted dresses.” B. Hughes Bridal carries the Vera Wang belts, popularized by Khloe Kardashian and Chelsea Clinton.
Beaded Belts at b. Hughes
Gone are the days of metallic or white shoes: Right now it’s all about adding a slight touch of color. Try to avoid neon hues and instead opt for rich greens, charcoals, and jewel tones.
Kate Spade shoe
Photos by Zarna Surti
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