Latest in Fashion Forward Wedding Gowns

DAlexandra in dove grey by Truvelle. Credit: Blush Photography.

 

Colour Me Fabulous
Creative Couture Marries Hues du Jour

by Lindsay Ruck

In a world where couples say “I do” on the daily, it can be hard for a bride to feel her look has any originality. For those daring dames who want a little less cookie cutter while still feeling bridal, we’ve found some amazing designs just for you. What makes these gowns even more special? The beautiful colours!

“We definitely love to see a little colour on a wedding dress and this trend has been getting bigger over the last few years,” says Meaghan Brunetti, owner of Ottawa bridal boutique The Handmade Bride. “Champagne and blush have been huge, and have been accepted as a norm in bridal style. This season we are starting to see silver and blue tones as a bolder choice for some of our clients. The new sample dresses have these cooler colours in mind. Truvelle, one of our talented Canadian designers, has introduced beautiful smoke chiffon and silver brocade skirts with gorgeous hand-beaded bodices.”

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Eden in rose by Truvelle. Credit: Blush Photography

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Eden in rose by Truvelle. Credit: Blush Photography

For the spring-summer 2016 season, designers have married classic styles with untraditional touches and shades. We’re not saying classic is boring. Far from it! We’re just taking a peek at a few of the other fashion- forward designs that may have you second- guessing the all-white strapless ball gown with the tulle underlay. Don’t knock it ‘til you try it, ladies!

3-D floral appliques

Floral designs are not new to the bridal scene. But this once soft and delicate look has evolved, and many designs this season put petals at centre stage. This mod look of 3-D appliques is like an added layer to the gown. And a sheer underlay in a separate shade, such as silver or champagne, really makes the flowers pop.

Noteworthy designs of the season include Mira Zwillinger’s “Beatrice Silver” light silver flower gown with layers of silk organza, and Jim Hjelm’s blush tulle A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and floral embellishments.

This trend is often paired with another popular design style – the illusion bodice. Sexy sheer tops and sleeves are peppered with strategically-placed floral appliques. Drifting away from white and ivory, we’re seeing layers of nude and blush lining. Both Hayley Paige and Reem Acra have paired the two designs in their spring 2016 lines.

Feathers

This design takes us back to the 1920s and the days of the high-fashion flappers. Before you start imagining what a feathered gown may entail, think a little less Big Bird and a lot more couture. From a feather embellishment here and there to full feathered skirts, when done right, this look is absolutely stunning.

The muted colours are what really take this style to another level. Jenny Packham sent a nude, off-the-shoulder A-line wedding dress down the runway of Bridal Fashion Week that included a scattering of feathers at the waistline.

Overskirts

Overskirts are all about creating an extra layer to the gown and providing added movement. The skirt can be a sheer layer of tulle or a thicker cut satin. Contrasting colours are what really makes this look shine.

Pants

Not everyone thinks pants when they think bridal, but several anti-dress brides-to-be are raising their glasses to uber-sexy, ultra-classy separates. There seems to be two dominant styles for this look. The first is a tailored, fitted, ultra-mod pant suit. A stark white or ivory are the most striking hues for this style. Carolina Herrera sent a gorgeous ivory, ankle-length pant with fitted blazer and ivory tank down the runway this season. The other side of this spectrum, where designers are a little more playful with colour, is a nod to the bohemian bride. Flowing pants and a loose top are staples of this look. Colours vary from cream and nude to grey and blush.

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Plunging neckline

Plunging V-necks are one of the sexiest styles this season, and they are peppered throughout bridal fashion. While a plunging V is not new to the scene, some of the softer shades are.

“One of our most coveted dresses is the rose gold sequin top gown by Truvelle,” says Meaghan. “It has a plunging neckline and a low back and is very flattering on many different body types. It combines a few trends: the plunging neckline, low back, off colours, sequins, and flowy skirts!”

Naeem Khan features a beautiful “Positano” sleeveless French blue tulle A-line wedding dress with a plunging V-neck in his collection. Monique Lhuillier showcases many plunging Vs in her bridal line, including “Veronique” – a plunging sheer V-neck ball gown with embroidered tulle and nude bodice.

Tiered skirts

This fun and flirty style offers tons of movement and adds layers of texture to a gown. Designer Rita Vinieris of Rivini created several pieces this season that focus on layers and dimensions. Inspired by rays of natural light and landscape painter J.M.W. Turner, Rivini’s designs layer different colours and textures to add depth to the gowns. Organza tiered skirts with detailed bodices capture the designer’s vision beautifully. The most breathtaking of designs from Rivini came in the form of a dawn-coloured (almost gold) hand-embroidered ball gown with circular sweeping layers of scalloped organza.

Blush and light blue are two shades that complement this style beautifully. The fun and flirty skirt paired with soft blush has a youthful look that certainly stands out amongst the simpler white ball gowns.

Mini dress

Whether for the entire day or a wardrobe change for the reception, this is another fun style that continues to gain popularity. What’s fresh about this season’s shorter dress is just how high those hemlines are hiked. Sexier mini styles appeared in the form of shift dresses doused in beading, while more delicate looks featured mid-thigh to knee-length and high-low hemlines with voluminous skirts.

This already fun style is amped up with colours of blush, silver and nude, and floral and two-tone designs.

“Our generation of brides feel that their wedding is the ultimate expression of their personalities and their love story,” says Meaghan. “They want personal touches throughout their ceremony and décor; they love to be inspired and go outside the box when making choices about their weddings. This goes for the dress as well.”

It’s an exciting time in bridal fashion, and we’re loving that designers are offering gowns as unique as the bride herself.

“I believe every woman wants to choose a dress that feels like her, that suits her body and her personality. Some women love a soft vintage look with delicate lace, some prefer a more urban look, and others die over more traditional ball gowns. But I have never met a bride that did not want her personality and style to shine through in the choice of her gown. I think that as we get more creative in our choices for our wedding, things that once seemed taboo are now ordinary and we continue to push the envelope in wedding trends. I love that brides are getting creative and allowing themselves to be who they are on their wedding day!” W

The Dress Expert – One Dress or Two?

By Dominique Levesque

What’s your favorite style of dress?  Ball gown, mermaid, A-line? Maybe you like more than one dress? Every week I sit down with my staff to find out what my brides are asking for.  It’s important to me to have what you are looking for. One of the emerging trends we noticed is the bride choosing to have two dresses. You don’t have to compromise anymore.

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In many religions and cultures, the change of clothing and accessories during a wedding celebration symbolizes the beginning of a new phase of life for that couple. For many of the brides we see it’s simply an extension of their vision.  They want to enjoy every minute on their terms with no compromise.  It’s a small luxury they will cherish for a lifetime.

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Questions from readers:

Lindsay asked:

“When you buy your dress a year in advance or more, where is the best place to store the dress and in what conditions? In a bag for the whole year or air it out once in a while?”

That’s an awesome question because so many brides ask me the same thing.  Here are my guidelines for storage and why:

  1. It should be kept in a dark place like the back of a closet. Over time, the light can affect the color of the fabric and the embellishments
  2. It should be kept in a proper garment bag to ensure it remains free of dust
  3. It should be kept in a non-smoking home. Even though no one will be smoking in the bedroom closet, smoke gets in everything.  And the only way to get rid of that smell before the wedding is to have it dry cleaned. Over time, smoke can also alter the color of the dress. Many seamstresses will not want to work on the dress and the smell will transfer on the other dresses they are working on

For storing the gown after the wedding, it’s important to have your dress professionally cleaned by a cleaner who offers gown preservation services soon after the wedding.  Even if you see no apparent stains, residues of white wine or oil based salad dressing may not show immediately on your dress but over time your dress will have yellow spots and even holes, as oil can eat through the fabric.

Francine asked:

“Why is the size of my wedding dress different than what I normally buy?”

I love that question, because I understand your frustration.  In the garment industry there are a large number of standard sizing systems for various garments: tops, dresses, suits… Each manufacturer decides what will work best for them and the segment of the market they serve, which makes it really confusing for customers.

It is a common occurrence in main stream clothing brands and chain stores to vanity size their garments to create loyalty from their customer.  Who can blame them? I certainly would buy from a store where I fit in a smaller size.  I wish the bridal designers would adopt that practice.

Our bodies are also not standard, and often our top is not the same size as our hips or waist.  For example you can have a top size 8 a middle size 10 and a bottom size 12; our professional stylist will be able to show you the best size to take and how to alter the dress to fit perfectly.

About Dominique:

The Dress Expert

Dominique Levesque followed her dream to be a designer. Now she’s one of Ottawa and Gatineau’s biggest wedding and prom dress purveyors, and owns and operates Dominique Levesque Bridal Salons.

“Fashion is my life, and helping women find their outer beauty and inner confidence for their special day is my life’s work” – Dominique Levesque.

Do you have a question for Dominique? Please submit your question by email at info@dominiquebridal.ca or call one of the locations below for more information:
Ottawa: 1300 Carling, Ave. 613-321-1136
Gatineau: 319  rue Notre-Dame 819-643-1166

Fifty Years of Wedding Dress Fashion

By: Rev. Alan Viau

It is no secret. For many brides it’s all about the dress. No matter the budget, every bride wants to wear her fairy-tale gown as she glides down the aisle.

Styles evolve over the years, but the hunt for the right dress never changes. It is fascinating to look back at past styles and see how they fit into the societal context of the day.  It gives us insight as to why we see the current fashions.  It was a discussion with my costume designer wife that spurred me to look at some of the most famous bridal gowns from the 1930s to the 1980s.

The evolution of the wedding dress by decade:

1930s
Simple silhouettes and silk were in. Americans rejected extravagant styles during the Depression, opting for wear-again dresses within their budget. But brides still fantasized about the lavish gowns featured on stars like Claudette Colbert in movie weddings.

1940s
Long sleeves and lace made a comeback. With limited resources during World War II, many women used rayon satins for their gowns instead of silk. Wartime conservation also forced many to shorten their trains and ditch the traditional veil.

1950s
Sweetheart necklines and full skirts swept sales. As brides begged for copies of Elizabeth Taylor’s dress in Father of the Bride, retailers met the demand. Others chose simpler ballerina styles with tulle skirts and scoop necklines.

1960s
Higher waists and shorter hemlines hit the scene. Many women preferred simple shift dresses to fuller styles, while others maintained silhouettes from the late ‘50s. Some brides scrapped the gown altogether, wearing pants or peasant dresses.

1970s
Flowery frocks and ruffled revivals made statements. Hippie-inspired fashions remained popular early in the decade before more formal gowns returned to glory. Brides channeled styles of the 1930s and ‘40s and embraced designs with embroidery.

1980s
Lace frills and puffed sleeves came back into style. Princess Diana’s fairy-tale gown inspired brides around the globe, bringing dramatic trains back in vogue. To top off the romantic look, some women went back to an old favorite, the full-length veil.

Prints are posted by permission from http://www.reminisce.com/. For more fun-to-read features inspired by the 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, early 70s and beyond, check out the website or download digital editions for the Nook, Kindle or Google Play & Android.or download digital editions for the Nook, Kindle or Google Play & Android.

A Decade of Style

Charlotte Balbier’s latest collection, ‘A Decade of Style’ sweeps across the floor. Bridal designs for the bride of the next generation, confident with her choice of gown she glows with a beautiful edge of elegance. Charlotte Balbier’s latest collection embodies a celebration of style and grace.

Welcoming her 10th anniversary as a leading British bridal designer, the collection is exclusively stocked in forty boutiques nationwide, the label is set to embark on a fresh and exciting journey with the new direction proving that to innovate and lead by example are top of the priority list.

‘A Decade of Style’ collection offers gowns with intricate embroidery, beadwork and flowing impeccable cuts with an ethereal feel. Charlotte Balbier gives the bride a world of glamour and escapism for brides. Balbier brides feel a real connection with Charlotte and her designs and some may say she is from a very lucky bridal gene pool. Embellishing definitive looks with modern touches of cloud like romance and teaming muted hues with metallic accents for subtle sophistication, ‘A Decade of Style’ takes a turn to the future generation with a plethora of luxury textures and tones that have never been seen before from this leading bridal fashion house.

Each gown has an identity, a distinct look and feel and its own story behind the magic. The collection captures a brides imagination, Charlotte’s main passion when designing each fashion forward piece with the bride in mind. Each bride embarks on a journey and consumed by love, they all have their own consuming love story to tell.

“My passion always has and always will be to design truly beautiful pieces that give my brides a real dream of a dress.” says Charlotte.

Charlotte hopes the line will be available in Canada soon. Ottawa brides, be inspired by her gorgeous designs. Visit www.charlottebalbier.com for more.

 

 

The Cymbeline Collection

The Parisian lady is known worldwide for her “unconventional chic”. She highlights the basics and makes her daring a major asset. With this in mind Cymbeline presents a 2013 collection that combines all these looks as a wink to all times.

Everything is about attitude, being in tune with oneself combined with a little bit of irreverence.

GARANCE 

Romantic Calais lace dress with a lace overdress, boat neckline and little sleeves encrusted with Cornely embroidered lace patterns and a satin bustier dress with a heart-shaped neckline. The asymmetric waistline is encrusted with lace  patterns.

GAYA 

Ultra sexy dress with very low back. Tulle bodice embroidered with cotton guipure, the embroidered tulle skirt is entirely covered with silk organza ruffles, surrounding the curves of the hips.

GERVAISE with flower and GINGER jacket

Siren dress in lace decorated with a cascade of organza flowers, presented with a silk gauze jacket sprinkled with flowers. The collar and cuffs are finished with exquisite gauze flowers. This is Cymbeline creation for HANAE MORI

GIGI

Draped satin bustier dress and tulle scarf skirt. Elegant lacing up the back. The skirt folds to transform the short dress at the front.

GITANE

Seventies style flowing dress with a full flounced skirt in Bobinnet tulle. The low waisted effect is highlighted by lace braiding applied in a point.

GRACE   

Trendy, Calais lace bustier dress. The skirt is short at the front and long at the back with layers of tulle flounces edged with Swiss fringing. The wide belt accentuates the rock look of the design.

GRAFITTI   

Long flowing twenties style dress in sequin-embroidered tulle, the deep neckline front and back gives a glamorous, sexy look. Beautiful graphic beaded design.

Perfecto GIL

Sublime perfecto jacket in satin. Worn with a romantic dress with a full tulle skirt and a maxi silk flower placed on the revers of the collar – the very embodiment of the 2013 collection’s rock look.

Top Tips for Buying Your Wedding Shoes

In terms of wedding couture, we all know that the dress steals the spotlight.  But you can’t forget that essential factor to complete the look – the shoes!  You would think with long wedding dresses that shoes wouldn’t be an important focus, but think again!  So many images are including, and even showcasing the bride’s shoes.  Short dresses  and high slits are also increasingly popular, giving all the more reason to find some amazing shoes for your big day.  You may think finding your dream shoes will be easy, but there are many things to consider – style, comfort, value…so here are a few tips to get you started.

First, think of the date of your wedding, ceremony location, and venue.  What type of shoes would be most comfortable?  Are you spending most of the day outdoors walking on grass or stone?  Very high heels may not be the appropriate choice.  Think about what height you are normally used to, and try not to go for something way out of your comfort range, especially on a day when you will be constantly on your feet.

Match your wedding colors and theme.  If your decor features an accent colour, that would be perfect for your shoe choice.  Your wedding bouquet colors would look fab with a similar color in your wedding shoe – it makes everything blend and go together nicely.  For themed weddings, there are countless shoe ideas.  You could have a lot of fun with this one.  You can find amazing shoes to match a vintage, beach, or bohemian wedding theme to name a few.

What season are you getting married in?  Many brides may not consider this, but in the middle of winter the last thing you want to walk around in are slingbacks or slip-ons. Your feet get can very cold, so find a shoe with a bit more coverage.  Perhaps a popular wedding boot for your pics, and then you could change into a pair of sexy shoes for the reception.

An important tip when trying on shoes is to remember that your feet will swell by the end of the day.  Shop for your shoes in advance and remember to wear them around the house every so often to break them in.  The last thing you want is to take your shoes out of the box for the first time and encounter blisters along the way.

One last tip, probably the most important, is to bring a second pair of shoes with you as you near the end of the night, preferably a flat, slipper or one you have worn for years.  Just like an outdoor wedding, you always need a back up plan.

Happy Shoe Shopping!

Very Superstitious

Something blue sewn onto a Vera petticoat

As you prepare for your wedding day, invites, flowers, guests lists, and scheduling are always top of mind. But superstition also plays a large part in a bride’s big day. Here in the US the, “Something old, something new, something borrowed, and something blue” rule is commonly put into practice. Lets review some of the nuptial rules and traditions of brides around the world. Which ones will you keep in mind as you get ready to say “I Do”?

– English lore says that a bride will have excellent luck in marriage if she finds a spider in her gown on the day of her wedding.

– In ancient Rome, a bride’s veil was meant to disguise her from evil spirits who, jealous of her happiness, would try and do her harm on her wedding day.

– Greek cultures insist that the bride tuck a sugar cube into her glove before tying the knot so as to make her marriage all the more sweet.

– One Indian matrimonial fable states that if a cat eats from the bride’s or groom’s left shoe a week before they are to be wed then the two will have great luck in marriage.

– Unexpected rain showers are commonly associated with wedding disasters, but according to Hindu tradition it is in fact a sign of good luck!

Content derived from the Vera Wang Blog, Vera Unveiled

Fall 2013 Bridal Show: All About Lace

Content derived from the Vera Wang Blog, Vera Unveiled
Photography: Dan Lecca

The 2013 Fall Bridal Collection reflects an exploration of laces all hand-wrought, pieced, appliquèd and tossed onto an assortment­­ of light, airy confections with a casual nonchalance. This study in femininity and romance celebrates the wedding gown in a new take on classicism and ornamentation

Look 1: Strapless mermaid floating lace gown over web lace with horsehair and tulle shrug
Look 2: Strapless corded bodice ball gown with lace and organza wave flange skirt. Floral corsage at hip.
Look 3: Draped tulle and Chantilly lace bodice ball gown with crystal and organza embroidery details
Look 4: Strapless modified ball gown with ribbon embroidered bodice and textured organza skirt over honeycomb crinoline. Silk organza hand rolled petal collar at neck.

 

Look 5: Strapless draped tulle bodice ball gown with crystal embroidery accented by floating pleated detail at the hip
Look 6: One shoulder drop waist classic lingerie inspired ball gown with hand pieced organza petal details and floating tulip and rose lace accent.
Look 7: Floating corded leaf and embroidered circular lace strapless mermaid gown with bias organza and lace flange detail accented by crystal and pearl cluster embroidery at hip. Basketweave silk gazaar corselette under bust.
Look 8: Corded leaf lace over web lace modified mermaid gown with hand appliqued lace accents and English tulle and horsehair flange at train. Silk organza hand rolled petal corsage at neck. Silk organza corselette at waist
Look 9: Strapless micro flange bodice modified ball gown with silk organza and mixed lace wave flange skirt. Blossoming hand rolled organza petal corsage at waist.
Look 10. Strapless floating tulip and rose lace ball gown with open back and classic corset detailing
Look 11: Stretch mikado mermaid gown with floating tulip and rose lace overlay accented by table pleated organza rosette skirt.
Look 12: Strapless modified ball gown with Chantilly lace bodice accented by organza petal and pearl embroidery with hand draped textured organza skirt over English tulle wave flange detail. English tulle and horsehair ruffled collar at neck.
Look 13: Floating Chantilly lace ball gown with bias organza and tulle wave flange detail. Basketweave gazaar bralette with classic lingerie details.
Look 14: Tulip Chantilly lace mermaid gown with hand pieced circular flange train and mum garden hemline. Silk organza mum and tulle corsage at neck.
Look 15: Strapless ball gown with ribbon embroidered bodice and silk organza floating flange skirt accented by lace applique detail at hem.
Look 16: Strapless drop waist modified ball gown with corded leaf lace bodice and swirling bias cut table pleat flange skirt. Silk zibeline corselette at waist.

 

Walking Down The Aisle – Wedding Shoes

How to choose the shoes (or do the shoes choose you?)

Courtesy of the Ottawa Wedding Show Blog

Though with a long dress, veil and train almost no one will ever really see your footwear it is important to consider what shoes make the best choice for a bride to wear on her wedding day. Never select the shoes to wear on your wedding day until you have chosen a wedding dress. The shoes should be in keeping with the style of your wedding dress, i.e. if your dress is traditional or formal your shoes should be also. If you are being married on a beach then perhaps more of a fancy sandal look might be appropriate.

The height of your shoes is very important. If your wedding dress is floor length then you want to be sure that whatever the height of your shoes is your dress still touches the floor. Once you have selected your wedding dress it is a good idea to try your shoes on with your dress while you can still have alterations made to the dress. If the shoes make the dress too high then you may have to reconsider your selection of footwear. If your shoes end up being more flat and the dress is dragging on the floor then your dress can be altered and likely hemmed up.

The biggest consideration when picking out shoes to wear for the big day is comfort. If your wedding is in the morning or early afternoon, followed by photos, cocktails, reception and dance you could be standing on your feet for more than 12 hours. That is why comfort has to be the biggest consideration but you can still find very comfortable shoes that are still fashionable. Depending on the material of your shoes some will naturally be more forgiving and comfortable than others. Many bridal shoes are fashioned out of a plastic base with silk and lace attributes to coordinate with the dress. Real leather is by far the best choice as not only does it breathe but it will stretch and accommodate your feet if they swell later in the day.

The height of your heel will also contribute to how comfortable you are feeling by the time the dancing starts. Many a tall bride has to consider the height of her shoes if she is as tall (or taller) than the groom. One of the most comfortable shoes in this case is white ballet slippers. The trick to having really comfy ballet slippers (more so than with other shoes) is to buy them ahead of time them and wear them often inside while doing things that won’t scuff or mark them (like watching TV). Over several weeks the ballet shoes will become like slippers and your feet will feel great for the big day even into the evening and dancing.
Some brides want their shoes to match the shoes of their attendants. Something to consider when choosing shoes would be if these will be “one use” shoes. Your attendants may want shoes that are leather-like (as opposed to silk/satin) and classic styling allowing them to use them on other occasions.

When selecting your shoes to wear on your wedding day, go shopping late in the day when your legs are tired and your feet a little swollen. Shoes selected at the end of the day are a much better fit than shoes selected in the morning when your feet are the least swollen. The right shoes will mean that you will enjoy your wedding day because when your feet are tired and/or hurt it wrecks everything even the most perfectly planned day.

Trend Alert! Wedding Dress Trends

In 2012, we have seen a lot of bling on wedding dresses as well as big skirts. These ornately embellished skirts sport ruffles, beaded belts, flowers and/or lace. Many of the most striking wedding gowns shown at New York bridal shows featured skirts that were not only voluminous, but also had very heavy embellishments.

Here are the top six trends in bridal wear for fall:

1. Ruffles. Ruffled wedding gowns are still huge. From ball gowns to trumpet gowns, there is every kind of ruffle you can imagine — horizontal, vertical and torn-looking, even some that look like tumbleweed. These can be great for every body type, with some terrific styles for curvy brides!

2. Flowers. Oversized three-dimensional flowers are one of the most impressive accents in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 wedding dress collections. While the concept has been shown in previous years in a few haute couture lines, the detail will be much more widely available in wedding gowns across all price points.

A gown with huge flowers on the skirt would be stunning for a spring or summer bride. For brides who want an embellished skirt that is a bit less exuberant, look for gowns that are accented with delicate flower petals. The petals are usually created from lightweight organza and flutter gracefully all over the skirt. This is a delightful effect for a garden wedding. The slightly more subdued effect of the three-dimensional petals will be sweet for a petite bride who might find herself overwhelmed by one of the oversized flower appliquéd skirts. After all, it is always more important to find a wedding gown that suits the individual bride than it is to adhere slavishly to trends.

 3. Beaded belts. Look for more gowns with beaded belts and accents at the natural waist. This is a great detail to have on a plus size wedding gown because it helps to create structure and a focal point on the body.

 

4. Lace. What you’ll see mostly are fantastic lace trumpet wedding gowns. They are fitted through the bodice and thighs, have a generous skirt and are covered in lace.

5. Pleated organza. Another take on the oversized embellishment trend is large concentric circles of pleated organza. Brides who know their wedding history will be reminded of the famous bridal gown worn by legendary bride, Jacqueline Bouvier, when she wed John F. Kennedy. The design is updated with light organza, which helps to keep the gown from being too heavy. The three-dimensional design on the skirt is usually balanced with a simple strapless bodice with shirring. The shirring is just enough interest to hold up to the eye-catching design of the skirt without competing. A strapless neckline looks best when it is enhanced with dramatic handmade wedding jewelry.

 

6. Tiered skirts. Tiered skirts with plenty of volume are also a key trend. The tiers are often done over very full skirts, and can be used with either a natural waistline or a mermaid cut gown. Further accents in the form of appliqués and beading on the tiers are also part of the look. Truly, there is no such thing as “too busy” for the upcoming season of wedding dresses. Crystal beading is particularly favoured with the tiered skirt gowns, and lends itself to being paired with handmade crystal bridal jewelry for the wedding day.

There will be plenty of other fabulous new wedding gown trends on the horizon for spring 2013. Watch for them.