What style of bridal gown should you choose? That’s the question most often on a bride’s mind when it comes to selecting her wedding dress.
While there are a lot of styles to choose from, there’s an overriding category decision that you’ll need to make. It can be simple yet oh so difficult to choose:
Trendy or Timeless?
If you open a bridal fashion magazine, you’ll see photo after glossy photo of beautiful gowns that are “in” right now. Some of these dresses are more fashion forward than others, while some are current yet follow a more classic bridal tradition.
So many of our brides come in looking for their perfect wedding gown but still have questions about what style to go with. It’s a perfectly reasonable concern to have. Your dress decision is one of the biggest parts of the wedding planning process! Here are some questions to ask yourself:
What’s your style?
One of the most important things to remember about selecting your wedding gown is to keep your style in mind. The worst thing you can do is force yourself into a style of gown that someone else loves but doesn’t fit with your preferred aesthetic. It’s better to choose something you love rather than something that’s considered “en vogue” right now.
How will I feel about the dress when I look at photographs 10 or 20 years from now?
We don’t want to frighten you, but we do want you to be realistic. Wedding dress regret is a real thing. We get it. It’s not an easy decision. Of course you’ve looked at your mother’s and grandmother’s wedding photos and it’s natural to feel worried about looking “dated” in your own photos.
Of course you should focus on style and you should choose something that you love and that looks fabulous on you, but don’t forget to check in with your future-self about your bridal gown choice. Will future-you cringe at your choice of a transparent gown, of give you a high 5 for showing off your young body?
Here’s our take on it: No matter what style of wedding gown you choose, your photos are going to be dated by other aspects of your wedding like flowers, décor choices, your color scheme, the style of photography, and even your hairstyle or makeup. And that’s okay. It’s the nature of weddings. 10 years from now it will be a beautiful thing to see that time has passed but your love is just as strong or even stronger than when you first got married. Our advice is to push away the fear of wedding dress regret and simply focus on you right here and right now.
Do classic styles resonate with you?
If your style leans toward a more classic or timeless aesthetic, we suggest ball gown or A-line style dresses. Ball gowns are your typical “princess” dresses with full skirts that nip in at the waist. A-line gowns can be very similar to ball gowns, but A-lines typically don’t have as much volume in the skirt. Both of these silhouettes have that classic beauty feel to them and you won’t be sorry if you choose one of these styles!
If you want to feel royal on your wedding day, consider following Kate Middleton’s lead and choose elegant sleeves rather than strapless.
Are you the modern, trend-setting type?
On the other hand, if you’re looking for something a little more fashion forward, you should consider mermaid or trumpet style gowns. These gowns are typically more body conscious, hugging to your curves in all the right places, and then flaring out either at the thigh or the knee. There are different names for these styles including mermaid, fishtail, or trumpet styles, but they basically all have one thing in common: they’re on the trendier side of wedding dress fashion.
You might also choose a style of dress that includes a corset, a nude or transparent element to the dress, or some of the “bling” that’s so popular right now.
Still can’t decide?
If you’re still wondering what the best dress style is, don’t worry! That’s what our bridal consultants are here for. At Second Dance Bridal, we live to find our clients their perfect wedding gown and we’re happy to give you some advice and give you lots of options to try on as well. Book an appointment with us so that we can plan for your visit and give you our full attention.
It’s safe to say that no matter what style of gown you choose, you shouldn’t worry about whether it will go out of style tomorrow. Your wedding is a celebration of the proclamation of your love and it’s okay that your wedding in 2017 will look like a 2017 wedding 20 years from now. Trendy or timeless, modern or classic, no matter what the style, we’re sure you’ll look absolutely fabulous!