Choosing Your Wedding Dress – for Brides Who Love their Own Style
There are millions of beautiful wedding dresses out there. Choosing your wedding dress is exciting! How ‘The Dress’ makes you feel, can feel amazing so it’s understandable that many brides spend over half of their wedding planning time on choosing the right wedding dress.
If you don’t know it exists, you can’t choose it, so as I’ve seen plenty of unique and creative wedding styles, this is where I come in…
How do I choose the right Wedding Dress
With several bridal boutiques stocking mostly classic styles see how to find one that’s definitely ‘you’. You might want a classic style but not a long train – what are your other options? Veil or no veil? What about an over-skirt or a wedding cape… keep reading.
There are online guides on choosing your wedding dress so the advice is there if you’d like it, or find a dress designer you can trust whose designs you already lust after to advise you on shapes and fabrics as well as the colours to suit you and the kind of wedding that you’re having.
Remember that the bottom of all long dresses get dirty but if you want some of your photography to be in the striking grounds of your wedding venue or by the sea shore you might want to think more carefully about dress length and fabric or the option to bustle up.
Coloured Wedding Dress
What if you just can’t see yourself in a long white or creamy number? I’ve photographed blush shades, pale peach, black, grey, blues and black wedding dresses so far.
Do you have striking blue or green eyes and fancy a wedding dress with these colours? You can add it in like this.
This Chantel Lauren wedding dress has marbled blues and minty greens. It’s stocked by Ghost Orchid Bride in Hessle, East Yorkshire.
A very soft grey can look so glamorous in the right fabric. You will need the right underwear so take advice from your wedding boutique or designer. Experiment and remember to check all angles.
From bespoke, to designer, to your grandma’s Edwardian blouse or the most glorious sunshine yellow wedding dress, you’ll feel more amazing on your wedding day when you choose to feel like the gorgeous ‘true you’.
Hues of pale pink and blush look great too. This fashion-designer loving bride shown below had always set her heart on a Vera Wang wedding dress but found she suited this ultra luxurious Galia Lahav gown with matching overskirt, and she bought her bridesmaids soft pink Vera Wang chiffon column dresses instead!
Staying with the softer shades, how about a colour a little deeper, like this shade of soft coral which suited this brunette bride beautiful. It was perfect for her autumn wedding in Yorkshire and looked warmer or cooler depending on the light.
Beaded, Sequinned and Crochet Wedding Dresses
Unique brides can choose from something light, fresh or a little bit hippie to the rich jewel encrusted lush velvet gown of an Arabian Queen. Just look at this lush velvet beaded wedding gown below. She really did look like a queen straight out of Tales of The Arabian Nights.
For something less embellished, but textured nonetheless, how about sequinned wedding dresses or a figure hugging creamy crochet one? Not for every woman’s shape but with the right underwear, you never know.
Prefer chic glamour to boho romantic? Recent trends include all sorts of variations on 1920s and ’30s glamorous iconic fashions that will always be loved. If you want a luxuriously beaded, coloured wedding dress, have a look at Bridal dress designer, Eliza Jane Howell’s evening collection of golds, silvers, reds, lavender, yellow and teal.
Eliza Jane Howell also has sequinned and sparkly jumpsuits (named Mizar and Bess). If you fancy making more of an entrance for your ceremony part, there’s a long tulle wedding over skirt called Magnolia that you slip on over the top, and a sequin/beaded one named Samantha. Et voila, two unique looks that feel like you. Get in touch with Claire at The Bridal Emporium in Leeds who is a Yorkshire stockist of Eliza.
Prefer something simply stylish over beaded? Try Charlie Brear or Halfpenny who also design great separates. If a jumpsuit is stylish enough for Solange Knowles…. and all that!
A Wedding Cape
Take a simple ivory wedding dress that is long but easy enough to dance in, add a stunning floaty cape for two looks in one day. Or wear a cape instead of a veil.
Love vintage but want to look modern and unique? How about having a wedding skirt designed and teaming it with a genuine vintage blouse like this delicate Edwardian blouse?
When marrying or celebrating on a hot beach, think silk or cotton. This 2-piece creation by Ailsa Munro of Cornwall can be made in whatever colours you want, which also means of course that you can carry on enjoying it on other occasions.
For the romantic and the whimsical, think along the lines of Midsummer Night’s Dream… think about Claire Pettibone wedding dresses. They are some of the most feminine and luxurious embroidered wedding gowns I have ever seen.
Maybe you can already imagine what you want your wedding dress to look like, and you just need the right person who can see what you see, and make it come alive for you. Yes, yes, do that for a complete, bespoke one-off.
Enjoy creating and choosing your wedding dress. In the meantime, take a walk over to the wedding WEDDING GALLERY
Grey silk wedding dress, ‘Delphinium’ is by Yorkshire wedding dress designer Kate Beaumont in Sheffield, South Yorkshire
Bluey-green silk chiffon by Chantel Lauren and available to buy from Ghost Orchid Bride in Hull, East Yorkshire
‘Papillon’ wedding dress by Claire Pettibone
Ombre skirt and blue flower belt by Bex Brides in Darlington, North East
Edwardian blouse from The Bridal Emporium in Leeds
Wedding jumpsuit and plain cape by Charlie Brear
Bohemian crochet wedding dress by Shikoba Bride
Ivory & black silk two-piece on the beach by Ailsa Munro in Cornwall
Haute Couture wedding gown by Galia Lahav from Brown’s Bride in London
Retro yellow daisy dress customised by bride
Dotty black and white bridesmaid dresses from ASOS
Sumptuous claret velvet and crystal wedding gown bespoke made by family