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Strapless, halter neck, lace, tulle, silk, fishtail, backless, sweetheart, high neck, plunge neck, long sleeved, Bardot…Where do you even start?


Some brides-to-be have a very clear idea about what they will look like on their big day but it’s not until you go dress shopping when the reality of finding “the one” can send you into a spin.


Here at BRIDE we have looked at the current trends which have innovative additions to an otherwise classic look and compared those with the more traditional styles. 


Do you go high fashion or do you play safe – or both! Read on to find out…


Bold Colour 

Historically long white gowns are saved for the nuptials but with the emergence of more and more glamorous events taking place across the Middle East, ladies of the Arab world have more frequent opportunity to dress in exquisite floor-length frocks. So why not go for an alternative? 


Floral patterns and statement colors are one of this season’s wedding dress trends – something a little less traditional but with a wow factor can bring vibrancy to your special day. 


Victoria and David Beckham took this look to another level back in 1999 with their matching purple outfits to cut the cake! Chrissy Teigen enjoyed the wedding reception with her beau John Legend in a scarlet number. 


Having a second dress for the party celebrations is a brilliant option for those who simply can’t decide – if in doubt – buy both! It also allows for traditional AND contemporary styles to share your wedding look and gives another dimension to your photographs! 


Perfect for: reception outfit, alternative to a white wedding, showing off your wild side. 


Who said capes were just for superheroes? They have successfully penetrated the fashion world of late (nod to Wonder Woman for this) and made numerous appearances on the red carpet at award ceremonies around the world. 


Katie Perry, Gwyneth Paltrow, Lady Gaga and Kim Kardashian all modelled the long white caped gown look and Beyoncé’s sister Solange chose this style for her wedding day. This elegant sleek silhouette brings a modern twist to a classic minimalist figure hugger. 


Perfect for: slim brides, winter weddings, covering arms. 

Bows & Feathers

 It’s all in the detail, for some – less is more and for others – more is more! The 80’s bow is making a comeback, Lady Diana sported a bow on one of the most famous wedding dresses in history (the 25-foot train may have assisted in achieving this title).


Feathers on a fishtail or indeed a princess puffy with a sweetheart bodice are all something to consider if you want a truly memorable lavish outfit for your big day. Wedding dress styles can hide a multitude of sins if details are placed in the right places. Perfect for: balancing a body shape, adding detail and texture to a classic dress.


Perfect for: balancing a body shape, adding detail and texture to a classic dress.

Bardot & Beading 

Mrs Clooney AKA Amal Alamuddin brought pure elegance to the Bardot style lace wedding dress with a train nearly as long as the aisle. Bardot is splashed across the fashion press this season so for a cutting edge look shop the off the shoulder look.


Swarovski crystal beading is a big hit amongst the elite, hand sewn of course and adorned to an already spectacular gown can give your wedding dress the edge – embellishments have never not been en vogue. 


Perfect for: showing off your shoulders, adding individual detail to a classic dress. 

High Necks & Long Sleeves

The Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, brought the covered-up arm to our attention back in 2011 at the royal wedding. 


Displaying modest yet exquisite detail in lace illusion sleeves is one way to achieve this look or transform a strapless dress with a lace bolero for the ceremony and shake it off on the dance floor later! 


High necks are also seeking a massive comeback elongating the body and is often teamed with an open back or a sheer paneled décolletage.  


Perfect for: Winter weddings, covering arms. 


Every Bride comes in varying shapes and sizes, so finding the right style for your big day can be daunting. Luckily, the team at BRIDE have come up with a concise list of how to shop the perfect dress. 


The same rules apply for a party outfit as they do for a wedding dress, so remember…

Short Brides 

  • Midi length dresses 
  • Column style 
  • Wear heels (even if it’s just for the ceremony) 

Tall Brides

  • Sheath style  
  • Princess style 
  • Flats

Slim Brides

  • Strapless or backless
  • Princess with structured bodice to create small curves
  • Drop waist style 

Curvy Brides 

  • Halterneck 
  • A-Line
  • Trumpet or Mermaid style

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