Guest Post By: Chloe Marchbank
Are you feeling torn about what wedding dress to buy? Well, that’s normal. And another thing that’s totally normal is the fact that you’re starting to feel like the person you swore you’d never become… you know, the bride who’s obsessed about fabrics and cuts and colours, trying on dress after dress and feeling ready to explode under the pressure of it all.
But, it doesn’t have to be such an ordeal. Once you have a clear idea of what your budget is, you just need to spend a little bit of time really analysing what it is you want from your dress.
Is comfort a priority, or are you happy to work around your dress all day so long as it’s beautiful? How important is it that your dress looks ‘timeless’ or ‘classic’ so that it doesn’t scream 2017? Or, is a modern dress with unique design important to you after attending a deluge of weddings where the brides have looked identical to one another?
If you figure out the answer to these questions, you’ll be able to funnel yourself down the modern or the traditional wedding dress route, saving you lots of time and frustration trying on the wrong gowns.
Here’s a little bit of inspiration to get you thinking about which option suits you best.
Modern Bridal Gowns
Peter Langner has an incredible range of modern wedding dresses, such as this magnolia silk gown with an asymmetric drape. The unusual cut and one-shoulder design gives the dress a very contemporary feel, and would showcase a pair of drop earrings beautifully (or just a single drop earring with a stud in the other ear for an ultra-modern look). With this kind of style, you should consider browsing an online jewellery shop to find earrings that really make the most of the asymmetric drape.
Charlotte Simpson is another designer you should seek out if a modern wedding dress is your kind of thing. She creates beautiful elegant, minimalist gowns, and as everyone who uses Instagram or Pinterest knows, minimalism is the most stylish trend around right now.
Of course, you don’t need to spend a lot on your dress if you want a modern one. ASOS’s dresses gives the Charlotte Simpson designs a run for their money, so do look on the high street if your budget is more modest.
Traditional Bridal Gowns
Augusta Jones creates beautiful bridal gowns for women who love the idea of timeless silhouettes and classic shapes. For example, why not consider something like the V-neck ball gown in the lookbook? It’s as traditional as it gets with subtle detailing on the bodice and a handkerchief organza ballgown skirt, so it won’t be going out of fashion any time soon.
Similarly, t-length styles have been popular with brides since the mid 20th century and are still very popular today. In fact, it’s a traditional design that will probably be worn by brides for decades to come.
Again, however, brides who prefer traditional dresses don’t have to spend a lot of money to find something beautiful. Check out places like Phase Eight: their vintage style dresses costs under £400 and would look just as fashionable fifty years ago as it does today.