On the day you’ve dreamed of all your life, make a statement. Do you want to feel like a princess in a classic ball gown, or would you rather let your inner wild child peek out with black-on-white accents or funky accessories?
Emily Cox, at Traditions by anna bridal boutique at North Hills, chimed in on the rising trends for the upcoming wedding season.
Trend: Not Chantilly
Lace gowns have a classic look and feel. Alencon lace, which has been produced for centuries, can truly withstand the test of time.
Anne Barge “Grayson” column gown of Alencon lace with V-neckline of draped tulle. Traditions by anna.
Trend: Black Accents
“Touches of black have become very popular on the runway,” said Cox. “It is a little daring, but on the right gown, the look can remain classic and sophisticated.”
Judd Waddell “Sadie” silk satin-face organza ball gown with asymmetrical Alencon lace appliqué at the sweetheart neckline and deep Alencon border on the draped skirt. Traditions by anna.
Trend: Floral Details
“They give a fun, flirty feel to any wedding,” Cox noted. Subtle beading on the skirt adds a touch of elegance.
Alyne by Rivini “Wendy” strapless ball gown with draped organza bodice. Organza and tulle swirled flowers envelop the skirt, and a beaded belt completes the look. Traditions by anna.
They draw attention to a feminine waistline. Some brides opt for multiple belts — one for the ceremony and a “funkier” one for the reception. Color is also increasingly popular on belts.
Martina Liana ivory silk taffeta gown with crystal belt. Lana Addison Bridal.
Combining the classic look of an off-the-shoulder dress with the sophistication of a lace sleeve, this gown is great in cooler months.
Legends by Romona Keveza “Ava” gown made of silk shantung with slim silhouette and fluted shaped skirt. An off-the-shoulder illusion neckline complements illusion long sleeves made of Point d’Esprit lace. Traditions by anna.
Trend: Getaway Dresses
As receptions seem to run later and later, many brides are selecting a going away dress that’s shorter and simpler in addition to the ceremony gown. They still feel like the bride, but have a chance to be comfortable while dancing the night away.
Lula Kate “Zoe” white pin tuck silk shantung halter dress with ruffled neckline, from the new Little White Dress Collection. Traditions by anna.
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