For years, fluffy white dresses weren’t just the most popular form of wedding gowns; they were practically the only option available. Luckily, modern brides have their pick of numerous styles, including romantic, vintage-inspired, sexy, and extravagant, A-line’d, mermaid-tailed, and hundreds of other options. They are carefully designed to fit most every bride’s personal style, and to help her look and feel her best on her big day. But what about that bride who wants something even more out of the bridal box? There are actually a number of interesting trends and avant garde “gowns” for wedding attire, in 2016! So there’s never been a better time to let your wedding decisions reflect your one-of-a-kind personality!
White Is No Longer Required
For decades, brides have used fun accessories like chunky necklaces, satin shoes (or sneakers!) or ribbon sashes to help add pops of color to their predominately white wedding attire. But, many modern brides are opting to forego the white dress, altogether!
Some dresses are made primarily or all in red, black and other bold colors, many with subtle detailing in white, like flowers or beading. But 2016 appears to be a big year for pastel colors, as well, both all-over, as accents and even in ombre, watercolor-like effects.
So blush or baby blue for a bridal gown? Why not!
Just make sure to select bridesmaids dresses that are beautiful, but that set them apart from you. This is particularly advisable if you choose not to wear white.
It Doesn’t Have to Be a Dress Either
Pantsuits have long played a role in wedding fashion. But while they were once relegated to only courthouse nuptials or lighthearted elopements, they have now become a trendy fashion choice for any bride who simply doesn’t feel like herself in fancy dresses.
Other interesting takes on bridal couture include crop tops, separates, low backs, and even overalls. They might not be for everyone, but that’s what makes them so fun.
The most important thing to remember, when wedding dress shopping, is simply to find something that you feel great – and comfortable – in. That doesn’t mean you need a gown that fits like pajamas. It just means, make sure you choose a style that fits with your personality, so you feel beautiful, and like yourself, while walking down the aisle.
You’ll also want to pick something that makes sense at your chosen wedding venue, and on your given date. Don’t choose a super formal gown for a simple, outdoor wedding, for instance. And don’t go with a tea-length dress if you’re planning an outdoor ceremony in the late fall.