Sometimes, choosing your wedding gown involves finding a gorgeous gown that you love exactly as-is and wouldn’t change a thing on. Six to nine months and some basic alterations later, and you’ll be ready to waltz down the aisle in the dress of your dreams! For others, a little bit of a more personal touch is required in order to customize the perfect, one-of-a-kind dress for you!
Whenever I start an appointment with a new bride, I give a quick rundown of how the store is laid out and how appointments work with us. Included in this speech is also a basic explanation of some of the most basic customization options available in the bridal world– color, straps, and crinoline.
One of the big trends in the world of bridal gown design these days are darker, warmer colors like blushes and champagnes. Like I mentioned in my post about the two main bridal looks, these darker under colors usually give a warmer, softer, more romantic look to a gown than just a solid ivory. Sometimes, these are just the lining layer of a gown, with the contrast better showing off beading and lacework detail in a gown. Dresses without lace embellishments may be blush entirely top to bottom!
A new look this season as well, particularly from the Essense of Australia lines (Stella York, Essense of Australia, and Martina Liana) is the trend of lace with metallic, silver and gold threading for a decadent look! These are often seen most on the ivory gowns, as the combination of silver lace and blush colors may not, to many brides, feel quite bridal enough for her big day!
One world of advice: if you’re looking for a more off-beat color, make sure to call ahead to your intended bridal salon and see what they are able to offer based on their sample stock. While gray blues had a season or two of the limelight in lines like Sophia Tolli, more unique colors are not necessarily something that every bridal store will be able to offer you. Pictured below is one we can get, a Justin Alexander gown in platinum, a beautiful silver-blue that’s set perfectly against the stunning colors of their most recent photoshoot on Santorini. How do I wrangle an invite next time?
If you’re looking for some color, accessories can be a great way to do that! Justin Alexander introduced a few black sashes and belts in their lines recently, and Martina Liana recently introduced many of her separates collection in black, a decision that myself and Jess here at Le Bella Donna are both quite in favor of! Even more traditional wedding dresses can be given that pop of color for some of our more off-beat brides- just a plain satin ribbon can be a great way to do this while tying into your wedding’s color scheme.
Looking for that traditional white dress? Believe it or not, you’ll probably end up ordering your gown in ivory. As fabric bleaching and dying technologies have gotten more advanced, the color “white” has changed over the years, and nowadays in the bridal world refers to a color so vibrant and strong, it usually looks almost florescent gray-blue in tone. We actually don’t currently have a full, adult-sized gown in either store location in the color “white”, though we do have a flowergirl dress in Jenkintown I often use to illustrate my point. Just about every wedding dress you see coming down the aisle that you would consider white, I guarantee you was ordered in the ivory color. Just about every dress in our store can be ordered in white, but we really don’t recommend it, especially if you’re blonde or fair-skinned. It’s just a very tough color to pull off that doesn’t give that elegant, romantic feel the same way bridal ivory will.
Traditional bridal outfits from cultures around the world have some stunning color options as well, with reds and golds being the prevalent tones in many South Asian cultures. Even here in North America and Europe, the “white” wedding gown is a relatively new tradition, and stems not from any kind of statement on virginity, but rather a pointed move from Queen Victoria to show off her wealth. Weddings gowns up until that point were generally just the nicest gown one owned at the time– whites were highly impractical due to the ease with which they collected stains and marks. But the queens set the trends as they are wont to do, and many of us have been wearing white (or ivory!) gowns since her wedding in 1840.
Now with that little unnecessary but fascinating history lesson, you’re fully equipped with lots of knowledge and ideas about what color you might be wanting to consider for your wedding gown!
Happy hunting ladies, and as always, feel free to call us with questions at any time! (215)690-4018 or the NEW Bensalem store at (215)447-8773