9 Wedding Dress Trends To Have & To Hold

Isn’t it so much fun to fantasize about your wedding dress? Even if you’re the kind of woman who gets to dress up all the time, the wedding dress is still the most special of fashion moments you get to have in your life. So fantasize away, whether you haven’t made it down the aisle, or did it decades ago with my favorite picks of this season’s wedding gowns.

For the traditional bride, who loves the cupcakey- A line strapless with a satin belt combo, I urge you to find one that might have a slightly more modern and artistic detail. Case in point, Reem Acra‘s exposed boustier, shown left. That cup shape is duh-vine and I love the greyish tone of the satin belt.

 

 

 

 

Peplum’s are a huge trend for Fall and Spring 2013, but to avoid looking “trendy” on your wedding day, opt for a peplum that actually becomes an artistic statement, like this Marchesa dress. This isn’t just a peplum, it’s a peplum-cum-origami-tulle-flower that leaves a long lasting impression. Can you just imagine leaning over to kiss your new hubby/wife and the image that will make in photographs? STUH-ning. Also, I love that this peplum doesn’t stick out toooo far, just hugs over the hips.

 

 

 

 

 

After seeing so many on red carpets this past season, I was kind of over the whole fishtail thing. But when a classic piece like this Ramona Keveza comes your way, you’re just forced to ooh and ahh. The light as light pink is a personal favorite, and lends for a fantastic palette for the entire event.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

While we’re discussing color, I kind of loved this oxblood tulle gown from Vera Wang. I say ‘kind of’ because I haven’t loved anything from Vera in a while, and this romantic yet architectural piece is truly beyond what she’s been making recently. This silhouette means you don’t have to choose between big ball gown and gorg body con. You can have both. Keep it coming, Vera!

 

 

 

 

 

 

I usually hate super shiny satin silks, but this heavy, weighted satin adds a sensational depth to this Carolina Herrera one shouldered gown. It looks comfortable in cut but entirely chic in style and fabrication. Plus, the gathered knot at the waist is a lovely detail. Please don’t do those flowers with it though, it begs for something far more natural looking.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Β There are no words for this Jenny Packham. Simple, stunning, comfortable, and I know it would look amazing on the dancefloor. LOVE.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Douglas Hannant, like Carolina,Β is also a master at using the weight of a fabric to bring drama. The subtle sequins and beading of his one shoulder gown has details for miles, plays with a double peplum, and a layered look I love.

[SIDE NOTE: Pet peeve: Too long of dresses! Don’t hem yours like this!]

 

 

 

 

 

 

Monique Lhuellier designs fashion forward classics – a hard thing to do in the wedding world! But this one is just that. There’s nothing boring about it, but it is so so CLASSIC. The texture of layered appliques and beads is stunning, and a trend we saw quite a bit of over the past few seasons. I love that Monique’s texture isn’t at all bulky though, unlike so many.

 

 

 

 

 

 

And finally, there’s Oscar de la Renta‘s stunner. I love everything about this look – from the gorgeously patterened lace and detailed raw sheer edges of the strapless top to the perfectly shaded pastel of all pastel blue train. And those flowers. Tres chic.

Could you see yourself in any of these dresses? Which ones? What wedding dresses are you obsessed with?

 

P.S. want to see more of my wedding dress picks? Here’s a post I did for MyWedding.com.

P.P.S. Here’s some advice for a reader who needed help finding a dress for her friend’s wedding.