There is a great new array of more casual wedding dress styles available today – especially during the spring and summer – so you can feel relaxed, comfortable and beautiful on your wedding day. For many women, dressing up in a spectacular wedding gown can be the highlight of their year – for others, the thought of formal bridalwear makes them a little uncomfortable. So if traditional wedding dresses and ball gowns really aren’t your style then fear not, there are plenty of other, more casual designs to choose from – either in wedding boutiques or even on the high street.
Some styles to consider include:
Blouson – loose and floaty, blouson styles are gathered at the waist or just below for a flattering and summery look. Usually made from fine or sheer fabric, you will often find blouson styles made from delicate and feminine prints. Go for pastel or muted colours and dress up with sparkling jewellery and a sleek hair do.
Drop Waist – drop waist gowns can lengthen the body by placing the waist at the hip area, with either a fitted or loose bodice above – usually with detailing on the skirt. This kind of wedding dress can suit both classic and casual brides, and is a great modern style. Available in a huge range of styles and fabrics, this kind of wedding dress can look as formal or as traditional as you like.
Grecian – draping and luxurious, Grecian wedding gowns are comfortable and suit most body shapes. Best in silky and smooth fabrics, Grecian dresses are usually floor-length with detailing around the strap/neckline area. For a contemporary look, go for asymmetrical straps and a bold colour. Perfect with flat sandals or bare feet and loose, curled hair.
Mini – show off your legs and make your fiance’s jaw hit the floor! A mini dress can be any style you like – skin-tight, loose and flowing or with a bubble hem. Go for classic white or ivory with delicate detailing for a more formal look, or step out of tradition and go for a completely different colour. Because your dress is, well, mini, you can maximise on accessories instead! And because you’ll be showing off your shoes, make sure you choose some stunners.