Expert advice about wedding dresses

Here is a selection of Q&As from Your East Anglian Wedding magazine whether it be about flowers, hair and makeup, fashion, wedding themes, health & beauty, cakes, stationery, legal advice. If you would like your question answered by our experts, please email it to editor@youreastanglian.wedding

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Wedding Dresses

 

Fashion forward

Fashion forward

Q. I'm excited about shopping for my wedding dress but have no idea what the current trends are. Can you give me some pointers?

A. Kim Burr says: Kim says: Sleeves are a big theme, not just traditional, there are detachable ones and even '80s-style puffball sleeves are making a return, but this time worn off the shoulder. Softer tulle, chiffon and silk fabrics are popular and with the emphasis on less structured silhouettes we're seeing more soft A-line styles with beautiful embroidered details, more bold patterns and less traditional lace. With our fitted silhouette dresses we find the low-back gowns with amazing detail on the trains are really causing a stir.

Colour is still key with everything from soft grey to pink and even black, for those that dare! We stock some gorgeous dresses in nude, blush, and champagne shades which suit most complexions unlike white and ivory which can be draining for anyone with pale skin.

Accessories are key to complete your big-day look. Full-length veils still tend to be the main choice and some of our designers offer matching ones to complement the dress perfectly. There's also continued demand for hair vines to either weave through plaits or frame the hair whether it's worn up or down.

Kim Burr
www.burrbridal.co.uk

 

Seasonal style

Seasonal style

Q. I know the weather can be unpredictable in the autumn but I still want to look glamorous. What would you suggest that's suitable for the time of year?

A. Victoria Arndt says: Victoria says: It's that awkward season when you might feel the need for a full winter coat first thing and a summer dress by late afternoon.

Personally, I love a good sleeve on a wedding dress but for autumn you may need a more delicate fabric so that you don't get too hot. Sassi Holford's Vivian dress has a beautiful silk crepe bodice and soft tulle skirt with a stunning deep V neckline and keyhole back. With the sleekness of the bodice, almost what you might expect for a winter wedding, and the softness of the skirt, reminiscent of a summer bride, you have the perfect combination of the seasons. Also the simplicity of a dress like this is perfect for showing off a bolder, darker bouquet.

When it comes to cover-ups to keep the chills at bay, it doesn't have to mean shawls or cardigans anymore, although I do love a bridal cardi. Brides are now rocking personalised leather and denim jackets on their wedding day, I mean who doesn't love a good denim jacket?

Victoria Arndt
www.thebottomdraweruk.co.uk

 

Spring chic

Spring chic

Q. What seasonal wedding dress styles, shapes and colours are currently on trend for spring weddings.

A. Charlotte Reeves says: Spring has sprung and not only are the flowers going to look beautiful, so too are this year's brides. In the search for the perfect dress for their shape and personality, many are looking for romantic and classic wedding dresses, created with beautiful lace and a little sparkle. And let's not forget those gorgeous plainer fabrics; georgette, chiffon and crepe, ideal for the modern bride and the warmer weather. Lara from the San Patrick collection by Pronovias is proving very popular. It has beautiful buttons on the back and shows off a bridal silhouette perfectly.

Keep your eye out for off-the-shoulder draped-sleeve gowns and beautiful lace details, such as our Eddy K (EK1200) gown which includes a little sparkle on the skirt – perfect to catch the sunshine and make you shine.

Illusion, higher necklines are also a big favourite; not only sophisticated, but guaranteed to make you look and feel stunning all day.

Charlotte Reeves
www.thebridal-lounge.co.uk

 

Modern Millie

Modern Millie

Q. I love fashion and want my wedding dress to be on trend. What styles are really hot at the moment?

A. Victoria Arndt says: The 2019 collections are awash with sheer, lace, colour and 3D embellishments, but my absolute standout favourite is minimalism. I've always loved it and I think I always will. We truly lucked out with the two royal weddings this year and both beautiful brides chose gorgeously classic gowns. Don't forget though, if you go for something simple, the fit needs to be spot on as there's no detail to hide behind. Another reason I love the whole less-is-more look, is that you can go all out with the accessories. Think gorgeous jewels, an amazing full-length veil, wonderful bouquet – there are no limits!

Victoria Arndt
www.thebottomdraweruk.co.uk

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