Expert advice about wedding dresses

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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


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


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


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


Seasonal chic

Seasonal chic

Q. We're recently engaged and one of the things we're both agreed on is an autumn wedding. What look and style of dress is on trend and suitable for the season?

A. Laura Spinola says: There are a number of new trends that we can expect to see in bridalwear in the upcoming months. Here are just some that would fit perfectly with an autumn-themed wedding:

- Big ball gowns incorporating multi-tiered skirts and more volume.

- Necklines continue to vary in order to cater for brides' personal preferences however high necklines, boat necks and off-the shoulder options remain popular following the royal wedding. V-plunging necklines are also a sexy and favoured choice.

- Long and fitted or split and floaty; sleeves are a great addition to an autumn style dress.

- Bows, bows, bows - ranging from subtle and practical to statement and sculptural, which ever option you choose, they'll add a chic and romantic touch to your wedding gown.

- Gowns in varying shades of ivory, cream, champagne, sea pearl, oyster, gold and nude will blend in perfectly with nature's autumn shades to create a picture-perfect colour palette. In addition, shimmery fabrics and metallic-hued gowns are sure to wow. Intricate leaf patterns as well as detailed florals continue to inspire lace designs. Great on a white or nude background to put you centre stage and tick the sophisticated, modern and/or sheer wedding-trend boxes.

- To keep the chills at bay, fur wraps as well as capes made from lace, tulle and/or chiffon continue to be a fashionable choice. If you prefer something more structured, bridal jackets make an on-trend style statement.

Laura Spinola


Ethical chic

Ethical chic

Q. We're planning to make our wedding as green as possible and want to make eco-friendly and ethical choices where we can. How can I reflect this is my choice of wedding dress?

A. Clare Szabo says: Making sure your wedding dress is ethical and eco-friendly is a lot easier than you might think. First and foremost, buying a second-hand or vintage creation is a great way to give a pre-loved item a new lease of life; not only great as your something old, but a way of avoiding some of the negative environmental impact of fast fashion. By using a good seamstress, you can have it altered to fit or upcycled to create something special to you.

Choosing to have a design custom-made by a professional dressmaker can also give you more freedom over things like the choice of fabrics and where and how they've been sourced. It's also now possible to find bridal companies and dressmakers that specialise in ethical wedding dresses offering beautiful bridal designs in silk and satin, as well as high-quality cotton that have been produced sustainably and ethically without harm to the environment or the people that make them. At River Elliot Bridal, I offer options within my range for brides specifically looking for eco-friendly fabrics such as the Elliot slip dress (pictured) which has been made using cruelty-free ethical silk crepe de chine.

Clare Szabo

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