We are only three months into the new year, and there are many new options for wedding dresses for brides to choose from. Whether you want to pull off a “princess” look or a more traditional style, there are many new dresses that feature some of the wedding dress trends for 2018. These different styles are best worn in certain types of venues. For example, most women don’t wear large princess-like dresses to an outdoor wedding because they don’t want to risk having the wind blow their dress around. A sleeve gown is perfect for an outdoor wedding because the design is generally more streamlined.
By the time you're ready to start wedding dress shopping, you've probably amassed a pretty nice-sized wish list about your dream gown. But how do you find the best wedding dress for your body type? Most bridal shops will only let you book an hour-long appointment. And, while one hour is plenty of time to try on dresses, if you can narrow down your options before stepping foot in the dressing room, you're in for a much more pleasant, laid-back shopping experience.
Years ago, bows used to be popular, whether you were wearing them on your head or on your clothing. They were one of the biggest trends of 2011. Seven years later, bows are back in style. They either compliment the back of the gown as an accessory or the front of the dress as an accent bow. Bows are more commonly seen on the back of the wedding dress to bring attention to a long dress tail as the bride is walks down the aisle. With bows, you can use them with a simple look, such as small delicate bows, or you can really get noticed with large decadent bows. A statement bow will get noticed and may spark many fashion-related conversations at your wedding.
More commonly attached to fitted gowns, sleeves can give the impression that the bride is wearing something similar to a shawl. These sleeve gowns are fun to try on and feel different than sleeveless dresses. Each dress has unique sleeves that add elegance to your wedding dress design. They can compliment the dress or stand out as an accent. Different styles of sleeves are more intriguing when the bottom of the dress is fitted straight down and there is no long dress tail or any distractions from the beautiful sleeves.
If you plan on wearing a veil, first consider the venue: “A long cathedral veil is beautiful for a traditional religious ceremony, but it could be distracting on a windy beach,” Risatti says. Depending on your preference and budget, you can buy off the rack, order from a bridal designer, or have one made by a veil specialist. (A high-end salon can give you names.) Wait until you’ve chosen the gown to start shopping so that you pick the right length and shade of white; get a swatch from your dress to match it exactly. Custom can take up to six months. In all other cases, just buy it in time for hair and makeup trials.