If you are a picky bride, there are some tricks to getting exactly what you want in a bridal gown.
Start by reviewing designer gowns. Department store gowns are perfectly wonderful for some brides, but if you know you want something truly exquisite, or something you are not likely to see on other brides that season, look for a designer gown. If you want a better fit or a richer fabric, seek out a designer gown.
Before you make the final decision on that wedding gown of your dreams, consider the following first rate brands and some of their most gorgeous offerings. Whether you’re getting ready for the big day in earnest or you’re simply in the mood for perusing beautiful wedding gowns for fun, you’re sure to discover something that piques your interest here.
Melissa Sweet designs fashion-forward, almost whimsical wedding dresses. The Iris/Bardot design represents Melissa Sweet well. The top is an embroidered net bustier. It is gathered at the bustline. The feathery, voluminous skirt is made of horizontal bands and bands of organza, cut on the bias. The result is a skirt that ripples as you walk up or down the aisle. Imagine the movement on the dance floor. The gown, which has a slight train in the back, is created only in ivory.
Platinum collection features opulent couture gowns that embody luxury. The designer’s pick is a stunning silk satin strapless A-line gown. The skirt is full, hiding side-seam pockets. At the waist is a contrasting obi belt, encrusted with crystals and rhinestones in a floral pattern. In the back, the belt becomes a full-length sash that ties with a small bow The gown is available in ivory with a Windsor blue belt, white with the Windsor blue belt, white with a white belt, and ivory with an ivory belt.
The Vineyard Collection designs sophisticated, contemporary wedding gowns, like the designer’s pick, the Maeve model. This gown is similar in some ways to the gown designed by Platinum. It’s a silk taffeta strapless ball gown. But where the Platinum model was more opulent with the obi belt, this one is fabulously full and flowing, with a draped bodice, full side bow and a very gathered skirt for a contemporary look. It is available in ivory or white.
Reverie by Melissa Sweet
Reverie by Melissa Sweet is best worn by someone who does not want a traditional gown – someone with a unique sense of style. The designer’s pick is the Fiesole model, a strapless tea-length dress made of silk shantung. The dress has allover horizontal net embellishment and a simple bow in the front, at the waist. The skirt is circular and full, reminiscent of the way a poodle skirt fell from the waist. It is available in ivory.
Jewel collection offers romantic and youthfully elegant wedding gowns. The designer’s pick is an allover Alencon lace A-line gown. It has a scalloped, sweetheart neckline and a satin band on the empire bodice. The band is adorned by hand with crystals, rhinestones and pearls. The skirt flows into a small train in the back. It too is available in ivory.
Vera Wang designs the unexpected, like the Diana model. The strapless soft sweetheart neckline flows into a full A-line gown. The bodice, done in a draped, wrap look, flows to the hips, where it is joined with a frothy draped skirt created by vertical rows and rows and rows of frothy fabric. The gown is available in several color combinations: ivory and ivory, ivory and white, and white and ivory.
One benefit of a designer gown is that you can have the dress created with a custom fit using your measurements. While all dresses can be altered fit to your measurements, a custom fit means the dress is actually created using your measurements. First a muslin dress is made that is fitted to you. After it is fitted, the muslin dress is used as the pattern for your wedding gown. The result is a perfect fit.