Shopping for your wedding gown can feel like a daunting task. If you don't know how or where to begin, not to worry!
Ashley Child, BRIDE.Canada's Fashion Editor, has put together a list (in no particular order!) of the top 14 dresses you HAVE to try on in 2014!
We all love a little glitz and glam, especially when it's done right. And no one does it better than Lazaro! This particular gown blew us away!! From its opulent beading, to its dramatic mermaid silhouette, and fashion-forward flange skirt, this gown is a showstopper. Every bride is bound to discover her inner-diva the moment she steps into style #3400!
Who says you have to wear white or ivory? One of the most popular colours for brides today is blush. Watters' version of the color is so beautiful it will have brides everywhere seeing pink! In a mix of soft pinks, champagnes and nudes, the "Ahsan" skirt takes your breath away in layers of English net and tulle. This frothy skirt is set off by the "Carina" corset- a fitted bustier with accents of delicate, rose-hued lace. Sweet yet sophisticated, this look will delight brides from the moment they put it on!
More and more brides are opting for a small and intimate wedding, but they feel stuck when it comes to the dress: big gowns feel like too much, while simple dresses don't resonate as bridal enough. Finding a sheath dress that still looks and feels like a wedding gown can be a challenge, but Pronovias has done just that with "Laila." As Dana Alexander-Salares, owner of With Love Bridal Boutique in Stittsville, ON says, brides that try it on immediately fall in love! Its illusion lace back and button closure are classic details that take this gown from simple to perfectly bridal!
Is there anything more classic than lace? An intricate fabric steeped in tradition, it is enough to turn the most simple of dresses into the biggest of wows. "Cora" by Christos is the perfect example. No more than a basic trumpet, it is the remarkable fit, bustier bodice and elegant French lace that breaths fresh life into an otherwise classic lace gown. Light and romantic and with the subtlest hint of sexy, "Cora" is a must try for brides in 2014!
Some of us never dream of being brides. We don't grow up envisioning the big white dress. So if and when that day comes, we want something easy... effortless. Jenny Packham's "Ellie" dress is just that. The sheer straps and plunging v-neckline are incredibly flattering while not being distinctly "bridal", while panels of ivory chiffon drape easily from the waistline for an air of breathless romance. The finishing touch is Jenny's signature vintage beading, this time restrained and simple and just enough. With a gentle sigh, this dress is cliché: easy, breezy, beautiful, and definitely worth the try on!
Some of us love to be bold. We love to be different and we certainly like to make a statement. This is never more true than on our wedding day. When it's so easy to go over the top, perhaps this is a time when less really is more. Known for her refined simplicity, Amsale takes this notion to heart. For Fall 2014 she made a major statement with "Hunter": a gown with an opulent halter neckline that flowed into a dress with no shape. Yards of tulle drape from the neckline to float freely around the body, while a skimming sheath covers the figure underneath. "Hunter" does something no other does: it neither conceals nor reveals. It simply dares us to be different.
Brides can want their dress to be a lot of things: soft, romantic, glamorous, modern, and classic... just to name a few! That can make for a tall order. Somehow, "Carrie" by Hayley Paige manages to do all of that and more! It's a show-stopper, and as Danielle from Pearl Bridal House in Toronto explains, it's easy to see why. From her pretty ivory ruffles, to her intricate beading, this dress is "perfect for the bride who wants both the 'wow' and the romance on her wedding day." One of the most popular dresses for 2014, it's a must-try for every bride!
Plenty of brides want to feel sexy in their wedding dress. They are proud of and want to show off their shape. But they also want to be respectful in their role as a "bride," which means finding a gown that is not overt in its sensuality but rather unrestrained in its luxury and femininity. No one does this better than Ines di Santo. She took our breath away with "Elisavet"- an airy silk organza mermaid gown with floating lace details that highlight the curve of a woman's body. It's dreamy and sexy all at once... what more could a bride want?!
For a minimalist bride, walking into a bridal boutique can be overwhelming. Everywhere they look there is lace and sparkle, pick-ups and ruffles, poof and more poof. But they can breathe a sigh of relief, for Nicole Miller designs just for them. One of her most popular gowns, according to Catherine at Frocks Vancouver, is "Lily." While all brides 'swoon' for the jeweled neckline, those with simpler aesthetics are comforted by its plain body and relaxed fit-to-flare silhouette. With "Lily," nothing is overdone yet it is still distinctly bridal.
Every bride wants to look elegant on her wedding day. But even the most traditional of brides wants to feel contemporary. That means incorporating a trend or two. Maggie Sottero is a master at this, and "Brandy" is the perfect example. A sensational sheath dress made of traditional Chantilly lace, the gown is set off by beaded embroidery at the shoulders and neckline. It hits on the hottest of trends as straps come over the shoulder and drop into a plunging low back! Traditional yet trendy, "Brandy" is the best of both worlds and a must-try for every bride!
Once in a while, a dress comes along that is pure magic. The "Jacinda" gown from Watters is just that: magic. From its softly beaded illusion neckline (complete with pearl buttons at the back), to its simple sash at the natural waistline, the contrasting 'amaretto' hued slip, and its draped a-line skirt made of individual panels of English-net, brides will fall in LOVE. In "Jacinda" they will find exactly what they've been looking for- be it classic or unique, feminine or boho. Those who try it on should be prepared to never want to take it off!
Brides are wanting detail, detail and more detail this year! 2014 is all about intricate embroidery and delicate twinkle, and the Atelier Pronovias collection has served up just that! One of the favourites is "Yamse"- a breathtaking gown featuring a beaded illusion neckline and three-quarter sleeves, a fully beaded bodice and a flowing mermaid skirt. As Montreal designer, Christianne Brunelle points out, "Yamse" is even more incredible as a convertible dress: the soft mermaid skirt detaches and leaves you with a show-stopping and shimmery mini. Brides get two perfect looks in one!!
And last but not least...
There are two names synonymous with bridal: Monique Lhuillier and Vera Wang. Their dresses have changed and shaped the world of bridal, and to understand why, every bride should try one on. It's practically a rite of passage. (Besides, when else are you going to get the chance?!)
Monique designs couture bridal gowns that provoke classic feminine ideals, and she is renowned for her sophisticated and unique handling of lace. Through custom patterns, the layering of different styles, and embracing its sheerness, she has reinvented the lace altogether. Under her hand, lace feels modern and fresh as opposed to conservative and dated. For 2014 she introduced a sparkle to her lace, and this is most beautifully seen in "Esme". A classic a-line, it features a metallic lace with gentle sparkle that sits at the shoulder and cascades down the skirt. With a modern illusion-corset bodice that exposes the boning and demi-cup, and a soft and classic a-line skirt, brides will love the delicate blend of sexy and traditional. It's a must-try!
Vera turned the bridal world on its head by bringing a modern interpretation to what had previously been a very traditional market. Starting with classic shapes and silhouettes, she re-invents them with her signature techniques in deconstruction and asymmetry. This is best seen in her ballgowns- the most traditional of bridal silhouettes. "Nora" (our very favourite!) is a dreamy confection of shocking pink tulle and lace. It features Vera's renowned love for contrast with a clean and structured bodice which is set off by a messy, dramatic skirt. Brides will feel like a modern-day, fashion-forward princess in "Nora," and be shocked by just how light this grand gown is! Even if it's not the one, every bride will LOVE this gown and the magic of Vera Wang!