The journey from the day a woman becomes engaged to the moment she finally says 'I do' encompasses months of joy, planning and stresses. It is a time filled with excitement, happiness, and a whole lot of advance planning.
Many brides-to-be underestimate all of the details that they have to get in order in the weeks and months leading up to the wedding of her dreams. There are photographers to contact, menus to approve, DJs to hire and a million other 'T's to cross and 'I's to dot.
One of the most exciting parts about planning a wedding is picking out an unforgettably gorgeous wedding dress. This is, in many cases, the part of a wedding day that the bride-to-be dreams about the most.
And though the process may be painstaking, the search for a wedding dress can also be a fun time to bond with bridesmaids and family members. Make sure you bring along people whose opinions you trust for fittings. These lovely wedding dresses are great examples of stellar options that you might encounter.
Satin A Line Off the Shoulder Side Draped Gown
When preparing for her wedding, many brides spend months trying to get into shape. But if you want to drop a few pounds before your wedding, be sure to try and do it in a healthy way. Crash diets might work in the short term, but you certainly don't want to just put all that weight back on after the wedding has passed.
A-line gowns are an ideal way to mask any of that extra weight you weren't able to lose before your big day. They are perfect for bottom-heavy figures, as they fit to the top of your body and then extend out at the waist.
This particular option is both simple and elegant in gorgeous ivory or white. It has a bodice with straps that hang off the shoulders and lovely beaded lace detailing. Along the side, the material drapes down to help slim your shape and the back dips down to a deep V for added allure.
Another lovely feature of this dress is the incredible chapel train. Chapel trains are the type that many brides characteristically think of when planning a wedding. It hangs all the way to the floor and extends behind you. Looking for a wedding dress that perfectly combines the classic with the contemporary? This might be just the dress for you.
Short Satin Dress with Beaded 3D Flower Detail
Not every bride out there wants something as traditional as the rest. She wants her wedding to not just be different, but to be something truly special and original.
This short satin dress from Oleg Cassini is a fantastic option for a spring or summertime wedding ceremony. It has a strapless bodice with incredible 3D floral detailing spread all across. At the waist you can find a beautiful bow, perfectly centered in the front. This symmetric design gives the dress an inherently modern feel.
The skirt of the dress hangs to just about the knees. That makes it just about the perfect length if you want something a little shorter, but not too racy for a wedding.
You can find this lovely wedding dress in either white or soft white. Consider pairing this option with a suitably modern headpiece as well. Short blusher veils look great with shorter dresses and give the outfit a look that combines the vintage with today's sleek fashions.
Ball Gown with Asymmetrically Draped Bodice
Some brides want something short and sweet to wear on their wedding day, while others firmly believe that bigger is always better. Traditional ball gowns may have tremendous flowing skirts, but they also have a small, form-fitting top that accentuates the figure.
This ball gown from Vera Wang almost makes the wearer look like a delicate ballerina. The voluminous gown is actually made from a whopping 100 yards of fabulous tulle fabric. It has a cathedral-length train that runs 72 inches down from the waist. This makes it big enough to look breathtaking, but not too overwhelming that you will end up tripping on it all throughout your day.
There are all sorts of ways that you can spruce this dress up as well. You can consider adding an extra element of color and dimension with a floral sash, or keep your hair off of your exposed shoulders with a matching headband.
One of the exciting features of this dress is all of the color options you can find it in as well. This dress comes in blush and ivory, champagne and ivory, ivory on ivory, or soft white on soft white.
When shopping for a wedding dress, don't settle for anything less than the perfect match for your style and preference. Take your time on your journey and eventually you will find the dress that is ideal for you.