Whether you’ve sketched out your dream wedding dress in minute detail since childhood or are just wondering how to find your wedding dress style, the process of finding the perfect dress can be quite an adventure! In addition to determining your budget, the most important first step in finding your perfect wedding dress is figuring out what your wedding dress style is.
You should look for your personal style and of course consider what type of wedding you envision (e.g. carefree and beachy vs. formal and classy). However, given my own experience and the experience of other brides, my great advice on how to find your wedding dress style is to be open about it! My own journey to find my wedding dress is Exhibition A to keep your options open. A close friend of mine was planning her wedding at the same time as I was, so we decided to go shopping for wedding dresses together. We both headed out with a very clear idea of what we both wanted in terms of style – I wanted a puffy ball gown while she wanted something elegant and lacey – but at the end of the day we left with the original choice of the other! It turns out that the image we have in our minds sometimes doesn’t translate as well when we take our body type into account. In general, experienced bridal counselors know what they are doing. So be open to their suggestions and you might surprise yourself!
After photographing countless weddings over the years, I’ve seen my fair share of beautiful dresses. Step back in time with me and maybe you’ll be amazed as we admire some of my favorite dresses in some popular wedding dress styles:
If you are envisioning a wedding where everyone is best in their black tie and everything is done with low-key elegance, a classic wedding dress style might be your best bet. Look for wedding dresses in an A-line or ball gown silhouette with details like lace and pearls. With a classic wedding dress you don’t run the risk of wincing with your fashion choices when you look back on your wedding pictures in decades. Classic doesn’t have to be boring or predictable, however – check out the surprise on the back of the bridal gown at this French wedding at the Calamigos Ranch.
For the bride who wants to keep things nifty and avoid anything that might be considered frivolous, a modern wedding dress would be just the ticket. Modern dresses have clean lines, sculptural details and smooth fabrics like crepe or satin. For more stunning modern wedding dresses in action, check out my posts on a New York Wedding at Loft 620 and a Wedding at Greystone Mansion.
- Loft 620 and garden wedding photo
If you envision your wedding having a fun, carefree atmosphere and you want to stay away from anything that feels too buttoned up, then a bohemian wedding dress style might be for you. A boho style allows you to think outside the box. So if you want to include a specific detail, you can totally go for it! That being said, bohemian style wedding dresses usually have a lot of movement and exude a sense of effortless cool. This style is the perfect choice if you are thinking of a beach wedding. Check out my romantic garden inspiration with Claire Pettibone photoshoot and intimate Los Angeles wedding to see more of one of my favorite boho style dresses by Galia Lahav.
I would bet there are a good number of us who wouldn’t turn down the opportunity to hit the red carpet like a celebrity. And for most of us, our wedding day may be the day we come closest to that experience. So why not A glamorous style wedding dress is all about drama – through details, silhouette and the confidence you will have when you wear it. You will be the center of attention on your wedding day regardless. So why not revive and let your inner star shine? Check out this stylish wedding at the Beverly Hills Hotel for the epitome of a glamorous wedding.
I hope this has been an inspiration to you on your wedding dress style and maybe even gave you some ideas on what your wedding should look like. I would love to get in touch to discuss how we can make your wedding dreams come true!