Hi Hope! I’m getting married next October in Tennessee and am shopping for my wedding gown. I’ve put away about $400 for it. We don’t really have a theme, but the flowers will be a mix of daisies, violets, and pink baby roses. I know I want something classic and nothing over the top. I have a pretty athletic build, about 5’4″, blonde hair, blue eyes.
Congrats on your impending nuptials.
Choosing your wedding gown is a pretty big deal (duh). You definitely want a dress that’s both memorable and unique, so my suggestion is to forego anything strapless. Without exaggeration, every one of my girlfriends who’s been married in the last four years has worn a strapless gown. While each one was beautiful, after a while every strapless dress starts to look the same. And since you’ve got an athletic build, some kind of strap or upper accoutrement will help to accentuate your figure.
There are so many bridal gowns out there, but here a few from David’s Bridal that I really hope you love.
I’m loving this satin and organza number (L). Both frilly and feminine, it features subtle spaghetti straps and a pleated v-neckline. A satin band sits at the natural waist, and several tier layers flow out into a A-line skirt. The back is ballerina-style, and dips midway. Gorgeous, right? It’s available in both white and ivory, depending on your skin tone.
Another dress that caught my eye is this Galina one-shoulder gown (C). Contemporary but still classy, I love the flower details on the shoulder. They turn into triple spaghetti straps in back and add a bold touch to a gown that’s elegant and ethereal. Love, love, love! The one-shouldered style will definitely show off your shoulders. Again, this gown is available in both white and ivory.
If you’re looking for something with lace details, check this trumpet-style gown with lace cap-sleeves (R). The lace segues into a keyhole back, and is complemented by a beaded sash. Definitely conjures up images of classic Hollywood beauties like Greta Garbo or Grace Kelly, non? While it would put you a little over budget, if you can save a little more this gown would be worth it. It’s also available in white and ivory.
In addition to your dress, I hope you keep accessories in mind. Whether you want to throw in a dash of colour – perhaps in keeping with the old adage “something blue” – in the form of a pashmina, dramatic jewelry/hair accessories, or shoes, remember to really personalize your look. This is your day, so celebrate you!
Satin and organza gown, $299, David’s Bridal
Chiffon one-shouldered gown, $399, David’s Bridal
Cap-sleeve lace gown, $599, David’s Bridal