Contemporary Gowns for the Contemporary Bride

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Today’s weddings have developed and evolved immensely. Churches aren’t standard – the garden wedding is way more popular. Or vows on the beach. Some couples skip the reception to save money, while others may hold it at a restaurant. Even the bridal gowns have shifted and evolved.

Many brides still prefer to wear white, but there are cases where they veer towards champagne, blush, or even powder blue. Some brides go all out, with colorful inlays and dress detail. You might even find a bride in pants, and not necessarily at rainbow weddings.

A fine example is Sammie, a ball-gown bridal dress by Rebecca Ingram. Its satiny shimmer, deep v-neck, and sleeveless shoulders mean the bride can wear it more than once, glowing at any evening event. No one will know it’s her wedding dress unless they attended her big day. Plus, it has a beaded belt, a deeply risqué back, and pockets, which you’d never find in a vintage wedding gown.

Barely their bride

Another sample is Mori Lee 6896. It comes in ivory and nude, and you can clearly glimpse her silhouette beneath her dress. This kind of daring is normal in a 21st-century bride, but would never have made it past an 80s mother-in-law. The name alone (nude!) would have called for cleansing prayers. It’s a gorgeous dress though. And illusion lace makes it more alluring.

Then there’s Khatira Alina Kloe. This sheath dress would be at home on any red carpet, with its bare back, polo neckline, and trumpet skirt. The sleeveless design shows off the bride’s well-toned shoulders, while the body-hugging silhouette displays her every curve. This dress requires a six-month pre-wedding fitness regime to really do it justice.

Meanwhile, for the bride that wears the pants in the house, there’s Maggie Sottero’s Milan. The lacy tulle jumpsuit is soft enough to feel fully feminine. And it comes with a train that attaches at the waist, so if you check out the bride from the back, it looks like a regular wedding dress. The pant legs do give her extra character and confidence on her big day though.

Glamour and color

Sometimes, the bride wants to dress a little … louder. This could be an A-line black gothic gown that she can wear anywhere. It’s definitely not a one-day-only wedding dress. It has an off-the-shoulder front-lacing corseted bodice over a flowing skirt. It goes up to Aussie Size 28, but it’s available as an online purchase, so you can key in your measurements for custom sizing.

The same e-store has a red gothic wedding gown with black lace overlay and cap sleeves. It’s a mermaid silhouette, so it looks amazing on a curvy bride, though you may have to tuck in your bits. For something more demure but still modern, try a romantic, tiered ball gown. It’s white, with flowered shoulder straps and more applique flowers dotted around the dress.

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