Fall brides are the mist of heavy planning right now, and that includes wedding dress shopping. Every season brings its own trends and ideas on the best dress to wear for the big day, and you want to make sure you pick something that fits your personal style as well as the time of year. Here are some tips on what to consider before making your final decision.
Be bold with color. Many fall brides skip the white and go for ivory or cream, while others take color to a whole new level. Many top designers have showcased dresses in pink, red, blue and even black. In fact, there are no rules when it comes to color and wedding gowns. And with the rich colors of the fall season, this is a great time to step out of the box and wear something totally unexpected.
Showcase one fall hue. If you want to stick with a traditional wedding dress, you can still introduce some color. Fall is known for its deep hues, so why not incorporate that into your wedding gown with a sash in a gorgeous jewel-tone (plum, burgundy, navy, etc.) or even a pretty metallic to up the wow factor of your dress.
Choose heavier fabrics. The weather can go either way in the fall, but chances are it will be on the cooler side–especially when the sun goes down. So opt for heavier fabrics like guipure lace or silk Mikado.
Add some coverage. The cooler temps doesn’t mean you have to forgo a strapless or sleeveless gown. But do protect yourself from the chilly weather when you’re outside with a bolero jacket, shawl or stole that can easily be removed at the ceremony and reception locations.
Show off your back. If you want more coverage–and want to skip the typical strapless wedding gown look–think about showing off your back instead. Backless dresses are a growing trend and can be both sexy and romantic.
Take the plunge. Want to wear a long-sleeved dress, but still look a little sexy? Go for a plunging neckline. This look is perfect for an evening, high-glam wedding.
Go sheer. You can add more coverage to your sleeves and neckline while still showing some skin with a lace or a sheer overlay. This is a great look for the ultra-feminine bride.
Get sparkly. The sun goes down earlier in the fall, so you have plenty of time to show off some sparkle at an evening reception. A few embellishments–a crystal sash, simple beadwork or embroidery–are all good options for adding some glitz and glamour to your wedding day look.
Step out of the box with shoes. The cooler temps means you can think beyond the strappy sandal for the big day. Ankle booties, glittery closed-toe pumps, embroidered leather pumps–the sky is the limit with your shoe option when you’re a fall bride! And since the weather might still be nice enough for an outdoor ceremony, be sure to think about that before you make your final decision. Thin heels can easily sink into the ground, so opt for a thicker heel or even a wedge.
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