Monday Mood Board: The Wedding Affair’s Bridal Style Guide…
Last week we brought you The Wedding Affair’s Bridal Style Guide Part 1. If you haven’t read it yet then don’t worry, you can catch up on it here. We are feeling generous this week, we just thought we couldn’t fit enough bridal goodness into one blog (There would be endless blogs on bridal!) so, we decided to write another one. Of course, jam packed with even more beautiful dresses, styles and designers. What a perfect thing to wake up to on a bank holiday Monday morning? Happy planning to our lovely readers and enjoy your extra day off…
An empire dress is defined by the raised waistline that sits just below the bust, from which the rest of the dress flows down to the hem of the gown. This style is usually paired with a square neckline and wide set straps or sleeves. Like the A-line, the empire style is very versatile and can accommodate a wide range of formality depending on how you wear it.
Since the empire dress is all about the placement of the raised waistline, there are many other design options that can contribute to the overall look of the dress. For example you may want to have long bell sleeves for a winter wedding, to a sleek, sleeveless design perfect for an outdoor summer affair. Skirt style is another important aspect on the empire cut, as it can flow freely or contour to your body, depending on the silhouette you want to create.
Things to Consider: While the empire dress fits well on most body types, it is especially suited for those brides with a smaller bust since it draws attention to the neckline and creates definition. Added detailing and fabric embellishments, such as capped sleeves or delicate bead work, will help to draw attention to your chest and neckline, and therefore create the illusion of a fuller bust.
The Wedding Affair Loves…
Yes, another Jenny Packham dress! How could we resist though, its gorgeous! The Bridal Collection Harrogate are stockists of the beautiful designs from Jenny Packham. So, why not pop and see them at our beautiful wedding fair at Rockliffe Hall, enjoy welcome drinks, delicious canapes, and meet over 30 of the industry’s finest wedding suppliers.
Sheath Wedding Gowns
Sheath wedding dresses are designed in a way that the seam runs vertically from the shoulders down to the hips. These gowns are are great for figured brides as they instantly hug the body and reveal natural curves. Sheath dresses that are made from chiffon and lace are popular with many brides who may be looking to accentuate their figure’s and of course, look beautiful.
One of the benefits you can get from sheath wedding dresses is that they are lightweight, this makes it perfect for destination weddings on a beach or outdoor weddings!
The Wedding Affair Loves…
Maggie Sottero – “Mattea” We are absolutely in love with this dress. We love the elegance of this chic lace sheath wedding dress; accented with sexy spaghetti straps; demure illusion back and V-neckline.
Charlotte Balbier has beautifully designed 10 inter-changeable separates, and we love them! All are designed for the bride to build and create her own individual look. Maybe a satin slip with a lace topper and satin sash? Or a ball gown skirt and lace crop top? Whatever your personality, style and look the new separates collection offers a diverse way of creating your very own bridal look. Don’t you just love them?
Separates give the chance for the bride to experiment around with different styles and create something that is both unique and personal. Lace & Co who are attending The Wedding Affair’s Traditional & Vintage show at Wakefield Cathedral are stockists of the stunning designs created beautifully by Charlotte Balbier. Do come and see them at this stunning wedding fair, tickets are complimentary!
Illusion Wedding Dresses
Illusion back wedding dresses aren’t necessarily chosen as a specific style of wedding dress. This is because illusion backs look fabulous on nearly any dress, ranging from fish tale to column and straight gowns. So we could hardly resist not putting illusion backs into our Bridal Style Guide. How gorgeous are they?!
Remember your back will get a lot of exposure on your wedding day. From walking down the isle, right through to your first dance. So, whether you choose to go backless, illusion, or none at all it is completely your choice. our personal favourite however, just has to be the illusion back!
Illusion back nude fabrics can be very flattering. Why not add your own personality and choice of design by asking your seamstress to carefully sew on beads, pearls, crystals or ready-made flower applique. Or choose a button-down back from neck to the top of the hip line for a more sultry look.
The Wedding Affair Loves…
Mark Lesley from The Bridal Affair (2nd on the left) How gorgeous is this dress? We adore the heart shaped illusion back, a little bit in between a backless and the details of an illusion back. We love how it flows into a mermaid dress. Come see The Bridal Affair featuring Curvy Bridal at our finest luxury Autumn wedding fairs. The next one they will be exhibiting at is The Wedding Affair at Sandburn Hall, book your FREE tickets here for a fabulous day out, you may even spot your dream dress!
At our designer shows you will be able to feature your wedding dresses, occasion wear and men’s wear, all on our live professional catwalk performances. The fairs that feature catwalk performances are The Wedding Affair at Sandburn Hall, The Wedding Affair at The Royal Hall, Harrogate and The Wedding Affair at Ripon Cathedral.