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Dream Dresses

By Mickey Hightower

June is notorious for being the month when the most weddings take place. With the beautiful weather and blooming flowers, many brides choose June because it fits into their idea of a perfect wedding. Selecting a wedding dress is one of the most important parts of preparing for a dream wedding for many. Brides find themselves fawning over gowns with friends and family, hunting for the perfect dress to complete their ideal wedding day.

The idea of a white wedding, so-called because of the color of the dress, stems from when Queen Victoria wore a white lace dress to her wedding in 1840. Since the sartorial standard was set during the Victorian Era, women have been walking down the aisle in combinations of lace, tulle, satin, and silk, all in varying shades of white from diamond to ivory.

Royal weddings are still influencing trends in bridal fashion. After Kate Middleton wed Prince William, her modest Alexander McQueen gown was copied endlessly and continues to be a popular style three years later.

Bridal fashion has become a market of its own, with designers such as Vera Wang, Badgley Mischka, and Monique Lhuillier becoming famous because of their luxurious gowns that can range from $4,000 to $100,000 for a single dress. At Bridal Fashion Week in New York, many new styles and trends came down the runway.

For a bride seeking simple elegance, she can try a modern and sleek gown with minimal embellishments, such as a spray of beading or panel of lace. Brides looking for a more playful look can embrace the ankle-length and above-the-knee gown trend. Some brides want to add a little color, and the ombré dress trend is for them. White dresses are now featuring hems in soft pastels like blush, blue, and peach. For those looking for a truly daring wedding day look, the black and white style is perfect for them. Traditional white gowns are now being topped off with sashes, beads, and embroideries in decadent shades of black. Some designers, like Vera Wang, have gone so far as to design gowns with black bodices and white skirts. With all these options, brides can now have their white weddings with a twist.

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