Wedding Dress Trends for 2011

Choosing The Dress is no doubt one of the most exciting aspects of wedding planning but, with the limitless options out there, may prove to be nearly as difficult a quest (ok maybe difficult is the wrong word, how about crucial, important?) as choosing The One. This is pretty much the only time, for the average person at least, it’s socially acceptable to wear yards and yards of flowing white fabric or even a fake bird on your head (you know, Carrie Bradshaw-style).

Sarah Jessica Parker Wearing a Vivienne Westwood Gown with Bird Hairpiece
Photo source: Beautiful Bridal

2011 wedding dresses will be classically romantic, featuring a blend of vintage elegance and ultra-feminine 1950’s style. The fabrics this year will move away from shiny materials such as satin and silk taffeta in favor of soft, whimsical textiles such as tulle and lace, lots of lace. Gowns with lace overlays in delicate floral patterns will be at the forefront of bridal fashion and will exhibit mermaid-style silhouettes with graceful trains.

Lace Wedding Dress with Mermaid Silhouette
Photo Source: My Bridal Dress

Short, cocktail-style dresses are increasing in popularity, becoming more and more frequent in bridal runway shows. The benefits to this style include a considerably less expensive price tag and the opportunity to wear the dress for other occasions.

Cocktail-Style Wedding Dresses
Photo Source: The Beauty Bridal

Many brides are choosing to “go green” by refurbishing a used wedding dress from a thrift-store or family member. In a few simple steps, transform a strapless dress into a trendy one-shouldered design or revamp a plain gown with a layer of tulle and rhinestone accents. Check out the Wedding and Bridal Ideas section of the Learning Center for some great DIY ideas!


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