By Tresa Erickson
You recently got engaged, and soon, you'll be starting the search for a wedding gown. Whether you choose to shop at a local outlet store or an upscale bridal shop, you will no doubt have hundreds of choices before you, many of them soft and flowing, reflecting current design trends.
The design of wedding dresses changes constantly. One year, straight, strapless dresses might be popular; the next year, long off-the-shoulder gowns might be popular. Recent trends include softer wedding dresses made of flowing fabric and sheer fabric overlays. Dresses may be floor or ankle length, feature an unusual neckline and have an A-line skirt with a short train. The look of today's wedding dress is classically romantic.
Dress details vary, but may include ruffled hems and satin sashes. Wraps made of faux fur, velvet, satin, organza, lace, tulle or chiffon may accompany the dress, adding to the romance. Veils may be short or long, and brides may accentuate the romantic look by wearing pearls, rhinestones or crystals.
While wedding dresses are traditionally white and many of today's dresses follow suit, some designers have broken out of the box and created more colorful gowns, reflecting trends in Europe.
It is not unusual to find wedding dresses in dreamy shades of blue, champagne, pink, platinum and even red. For brides who like just a little color, wedding dresses may also be trimmed in a particular shade like scarlet red or deep blue.
Finding the right wedding dress can take a few hours or several months. Some brides discover the perfect gown within minutes of entering an establishment, while others spend countless hours trying on dresses in various places. With any luck, you will spot the right gown within a reasonable time. As you are shopping, keep the trends above in mind, but remember, they are trends, and as such, are subsequent to change. By the time you find a wedding dress, new designs may have made their way into the selection.
While it's good to be up on the latest wedding dress fashions, you want to pick a dress that suits you. Just because the current trend features an unusual neckline doesn't mean that will work for you. Try on numerous gowns and select one that fits you well and reflects your personal style and tastes. You will be wearing the dress for much of your special day, so make sure you like it and feel good in it.