Wedding season will be here sooner than anyone thinks, and now is the time for brides-to-be to think about that special dress. Here are four absolutely breathtaking wedding gowns by four different designers:
Mermaid Kelsi Dress by Enzoani
This is a mermaid dress, which means it hugs the body till around the mid-thigh before the skirt flares out. It’s strapless and has a sweetheart neckline. It is made largely of guipere lace, which is a type of lace with a strong design with joining bars or open ground. The dress also has beautiful corded lace. The skirt is floor length and made of tulle, a fine net that’s often made of silk and used for veiling. The skirt ends in a scalloped lace hem. It closes with a zipper in the back and sports crystal buttons.
Silk Taffeta Dress
A strapless silk taffeta dress by Jaime Elyse features glittering Swarovski diamonds on the bust and bodice. Taffeta is a fabric with a plain, basic weave which feels crisp to the touch. The warp and weave threads are the same length, which makes the fabric very smooth and lustrous. It can also be woven in a way that produces an iridescent effect. It is descended from the Persian fabric “taffeta.” Swarovski diamonds aren’t really diamonds, but lead glass crystals made by an Austrian company using a process that makes them sparkle as brightly as diamonds.
This bridal dress’s fabric is attractively pleated, especially around the hips, and the beaded skirt is floor length. Like the Mermaid dress, it has a sweetheart necklace and is sleeveless.
Monceau Dress by Anne Barge
This dress from the designer’s spring 2016 collection is wonderfully simple, with a scooped neck and a full, floor-length skirt. It is made of silk organza over Chantilly lace. Silk organza is a sheer but crisp fabric with an open weave, while Chantilly lace is a type of French bobbin lace that uses silk thread to create delicate floral sprays over a clear mesh ground. The gown is also embellished with delicious appliqués of Alençon lace, a type of needlepoint lace that’s also from France.
This extravagant gown by Alfred Angelo is right out of a fairy tale. It is made of great draperies of tulle and glitter net, with sparkling, metallic embroidered lace on the dropped waist bodice. The sweetheart neckline is also adorned down to the waistline with pearls, crystals, rhinestones and beading. The train is chapel length. This gown not only comes in white and silver, by ivory and gold, white and gold and ivory and silver.
Though it is true that these dresses and gowns are a bit pricey, similar versions, made out of materials of somewhat lower quality or abundance, can also be had. Some of these versions are made by the same designers who created the more expensive gowns.