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Wedding Dresses Trending Toward the Whimsical This Year

Jan 30, 2017 07:41PM ● By Jill Cueni Cohen

Dress from One Enchanted Evening

If you’re thinking of getting married, then you’re also thinking about that all-important detail: What will you wear at your wedding?

“This will probably be the most exciting outfit you'll ever wear, so make the most of it,” said wedding planner Tonya Edinger of Weddings of Pittsburgh. “Your wedding is an expression of your ongoing love story, and everyone will be waiting to see what you’ve chosen to wear to this elegant party where you two are the guests of honor.”

Off-White or Tie-Dye?

One of the reasons that it takes so long to plan a formal wedding is that it takes time to find and buy the right dress. Edinger advises prospective brides to begin looking at least a year before the wedding date—in other words, as soon as you get engaged!

“It usually takes a while to find the right dress, so that’s one of the first things you should do when planning your wedding,” she said.

Tiffany Brandon, marketing director for Zelienople bridal shop One Enchanted Evening, said that another reason to shop early is that dresses often take six to eight months to come in.

“Some tips we have for brides before they make their appointment is to have a realistic price-point in mind and stick to it,” said Brandon, adding that the first step is to figure out what kind of wedding gown styles you love.

She suggests bridal magazines, websites and apps to help brides get started. “Pinterest is such a fun tool for this!” she added.

While tie-dyed and multi-colored wedding dresses have been making a splash on the fashion scene as the latest trend, brides in Pittsburgh are more likely to be wearing ivory and champagne-hued dresses. “Many brides are staying away from white,” said Brandon. “This year we’ve started to see a major shift in the bridal fashion industry to a more sexy and bold style of dress.”

Bridal styles today trend toward more luxurious, high-end couture with a touch of whimsical elements, said Brandon, referring to MUSE by Berta as one of the new bridal lines that will be arriving at One Enchanted Evening this spring.

“The 2017 bridal runway shows featured jaw-dropping cathedral length trains, romantic bohemian-inspired gowns, long sleeves with delicate lace, and dramatic back details,” said Brandon. “Berta has been one of the designers that really pushed the envelope in bridal fashion this year with very sexy, deep-V plunging necklines, show-stopping detachable trains, illusion lace, and chic sheer fabrics that show off every curve.”

Typically a family and BFF affair, Edinger cautions brides not to invite a lot of people to the bridal store appointment. “Invite your mother-in-law-to-be, your own mom and your maid of honor, but try to stick to as few people as possible,” she said, adding that it can get overwhelming when too many people have conflicting opinions.

“The most important thing is that the bride feels absolutely amazing in her dress,” said Brandon, adding that brides should keep an open mind while trying dresses on. “Be willing to try on styles that you normally wouldn’t be drawn to, because most brides end up leaving our store with a completely different vision than what they came in with."

The stresses of planning a wedding can overshadow some of the more joyous moments, one of which is trying on the new wedding dress in the bridal shop. At One Enchanted Evening, a bride’s choice of dress is even applauded in their new celebration room. 

“We want you to enjoy the process of choosing your dress,” said Brandon. “This is your time to feel like a luxurious bride, and we want you to embrace it.”

Accessories to Consider

Prepare to be dazzled by lots of bling, all the way down to the shoes.

“Jewels, Swarovski crystal and lots of embellishments are all the rage these days,” said Edinger, noting that diamond-esque or rhinestone jewelry is abundant. “Bridal bling is sparkly, but it’s not colorful.”

She added that most of the brides she’s been working with haven’t been wearing veils. “Most of them don’t have anything in their hair, not even baby's breath,” she said, noting that a veil certainly adds to the cost. “It's all about what you want to spend your money on.”

Pantyhose are out, but garters are in…sans garter belt. “Garters are inexpensive and easy to find at any craft store in the wedding section,” said Edinger, adding that the trend is lacy, heirloom-style garters.

Men’s fashions

Today’s grooms are classically clad in black and white tuxedos with square-tipped shoes, and they are shying away from both hats and cummerbunds.

“They might add a pop of color with a red vest,” said Edinger, adding that bow ties are preferred these days. “A bow tie is more luxurious; it’s classy.