Wednesday, March 10, 2010

LegallyBride2 and Wedding Wednesdays: Bridal Dresses!

Yes - one in the same--the fabulous Jen--aka--legallybride2- comes to WeddingStories. You know her from all the forums, and her ever-popular blog--now she will host Wedding Wednesdays right here on our blog. It will be a combination of "Tips and Trends", and "Featured Wives of the R.I.". Enjoy the talk, and enjoy the advice--she has a great vibe and knows what is hot, and what is not. I am delighted to introduce our next phase of WeddingStories RI---WEDDING WEDNESDAYS! In the coming weeks WeddingStories RI will evolve into an online resource for RI Brides. Video clips will still be posted in collaboration with this format. We hope you enjoy it, and there will be more to come as the 2010 wedding season unfolds.

Hello Lovely Readers! Welcome to the first edition of Wedding Wednesdays in its new home, Wedding Stories!

First up...Bridal Dresses. There are quite a few different bridal dress silhouettes and necklines...So the question remains, how do you pick which one is best for YOU? My advice, throw all your pre-conceived notions away when you go dress shopping! You want to find the neckline (and silhouette) that will be the most flattering on you, not just the one that looks perfect on the model in a magazine. Try on as many styles as possible; you may just surprise yourself and walk out with something totally different than what you had imagined!

Here are a few different styles; each with a different neckline.

Neckline: Asymmetric; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by Atelier Diagonal
Personally, I LOVE this asymmetric look. If you hate the phrase 'cookie cutter bride', keep your eye out for a dress like this!
Neckline: Bateau; Silhouette: Ball Gown... Dress by Manuel Mota
You don't see a ton of dresses today with a beateau neckline but it is a very elegant look. Perfect if you have any trouble areas in your upper body; draws attention to your collarbone.
Neckline: Halter; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by DaVinci
Halter dresses are flattering for most women. Definitely at least try one on, you may be surprised

Neckline: Jewel; Silhouette: Fit-N-Flare... Dress by Jasmine Couture
Again, we don't see a *ton* of jewel necklines...Which is why I figured I should remind everyone that they're still out there! Very elegant
Neckline: Off-the-shoulder; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by Romona Keveza
I love this look; it screams modern bride to me. It's also good for those who don't *love* their shoulders.
Neckline: One-Shoulder; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by LaRichi Couture
The one shoulder (similar to the asymmetric) is BACK! And better than ever...
Neckline: Scoop; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by Martina Liana
The scoop forms a "U" shape, as high or low as you feel comfortable. Any sleeve length could work with this neckline really.
Neckline: Sheath; Silhouette: Mermaid... Dress by Manuel Mota
For a more covered up look, add a layer of shear lace to any neckline
Neckline: Square; Silhouette: Empire... Dress by KITTYCHEN Couture
The square neckline forms a crisp, elegant look that works with most figures
Neckline: Strapless; Silhouette: Princess... Dress by Two by Rosa Clara
The simple yet very popular strapless dress goes straight across the upper body without the support of straps. Show off your upper arms with this classic neckline
Neckline: Sweetheart; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by Marina K Couture
Named for actually looking like the top of a heart... It is most commonly used on strapless dresses; perfect for concealing and controlling exposure
Neckline: V-Neck; Silhouette: A-Line... Dress by Moonlight - Stephani
A "V" shape literally from the shoulders and down to however deep you choose. A high "V" can work well for the modest bride.
What I wore for OUR wedding...
My dress was an a-line silhouette with a strapless neckline. The whole top was intricately beaded while the bottom was pure silk, handkerchief style.

All inspiration pictures courtesy of The Knot. All my wedding pictures courtesy of Zenobia Photography Studios. I bought my dresses at Filene's annual Running of the Brides in Boston and had it altered by Rosa Medieros.