Dear Pat: I’m getting married in August and am concerned about getting a gown that I won’t sweat through on my big day. I really want a ball gown, but all the ones I’ve tried on so far have tons of layers and feel really heavy and hot. What kind of styles would you recommend for me? Should I give up on finding a ball gown that will work and choose another silhouette?
Since our Virginia summers can be so hot and humid, many of our brides pose this same question to us all the time. You absolutely can find a style you love and also be comfortable in on your big day. The key to finding a dress you won’t get too hot in, particularly a ball gown style, is choosing a gown with the right fabric and structure. Here are a couple of examples.
The gowns above may look heavy based on the layers and fullness of the skirts, but they are actually quite airy! Both have skirts that are made from layers of soft tulle and netting, which are lightweight. Looking out for these kinds of fabrics will you help you find a style that is comfortable, and won’t get too hot on your big day. But if you’re not a fan of tulle or netting, never fear! There are more options for you. Take the chiffon and silk styles below:
Chiffon is wonderfully lightweight and absorbent, and designers are able to drape it very easily, resulting in beautiful skirts like the one pictured on the left. The gown on the right is a well-designed gown made from a single layer of lightweight Thai silk, which holds its shape very nicely. Both would be great choices for a summer wedding.
If you prefer an all-over lace look, you can absolutely find a style that will be lightweight enough for summer. Just choose a look with minimal layers, and laces like chantilly, that have a light and airy feel.
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The new year is almost here, and with it we’re expecting a new set of designs from our designers. We saw many of the new designs at fall bridal market, and have seen “sneak peeks” of the designs expected to be showcased at the upcoming spring market, so we wanted to share what wedding gown trends you can expect to see during 2017.
Photo Courtesy of Justin Alexander Bridal
Photo Courtesy of Lillian West
Gowns with ruffles have been scarce for a few years, but designers are bringing them back! For brides who think that an all-over lace gown or all-over beaded gown are too much, but don’t want a plain skirt, a ruffled skirt is a beautiful way to complement a more fitted bodice. We are so glad designers are sending us gowns with ruffles again!
2. Off the shoulder necklines
Photo Courtesy of Augusta Jones
Photo Courtesy of Justin Alexander
Off the shoulder necklines are so flattering, and we feel like we don’t see enough of them on wedding gowns, so we’re glad some of the designs from upcoming collections we’ve seen have featured them a lot more!
3. Plunging Necklines
Plunging necklines are another trend we’re expecting to see a lot more of in 2017, with designers taking a chance on more sultry looks. We can’t wait for our brides to fall in love with some of these styles!
4. Detachable Skirts, Trains and Capes
Detachable pieces have often been popular, but they were usually considered accessories that had to be specially ordered or custom made to go with the dress–but we’re noticing that 2017 is bringing us designs that already come with detachable skirts and capes, allowing brides to change up their look between the ceremony and reception without added time or costs. This is one trend we’re really happy about!
5. High necklines
Designers are also showcasing designs with higher necklines in a variety of styles! Whether you’re looking for a glam style or you’re more boho chic, there’s a high neckline gown you’ll love coming out in 2017.