Something a little different but just as pretty and seasonal for your big day
Most women have pictured themselves on their wedding day. Billowing layers of chiffon and white dresses have often filled the daydreams of little girls and women alike. But despite the popular choice of white wedding dresses, a new trend of colored and floral gowns has become more and more popular — and we have to admit that they’re gorgeous. The floral dresses offer soft silhouettes and feminine, flowing styles.
Although today we think of white as the wedding dress color, white wedding dresses have only been popular since 1840, when Queen Victoria wore a white gown that incorporated a piece of lace she adored. But before Queen Victoria’s iconic fashion statement, brides in the 19th century typically wore multi-colored dresses, especially blue ones. So colored and printed gowns could be even more traditional than their white counterparts!
These gorgeous floral designs are perfect for spring and summer brides. With options of floral prints, appliques and even delicate embroidery, these gowns stand out and are perfect for the bride who wants to wear her wedding day flowers instead of carry them!
Dark Pony Designs
In their 2017 collection, Dark Pony Designs offers a Floral Fantasy Wedding Dress, a piece bursting with color thanks to the embellished tulle dress covered in pink, red, and purple flowers with touches of greenery. The appliqued flowers stand out on the champagne lace dress, and prove that white is far from the only option in wedding dresses. The dress is boho-chic and provides a gorgeous option for the bride looking for a little bit of wedding day pizzazz. This handmade dress is made to order in the United States, and takes only four to six weeks to complete. Rush orders are available, and the dress comes in a wide range of sizes.
The bright, gorgeous flowers on Copious Fashion’s wedding gown may have been too much if they were all over the gown. But their presence on back of this gown is the perfect balance between a white wedding gown and hint of floral. The whimsical gown features princess seams, a lattice work cotton lace back and five layers of crinoline and tulle! The best part? This beauty is custom made to your measurements, so your dress will look like it was made with you in mind.
If there is one wedding gown designer who has mastered floral dresses, it’s Wendy Makin. Her Katelyn features beautiful flowers in muted shades of antique pink and soft lavender, giving brides a vintage look. The dress features a sweetheart neckline, gathered waist, and incredibly convenient pockets to hold everything you need for your big day. Each gown Wendy makes is handmade so your dress will fit like it was designed just for you. This stunning ball gown also comes in a blue botanical print. To find a store near you, use this store locator.
Plum Sugar Pretty
If you love the floral wedding gown trend but don’t want to be overwhelmed by blooms, you’ll find that the Blair dress in Plum Pretty Sugar’s Couture Collection is a perfect fit. With a sweetheart neckline and delicate ruffles, the dress is charming and feminine. The bodice is an adjustable wrap style and closes with a delicate tie at the waist. The dress, which is handcrafted in the United States, comes in four color choices: pearl, rosewater, wisteria, and sunstone. And as a bonus, the Blair is only $238.
The Simple Truth Gown sold by Modcloth takes floral to the next level with a beautiful, classic design. Delicate flower appliques drift down the skirt, sprinkled with beaded flowers. The dress features a classy illusion neckline, sweetheart bust and open back. The gathered waist offers brides a gorgeous, soft silhouette. This dress won’t eat up your entire wedding budget at only $300. It can be worn again in the summer as a gorgeous maxi dress, too!
Mignonette, a Chicago-based bridal store, specializes in heirloom gowns for the modern bride — and the Oscar dress definitely fits that description. The peach floral print of the dress is softened by a gauzy, dreamy chiffon layer. The long length makes this dress perfect for trying out a colorful heeled shoe that peeks out as you walk down the aisle! All of their dresses can be viewed in their store. In addition to new gowns, Mignonette also creates custom gowns, revamps older gowns, and alters dresses. You can contact them here to set up an appointment.
Brides wearing Jenny Yoo’s Afloat on Flawlessness will look like they’re floating down the aisle. The delicate watercolor floral print is brushed over fluttering sleeves and a dramatic V-back design, and a drawstring waist makes adjustments throughout the wedding day easy. This dress won’t break your wedding budget either; it can be purchased for just $300. Jenny’s goal for bridal dresses is to give brides a beautiful dress that she can wear for years to come — and this dress definitely can be worn as a light, breezy summer dress after the big day!
The Vicky by Atelier Aimee combines the trends of two-piece wedding dresses and floral print in one elegant, modest style. The fitted top is complemented with a full skirt. If all over floral isn’t quite what you’re looking for, you’ll love how the floral pattern fades into the hem of the gown. The best part? This dress features side pockets, perfect for carrying things on your wedding day without having to carry around a clutch or purse! If you’d like to see if this is the dress you’ve been looking for, you can make an appointment at their bridal boutiques.
While soft watercolors and pink roses are romantic and feminine, this Luxe gown by Romona Keveza offers a gorgeous, bold look with purple flowers along the hemline. The satin, one-shoulder bodice offers hints of the floral design, while the flowers truly come to life towards the bottom of the skirt. This full, princess-style gown gathers at the waist for an hourglass shape. You can find the Luxe gown and other floral designs in bridal stores around the country. You can find a store using this store locator.
Kathryn Conover creates custom gowns for brides. So when the wedding dress designer’s daughter got married, her mom created this gorgeous dress — the Julia. In an interview, Kathryn said, “Brides have reached out to me from far-away places like France and the UK saying they want to wear flowers rather than carry them.” The dress features a large ball gown skirt covered with hand painted watercolor flowers. Kathryn customizes dresses for brides and her dresses start at $1,500. You can book a consulting appointment with her here, or set up a complimentary phone consultation here!
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