Unique Wedding Dress Ideas

Standing Out From the Crowd

If you're the kind of bride that's prided herself on always standing out from the crowd you're probably dreading walking down the aisle in a carbon copy wedding dress. Why not give one of our unique wedding dress ideas a try:

Vintage wedding dresses - the term 'vintage clothing' describes any item that was made less than 100 years ago, but yet was not made by a current manufacturer. Vintage wedding dresses have come to be associated with the 1920s and 1930s, when women's fashion underwent a radical shift. Wedding fashion was dominated by trendy straight-cut chemise dresses and flapper styles. Gowns were made of sexy fabrics like silk, satin, georgette, chiffon or silver lame, often with asymmetric hemlines and beaded or fringed hems. Wedding style at this time was as brash as a flapper and there were never enough pearls, rhinestones, beads, sequins and silver lace to go around.

Renaissance wedding dresses - (from 1450 to 1600) early Renaissance brides wore velvet gowns made of regal colors such as deep violet, hunter green, burgundy or scarlet on their wedding-day. Blue was the main choice for brides because it symbolized purity. Renaissance wedding gowns were called 'cotehardies' (which translates to 'bold coat'). The bodice of the Renaissance wedding dress was typically cut like a coat. It had a plunging neckline, flowing sleeves and laces up the sides and down the back of the floor-length gown. A metallic gold or silver thread woven into braided affects often ran throughout the gown. Renaissance brides didn't wear veils; rather their hair was worn in loose and long curls, or in braids or rolls with a wreath of ivy, herbs or flowers crowning their heads. Herbs, such as rosemary and thyme played a prominent role in the wedding bouquet and bridal headpieces.

Gothic wedding dresses - evoke darkly romantic brides dressed in intricately woven silk or jacquard wedding gowns of mysterious black, or another darkly mysterious shade such as a deep blood red, cold silver, murky violet or ominous wisteria. Traditional gothic wedding gowns are reminiscent of the bride of Dracula and often have fitted bodices or stiff-boned corsets, either high ruffled necklines or plunging necklines, which veered in puffed sleeves off the shoulders. Empire waistlines, which lie under the chest, flow gracefully into full, slightly flared skirts and are typical of Gothic gowns. The Gothic wedding dress is then finished in a short, sweeping train in the back. Modern gothic brides are more darkly attuned to black wedding dresses fashioned of crushed velvet skirts and leather corsets.

Victorian wedding dresses - Evoke the majesty and royalty of eras past. Early Victorian wedding gowns were stiff contraptions made of organdy, tulle, lace, gauze and silk. They had stiff-boned bodices, extreme synched waists and elaborate full skirts worn over a series of hoops and petticoats. The Victorian era was responsible for popularizing the traditional white wedding dress brides wear today - when Queen Victoria wore one for her wedding in the year 1840.

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