When Queen Victoria donned a lace wedding gown in 1840, she insisted on handmade lace: over 100 workers were required to complete the signature dress, according to Brides. As Queen, she wanted to ensure that her dress was truly one of a kind.
Over a hundred and seventy years later, two of those traditions have remained. Almost all brides want to look unique in some way on their day, and, paradoxically, lace has become even more popular and commonplace.
For brides who love the elegance and refinement Queen Victoria also fell in love with, but also want something more unexpected and alluring, it can be difficult. Most brides can’t afford to get a dress custom made, and with the popularity of lace on all things bridal, it can be hard to make a signature mark,
One way: considering dresses that incorporate the lace trend in increasingly innovative ways. Check of these lace wedding dresses that push boundaries, while still keeping signature elegance alive:
- Add some color: Lace on white or ivory is lovely, but lace on a touch of color is not only unexpected, but eye catching. For the daring bride who isn’t afraid to buck tradition a little bit, go for a gown that has a still bridal or majestic hue: think blush, apricot, or champagne. Lace overlays are especially beautiful on colored skirts. Althea, from Diamond Bridal Gallery’s Gold Collection, is a perfect example. A classic A-Line with a sweep train and delicate illusion sleeves is paired with lace embroidery over a a creamy mocha skirt. The pure white of the lace makes the mocha color pop, and modernizes a classic look.
- Show some skin: Lace is traditional in many ways, but that doesn’t mean brides can’t show off a little skin too. Lace is perfect for cut outs, providing a tad more coverage and also adding a special detail to accentuate the bold style choice. Think lace and cut outs can’t go together? Check out style Amadea: a figure hugging ivory mermaid with a detachable tulle skirt is anything but ordinary with illusion sleeves and cut outs that extend from the collar to the natural waist. But it’s the elaborate lace that makes it: heavily textured, with a floral and vine pattern, there’s just enough structure and rugged elegance to makes this gown breathtaking. Want something even more daring? From the Voyage Collection, this gown features a full skirt and a plunging v-neck. The lace straps, coupled with the sheer lace cut out across the abdomen, is princess meets modern woman.
- Elongate a Torso: All-over lace is a statement, but so is strategically placed lace. For shorter brides who want to appear taller, complementary lace framing the neck and extending over a skirt creates the illusion of a longer torso. This dress, from the Blush Collection, is in many ways traditional: with a full skirt, sweetheart neckline and illusion sleeves, it’s elegance reminiscent of royalty. But it’s the scalloped lace, brodering the collarbone, and the corresponding lace embroidery in the full skirt that makes this dress truly exceptional. The lace draws the eyes in a line from the neck to the full skirt.
Looking for more lace wedding dresses? Be sure to check out the full collection of bridal gowns at Diamond Bridal Gallery, or book an appointment to work with a consultant.