Summer Wedding Dress 101

What better time to discuss summer wedding dresses than wedding season! Most South Florida brides are already planning their outdoor summer weddings for next year. Many have already decided how they will want to look on their special day. Their Pinterest is full of photos of gorgeous wedding dresses but some fail to consider the heat and how that will affect them. We at Wonderland Bridal are delighted to tell you about of some of the details you can choose for your gown that will make your outdoor ceremony, cocktail hour, or pics not just bearable but keep you breezy and comfortable.

Silhouette: Sexy or Boho Flow

The first thing you want to do is think about the fit of your wedding gown. Do you want something sexy that shows off your curves or are you thinking of something that has a little bit of flow to the skirt? Both looks are equally stunning but you don’t have to choose one look over the other to stay cool.

If you choose a fitted silhouette, try a sheath or trumpet skirt with minimal crinoline (the tulle that adds structure to the bottom of your wedding gown). These wedding dresses are usually lightly structured and usually give just enough support that you won’t be required to wear a bra or girdle underneath.  These wedding dresses can have a little sparkle but too much can weigh your wedding gown down and make it heavy.

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If you always imagined being a princess on your wedding day, and A-line or column dress can give you that look and be light enough to allow air to blow through the skirt. With a wedding dress like this, there will be no doubt as to who the bride is.

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Tantalizing Neckline and Backs

The perfect summer wedding dress doesn’t have to be strapless.  The daring bride can find something with a an illusion plunging neckline or show off a little of her shoulders in her wedding dress. There are so many options for that bride who wants to be as naked as possible in the summer heat but still be classy. The best thing about having some sort of strap is being able to have the support to hold a key hole back or low back detail you can’t find with strapless wedding dresses.

We love this lace sheath wedding gown from Stella York with Spaghetti Straps.

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If you always imagined yourself with a little more coverage, why not try something with illusion cap sleeves or an illusion back? This gives you a little more support and won’t expose too much skin since it is covered with a breathable mesh with lace appliques.

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Whatever season you plan to wed, make Wonderland Bridal your first stop! We can help you find the perfect look for your big day!

 

 

 

 

The ONLY time it is acceptable to settle..

Disclaimer: We do not advocate settling for your wedding dress. This is not the time to have buyer’s remorse. You still want the vision of you in your wedding dress even 30 years later to take your breath away!

There is only one time where a bride will have absolutely no choice and this is ok. We call this the perfect storm where time and budget come in to play.

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The average wedding planning time is between 10-12 months. Not everyone wants to wait that long to get married so we are finding that more and more couples are planning their wedding in 6 months or even as low as 3. With a shorter time frame, there is more pressure to find a wedding dress that you love with enough time to have it shipped, altered, and steamed or pressed. Since the average time to have a wedding dress made and delivered is 5-6 months, this can cause a little bit of stress to the bride to be.

In the case of a short time frame, there are options to pay to have a wedding dress shipped with a rush, find a wedding gown that is already in stock with the designer, or you can find something off the rack. Depending on your timeline, all of these options make it easier to find a wedding dress for your big day.

 

The trouble arises when the bride can’t find anything she loves and is pressed for time with a limited budget. In this case, this is what we recommend:

  • Give yourself a deadline. If your wedding is a month out and you still don’t have a wedding dress, designate a day to go shopping where your goal is to have one by the end of the day.
  • Spend some time before you begin shopping to research designers you like and styles of wedding dresses you think you may want to try on and make appointments where they carry these designers.
  • Before setting an appointment ask the shop you are calling if they have what you are looking for in your price range and time frame. Keep in mind that the more intricate detail you want, the more it is going to cost.
  • Try on several silhouettes and ask for stylist recommendations
  • Broaden your search. If you are having a hard time finding something with  beading, lace, long sleeves, and a low back maybe eliminate one or two of these things to give yourself more options of things to try on.
  • Ask yourself these questions: do I feel beautiful? Can I see myself getting married in this?
  • If there is a wedding dress that checks all of your boxes, get it! You don’t want to miss your opportunity to get the perfect dress because you were looking for something else.

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We at Wonderland Bridal are all about making dreams come true. If you are still looking for your wedding dress and are pressed for time, we can certainly help with that. We also have sample wedding dresses that we are able to sell off the rack. Schedule your appointment with us today so we can help you find the perfect one!