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We admit that we are very happy to see that there are still many brides out there who want a religious wedding. This choice is personal, although it should be a matter of spirituality and honor. Unfortunately, more and more couples decide to wed in a civil way, without benefiting of the sacred factor which is crucial for a marriage.

Those who choose to wed in a church will receive the blessings of God and live a happy marriage and prosper in everything they do. We congratulate those brides who wish to follow this path and get the best for their wedding and life. And we say this especially because we love so much church wedding dresses. There is something very special about the bridal type of wear required for a place of worship. You can tie the knot and say your vows in a cathedral, local church or destination chapel.

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Bridal Chapel Dresses (Source: fashionbride.files.wordpress.com)

It doesn’t matter the place you choose, the important thing is to prepare your outfit in advance. Make sure you discuss with the minister or the church about the type of wear you are allowed to choose for the wedding. Ask about how much skin you are permitted to show and what you should conceal. It’s obvious that you might not be able to show up dressed in a short wedding dress with a strapless or deep V-neck cut. Perhaps the high neck or long sleeve models with floor silhouettes are more adequate.

Bridal Chapel Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Bridal Chapel Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

You may be asked to wear something formal and decent. And we think that this style is very beautiful. This type of elegance is the one many brides of today are missing. Current trends can help you get back to the formal style of the past and wear a charming lace wedding dress with long sleeves or gloves. This “modest” style is back in trend and we could examine it closely on Kate Middleton on her wedding day. It’s true that her gown was more elaborated and extravagant than the one you may choose, but it’s about the same style.

Bridal Chapel Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Bridal Chapel Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

After all, your dress can be as sophisticated and glamorous as you wish! We also like ultra-formal wedding dresses made with long or ¾ sleeves and a fitted silhouette. They are divine and simply ideal for modern brides who are getting married in a church or chapel. We like church inspired wedding gowns because they are complemented by long feminine classy veils. We confess that we really miss the decent bride of the past who used to wear elegant wedding dresses and romantic long veils. That look is to us embodied perfection. If you are not the biggest fan of strapless dresses that have become so popular today, you can choose something this gallant for your D-day.

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We are very excited about the wedding dress trends popularized today for the modern bride. The majority of styles are inspired by old-century currents and this is why they make such fabulous choices for vintage based brides. One of our favorite styling that can suit a contemporary bride who seeks originality and fashion sense is the Art Deco style.

We know for sure that many of our readers are big fans of this style too! It’s impossible not to like this amazing type of wear, now that the red carpet look is so inspiring and flattering for the vision of a modern bride. Many women feel inspired by royalty and celebrity weddings and looks and we think that the Deco style is the perfect approach on this dream. One of our favorite elements of design that is specific to this style is the low back cut. This element makes all the difference! Any bride who wants to looks hot and sexy at her wedding can choose this style.

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Top Bridal Dresses (Source: farm7.static.flickr.com)

Art Deco wedding gowns are so bold and beautiful especially because they are based on deep cuts, sleek silhouettes, lustrous fabrics, metallic hues and shimmering details. We love the luxuriant appeal of an Art Deco bride and the look o confidence and boldness she achieves when wearing a Deco themed gown. These types of outfits are very glamorous and seductive. They can be characterized through bold cuts, daring lines, geometrical patterns and shapes and architectural designs.

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Top Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com)

Most of the Art Deco wedding dresses designed today by our talented designers come with a deep V neckline. This style is our favorite. It exudes a lot of femininity and drama in the same measure. The wide straps, the luscious fabric and the straight line of the silhouette make this style one of the most eye-catchy and ravishing of all vintage bridal dress styles. We like the models created by Jenny Packham and Johanna Johnson. Their creations are breathtakingly beautiful, original and imposing.

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Top Bridal Dresses (Source: farm7.static.flickr.com)

The combination between soft fabrics, metallic hues and stone embellishments is strikingly elegant. We also enjoy very much the models that feature a high neck that follows the collarbone with cal military sleeves dipped in crystals or other glittery ornaments. If you want to look like a diva at your wedding, browse Johanna Johnson’s collections of silver and platinum Art Deco bridal gowns. The backless models with pearl and crystal strings hanging down the back are our favorites. The bold headpieces based on feathers, headbands and stone ornaments complete the glamorous and glitzy look of an Art Deco bride. The silhouettes with dropped waists and flapper skirts also look fabulous! The construction of a Deco bridal gown is one of a kind, but not flattering for all brides.

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Statistics show that the majority of contemporary weddings are casual. The informal style is the new style to consider by those who are feeling more commodious and wish to enjoy their wedding day properly. And we say this because formal and rigorous weddings are harder to experience by both the newlyweds and their invitees. Why? Because everything is impeccable and perhaps “too” perfect, if we can say so!

We’re not trying to say that casual weddings are less elegant or less beautiful. The contrary, we think that only informal weddings of today have all the right ingredients or necessary qualities to be considered perfect events. They are creative and fun, elegant and comfortable, cheerful and meaningful, stylish and personal, original and romantic, and the list can continue! These are just a few of the principal virtues of a casual wedding. The only thing that makes the difference between formal and informal weddings these days is the comfort factor. And perhaps we can add the personal factor.

Casual Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Casual Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

These types of celebrations don’t follow any specific rules or rigors, but the couple’s vision and preferences. We like better causal weddings because they are usually booked for outdoors venues. They are often based on a rustic or green theme. As far as the bride’s outfit concerns, we can discuss here about simple and sweet models. The most adequate type of dress for a casual wedding is the modern style, which is typically inspired by the bride’s personality and way of dressing in her everyday life.

Casual Bridal Dresses (Source: jollybride.com)

Casual Bridal Dresses (Source: jollybride.com)

This means that casual can be interpreted as a comfortable type of wear with a hint of fashionable elegance and chic flair. The casual style can also be seen as part of the beach wedding dresses category. Destination brides have a lot of options when it comes to their wedding attires. And beach wedding dresses based on soft clean lines, fluid skirts, lightweight fabrics and subtle details can fit just about any type of outdoors venue. Alfresco weddings require something practical, cozy and nonchalant for the bride. The dress doesn’t have to be tight, heavy or elaborated.

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Casual Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec2.pinterest.com)

The contrary, it should follow a simple line. The perfect casual wedding dress is comfy and figure-flattering in an equal measure. This is the innovation brought to the field of bridal dresses in this modern era. If you want to benefit properly of this style, we suggest you consider a V-neck wedding dress with a sheath silhouette or a beach-inspired halter gown with straps. Low-back models made of silk satin are also ideal selections. You can choose a short model if you want even more practicality. A short hemline wedding dress offers you the opportunity to show off your beautiful legs and shoes!

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Modern brides are very preoccupied with the way their bridesmaids look on the wedding day. And this is because brides have understood that planning a stylish wedding means choosing fashionable outfits for their girls. It’s easier now to make unique choices in this sense, due to the myriad of original styles promoted by our designers in their numberless collections. You can choose your bridal party outfits based on the color scheme of your wedding. This way of doing things is very clever and efficient.

Many women choose to design or purchase the bridesmaids’ outfits and shoes by the wedding color theme. It seems easier to narrow down the options and make the choices more rapidly. Among the many trends promoted today for bridesmaids’ dresses we admit we like the mismatched style. According to this trend, the bride can choose different colors for the girls’ outfits.

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Bridal Party Dresses Colors (Source: media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com)

Although this style seems a bit too loud and flashy, the results are incredibly elegant and chic. It’s hip to have mismatched dresses for your bridesmaids and even more fun to select them. If you care for a unique picture, create dress designs yourself! Perhaps you won’t be able to find similar models in all your favorite colors. Customize the outfits in the colors of your wedding and make sure the gowns suit each bridesmaid’s silhouette in part. However, if you’re not skilled at all at this point, purchase off the rack models in different necklines, lengths and fabrics.

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Bridal Party Dresses Colors (Source: media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com)

It’s even trendier to go this way! Your girls will love you for choosing such unique and personalized gowns for their wedding wear! Besides this, it’s always a great way to show your friendship by selecting simple and chic bridesmaid dresses your girls can also wear after the wedding! Bridesmaid dresses in multiple colors can add more vibrancy, energy and diversity to your wedding ceremony. You can still wear a white gown, while your girls can wear dresses in rainbow hues! Giving more interest in the outfits of your bridal party actually means honoring their presence.

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Bridal Party Dresses Colors (Source: media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com)

Flatter your girls with gowns that fit their body shape and complement their personalities. They deserve to look at their best on your big day as well. Don’t purchase uncomfortable or hideous costumes for the bridesmaids because they will end up hating you! You can select from both soft and vibrant color palettes. The pastel nuances are great for spring: blush, peach, buttery yellow, lavender, teal, powder blue, turquoise or tomato red. The bold bright tones are ideal for summer and fall affairs: hot pinks, magentas, plums, chocolate browns, bright yellows and oranges, golds, rusty reds, etc. Choose metallic hues for winter bridesmaid dresses: bronze, copper, silver, gold, pewter, slate, taupe or soft gray tones.

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Although the vast majority of modern brides prefer to go casual on their wedding day, the formal style is still popular and sought-after by many couples. When it comes to wedding dresses, the soft lightweight fabric models are the ones favored by our ladies. But as we said before, the greatest thing about being a 2012 bride is the opportunity of choosing from a wide array of styles.

All the amazing looks that were invented and promoted in history for brides are nowadays available for the contemporary ones. We can’t say that we’re facing a new bridal styling these days, but a cumulation of various unique types of looks that were ever created for the bride-to-be. You can make your choice from ancient, traditional, classic, vintage, modern and even avant-garde wedding dress styles! There are even more criteria to consider at this point.

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

But let’s focus on the formality of the dress. If you are one of those sophisticated women who can’t deal with a simple and casual dress, then the formal style is the one that should suit you best. Anyone can get inspired for the structure and style of her wedding gown based on the types of cloths worn daily. If you are an elegant woman, than you would like something even daintier and chic for your wedding, right? And those who are not used to wearing high heels and tight skirts will also orientate more towards comfy and practical dresses.

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

The continuous oscillation between the formal and the casual managed to brought in some new styles. The modern bride who wants to look dramatic and impeccable at her wedding has now the opportunity of finding something elegant yet comfortable. This fusion between comfortableness and beauty is amazing and you are very lucky to benefit of this style. So, when we say “formal” we’re not necessarily referring at tight, stiff and heavy gowns. The days when the bridal dress was made of a rough fabric are over. Nowadays even the most elegant and formal bridal dresses are crafted from soft delicate materials.

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Formal Bridal Dresses (Source: weddinginspirasi.com)

Lace is one of the daintiest fabrics that can suit a formal wedding dress. You can also choose silk satin or chiffon for a sleek and luxurious silhouette. A formal wedding dress can feature short or long sleeves. If none of these looks appeals to you, choose a gown with ¾ sleeves. Or opt for a strapless dress with a matching bolero. This accessory will add even more elegance and sophistication to your overall look. A formal wedding dress can feature a high neck or a V-neck style. Many people say that formal also refers at decency and modesty. This is why our designers use more coverage for formal dresses.

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Selecting the gowns for your bridesmaids may appear an easy task to fulfill at a first sight. But things are more complex than you can imagine now. You will understand it as you’re moving forward with your wedding planning. The entire wedding should be based on a certain theme or motif. And this style of your wedding should be followed throughout the entire event.

All wedding items must feature the same theme and the same color scheme. This is why you can’t just choose anything that seems “ok” at a first glance. This is a serious job and you can take care of it with success if you ask for the help of your maid of honor. It’s customary for the bride to go shopping with the maid of honor for her own dress and for the bridesmaids’ outfits. If you trust her expertise you can ask her opinion on the best colors, lengths and fabrics.

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Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses (Source: media-cache-lt0.pinterest.com)

Your bridesmaids’ dresses must fit the temperatures and tonality of the season as well. The length should be decided based on the formality of the wedding. You wouldn’t want anything too plain or too sexy for your girls, right? There are a few etiquette rules or dos and don’ts that you can follow in order to make this process easier to complete and enjoy! The number one tip is to play the role of a good bride-friend to your girls!

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Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com)

Don’t ask the bridesmaids to dress in something too weird or hilarious. If you have a special theme, like a Halloween theme, don’t ask your friends to wear silly costumes. This won’t necessarily help you look better in contrast, but embarrass them. The outfits you choose shouldn’t be too big, heavy or completely plain either. Go for something simple and chic, stylish and trendy. This is the time to play versatile and clever. Strengthen your bond of friendship by selecting wearable feminine gowns for your friends. If the style is simple and comfy they will be able to wear the dresses again. This is perhaps the most flattering thing you can do for your bridesmaids!

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Bridal Bridesmaid Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec1.pinterest.com)

Their gowns need to be practical, figure-flattering and elegant. You can also choose different lengths, colors, skirt or neckline designs for each bridesmaid in part. This will surely make them feel special and unique. The mismatched style is very trendy to follow if you’re a modern offbeat bride. Don’t choose white or off white shades for their dresses if you don’t want people to confound you with one of the bridesmaids. But don’t choose faded or too dark tones either. Keep close to the color mix you used for the wedding décor. Mix them up and keep in mind the comfort level.

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Are you a glam and glitzy bride looking for something luxurious and eye-catchy to wear on your big day? Then perhaps a silver wedding dress can make a fabulous attire selection for you! What do you think of this hue? We personally love silver and we find this nuance incredibly elegant, glamorous and stylish. It is ideal for extravagant brides who don’t want to settle for less. And in this context, a white wedding gown would be less.

White is classic and formal, while silver is trendy and ultra-elegant. This hue can fit perfectly well a luxurious reception in an expensive locale, but it can also make a fabulous selection for a unique ceremony in a cathedral. The location of the wedding should be elegant and high class so that it can make the perfect host for your silver gown. You can’t wear this color anywhere! There is something very royal like about this hue that make us think of castle weddings.

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Silver Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com)

You can choose the silver theme for the entire wedding or just for your attire. But if you do decide to wear silver, make sure that you do incorporate a few details in gray or platinum in the décor. To make sure that the space is glittery and glowing, add a few crystals or sparkling details here and there. The décor should be stylish and perhaps grandiose. It depends on the amplitude of the wedding. Your dress can be covered in silver embellishments or it can be accented with a few silvery beads.

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Silver Bridal Dresses (Source: 4.bp.blogspot.com)

It can be plated with diamonds or other precious stones and embroideries, depending on your budget and preferences. You can find fabulous silver and platinum bridal dresses for modern and vintage weddings in many designer collections of the present moment. If you love silver but you think that a fully silver colored gown is too much for your wedding, you can choose a silver flower fascinator, belt or sash. There are many other silver decorative items you can purchase separately and accentuate a white dress. Use a brooch or a waist band, a bow or a unique motif or thematic charm to add more glow to the dress. If you choose to follow this style, make sure that your shoes are also silver-inspired or colored.

Silver Bridal Dresses (Source: mywedding.com)

Silver Bridal Dresses (Source: mywedding.com)

This theme also allows you to wear a silver headpiece on your head during the day. We’re not completely sure about the dress, but silver makes a sensational pick for a headdress, don’t you think? You can find some amazing creations in Johanna Johnson’s collections. Her gowns and hairpieces are vintage-inspired. Some of them are influenced by the strikingly beautiful Art Deco current and this is why they look so bold, dramatic and imposing!

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One of the most important aspects to consider when you’re a bride is that you have to decide on a style that can make you feel comfortable and relaxed throughout the entire day. Feeling commodious and cozy is the key to enjoying your wedding and remembering your event as a very pleasant and cheerful one. You need to focus a versatile type of look that can provide you with both elegance and practicality. The wedding dress has to be simple and clean and made of a lightweight fabric.

The headdress needs to be matching and soft, while the shoes have to be comfy and wearable. The bouquet can also be composed of light seasonal blooms and the makeup neutral and soft. When it comes to your hairstyle, things are or shouldn’t be very different. You can go for a natural bridal look and play the trendy bride role. It’s hip to get inspired from the bohemian style or from the rustic theme and plan a unique romantic wedding based on naturalness and simplicity.

 

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Bridal Hair Designs (Source: media-cache0.pinterest.com)

The important thing is to concentrate on a type of hairstyle that fits your personality, reflects your individual style and enhances your natural charm. You shouldn’t go too far from your basic style, but try a hairdo that can do justice to your face configuration and emphasize your natural beauty. Modern brides have the opportunity to pick a hairstyle that can be worn all day long, without getting messy. The bridal hairstyle you choose has to match the wedding dress and accessories you’re wearing and fit the wedding formality, venue and style.

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Bridal Hair Designs (Source: media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com)

The Internet allows you to play with different hairstyles and even “try” a few for your own face. There are many websites where you can upload your picture and try different types of hairstyles that can suit your face. This is perhaps not the safest methods to choose your hairstyle for the big day, but it can be fun to play this game. You can discuss with a hairstylist and ask him/her to try different hairstyle designs on your hair before the big day.

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Bridal Hair Designs (Source: media-cache-ec5.pinterest.com)

Make sure that you do this by taking into consideration the style of your dress. The hairstyle you choose must also be tried on with your veil, headpiece or with the type of headdress you’ve decided to wear at your wedding. For a traditional or classic look you can o bouffant, ringlet curly or high bun. Complete your look with a long traditional veil, Modern brides can choose simple ways of arranging their hair, like in braids or large soft curls. Side buns and French twist styles are elegant and nonchalant. You can wear flowers, crystals, pearls, feathers or any other decorative item that suits your wedding.

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Not all brides are models, or tall and beautiful. But even the petite brides are excited about their wedding day and they do deserve to have a big day! It’s essential as a bride-to-be to get to know you better before going shopping. Invest more time in browsing the internet in search for dresses that can suit your figure. Learn more about your type of silhouette and the types of gowns you should look for.

This will surely help you make your process of shopping and selecting the ideal wedding dress easier. Otherwise you will have many unpleasant surprises to see that none of your favorite models actually fit you or look good on you. To avoid this situation, invest more time in doing your own research. The web is full of relevant information on this subject. So what if you’re smaller than your other bride-friends?

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Petite Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com)

Who said that you are not allowed to look just as pretty and beautiful as they looked at their wedding? This is no time to get discouraged and feel bad. There are plenty of styles to consider for your petite shape. And you will see just how gorgeous they are by simply looking at these pictures! When it comes to petite bride wedding dresses, our expert’s suggestions are based on simple cuts and clean lines. Don’t venture yourself in pompous designs that will only hide your beauty and swallow you completely! But stick to simple silhouettes and minimal details.

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Petite Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec9.pinterest.com)

These styles will surely be more on your taste. You can try to look into straight models. Avoid elaborated gowns with voluminous skirts and opulent embroideries because they will only make you look even smaller and bigger than you really are. Sheath styles are great for smaller brides. Besides this, they are considered one of the hottest trends this year. The sheath style is ideal for petite brides because it creates the illusion of a longer silhouette. A dress like this will elongate your body than shorten it. If you do like the idea of more volume around the leg area, you can look for a simple A-line dress at most.

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Petite Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec4.pinterest.com)

Choose a classic style with a natural waist to make sure the dress enhances your natural beauty. Another important thing to keep in mind is that mermaid silhouettes are not recommended for petite brides because they can make the body look disproportionate. Small body brides should also avoid empire waist silhouettes. Anything large, sophisticated and adorned with rich ruffles, frills and beading should definitely be avoided by petite brides-to-be. The gowns with long trains are also out of the question. Column styles are ideal for smaller brides, as well as sleeveless gowns, asymmetrical lines and simple styles with fitted sleeves.

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Wedding dress trends are in a continuous process of change. This sounds like good news, but those who want to be sure of their choice are never satisfied with this fact. You can never be 100% sure that you’ve made the right decision. First of all, there’s your preference. We know who women are: they constantly change their mind and end up very confused about what they want.

This is what happens with many brides of today. The palette of wedding dress styles is so big and generous that they don’t even know what to try first and what to choose for their big day. Many of them regret their choice the next morning! It’s very difficult to be sure that the dress you picked is the one you will love tomorrow and the day after tomorrow in the same measure as you did when you first bought it. We should not scare you, but we want you to think and rethink well your options before making any move.

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Knee Length Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com)

Don’t make a hasty decision unless you’re completely sure that the gown you picked is your lucky one. Do your homework before going into a real bridal saloon and find out which styles can better fit your body shape. This will surely help you save time, energy and stress. Not all women like the full skirt design. The ball gown wedding dress is surely not every bride’s cup of tea. We know this and this is why we are not very surprised to see the new dress models released these days on the bridal market. The short designs may seem like modern styles, but they actually come from the past, when women began to wear cocktail dresses at formal events.

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Knee Length Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec6.pinterest.com)

The full floor length dresses may seem too elaborated, too sophisticated and heavy for commodious brides who want to feel like a feather on their wedding day. Nowadays it’s easier than ever before to obtain a cozy and unique look. There are plenty of gorgeous wedding dress designs that were created exclusively for this type of look and feel. The shorter wedding dresses are among those. They are ideal examples of types of bridal attires that can suit a modern practical bride. Try the knee length for instance.

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Knee Length Bridal Dresses (Source: media-cache-ec7.pinterest.com)

This style may seem inappropriate for a stylish wedding, but at a second glance you will see that short wedding dresses are very elegant and formal. The only thing is that they’re not the most romantic ones. But no one said that you should go for a straight style. Choose a dress with an A-line skirt or with more volume, so that you can obtain a more feminine and juicy look. These styles are great for second weddings.  

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