Should I go for a modern or traditional wedding dress?

‘Modern or traditional?’ is the ultimate question when it comes to planning any wedding celebration. The choice between timelessly classic and unforgettably fashion-forward is also certain to influence the wedding dress shopping experience.

As a historic Italianate style wedding venue, we’ve been lucky enough to host a variety of wedding styles, from more classic occasions to cutting edge events. We look at the benefits of modern and traditional wedding dresses as well as reveal the bridal designers that will help you to embody each style to perfection.

The modern look

Wedding dress trends are particularly fast-moving. Each season offers a whole new heap of wedding gown inspiration to delight brides looking for the most fashion-forward ensemble to don for their special, very modern wedding day.

With 2022 on the horizon, bridal fashion weeks all over the world have set the pace for another exciting year of stunningly stylish bridal looks.

Glamour explains more about what to expect from 2022’s daring wedding dress trends:

“Whilst we know that the smaller ceremonies we saw taking place in 2020 – and probably will continue to see this year – led to an increase in sales of jumpsuits and suits after brides decided to shun traditional big white gowns, the good news for 2022 is that maximalism is back. In fact, anything goes. If the last year has taught us anything it’s that traditions are made to be broken so 2022 weddings are all about doing you – however that looks.”

With this in mind, it should be no surprise that ruffles, big bows, bold floral prints, unique mix-and-match cuts, 3D appliques, and voluminous sleeves are set to be big news on the wedding scene during 2022.

The bridal designers leading the way with these avant-garde looks are Odylyne the Ceremony, Halfpenny London, Hermione De Paula, Rivini, and Marchesa.

The traditional take

Despite the ever changing trends, the classic bridal look never goes out of fashion. When going traditional, forget the trends and think ageless silhouettes, modest necklines, full skirts, and timeless fabrics like silk, satin, lace and tulle.

The key to nailing the traditional look is embracing an elegant, understated, modest vibe that isn’t too trendy or ostentatious. It’s a romantic style that has and will stand the test of time.

For a timelessly stylish designer look, try Caroline Castigliano, Stewart Parvin, Justin Alexander, Anne Barge, and Sareh Nouri.

Which is right for me?

To decide whether a modern or traditional wedding dress is right for you, take a hint from your personal style. If you’re a dedicated follower of fashion, try modern wedding gowns. Those who sport a more timeless look from day-to-day may find a more traditional style to their liking. Your wedding should reflect you as a couple, and your gown should give a nod to the style you are known and loved for.

When finding the one wedding dress for you, use the shopping experience to your advantage. Try on a range of styles and shapes, the results may surprise you. One thing’s for certain, when shopping for a bridal gown, once you know, you KNOW!

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