We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Susu commented with the following request:

My fiance’s dream was to be married on a beach, but we sadly can’t make that happen. I think I like the trumpet style dresses. Is there a wedding dress that falls somewhere in the middle? It’s been a challenge trying to find something!

It seems that Susu is looking for a combination of a beach wedding dress and something that’s more fitted and appropriate for an indoor wedding. We suggest she look for trumpet wedding dresses in lightweight fabrics, like tulle or organza. These dresses feel ethereal and beachy, but are still formal enough for an indoor wedding. If Susu wants something a bit more glamorous, she can easily add a beaded sash to any of these styles.

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Liancarlo; Watters; Jane Wang; Christos. Liancarlo courtesy of Liancarlo; Watters and Wang photos by Robert Mitra; Christos photo by Dan Lecca

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.

Summer Wedding Dresses

Posted by Kim on May 30, 2012

Temperatures are heating up, and we have summer wedding dresses on the brain. Lightweight dresses in fabrics like chiffon and tulle with minimal embroidery and beading are perfect for outdoor weddings in warm-weather months. Here are two of our brand-new favorites from the recent New York Bridal Market:

Dresses by (from left): Elizabeth Fillmore, Maggie Sottero
Photos by Dan Lecca

We’ve got lots more summer wedding dresses for you to peruse. Let us know your favorites in the comments!

Pick a Venue, Pick a Wedding Dress

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2012

One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:

Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture, Anne Barge, Romona Keveza, Encore by Watters
All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.

Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.

Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.

And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.

Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!