Future classics: 2017 wedding dress trends for your body shape

Photographer: Chris Blott
Styling: Beth Farquhar
Hair + Make-up: Claire + Tom @ Spotlight Professional Makeup and Hair
Flowers: Cherry Blossom
Model: Melissa McComb @ Colours Agency

 

FULL BLOOM

The trend for florals has been steadily, ahem, growing of late, but this year they’re bigger and bolder than ever.

This stunning Eleganza Sposa dress (POA) is actually a two-piece; a full strapless dress made from sequin-embroidered tulle, with a high-necked coral long-sleeved body over the top. Perfect if you want to switch up your look from day to night!

MODERN MERMAID

This textured crepe body-con silhouette gown with dramatic fishtail and train (£2,695) from Anne Priscilla Bridal proves that fishtail gowns needn’t be fussy or frothy.

This is the kind of dress that quietly lets you take centre stage “ sleek, elegant and oh-so-flattering.

Styled with pearl beaded pillbox hat with bow (£295), pearl necklace (£100) and bracelet (£75), Ultimate Design Hats. Hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses, white ranunculus, white double lisianthus and white stock, finished with ribbon and pearl pins (£85), Cherry Blossom.

THE TWO PIECE

The bridal catwalks have been awash with midriff-exposing separates, but this gorgeous two-piece gown with illusion lace bodice and tulle skirt (£1,295) from Melle Cloche is a much more wearable take on this trend.

Styled with beaded hair comb (£105), Lily Luna. Long pearl lariat necklace (£300) and earrings (£100), Ultimate Design Hats.

SOFT ROMANCE

No matter the year, there’ll always be a place for prettier-than-pretty princess gowns.

This Diane Honeyman dress (POA), with its layered tulle skirt and sweetheart neckline decorated with chantilly, embroidery and gemstone appliqué on crystal tulle, is so romantic. Wear with loose, messy waves for a contemporary feel.

BRING IT, BACK

Encourage the best kind of back chat from your guests in a gown that delights from all angles.

We love the gemstone-and-tulle embroidered geometric design on this Mikado silk mermaid dress (£1,995) from Kavelle Bridal Couture. Styled with beaded hair vine (£135), Bridal Bliss Accessory Boutique.

Hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses, white ranunculus, white double lisianthus and white stock, finished with ribbon and pearl pins (£85), Cherry Blossom.

BOHO BEAUTY

The 1970s revival has brought about a surge in bohemian-inspired bridalwear, such as this boho lace gown with capelet (from £2,500) from Eleganza Sposa.

Styled with hand-tied bouquet of white hydrangeas, finished with ribbon and pearl pins (£70), Cherry Blossom.

ALTER HALTER

Halterneck styles are very popular just now “ this moss crepe halterneck gown (£2,700) from Rachel Scott Bridal Couture just exudes Parisian chic.

Styled with 100% silk-crepe-backed satin bridal headpiece finished with pearl (to hire from £18 or bespoke £249), Toco Fashion. Pearl bracelet (£75), Ultimate Design Hats.

PERFECT ILLUSION

An illusion neckline is the perfect solution for brides who want to show some skin without feeling too exposed.

This figure-flattering silk-georgette dress with illusion neckline appliquéd with ivory and silver roses (POA), from the Couture Collection at Joyce Young Design Studios, is a true beauty.

Styled with bridal headpiece (hire from £12 or buy from £120), Toco Fashion.

Hand-tied bouquet of ivory roses, white ranunculus, white double lisianthus and white stock, finished with ribbon and pearl pins (£85), Cherry Blossom.

DARLING BEADS

Those of you with magpie-like tendencies will love the intricate beadwork adorning many of this season’s dresses, including this stunning silver sparkling beaded tulle gown (£4,199) and headpiece (POA) from Pan Pan Bridal.

CAPE DIEM

If you love the swooshy drama of a veil but don’t like the tradition it represents, the bridal cape is your new BFF. Wear it during the day then take it off to dance at night!

This stretch-georgette mermaid gown (£650) is worn with a lace and beadwork belt (£189) and lace-edged cape (POA), all from Opus Couture.

The Winter 17 issue of Scottish Wedding Directory is out now. Take a peek between the pages…