Written by Tayla Young

When a bride is planning her big day, finding the perfect dress becomes priority.  With growing pressure to choose current over classic, brides are catapulted into an endless world of new styles and possibilities that leave them overwhelmed and caught in indecision.  History has shown us that wedding trends come and go, making it hard to keep up with what’s hot and what’s not.  Just have a look at some curious 1980s wedding styles with poofy sleeves and puffy hair, and you may find that classic wedding style is the obvious choice for you.  It has remained the style of choice time and time again.

Kate Middleton in her A-line wedding dress by Alexander McQueen.

Kate Middleton in her wedding dress by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen.
Taken on May 5, 2011. Some rights reserved.

The timeless bride is a vision of elegance and grace, and the gown she chooses will capture the essence of her special day.  When searching for the perfect gown she will turn to icons for inspiration.   Jacqueline Kennedy strolled down the aisle in 1953, in an ivory, French taffeta gown with candy-pink silk faille.  The classic portrait neckline and bouffant skirt embellished with wax flowers set her apart from all others.  Just 3 years later, Grace Kelly, a movie-star turned real life princess, wore one of the most highly notable and remembered bridal gowns in the modern era.  With a rounded high collar, fitted bodice, elegant lace sleeves and a full skirt of ivory peau de soie, her gown would be just as admired today as it was then.  Her wedding gown was made of delicate Brussels lace, yards of silk taffeta and thousands of tiny hand-sewn pearls.  In modern fairy tale fashion, Kate Middleton’s gown in 2011, was nothing short of stunning and is said that it was inspired from Princess Grace of Monaco’s gown.  She opted for a white and ivory satin gown, with a full-length skirt.  The soft pleats that unfolded in a downward fashion were designed to resemble an opening flower.  The gown was pinched at the waist and had a very fine lace appliqué bodice with long lace sleeves and a deep V-neck.  Each of these gowns sent shockwaves throughout the world and have stood the test of time.

At the same time, to be a timeless bride you don’t have to be a movie star, a First Lady or a Princess, and you don’t have to be famous to have an iconic wedding dress of your own.  A timeless gown is one that is elegant, soft and sophisticated.  It will err on the side of simplicity and will be created with fresh fine fabrics like silk, satin and lace. The gown will be eye-catching without over-embellishment, delicate without being plain.  It will have detailed and well-placed beading and appliqués that effortlessly elevate its look.  A timeless dress will always be eye-catching, but will never overpower the bride.

To achieve such a look, consider an A-line silhouette. While a high-low gown may be trendy today, will you cringe at the sight of your wedding photos 20 years from now? An A-line gown is a universally flattering style. It will flare from the waist and successfully camouflage figure flaws.

It’s important to note that you can have a little of both, a contemporary take on a classic style.  If this is more your preference, you could choose a blush or bone color for your traditional dress. Perhaps you’d like something even more splashy like a vivid shade of fushia, lilac, or grapefruit. If you would like to customize the bodice and the skirt, you can mix and match to suit your taste at bridal shops like Bridal Boutique by Mae Me.  Martina Liana’s stylish separates allow brides to pair the perfect pieces for their big day. Layers of ethereal tulle make up the whimsical skirt and the sweetheart bodice is refined and romantic.  Just envision yourself floating down the aisle in this weightless tulle wedding gown.

If A-line isn’t your preferred style, try an appealing feminine mermaid silhouette, maybe one with its skirt falling freely into a scalloped lace train.  Martina Liana created a show-stopper with this beaded wedding gown. Featuring lace and silk chiffon over satin, its flirty low-cut V-neckline and illusion-tulle keyhole back make this dress grace personified.

For daring brides-to-be with a taste for lace, designer Olvi has gown made especially for you. This fitted stunner is highlighted by its plunging neckline and off-the-shoulder long sleeves. Those both up close and far away can agree that this gown is captivating at first glance.

While these three gowns serve as extra inspiration for you, the ultimate key to having a timeless gown is finding the best shape and style for you. Every bride wants to look absolutely perfect in their wedding gown. Though we can’t guarantee the next latest trend or craze, one thing is for sure: a classic wedding dress never goes out of style.

Photo Credits- Top: iStock515444200. Kate Middleton: Mathilda Samuelsson; Dress Waist: iStock496124152; Olvi Gown: Photo by Oscar Rajo