Modern romantic wedding styles

PUBLISHED: 12:50 08 January 2010 | UPDATED: 15:23 20 February 2013

Satin, lace, velvet and pearl Pearlie Mai bridal shoes from Hassall at Rainbow Club

Satin, lace, velvet and pearl Pearlie Mai bridal shoes from Hassall at Rainbow Club

Frou-frou is through-through, so why not fall in love with something simple and stylish instead?

Fussing over your wedding is only natural - in fact, a bit of fussing is half the fun. But a fussy wedding dress is not what a welldressed modern bride should be about.

There are now a wide variety of seriously stylish and fabulously flattering gowns to choose from, so there really is no excuse anymore for looking like an over-whipped meringue. From classical A-lines and structured fishtails to stunning bias cuts and gorgeous full skirts, all bridal life is here. You just have to find the right style for you, and that means doing your homework.

Start on the internet and progress to cutting out styles that take your fancy from the numerous magazines on offer (including this one!) and make up an image board. You can then take this with you to your chosen bridal shop or to your designer to give them an accurate picture of the colours, cuts and concepts that really excite you.

Make sure the colour of your dress compliments the colours you have chosen to theme the rest of the wedding, unless of course you actually want to clash with your own napkins at the reception. And you might want to shift your thoughts away from white, which leaves paler skin tones looking rather washed out, and opt for a more flattering ivory instead.

Your choice of venue could also have an impact on the dress you choose. If you are getting married on a beach in the height of summer, wearing a full skirt and fitted bodice might not be the most practical choice. Equally, if you're getting hitched in a draughty old castle, you might want to rethink that strapless tea dress you've had your eye on.

It's also important not to get too stuck in a rut when it comes to choosing your dress. You might have had your heart set on a strapless fitted gown since you were 12, but that doesn't necessarily mean it's the dress for you. Try on as many different styles as possible before making your final decision. And if that means trying on every dress in the shop, so be it. Limiting your choice of dress by imposing your own preconceptions about what you should wear and what suits you could stop you achieving that all-important wow-factor that you truly deserve on your special day, so try to keep an open mind. And you never know, you might be pleasantly surprised.

Finally, and perhaps most importantly, use the knowledge of the sales assistant or designer to your advantage. They don't have an agenda and can give you an honest opinion of what actually suits you. They do this every day and you, hopefully, will only do it once in a lifetime, so let them lead the way.

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