While getting married is a tradition that has endured for centuries, bridal fashions change from year to year, season to season. After hosting wedding receptions Melbourne locals have raved about for decades, the team at Ascot House has seen many bridal trends come and go (with some really memorable hairstyles and dresses seen at Ascot House in the 1980s). After choosing your wedding venue, Melbourne is full of bridal boutiques and wedding dress designers ready to supply your ultimate wedding gown. Here’s what’s hot this season:
Colour Me Happy
This season, brides are embracing the full palette of colours on offer. Gone are the days when white was the only acceptable wedding dress colour, now more brides are choosing to wear a colour that suits their complexion. Whether it’s a sophisticated black embroidered dress, a red carpet-worthy deep blue sequined gown, a pastel dress with just a hint of blush rose hue or a fun mid-century style yellow cocktail dress, wedding dresses in a kaleidoscope of colours are hot this season.
If a single block of colour isn’t your thing, then embrace the vintage floral prints that featured in many recent haute couture bridal collections. Dresses made with fabrics featuring large bursts of gorgeous botanicals and flowers may not suit every bride, but if you’re after the vintage look and love flowers, then consider choosing a wedding dress made from floral prints. Just don’t over-do it with a floral headpiece too. Keep it simple elsewhere with plain shoes, low-key hair and a minimalist approach to accessorising.
Whether it’s a plunging neckline, an exposed back or an off-the-shoulder look, showing a bit more skin is in for 2016. Brides no longer need to play by the outdated rules of older generations where brides were meant to dress in a demure way. Bridal dresses are becoming more fun, and deep plunging necklines were featured on all the runways this year as well as flirty off-the-shoulder boho dresses and gowns that expose beautiful backs with keyhole cut outs. Accentuate your best features by choosing a neckline that suits your shape
The enduring charm of lace continues to be a hot favourite with brides. While on the outer for a while there, lace has made a comeback in the last few years thanks to the wedding dress Kate Middleton wore while marrying Price William. The lace wedding dress trend looks like it’s set to stick around a little longer, with the runways packed full of dresses featuring layers of lace from flowing gowns made from delicate lace to 1960s-style crocheted lace dresses, lace is still big for brides in 2016.
When it comes to fresh ways to accessorise your look, the traditional veil is being left behind in favour of bolder head pieces. Flower crowns are a romantic and colourful headpiece perfect for brides who love blooms, vintage head pieces made of feathers offer a great veil alternative for the classic wedding look, and stunning bejewelled hair clasps and pins add a touch of sparkle to brides wanting to pull off the glamorous look.
Talk to the friendly, helpful team at Ascot House about your upcoming wedding.