Summer weddings are great for a number of reasons – the beautiful weather, the chance for an outdoor celebration. Plus summer weddings open up a whole new world for you in terms of wedding dresses, as the team from Alexia Designs explain…

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In the summer time, your wedding dress styling can be anything you want it to be! Unlike the winter where you may need to layer up or stay out of the rain, the summer brings with it all the creativity a bride needs to find her perfect wedding dress.

So how do you choose a wedding dress for summer? Fabrics that work well in the warmer months are chiffons, light satins and silk, maybe with just a glimmer of lace (if you are in keeping with the current trend for 20s-inspired details).

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There’s a beautiful example of this kind of gown in our 2014 collection – style W404. With its beaded lace bodice and high back, it is sophisticated and elegant. In addition to this, the silky chiffon skirt gives it the flow and lightness you need for a summer wedding. As you walk down the aisle, the sparkling beading will shimmer in the sunlight and the soft chiffon will glide over you step by step.

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Current bridal trends also show that short and tea-length wedding dresses are more popular than ever, especially for summer weddings! Our style W392 is perfect for this. Made from a soft Chantilly lace and boasting a satin belt with beaded floral detailing, this dress belongs at a summery vintage themed wedding. Be daring and accessorize with brightly coloured heels, you could even incorporate your something blue in this idea!

Summer time also gives you the chance to change your look from day to night. A strapless gown maybe perfect for the mid-day sun but you can keep the evening chill off with a fashionable wrap or bolero. Avoid full sleeves if you’re marrying in high summer – it might be a big trend for 2014, but summer brides need to think about being comfortable in the heat before being fashionable!

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Want a slinky gown in summer? No problem, but choose one with a skirt that allows your legs to ‘breathe’. Ruffle skirts like style W395 will give you the volume with the extra weight.

To complete your wedding, at Alexia Designs, we offer bridesmaid styles perfect for all seasons! With all dresses available in over 40 colours and many styles have options on the length; they are the perfect dresses to complement your summer look.

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When it comes to colours, Alexia Designs likes to spoil their bridesmaids! We have a rainbow of colours from daffodil yellows, cute corals and passionate purples. We think our styles 176L and 152S will be very popular for summer 2014, both styles are in chiffon and available in long and short.

Get even more bridesmaid inspiration on the Alexia Designs website or check out our handy Bridesmaid section now!

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