Lace wedding dresses have exploded in popularity since the Duchess of Cambridge sported elegant lace sleeves on her wedding day. So if you’re a 2013 bride hoping to create a regal look with lace, here’s how to do it!
Lace has always been a staple of bridal designers but this year it’s had a modern upgrade with fresh appliqués, trims and overlays. Almost every bridal designer collection boasts lace wedding dresses for the coming year, so work a little lace into your look and you’ll be bang on trend! Whether you go for full-on sleeves like Kate Middleton for her royal wedding, or a subtle lace overlay or wrap, it’s super-easy to incorporate lace in to your bridal look.
Brides that are scared of looking old fashioned should try a simple lace-edged veil. Look for different types of lace – three being used widely in bridal designs this year are…
- Chantilly – a handmade bobbin lace featuring a netted background
- Alencon – an ornate needle lace with a floral design on a sheer net and…
- Venice – a much heavier type of lace, with a needlepoint design featuring floral bunches, foliage, or other patterns.
Here are some of our favourite lace wedding dresses for 2013…
Beautiful by Enzoani
Don’t want full sleeves of heavy lace? Try this style from the Beautiful collection at Enzoani where the lace creates an elegant overlay with wide sleeves at the top. Perfect if you want to cover your shoulders for a church ceremony.
This style is much more subtle in its use of lace with its delicate pattern scattered from the bodice, right down to the gentle fishtail skirt. Adding a sheer cover-up with a sparkly brooch brings this retro bridal look instantly up to date.
If you don’t want a full-on lace look try a wrap or bolero like this one from Trudy Lee. The perfect way to keep the winter chill at bay, this clever cover-up will also help change your look from day to night.
Celebrating their centenary this year, UK designers Ellis Bridals have re-imagined some of their most popular silhouettes for 2013, and given them a contemporary twist. This regal-looking design is simply awesome mixing two top trends in one, with a fifties-style skirt and full lace sleeves.
Here’s an example of heavier lace being used to great effect. Justin Alexander has been experimenting with different types of lace for 2013 with impressive results. The fabric is embellished with pearls here and teamed with a sheer overlay on the neckline – one of our favourite lace wedding dresses ever!
Proving that a lace wedding dress can still be sexy, Charlotte Balbier’s Delila mixes a figure-hugging silhouette with long lace sleeves. Finish it with a string of chunky pearls and you have a fresher, younger and sexier take on the traditional lace gown.
Ian Stuart’s new Glitterarti design may be more slimline than some of his creations but the dramatic detail is still present in the form on embellished lace. This sparkling overlay will have you twinkling all the way down the aisle!
Layering lace is also big news for 2013 and Maggie Sottero’s Lena gown does this to perfection. A lace layer is covered with a sheer overlay, giving just a hint of the lace underneath. Lace almost delicately edges the small cap sleeves. The sparkly brooch gives it a modern finishing touch and is perfect for most lace wedding dresses.
Are you a big fan of lace wedding dresses or do you find them a bit too much? Are you wearing one for your own big day? Let us know in the comments below…