Whether you’re planning a chic and sophisticated celebration or a fun-filled day with festival or fifties touches, we’ve got some dream wedding dresses to inspire you!
Fairytales and butterflies
A classic wedding theme, full of romance, fairytales and butterflies is the perfect choice if you’re a princess bride. Girly without being overly cute, this theme is all about making your childhood dreams come true.
Think back to the wedding dresses you used to draw as a little girl – they’ll probably have large A-line skirts, tight figure-hugging bodices and be covered in sparkly details. These dresses aren’t just the stuff of dreams – they actually exist in real life! So, Cinderella, you shall go to the ball.
Look for wedding dresses by top designers like Ian Stuart, Hollywood Dreams and Ronald Joyce. Put fabrics like tulle and duchess satin on your shopping list. Layers of tulle will give you a dreamy, light-than-air look while duchess satin looks and feels expensive with its heavy weight and soft, subtle sheen.
Young, fun and full of love, a 1950s wedding theme means you can rock a short, sweet style of wedding dress. Take Grease as your inspiration.
If you love your legs, this is a great dress to go for as the tea-length style, sitting just below the knee, will show off your best assets. Trudy Lee, Ellis Bridals and Kitty & Dulcie are masters at creating this flirty look. Give your dress a more personal look by adding sleeves, boleros or – our favourite finishing touch – a coloured underskirt. Look for dresses made from organza – these will give you the bouncy, cloud-like look you’re looking for.
A 1920s wedding theme opens up a world of chic and sophisticated wedding dresses for you to try. If you want to pull off a Downton Abbey wedding look, your dress has to be satin or lace, it has to be floor sweeping and it has to be embellished with crystals and pearls.
Jenny Packham is the queen of this dreamy style, but for more budget-friendly options try Sottero and Midgley, Enzoani and Justin Alexander.
Beside the Seaside
Whether you’re planning a coastal wedding in the UK or you’re jetting off for a wedding abroad, a seaside wedding theme requires a lightweight gown that can be easily lifted over the sand.
Chiffon styles are perfect for hot climates as they give you a bridal look without being too heavy and claustrophobic. Get the Grecian look in an instant by adding a one-shoulder strap and sparkly details under the bust. In fact, empire lines that fall from under the bust are very flattering if you’re pregnant or you feel self-conscious about your tummy.
Look for dedicated, budget-friendly dress collections for weddings abroad from Mark Lesley, Mori Lee and Dessy and sort your seaside look in an instant.
A glamorous Hollywood theme will usually have a black and white colour scheme, so your groom should be dressed in a classic tux.
For you, only a slinky, fishtail gown will do, making the most of your fabulous curves. Look for gowns made of shimmering satin with sweetheart necklines or a deep V-neck.
Your perfect finishing touch would be a waist-cinching belt with a diamanté detail at its centre. Maggie Sottero, Sincerity, and Alexia all have fabulous figure-hugging styles that will match this theme to perfection.
And these are only a few themes we love! We’ve got lots more dress-shopping tips and tricks in our Wedding Dress section. Of course, it’s not only the dress that you need to suit the theme – we’ve got tons of features to help you with decoration, flowers and food!