With Valentine’s Day fast approaching, we’re in the mood for love here in the Wedding Ideas office. And when we get romantic we start to think about that ultimate symbol of romance – the wedding dress!


Surely every wedding dress is romantic, right? Yes, elements of every gown – large or small – can help to make it romantic (the embellishments, the fabric, the colour) but traditionally it’s the larger, fairytale gowns that have the real R-factor! So if you’re looking for a gown that screams romance, there are a few things you should consider, as Holly from bridal experts Amanda Wyatt explains…

Romantic gown must-haves

Luxurious layering

Layers and layers of soft tulles, indulgent organzas and lighter-than-air chiffons will create that romantic bridal look in an instant.

Stunning silhouette

A traditionally romantic bridal silhouette is full and fabulous. Look for A-line skirts with hoops to maximise the voluminous effect and tiny pinched-in waists.


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A modern alternative to layers, ruffles are a great way to add drama and romance to a wedding dress.

Fairytale trains

Nothing says fairytale bride quite like a long, luxurious train – remember Princess Diana’s mammoth train as she entered Westminster Abbey? Just consider the length of your aisle before choosing yours!

Romantic details

This year’s wedding dresses are full of subtle sparkle. Look for Swarovski crystals and pretty pearls that catch the light and give your dress a romantic sheen.

Glamorous celebrity styles


Celebrity brides that have gone for a full-on romantic look include Jessica Biel and Holly Valance. Jessica’s gown featured a subtle pink sheen while Holly’s dramatic lace veil was so long is doubled up as a train!


I also loved Anne Hathaway’s billowing wedding dress with its soft overlay – a huge trend for bridal gowns going forward in 2013.


Amanda Wyatt’s latest bridal collection is chock full of fairytale silhouettes. If you’re looking for a full-on romantic gown try one of these…

See more gowns from the latest collection here or go to amandawyatt.com.