If a full-on lace gown isn’t your thing, you can still choose a dress with lace highlights. You will look just as dream-like to your partner walking down the aisle in a non-lace wedding dress that has a lace neckline, lace panels, or lace embellishments. And, of course, there are always traditional lace veils – which can be worn no matter what material your actual wedding dress is made from.
If you plan on wearing a veil, first consider the venue: “A long cathedral veil is beautiful for a traditional religious ceremony, but it could be distracting on a windy beach,” Risatti says. Depending on your preference and budget, you can buy off the rack, order from a bridal designer, or have one made by a veil specialist. (A high-end salon can give you names.) Wait until you’ve chosen the gown to start shopping so that you pick the right length and shade of white; get a swatch from your dress to match it exactly. Custom can take up to six months. In all other cases, just buy it in time for hair and makeup trials.
One of the most famous and classic wedding dress silhouettes is the ball gown. Princess Diana wore a ball gown wedding dress, so it really is made for princesses. A ball gown wedding dress features a fitted bodice paired with a wide and full skirt. In some cases, it can seem like the bride is floating within a soft cloud of rustling fabric. To create such a dramatic look, many ball gown wedding dresses use layers of tulle or crinolines, a type of stiff underskirt.