You may have been dreaming of the wedding dress you’ll wear on your big day ever since you were a little girl.
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Here we’re thinking Kate Middleton sweeping down the aisle at Westminster Abbey and more recently her sister Pippa in her couture lace frock.
Both girls chose traditional full length gowns, with their shoes just peeking out underneath and accessorised with traditional, long veils.
And there’s a lot to be said for going down this route.
First off, it’s a classic and so far less likely to date. A long wedding dress is what people expect to see and is the perfect foil for a dramatic, cathedral length veil.
Secondly, you can choose rich, heavier fabrics like silk and satin. They will hang beautifully. Alternatively, you could opt for an organza overskirt for something lighter.
Thirdly, if you’ve never felt that confident about showing off your legs, then you have the perfect reason to hide them and flatter those parts of your body that you feel are your best bits.
If you’ve got great ankles, then this is the perfect (yet classy) way to show them off.
A ballerina length wedding dress is a good choice if you’re having a slightly less formal wedding. Maybe you’re marrying in a registry office or a hotel, or even under a gazebo. It’s a teeny bit more casual than a full length dress but still pretty and romantic all the same.
You can wear layers of tulle if you want to have a floaty effect and have a dazzling, tight-fitting bodice. In addition, if you’re marrying in winter you can also have sleeves or a bolero on your gown. We like lace shrugs which you can wear for the ceremony and then take off for the dancing (maybe revealing a strapless gown). In fact, ballerina length is perfect for evening dancing, looking romantic for a first dance but not getting in the way as much as a full-length gown would. Some brides (and Kate Middleton did) like to change into a different outfit for the evening but if you have a ballerina length gown you’re set for the whole day.
As for your veil, you won’t want a full-length trailing veil with this kind of dress but a finger tip length veil would be just perfect.
Ballerina length also works well if you’re opting for a vintage style wedding day, think of 1950’s style prom dresses and you’ll get the idea!
If you’re a bride that wants to look different and not like other traditional brides then this is certainly a style to be thinking about.
One word of warning though, you only have to look at photographs of brides in the Sixties and Seventies who opted for short wedding frocks to realise that this length can date very quickly.
But pick carefully and the style can be timeless. Think more along the lines of cocktail dresses and avoid anything that’s really on trend, like bell sleeves.
This is the perfect choice if you’re having a beach or destination wedding. A short wedding dress will be cooler, show off your long brown legs, pack more easily and you can even paddle without worrying about getting the hem wet.
A short wedding dress will also look great at a city wedding, if you’re getting married in the morning and having a chic lunch afterwards. That’s probably not the place to wear anything long and flowing.
And if you are proud of your legs, then this is the perfect occasion to show them off.
Which brings us neatly round to shoes, this is the time to treat yourself to the pair of Jimmy Choos you’ve always dreamed of, because your feet are going to be firmly on display.
A birdcage or short veil is the right choice to make with this style of dress and you can either wear your hair up or down, just talk to your hairdresser about what would work best with the neckline you have chosen.