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Finding that perfect wedding dress can prove no small feat, especially considering it's the most important dress you'll ever wear! When you first start shopping for wedding dresses, the seemingly limitless options can be overwhelming, especially if you're a picky bride-to-be. But shopping for your wedding dress doesn't have to leave you feeling stressed out, especially with this guide at your fingertips. Whether you prefer a traditional, modern, elegant or glamorous look, you'll find the best of classic wedding dresses for picky brides-to-be right here.

Traditional Wedding Dresses

When asked, even the pickiest of brides-to-be simply want to look like a princess on her wedding day. If you want nothing less than a complete fairytale wedding, here are the top three classic and traditional dream wedding dresses.

Nothing says fairytale like a ball gown wedding dress. The epitome of romance, the Satin Ball Gown with Ruffled Organza Underlay wedding dress promises to make you feel like a true princess. You'll look like a classic beauty in this strapless bodice that features a beautiful jewel-embellished waistband, ruffled organza underlay and chapel train.

Looking like royalty on your wedding day is no longer too much to ask—after all, you want to look like a true princess! The most flattering and dazzling wedding dress now available is the Satin A-Line Gown with Lace and Beaded Appliqués. Created to slim the figure with its princess A-line silhouette, this dress also features ruching detail for some extra flair. You'll look like a true princess as you glide down the aisle, your wedding dress shimmering with delicate beaded lace appliqués, which adorn the entire bodice and skirt of this stunning classic wedding dress.

Contemporary Wedding Dresses

You're likely searching for a look that blends tradition with a fashion-forward twist, which can often prove a hard combination to find. Here we've listed our top three modern, yet classic wedding dresses.

Look effortlessly feminine in the Taffeta Ball Gown with Layered Tulle Skirt wedding dress. The classic wedding dress with a modern twist shows off your neck and shoulders with its strapless bodice and shirring detail with a floral-inspired bow at empire waist. You'll look effortlessly graceful in this layered tulle skirt, which combines soft and romantic with volume and drama.

Simple yet incredibly detailed, the A Line Tulle Gown with Crewelneck Embroidery wedding dress is unforgettable. This dress features a strapless bodice with hand-stitched crewel, a type of embroidery with rows of chain stitch that creates an embossed effect. For added sophistication, you'll love the empire waist that comes accentuated with a crisp grosgrain band that flows into a full tulle skirt.

Elegant Wedding Dresses

Any bride-to-be wants to look elegant on her wedding day, but you won't accept any less than the epitome of elegance in your wedding dress. Here we've found two wedding dresses that perfectly marry classic and elegant.

The Strapless Lace and Tulle Slim Gown Style can certainly be considered a masterpiece when it comes to wedding dress design. This dress has beaded lace and pleated tiers of tulle that merge to create a one-of-a-kind, classic look. In addition, you'll love the slim dress silhouette that promises to look elegant on any figure. This dress comes in ivory/champagne, solid ivory or timeless solid white.

You'll take everyone’s breath away as you walk down the aisle in the Satin Ball Gown with Laser-Cut Floral Appliqués. A perfect blend of classic and modern elegance, this strapless satin ball gown features overlapping laser-cut floral appliqués and horizontal bands across the skirt. You will feel gorgeous in the flattering strapless bodice and full ball gown skirt as you appear to float down the aisle with a dramatic sweep train.

Glamorous Wedding Dresses

You want drama. You want each and every wedding guest to lose their breath as you glide down the aisle, the epitome of glamour. Well, look no further: even the pickiest of bride-to-be love these two classic, glamorous wedding dresses.

Picky brides-to-be often fall immediately in love with the taffeta ball gown. A perfect balance between a classic and glamorous look, the Taffeta Ball Gown with Floral Appliqués embodies drama and romance. This dress has a form-fitting taffeta bodice, which features a dropped waist and all over ruching for a flattering look. Rich in detail and style, this taffeta ball gown has floral appliqués that shape its breathtaking skirt. To top it off, this dress features the coveted chapel train, which offers you length without hassle.

If you desire all out glamour on your wedding day, the Organza A-Line Gown with Angled Draped Pick-Ups dress is for you for three reasons: dramatic draped angles, a stunning sweetheart neckline and a dramatic sweep train. This dress is a top pick for brides-to-be, with its gorgeous sweetheart neckline highlights that perfectly accentuate the shoulders, while the 3D floral embellishment at waist adds an extra glamorous touch.

As you browse through this guide of classic wedding dresses for picky brides-to-be, you'll finally be relieved to find your perfect wedding dress is indeed out there!

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Fashion is a fickle thing. Styles come and go over the years. But one particular tradition has helped create an enormous industry in the United States. Even as the total number of marriages continues to fall, the revenues for the bridal industry have hit a record high. How is this possible? Because wedding costs have doubled over the past twenty years!

About two million American couples get married each year. The average cost of a traditional wedding ceremony is around $25,000. Not surprisingly, more and more couples are choosing unconventional ceremonies. The outdoor wedding, for instance, can save couples thousands of dollars.

Why is the modern wedding so expensive? It all started in 1840. That was the year Queen Victoria married Prince Albert in an elaborate royal wedding that set the tone for future generations. Instead of simple ceremonies, Western brides fell in love with the pomp and pageantry of the so-called white wedding.

White weddings were and continue to be elaborate affairs that involve designer dresses, exotic flowers and expensive decorations. They are typically all-day events that include a ceremony in a church and a reception in a fancy restaurant. The price-tag for the average contemporary white wedding is fast approaching $30,000.

As wedding costs continue to rise, couples are exploring other options. The beach and the backyard wedding are incredibly popular these days. One item that brides-to-be refuse to compromise on, however, is the wedding dress. They spend over one thousand dollars on wedding gowns, even if they agree to a more casual ceremony.

Bridal warehouses have helped bring down the cost a bit, but most brides-to-be refuse to walk down the aisle in anything less than their ideal dress. This is something the average man cannot possibly comprehend. Sexual stereotypes aside, most women invest an incredible amount of energy in finding the perfect dress. In fact, they generally start shopping for their bridal gown a full year before their big day.

Color

The latest trend in wedding day fashion for the bride is the shift away from white. No, brides aren’t wearing blue or red. But they are eschewing pure white shades, since they do not compliment most skin tones. Off-white colors like champagne and ivory have grown increasingly popular in recent years. Pure white is still the top shade, but it certainly isn’t the only one available at local bridal boutiques or salons.

Length

The classic white wedding gown was an elaborate, floor-length number with a heavy train. But because more and more ceremonies are being held outdoors these days, the most popular dresses do not sweep the floor. Tea length and ballerina length gowns are now more commonplace than full-length gowns. These dresses have hemlines that fall around the ankles.

Material

Heavy brocade wedding gowns look great coming down the aisle, but they are difficult to dance in. Not only do they weigh ten to fifteen pounds with a train, but they also don’t breathe well, which is why many traditional brides buy a second, lighter gown to wear at the reception. The average price of these reception gowns is around five hundred dollars. Purchasing a shorter, lighter bridal gown can eliminate the need for a second dress.

Heavy materials like satin, silk and velvet are common for traditional gowns. As we mentioned, these materials are most assuredly eye-catching, but they do not breathe well. Lightweight fabrics like china silk and douppioni are far more comfortable. They can be worn the entire day.

Accessories

The two most expensive and indispensible accessories for the bride-to-be are her shoes and her veil. Elaborate veils are quite common for indoor ceremonies. But for more casual, outdoor affairs during the summer months, shorter veils are de rigueur. The most popular short veil is called the blusher. It is a lightweight accessory that touches the shoulders and can be swept back by a stiff breeze. For indoor ceremonies, the flyaway veil is a multi-layered veil that also touches the shoulders. It is a bit more elaborate than the blusher, without being uncomfortable or obtrusive.

Shorter dresses give brides-to-be the option of adding a few interesting accessories. A high hemline, for instance, can be decorated with beads, lace or embroidery. This is an easy and inexpensive way to spice up a somewhat plain or pedestrian outdoor wedding gown.

Another fashion accessory that is quite popular with younger brides is leg wear. Beach brides often wear white fishnet stockings when they stroll down the sandy aisle. Many also choose to go barefoot and bear-legged. It all comes down to personal taste and style preferences.

Strapless

While it is still considered risqué for traditional brides to wear strapless gowns in church, unconventional brides wear them all the time. Outdoor ceremonies in the grass or on the sand during the summer months generally call for shorter, strapless numbers.

Finding the right wedding gown takes patience and time. The bride-to-be should start shopping for a dress at least nine months ahead of her big day. Take some time to find your perfect wedding dress now.

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