How to choose the perfect wedding dress – VOGUE Paris

The star attraction of any wedding is, of course, the dress. Here’s how to choose it among the multitude of models and inspiration available.

The style

Short and fun

Usually long, the wedding dress can also be shortened for a sexier and more summery look while remaining elegant. The best part? It’s the ideal model for a summer wedding in hot weather, but also for civil weddings, where you could even venture to wear a babydoll style wedding dress.

Long and elegant

A traditional choice, the long wedding gown ensures a flawless look while allowing for originality. This length combined with long sleeves makes this wedding dress the ideal piece for a winter wedding. A particular favorite is the wraparound model that ensures length and elegance combined with a touch of sensuality with its feminine open neckline.

A colorful look

Still a rare choice, but the wedding dress with a touch of color has sometimes been favored by celebrities to tie the knot. Many wedding dress designers are gradually including touches of color in their most popular pieces.

A bohemian style

Ideal for a countryside wedding with timeless charm, the bohemian wedding dress remains a star style of bridal designers and is a favorite among brides-to-be. Whether found in ready-to-wear collections or renewed each season, bohemian wedding dresses are everywhere.

Classic and traditional

Classic wedding dresses, so to speak, ensure a flawless elegance. These designs are often spotted on celebrities such as the Givenchy model worn by Meghan Markle who then inspired brides-to-be all over the world.

A modern jumpsuit

A star piece for civil weddings with a casual elegance, suits and jumpsuits have become a popular choice in the bridal world in recent years. While it is a signature for some labels, this style is also being adopted by classic wedding dress designers as the new must-have. 

The price 

Affordable models

Who said a wedding dress had to be expensive? With brides-to-be wanting to change their outfits several times on their wedding day, designers now offer more affordable models. Whether it’s less than 500€, less than 250€ or one piece at a low price each season… It’s all there.

Luxury pieces

Just like celebrities who have unique pieces made for their wedding, fashion designers also offer their own vision of the wedding dress, giving it a more luxurious and fashionable look. Each season, Vogue pinpoints the best bridal gowns seen at Fashion Week.

The season 

Spring

With the return of good weather, a wedding boom is usually visible as early as spring. Although the temperatures are not yet very warm, spring wedding dresses are also a joy for bride-to-be. Each season, we reveal our favorite models.

Summer

The summer is the perfect season for weddings, inviting you to enjoy the warm weather and endless festivities. From wedding gowns for a hot summer and inspiration found on the catwalks of Fashion Week to new pieces conceived by our favorite designers, it’s all there.

Fall

Once the holidays are over, the fall season is perfect for colorful ceremonies. This mid-season also requires carefully chosen wedding gowns to ward off the oncoming cold weather while keeping the last days of warmth in mind.

Winter

Winter weddings have that unique feel of the poetic romanticism of the colder months. Since the atmosphere is unlike any other, the winter wedding dress can be equally unforgettable. From long-sleeved models with precious details to inspiration spotted during Fall/Winter Fashion Weeks as well as knitted accessories to keep warm, it’s a sure-fire hit.

Civil wedding

As the first step before a sumptuous ceremony (or not), the civil wedding remains a special moment that allows for an exceptional wedding dress. While some people prefer to wear a modern white suit to say “I do”, others will choose short wedding gowns, as more and more designers are imagining unique models for civil weddings.

The Vogue vision

Interviews with designers

Who better than designers to talk to brides-to-be? From bridal interviews to professional advice and new collections unveiled exclusively, Vogue is close to those who make the world of bridal wear to give the best possible inspiration to brides-to-be.

Our best addresses

From state-of bridal concept stores to online sites for finding your wedding dress as well as addresses of professionals, we tell you where to find the rare gem for your wedding.

Inspiration from Instagram and Pinterest

Instagram is a great platform of brands and designers, allowing you to get a good idea of the wedding dress you want: the designers inspire their followers by regularly sharing their “real” brides. Equally, with the diverse range of Pinterest boards, you can gradually find the style of wedding dress you would like to see on yourself, as well as seeking inspiration simply from the most popular and trending models.

Vogue’s wedding diaries

Developed by Vogue, the wedding diaries share images of real weddings around the world accompanied by the words of the newlyweds. Whether they’re influencers, creatives, artists, concept-store founders, or wedding specialists, it’s the perfect opportunity to get inspired.

Translated by Freya Doggett

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