Fashion Friday: Spring 2012 Wedding Dress Trends

One of the biggest decisions you will make, as the big day approaches, is choosing your dream wedding dress. The experience can be exciting, as well as a little overwhelming. No worries! Just remember to plan ahead (6-12 months), do your research, keep an open mind, set a budget and shop around.
Be inspired by these latest spring trends.
Modern Lace
Lace gowns have long been a favorite style amongst traditional brides for many decades but recently have increased in mass popularity due to celebrity brides like Kate Middleton and Ivanka Trump. Designers are reinventing these classic looks with fresh, modern approaches for 2012. Whether you choose Alencon or Chantilly, lace can be customized in many unique ways to specifically fit you.
Amanda Bonnell from Belle Vie Bridal Couture states, “Whether it’s for the more traditional type or for the more modern, lace gowns will forever be in fashion for every type of bride. Lace can be translated into all 7 types of fashion and can perfectly fit any venue or season! We love what our designers have done to add a new twist to lace, from the layering of different layers to the use of two tone colors to emphasize the full expression of lace. We also love the pairing of lace with different silk fabrics, to embody a unique look for that ‘traditional’ bride who wants to be very unique on her wedding day! You’ll have to come see what we are talking about! It’s true couture beauty around her!”
Vera Wang Fall 2010 Collection
 Photo: Brian Marcus/Fred Marcus Photography
Vera Wang Spring 2012 Collection
Photo: John Aquino via
Belle Vie Bridal Couture
34 East Oak Street, 4th Floor
Chicago, IL 60611
Vera Wang Trunk Show
Dec 2nd & 3rd
Blush Dresses
Is PINK the new white? Blush pink bridal gowns have become one of the hottest trends for 2011 and will continue into 2012. Fashion icon, Reese Witherspoon, boasted a stunning blush wedding gown designed by Monique Lhuillier earlier this year, which has prompted other designers to think pink. Perfect for the girly-girl in you!
Photo: People magazine
Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 Collection
Ultimate Bride
106 East Oak Street
Chicago, IL 60611
Stylish Sleeves
Influenced by the Royal Wedding, sleeves are making a grand comeback. Based on recent runway shows, designers such as Reem Acra, Carolina Herrera, and Oscar de la Renta are bringing back the style. From intricate long sleeves to graceful cap sleeves, this regal look is sure to make you feel like a princess on your special day.
Reem Acra Spring 2012 Collection
Bella Bianca
17W527 Roosevelt Road
Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181
Reem Acra Trunk Show
Nov 18th & 19th
Floral Details
The floral trend is blossoming bigger than ever this spring season! Growing fashionably in 2012 are light organza petals, impressive embroidered accents, exquisite oversized embellishments, and three-dimensional blooms. Bring out the romantic side in you with one of these picturesque designs.
360 West Superior Street, 1st Floor
Chicago, IL 60654
Crinkle Chiffon
Wedding gown designers are getting more and more innovative with their use of fabric. Some are making bold statements with dramatic layered crinkle chiffon skirts while others are creating, classic yet timeless pieces, like Jenny Yoo. The Rowan dress in her collection features a strapless silhouette and a delicately ruched bodice for an elegant look. For extra flair, modify the sash with a floral or jeweled belt. Don’t be afraid to express yourself!
Jenny Yoo Collection: Rowan

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