Wedding Dress Design Ideas

All brides want a unique wedding gown. So before you decide on a dress, take into account each aspect and determine what you really would like it to be. Here are some style ideas to consider if designing a dress.

Wedding Dress Waistband/Bodice

If the waist is the bride’s best feature, maybe all of the emphasis should go there. Some striking bodice options include:

 a high-sitting sequined or pearl cummerbund
 a wide basket weave sash of chiffon
 a ruched (gathered or pleated) silk bodice
 a jewel-encrusted corset-type bodice

Dress Sleeves

Think about having the dress sleeve in a different material than the rest of the dress, such as lace sleeves, netting sleeves, beaded sleeves, or chiffon sleeves. Also, consider the type of sleeve. Some distinctive types include:

 ruffled cap
 blouson (widens towards the bottom and then cuffs)
 ruched bell (pleated at the armhole and then gradually widening)
 banded puff (a puff sleeve then banded tightly at the bottom)
 dolman (wide at the armhole and then narrows at the wrist)
 illusion (basically transparent)
 shuttle (narrow at the armhole, then widens substantially and then cuffs at the wrist)

Back of Wedding Gown

The back of the dress is what guests will see when taking your vows. Make it something special with a single ruffle going down the back center of the skirt, a laced-up bodice, or maybe the skirt just cinched up in many layers in the back to create a puffy skirt effect.

Wedding Dress Skirt

If you are quite adventurous with your dress, why not do something really unusual with the fabric of the skirt. What about a skirt made of velvet, sequins, fake fur, or even white ostrich feathers? Or try a two-layer skirt with a lace front-split apron over a full silk skirt.

Wedding Gown Underskirt

Do something unique with the underskirt of the dress, like having a layer of tulle peeking out from underneath, maybe even in a different color, such as the color of the bridesmaids’ dresses. There are over 30 colors of tulle available. For a winter wedding, silver trim could be attached along the bottom of the gown.

Dress Train

The dress train is also an area to consider. Maybe you don’t want one. Or maybe you want a separate train that flows from the waist or the shoulders (a Watteau train) and can be removed for the reception. It doesn’t have to be wide and heavy; it could be a more lightweight material like chiffon. It could also be in a different color to add distinction.

Wedding Gown Color

Consider making your wedding dress a combination of two colors. For example, the bodice could be a champagne color, and the skirt could be ivory. This is actually a good option if this is your second wedding and you are not comfortable wearing a totally white dress.

Embellishments for a Bridal Gown

Take into account the type of jewels and embellishments you want on your dress. It can make all the difference on a plain dress. You could add fabric rosettes, Swarovski crystals, small topaz colored jewels for a fall wedding, or red rubies for a Christmas wedding.

Crewel is a nice embellishment for a winter dress. Crewel is embroidery using thicker materials such as chenille. It gives a dress more dimension. Pearls are a favorite, but you can always try something new by using freshwater pearls (great for a beach wedding dress) or softly colored pearls in pinks and lavenders. The embellishments can go along the neckline, on the skirt, or the edge of the sleeves.

All of these wedding gown styles and ideas can inspire you to create a unique and custom wedding dress.