Fresh Summer Wedding Dresses 

Looking for beautiful, feminine and timeless summer wedding dresses that will be picture perfect under the radiant sunshine and clear blue skies?

You must be planning to get married in the popular summer months of June, July or August in which according to The Knot, 34.5% of all weddings take place, making these months the second, fourth and third most popular for weddings.

With summer weather-related inconveniences such as extra heat and humidity especially if the wedding will be taking place outside, it's vital for summer brides to find a gown that not only fits your style but feels comfortable and dry. Fortunately there are many creative and cost-effective options to ensure comfort on your big day with many summer-appropriate styles to choose from.

Take a look below for the top fun trends that will keep you cool in your summer wedding dresses:

Ethereal Lace 

Lace is an iconic and timeless fabric choice in the history of wedding dresses. One of the rich qualities of lace is its many variations: Alençon, Chantilly, Gros Point, Dresden, etc. This fine, ethereal and feminine fabric invigorates summer wedding dresses with a fresh (sometimes sleek, sometimes rustic) perspective on how appliqués, trims, and overlays take shape around the body.  

The influence of Kate Middleton's and the iconic Grace Kelly's sleeved lace wedding dresses cannot be overstated in the wedding dress fashion world.

Each season the new wedding dress designs by haute couture designers reach a new level of mastering how beautiful, powerful and modern lace can be with its enriching history and cool qualities.

The rich bohemian style wedding dress above by Cymbeline flows beautifully in lace.

The beautiful lace wedding dress below is designed by Monique Lhuillier. While the dress is draped with a light intricate lace fabric, this dress is certainly a sexy and elegant breath of fresh air.

Modern short

While nontraditional short summer wedding dresses is not for every bride, it is a modern trend for summer wedding dresses. From tea length to way-above-the-knee, fortunately there are many conservative and flirty styles to choose from. 

The below-the-knee example of a short wedding dress below, by Marchesa, is graceful and feminine in its length and pure design. The lace top overlay creates a sexy edge around the neckline, arms and waist line in the form of a double-layered peplum. And the short length of the dress doesn't stop this dress from having a charming trail in the back with a lovely bow! 

Pretty Appliqués

This lace summer wedding dress is designed by Monique Lhuillier SS2014.

Appliqués which is a French word meaning “to put on or lay on" or to "apply" is a fun way to make a wedding dress pop! How? By placing a cutout flower or pattern onto another larger piece of fabric and affix it to that material.

Since fashion-forward and creative brides love to add personal details to their gowns with sashes, brooches and other accessories many wedding dress designers have taken a cue and offer appliques on many silhouettes. 

Good news for brides who can sew:
you can master the art of embellished appliqué by mastery of a set of hand stitches and have fun with designing an original wedding dress!

Romantic Peplums

The peplum, a flared ruffle attached to the waist of a jacket or to the bodice of a dress was poular both in the 1940’s and in the 1980’s.

The peplum, derived from the Greek word peplos (meaning shawl), has made a comeback on the high-fashion runways for several seasons now and is making a bigger splash for Spring/Summer season 2014. For a more romantic wedding day look, designers are using lace and tulle to craft their peplums.

This Oscar de la Renta spring summer wedding gown playfully replicates the peplum design flowing out of the lace top in the form of a fishtail skirt in the bottom half in a satin fabric.

This very feminine and form fitting look can be very flattering for brides with a small hip size and waist line.

Seductive Open Backs

With a few conditions in place you can safely consider the seductive backless designs for your wedding dress:

  • you love your back and receive complements on it from others
  • you are comfortable with bearing your back and have a straight posture
  • to balance the amount of skin exposed in your back you are willing to cover in other areas such as opting for longer length wedding dress or a long wedding dress with sleeves.
  • you have a perky B-cup or smaller size bust or if larger in size are willing to invest in a super strapless backless adhesive bra for a boost and support. NuBra is a popular brand you can consider.

This lace and bow back detail is designed by Inbal Dror 2012.

This scoop pearly neckline and back tied in a bow is designed by Inbal Dror 2013.

Capes & Wraps

A wrap in fashion translates to a garment that one can wrap or fold about her/himself. A wrap is usally an outer garment such as a robe, cloak, cape, shawl, or coat. 

Shorter than a cloak, the sleevless cape has always exerted a mysterious and magical appeal. It begon with fairy tales in which the handsome prince arrives on a white horse, dressed in a flowing blue cape.

In the Victorian age, capes and wraps were sometimes embroidered or had paisley motifs for women. 

In 1960's the cape made a come back in the fashion world with Twiggy modelling the cape in England. Since then the cape's magestic presence was adopted in the power suits of comic super heros such as Batman, Sheman, Catwoman. 

The glamorous cape has regained its popularity in the modern times in short and longer versions and makes a fashion statement in royal ceremonies and special occasion affairs such as weddings. 

A glamorous piece such as a short fur cape designed by Carolina Herrara SS2014 on your perfect wedding dress is truly la crème de la crème!

So stay fresh in your summer wedding dresses by picking out what suits you best from the new summer trends.

Lighten up your dress, your look and you can stay cool and breeze through your wedding day while enjoying every moment of it! 

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