As you begin the search for your perfect gown, it’s not hard to see why lace wedding dresses are such a desirable choice for a modern bride. The intricate needlework alone is enough to get me swooning over these charming creations. With so many utterly beautiful options out there, how do you even begin to find the one that’s perfect for you?
We’ve narrowed the search and come up with our top lacy picks in varying styles and also some fabulous tips on how to choose, bustle, and style your dream lace dress!
Lace Wedding Dresses: Vintage & Modern Styles
Once you’ve set your heart on a lace wedding dress, finding exactly the right style is the trickiest part. Perhaps you’d like a dress made entirely of lace or maybe subtle accents are your preference. Here we’ll take a look at a few of the most favoured lace types to help you decide.
Whether on a structured column dress or floaty boho gown, Chantilly lace is an eternally elegant choice. Recognisable by its light finish, the detailed contrasts between light and shade on each floral motif will create the perfect overlay or sleeves for your wedding gown.
Guipure lace is most known for its mesh-less construction and how each motif is connected by plaits or bars of thread as opposed to a layer of netting. This results in a considerably heavier finish yet it creates the perfect overlay for your dress.
This lace is usually created atop a layer of soft tulle. Once the lace motifs, floral or otherwise, have been created the lace can then be adorned with crystals, pearls or another type of beading to finish. This is ideal for brides who love a little extra sparkle!
How To Bustle Lace Overlay Wedding Dresses
So, you’ve chosen the perfect dress and you’re thinking of bustles. Firstly, what a bustle even is and what it does. Secondly, how on earth you fasten a bustle ensuring it still looks beautiful. Lastly if you even need one for your chosen gown?! Let’s take a look…
What is a bustle?
A bustle is a feature created on your dress to gather up an extended train or extra fabric that glides on the floor. This is perfect for your post-ceremony look to greet your guests and dance the night away!
The two types of bustle most frequently used are the French/under bustle and the American/over bustle.
Under Bustle – Is the more voluminous option which tucks underneath the skirt creating tidy folds of one, two or three.
Over Bustle – Gathers up the train and fastens it over the skirt. If you’re looking not to disturb or lose any detail in your beautiful lace train or overlay, this is a great option!
How do I fasten my bustle?
Now this one’s simple, you don’t!
As you’ll be the one wearing this beautiful dress, you’ll need to enlist the help of a willing bridesmaid or maid of honour when it comes time to bustle. Whether your dress uses ribbons or buttons to fasten together, your helper should know how it works ahead of time.
Bustles can be notoriously fiddly in their aim to remain discreet! Inviting them to a fitting or an at-home trial run will undoubtedly save any time consuming fastening issues on the big day.
Gorgeous Styling for Lace Wedding Dresses
Below, let’s go through a few beautiful choices to perfectly complement your stunning lace gown.
There are thousands of options when it comes to your veil. Here are a couple of helpful tips to get you started!
If your dress is entirely made from lace, choose either a plain or lightly lace-edged veil so as not to steal focus from the intricacies of your dress. However, if your dress only has accents of lace on the sleeves or hem, for example, feel free to be a little more adventurous with a full lace veil to tie your look together.
Whichever you choose, ensuring the colours of your lace match one another is essential even if the patterns themselves aren’t identical.
The detailed appearance of lace is often best matched with simpler textures so as not to make your bridal look too busy. With this in mind, classic satin heeled pumps will always look effortlessly chic paired with a lace wedding gown.
Bridal Hair Accessories
As with your shoes, simple accessories are always an elegant option. Luckily for us, lace pairs perfectly with crystals, flowers, and pearls. So whether you choose a floral crown, a diamond-encrusted vintage hair slide, or a pearl headband, it’s likely to be a perfect match.
5 Irresistible Lace Wedding Dresses
Now that you’re ready to find the last lacey one, here are five of our favorite lace wedding dresses that we hope you love too! We’re quite sure you’ll be considering a post-ceremony change (à la Kate Middleton) after laying eyes on these amazing gowns!
1. Long-Sleeved Lace Wedding Dresses
No, you haven’t awoken in a fairytale, this dress is for real and we can’t believe it either.
This breathtaking gown features embroidered lace on the bodice, sleeves and skirt hem and is available in light ivory, powder pink, or beige. Additionally, we’ve fallen head over heels for this dreamy tulle skirt and cascading statement train.
2. Modern Lace Wedding Dresses
With its modern beachy vibes, front split skirt and flowing silk chiffon overlay this dress is perfect for every wedding setting from beachfront to a hill side.
3. Boho Lace Wedding Dresses
For the bohemian bride, we highly recommend this beautiful separates set of a French lace top and floor-length chiffon skirt. The fitted top perfectly accentuates your figure whilst the skirt cinches at the waist and falls softly to the floor. Soft curls and bare feet will add the perfect finish to this beautiful bohemian set.
4. High-Low Tea Length Lace Wedding Dresses
Why not go for something a little different and feel unique on your wedding day in this incredible high to low tea length lace wedding dress by David’s Bridal. There’ll be no need to worry about a bustle as you move freely through your ceremony, reception, and straight on to the dance floor!
Additionally, the illusion waistline will highlight your waist perfectly whilst the A-line skirt allows you to show off your fabulous choice of bridal footwear.
5. Affordable Lace Wedding Dresses
You certainly won’t notice you’ve shopped on a budget with this stunning (and affordable) lace dress. It’s pictured in a stunning shade of champagne but can be made in any color of your choice. It’s perfect if you adore lace, but want something a little different or more adventurous to wear.
Whether you choose one of these five incredible dresses or you’ve fallen in love with another gown, when you’re wearing lace, your bridal look will certainly be one to remember!