If there’s one bit of wedding planning advice we could offer, it’s this: don’t skimp on the wedding dress! Of course, you don’t have to spend a pretty penny to make a statement that you, your partner and your guests will remember forever. Bridal collections like the Val Stefani Fall 2021 line are steeped in quality craftsmanship, fine fabrics and show-stopping details. The sparkle power these gowns boast is truly next level too. So today we’re sharing 8 key ways to make a statement with your wedding dress that will turn every head in the room!
- Keyhole Backs
Business in the front, party in the back… if you can even call a plunging v-neck “business.” Style Harmony is the perfect example of how a keyhole back can make an alluring statement. Framed with a graceful blend of embroidered floral appliqués, sequins and semi-sheer sleeves, this romantic, yet sultry gown with a mermaid silhouette is especially great for brides who want to accentuate their curves.
2. Intricate Trains
Hate to see you go, but love to watch you leave? We have a feeling this adage was inspired by Style Carmen pictured above – I mean how can we ever take our eyes off that intricate train? If you’re looking for a dramatic entrance, few things wow like a sweeping train with sparkly embellishments, detailed embroidery or scalloped hems.
3. Semi-Sheer Bodice
Semi-sheer wedding dress details are having a moment. From sleeves to necklines to bodices like the one evidenced in Style Dolce above, this feature is subtle, but sexy. We love the way that embroidered vine and flower motifs can climb the illusion insets seamlessly, bridging the gap between the complexity of the front with the more mellow back.
4. Swag Sleeves
Enchanting ballgown silhouettes are a match made in heaven for swoopy off-the-shoulder sleeves. Take Style Violetta, for example. The voluminous layers of ruffled tulle cascade with grace from the impossibly romantic bodice featuring a sweetheart neckline and embroidered swag sleeves. At first glance, your eyes fall naturally across the entire length of the gown because of how effortless, yet poetic each part of it feels.
5. Illusion Insets
For brides that love the idea of transparency, but don’t want to verge too much on the risqué side, gowns with an illusion inset could be a wonderful option. As you glimpse Style Aida, your eyes will probably gravitate towards the bodice first. Unsurprising considering the ornately beaded fabric that gives a touch of modern to a classic bridal gown. The hint of illusion detailing is the cherry on top to this enviably memorable wedding dress.
6. Sparkly Embellishments
Even the tiniest bit of shimmer radiates confidence. So we were quite pleased to see sparkle, sweet sparkle, across the entire mélange of gowns in the Val Stefani Fall 2021 collection. Style Soprano offers a prime example of crystals, rhinestones, sequins and stardust tulle coming together to create the ultimate bridal look that dazzles as much as the stars.
7. Ornate Motifs
Another theme you’ll find across this collection is ornate motifs. Having seen hundreds of weddings everyday for over a decade, I can attest to the power of artful sewing. Style Diva is one example of a luxe gown with floral and vine re-embroidered lace appliqués over stretch fabric to keep things comfortable, but show-stopping all the same. So many unique patterns exist in wedding dresses today, so your options are limitless!
8. Elaborate Beadwork
Like ornate motifs, large embroidered lace appliqués and elaborate beadwork make a lasting impact. We adore seeing non-traditional takes on pearlescent patterns as well, like Style Floria with its artistic drizzle of sparkle all over the sweeping skirt. The risk certainly paid off in this bridal gown fit for a princess!
Saying yes to a statement-making wedding dress has truly never been easier. Not only for the options available in every figure-flattering silhouette under the sun, but also for the value and accessibility when it comes to finding the one. The Val Stefani gowns we highlighted today are available in retailers all over the US so you can give them a test drive in person, but their site also makes it possible for you to see the gowns in motion via dedicated videos in case you want to scope them out virtually.
Be sure to glimpse their newly unveiled Fall 2021 collection in full here, and drop a comment with your favorite styles below!
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