Spring/summer 2012 wedding dress trends

At Style Me Pretty, we love the effect that the seasons bring to the bridal runways. And spring/summer is always our favorite approach. The ethereal, dreamy fabrics. The delicate designs. The girly fabrics and the pretty soft hues. So in celebration of all things spring and summer, Founder & Editor Abby Larson has rounded up her top five trends for wedding dress fashion. And she uses the word trend very lightly… as these ideas are definitely here to stay.

Pale peach wedding dress


This spring and summer is all about pretty hued takes on an otherwise traditional gown. Blushy pinks, pale grays and even shots of black are taking center stage with style savvy brides. I love that these colors give girls an alternative to white or ecru and provide a perfectly pretty foundation that can inspire your entire wedding palette. Personally, I think that wedding dresses in shades of soft hues look best on feminine frocks with gobs of pretty layers.

Photography by James Christianson Photography / Full Wedding Gallery: Here


After Ms. Kate set the tone with pretty lace sleeves, we knew this style would become a mainstay in gown design. But those gorgeous lace beauties have inspired varieties of many, with sleeves crafted from delicate and oftentimes intricate fabrics gracing gowns everywhere. Aside from offering a modest bride more options than ever, this style is simultaneously current and utterly timeless. We saw Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn don pretty sleeved wedding dresses and now we’re celebrating a whole new take on this classic. Love, love, love.

Photography by Mi Belle Photography /Full Wedding Gallery: Here
Wedding dress trends -- sleeves

Wedding dress trends -- illusion neckline

Illusion necklines

There is something wildly sexy about an illusion neckline. The idea that it’s covering up without covering everything is perfect for a wedding. And with fabrics running the gamut of sweet and delicate to more substantial beading and lace, there is an illusion neckline for every type of bride.

Photography by Jesse Leake Photography / Full Wedding Gallery: Here

Lace, lace and more lace (and a whole lot of texture)

The detail on wedding gowns from the last couple of seasons has been awe-inspiring, not to mention that the lace is getting more and more beautiful. From fitted and modern to classic and timeless complete with delicate sheer accents and trains for days, the application of lace is so versatile and so stunning.

Photography by Graceology Photography / Full Wedding Gallery: Here
Wedding dress trends -- lace

Wedding dress trends -- ruffles

Fabric detailing and layer upon layer of ruffles

Dreamy fabric ruffles are the gold standard in my book. Layers of lightweight fabric dancing in the breeze, flirting with everyone while still being firmly planted in tradition. And layers of ruffles aren’t even the half of it this season. Fabric details are off the charts, from intricate knotting to sweet floral accents, the handwork done using fabrics on this season’s wedding dresses is off the charts.

Photography by Cooper Carras / Full Wedding Gallery: Here

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Abby Larson

Abby Larson is the Founder & Editor of Style Me Pretty, a style savvy wedding resource devoted to the modern bride.

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