By Caitlin King / Special to Sunday Market
Right after setting the date and booking the venue, the hunt begins for the perfect wedding dress.
Whether you’re traditional, modern or edgy, keep an open mind and try on a range of dresses — you might be surprised by what suits you best. To help you start your process, consider these top bridal trends for spring and summer.
Off the Shoulder
The hottest necklines on the runways for 2015 were off-the-shoulder styles, dripping with romance while being a bit more modest than strapless gowns.
For more formal affairs, consider the timeless Legends by Romona Keveza Off Shoulder Silk Lace & Net Mermaid Dress ($3,619 at the Nordstrom Wedding Suite), with a plunging V-back and a mermaid skirt with French-net layers.
A Bohemian-leaning bride may want to try a dress with romantic draping, such as the Grecian-inspired off-the-shoulder Sarah Seven Lafayette gown ($2,450 at The Dress Theory, Green Lake) in mocha-colored silk chiffon.
Get two looks in one by slipping a detachable tulle overskirt, such as the beaded Theia Elsa Tulle Skirt ($595 at BHLDN, downtown), over your gown for the ceremony. Remove it for the reception to instantly transform your look.
A fairytale wedding deserves a fairy-tale-inspired dress. The sophisticated, strapless Luly Yang French Love ball gown (price on request at Luly Yang, downtown), with an elegant sweetheart neckline and voluminous tiered tulle skirt, will make you feel like a princess.
The Cicada Isabelle gown ($3,295 at Cicada, downtown), in champagne silk shantung with an overlay of silk organza and Chantilly lace, features a sweetheart neckline and low back with corset lacing. It looks good from all angles, but the gorgeous floor-sweeping tiered skirt is what really stands out.
More than ever, couples are looking for the big day to be stress-free. If you’re shopping for a beach wedding, all that needs to be paired with the J.Crew Luella Mermaid Gown ($950) is bare feet. Or pop on the Encore by Watters Prato Romper ($275 at BHLDN), which would also be fun for the bridal shower or bachelorette party.
The contemporary bride who craves high-style should not miss Sarah Seven’s cropped Delancey top ($850), made of sequins on tulle, and Utopia Skirt ($1,550, both at The Dress Theory), in ivory silk crepe.
While white still rules, wedding dresses in an array of colors and prints have been gaining popularity. Try something subtle, such as the strapless ERIN Erin Fetherston Coralie Foiled Silk Chiffon Gown ($395 at Nordstrom) in blush with a metallic print.
For a fresh take on a traditional silhouette, the Luly Yang Antoinette ($3,500) transforms the classic white gown by adding subtle blue accents to the skirt.
A few key details can take the dress to the next level. Add a little warmth and modesty with a delicate capelet, such as Moyna’s Trickling Capelet ($140 at BHLDN), with elegant beads dripping from scalloped ivory tulle.
The Nadri Cubic Zirconia & Crystal Pear Drop Necklace ($298 at Nordstrom) is a classic piece that will add glitter and glam to a sleek dress.
Finish your look with a d’Orsay pump with just the right amount of sparkle, such as the Badgley Mischka Giana Evening Pumps ($225 at Macys), which also come in light blue if you’re superstitious.
When all is said and done, your best accessory is the groom. For spring weddings, forgo the basic black tux for something in charcoal or gray, such as the linen Suit Supply Sienna Light Grey Plain suit ($699 at Suit Supply, downtown).
Incorporate a pop of color, preferably one that coordinates with the wedding colors, in patterned socks or a colorful pocket square, such as the paisley-print Blue Pocket Square ($45 at Suit Supply).
For the well-furnished groom, a Pendleton fabric Pendleties Cream and Salmon Plaid Bowtie ($50 at etsy.com/shop/Pendleties), handmade in Seattle, is a subtle nod to your Northwest roots.