Elegant Wedding Dress Ideas For Older Brides
This blog post is all about inspiring mature brides to think outside the box about wedding dress design and to make it easier to understand how to make style changes that work to their advantage. Finding elegant wedding dress ideas for older brides or second time brides, is still not an easy task despite how advanced we are when it comes to fashion. Up until my own wedding in 2008, I assumed that the search would be relatively straight forward – talking as a grown up woman who has been around long enough to know what I want and what I don’t. But the challenge itself of finding the right combination of style, colour, details, cut and price all within a single dress and without compromise was only the beginning. I think the bridal industry have pushed aside a crucial audience despite research figures revealing the year on growth of first time weddings among women above the age of 40. So I set myself the challenge of handpicking a selection of awesome elegant wedding dress ideas for older brides that I hope will inspire you to make a statement and take your wedding day dressing from zero to hero. Every design that I have chosen can be modified to suit your distinct taste in silhouettes best suited to your body shape combined with details that flatter your best assets and, I would be happy to assist you with further advice if you wish to get in touch – CLICK THIS LINK
I found it dis-heartening to accept that there still is so little choice for older brides despite the range of cap sleeved, long sleeved and shoulder cover up options that we see online and in-store – all assuming that you will want to cover up for your wedding. Even some of the best bridal bloggers appear a little too shy in coming forward with jaw dropping styles aimed at women who are over 40 and who prefer to play safe with time honoured styles that haven’t changed much since the noughties. The reality of this though is that brides over the age of 35 then have so little choice between choosing what looks great on a woman in her 30’s or finding something on the back shelf of the stock room. But I don’t want you to give up hope. There are lots of available options out there for those of you who don’t want a typical wedding dress and this post is all about providing you with a little help to find your perfect wedding dress.
How To Decide On Your Wedding Dress Style
Your choice of venue will play a big role in the tone and style of your wedding and an even bigger part in the style of dress that you will eventually choose. Instead of going with the standard classic codes of ‘appropriate’ dresses for older brides, check out our next post on TIMELESS WEDDING STYLE where you can start your journey of discovering fashion forward ideas that will elevate your wedding day look beyond the basics with personality and style.
E.g For a dessert or vineyard wedding – texture is great way of styling out the bareness of the sand or landscape. Go for details such as ruffles, pleating, beadwork or 3d floral appliques. And do be scared to introduce colours like nudes, soft blush or for a little added drama and to make you stand out.
Elegant Inspirational ideas for older brides
Before we begin the voyage, all you will need to pack is a little imagination and be totally open minded so that we can begin to explore. One thing we need to avoid on this journey, are the specific rules about appropriate wedding dresses for older brides. Its such an aging statement. So let’s get one thing clear and that is, it’s your wedding day! So you can choose a dress that you feel completely beautiful in, without worrying what other people think.
Clean Lines, Modern Fabrics, Understated Wow
Keeping it simple, is always, in my opinion, the best option. there is so much scope for personality and individual style injection, especially when, if you think about, you can wear pretty much whatever you like.
One shouldered bridal gown inspiration with draped shoulder cape and chiffon flower embellishment – Dress by Marchessa | Photo by unknown
Intimate Outdoor Summer Wedding
Real bride – Shannon went effortlessly simple with her sheer champagne tulle gown with full length sleeve, proving that simple clean lines with a contemporary twist can look impressive, timeless and elegant.
Sheer wedding dress with applique petals | Dress Oui Madam Atelier collection | Photography – www.theveronicataylor.com
Boho Wedding Dress Inspiration for mature brides
We’ve absolutely adore the bohemian bridal inspirations and believe that brides of all ages can look timeless and effortless. However, we appreciate that some mature brides may want to play the look down a little or require a little more structure and cover up in some areas for added confidence, so here are a few designer suggestions to make your dream wedding dress a reality.
Tier and ruffled beaded tulle dress with high neck full length sleeves | Wedding dress by Valentino | Photo via Vogue.com
Boho Style Sweetheart Neckline
Beaded illusion cap sleeved wedding dress with sweetheart neckline layered lace skirt detail | Dress by Maggie Sottero
Low Backed Wedding Dress
This utterly stunning backless wedding dress is proof that you can still rock a low backed wedding dress without worrying that you might be showing your guests more than you’d like. If necessary, you could consider adding an illusion or sheer panels for extra cover up without detracting from the simplicity of the dress.
Long Sleeved Backless silk wedding dress with detachable train detailing by | Dress by www.cortana.es
Not sure if older brides can wear white or Ivory wedding dresses?
Then explore options such as layering ivory over a soft more muted tone as a great way to inject some colour and soften the whiteness of your wedding dress.
2-piece wedding dress Sienna beaded lace bodice and blush tulle ballgown skirt Non-white bridal gown | Dress by Oui Madam
Bridal Trouser Suits look
Chic and stunning with a small bouquet, an elegant updo and a pair of Jimmy Choos – Oh, and some seriously stylish pearls too!
Trouser Suit by | Naheem Khan | Photo via Vogue.com
2-pce alternative bridal trouser suit | www.ouimadam.com | Photography by www.mariekent.com
Bridal Cover Up Ideas For Older Brides
Perhaps you don’t want to feel overly exposed during the ceremony, then take a look at adding a stunning elegant cape, or adding a sheer overlay to your dress.
Sheer Wedding Gown Inspiration for older brides
is the perfect way to update your look. Think 3D floral embellishment and multi layers of tulle for a romantic beach or dessert inspired summer or evening wedding ceremony abroad. Avoid the heavier structured laces which have a tendency to look traditional and a little M-O-B. Explore laces with geometric designs for a totally modern and softer bohemian feel.
Sheer Wedding Dress by | Source unknown
Cape and Dress by Zuhair Murad | Photo via Vogue
Cap Sleeve Wedding Dress Inspiration
Simple, sleek and uncluttered for a classic timeless look. Note how light the shoulders are with the sheer capped sleeves – perfect for covering the arms without looking too formal.
Cap- sleeved bridal | Gown by Christos Bridal Via MarthaStewart.com
Ball Gown Wedding Dress
There is absolutely no reason why you can’t arrive at your wedding looking like a princess. With delicate touches like a frayed edges or soft open weave fabrics, not unfinished, just clever modern design details that scream modernity – think ballgowns that are actually separates in disguise and provide opportunity to be worn after the occasion
Ball Gown Wedding dress by | Image sourced via Etsy | Ladidatelier
The high cut of the empire waistline with a A-line skirt is effortlessly flattering and enhanced by the romantic long sleeves with ruffled cuffs. The geometric embroidery on the organza and the layering over a softer toned colour adds a contemporary twist.
A-line Wedding dress | Ambridge | Image sourced via Vogue
Short Wedding Dresses
Look amazing on older brides (or any bride) when topped with a feather headpiece to add a touch of sophistication to a knee length wedding dress.
Short Wedding Dress | Giambatista Valli