It goes without saying that your wedding day is all about celebrating the love between you and your partner. However, in order to fully enjoy yourself and make the most out of this once in a lifetime opportunity, you'll want to feel like a million dollars. Non-lace wedding dresses might be your go-to style if you see yourself as more of a contemporary bride.
Of course, there's nothing wrong with lace wedding dresses — in fact, you've probably seen numerous bridal gowns that feature lace, whether worn by someone you know or spotted on a celebrity. IMO, the most memorable lacy wedding dress of the past few years is Kate Middleton's lacy wedding gown. As a born and bred British gal, I was glued to the screen on the day of The Royal Wedding, admittedly because I couldn't tear my peepers away from Kate's beautiful bridal attire.
Although lacy wedding dresses are obviously fit for royalty, they're certainly not everyone's cup of tea. When used in a wedding dress, lace has connotations of femininity, modesty, and queenliness and while all these things are all wonderful, they may be the exact opposite of the attributes you want to portray.
So if you wish to be true to your personal style, but lace doesn't fit in with your aesthetic, here are some gorgeous non-lace wedding dresses for contemporary brides.
1. The Classic Gown
You May Now Bliss The Bride Maxi Dress In White, $104.99, modcloth.com
A simply stunning gown with a train will help to put all the focus on you during your big day.
2. The Strapless Wonder
Asymmetrically Draped Soft Net Morilee Bridal Wedding Dress, Price On Appointment At Your Nearest Stockist See: morilee.com
A girly strapless gown is a great choice for anyone who wants to feel like a princess for the day.
3. The Embellished Maxi
A Star Is Born Embellished Sheer Insert Long Sleeve Maxi Dress, $527, asos.com
Bring a little glitz and glam to your celebrations with an embellished maxi dress.
4. The Classy Sheath Dress
Ritzy Wishes Sheath Dress in White, $44.99, modcloth.com
You don't need any bells and whistles with this sassy, yet classy, sheath dress — available in sizes XS to 4X.
5. The Grecian Gown
Style Botticelli, Price On Appointment At Your Nearest Stockist See: callistabride.com
Transform into Aphrodite in human form with this floaty gown that's fit for a Greek goddess.
6. The Wrap Dress
Julienne Dress, $388, thereformation.com
Gals celebrating a casual affair will love stepping out in this subtly sophisticated wrap dress.
7. The Plunge Dress
Asos Bridal Deep Plunge Strap Back Fishtail Maxi Dress, $143, asos.com
If you want to show a little skin on your wedding day, go for it! This sumptuous dress will help you out.
8. The Back Cowl Gown
Graceful Grandeur Maxi Dress In Ivory, $300, modcloth.com
Reminiscent of old Hollywood screen sirens, this fancy frock will have you feeling like Audrey Hepburn in no time.
9. The Dramatic Mermaid Dress
Mori Lee Bridal Stunning Ruffled Plus Size Organza Mermaid Wedding Dress, Price On Appointment At Your Nearest Stockist See: morilee.com
Everyone wants their wedding dress to be memorable, so make a super statement with an organza ruffled mermaid dress like this one.
10. The Short But Sweet Style
Unique Vintage White on White Swiss Dot Garden State Mesh Dress, $74, unique-vintage.com
Mesh is a fabulous choice for those who like the feminine vibe that lace lends, but fancy a different fabric instead.
11. The Minimalist Dress
Sawyer Gown, $800, bhldn.com
Brides who love the minimalist aesthetic will need this elegant dress to fit their theme.
Don't feel pressured to forsake your personal style on your wedding day — you don't want to look back at the photos and cringe. Ditch the lace if it's not your bag and opt for something else, there are tons of other wedding worthy fabrics out there!
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