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Down the aisle and beyond

In wedding seasons marked by constant disruption and cancellations, when it comes to wedding dress design it seems brides to be are shirking tradition and focusing on personal style and versatility. According to those in the know, modern brides want a wedding wardrobe that can take them from ceremony to dancing with ease.


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The new grand: Lace, beading and thread work used to symbolise a grand wedding gown. Now, statement frocks are incorporating architectural elements to achieve a less is more aesthetic. Think refined frills and clean layers achieved with impeccable tailoring.


Trish Peng Abby Gown


Simply romantic: Bohemian bridal looks prevail for 2021 and beyond, with the poetic aesthetic exuding romance and femininity. Underpinned by one of bridal’s longest mainstays, lace, modern takes are seeing bolder laser cut designs emerge, or a delicate chantilly top worn over the dress. Low back designs with a row of buttons also add a touch of vintage to modern shapes.


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All in the details: Some brides are turning up the sophistication on simple silhouettes by adding elements of detail. Bold shoulders, intricate headbands and veils, and gloves are appearing in designer’s look books and on wedding aisles around the world.


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Wedding dress perfection: Why you need to go see Brides of Merivale before you commit (to a dress)

It’s the beautiful, comfortable environment that makes Brides of Merivale so welcoming.

Brides of Merivale
Adding to that, an exclusive range of beautiful wedding gowns and professional, friendly staff, makes this one of the most popular destinations for discerning brides-to-be.
Part of the excellent service Brides of Merivale offers is the couturiere that greets each bride at their first consultation. The consultant will follow through the whole process from the initial meeting, through to alterations, to achieve the perfect fit.
Owner Lisa Dermott says the best dresses are the ones that suit a bride’s personality and compliment her figure. “Once a bride has chosen her perfect dress, our professional couturieres fully fit and alter gowns in store,” Lisa says.
“We are seeing a lot of slim fit or soft, flowy dresses coming through at the moment. The lace trend is moving away from floral patterns towards geometric, elliptical sculptured styling. Another trend is for plain skirts and layering including colours and textures,” she says.
Brides of Merivale is an exclusive stockist of stunning gowns from French Collection, Watters, Peter Trends, Wendy Makin Couture, Caleche, and Jessica Bridal. Brides of Merivale also offers an exclusive made-to-measure service.
Consultation is by appointment only, by emailing or calling 03-337 0226.

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Bridal gown style guide: how to choose “The Dress” for your dream wedding

The sentiment and commitment of any wedding day are, of course, the most important statements, but let’s be honest, the piece de resistance – the moment that leaves guests waiting with bated breath – is the entrance of the bride in her chosen attire, most traditionally, a gown.

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If you are planning your big moment and looking for some guidance on your gown, then look no further. We’re delivering a beautiful overview of the must have looks for 2018.

Chic capes: Solange Knowles is perhaps one of the most famous examples of brides who donned a cape or capelet on their wedding day. Hers was the perfect conclusion to an already-edgy jumpsuit that she donned while making her big entrance on a vintage bicycle. A firm favourite with designers during Bridal Fashion Week, the cape is for the bride that wants to contemporise tradition and become a caped crusader in lieu of wearing a veil.

Off the shoulder: A modest amount of glowing skin can play peek-a-boo in gowns with detached sleeves. Designers like Monique Lhuillier are giving us the cold shoulder in 2018, but in the best possible way. We are seeing a lot of off-the-shoulder styles, some even with puff sleeves in the mix. It might sound like the eighties are planning a comeback, but we can assure you there is nothing retro about this aesthetic, just pure romance written all over the look.

Mid-length: A floor-skimming gown has its foot firmly in traditional bridal territory, but hems are coming up for 2018 – to a very respectable mid-length. Modest and modern; this style pays homage to 1950’s style stars like Marilyn Monroe. This is the perfect compromise for the bride who still wants the glamour that a gown affords, but the comfort and practicality of a dress that can transition from the ‘I Do’s’ to the dance floor.