With the rise in popularity of TV shows and films like Twilight and True Blood, it’s no surprise that there has been such an increase in the number of brides looking for fantasy-inspired wedding gowns in recent years.
Even the grand dame of fashion herself, Vivienne Westwood, has been known to heavily feature Gothic influences in her wedding dress collections.
So, if you’re searching for something a little different from the norm that is dramatic or unusual and guarantees maximum impact, then a Gothic style wedding dress could be the perfect solution.
When it comes to Gothic wedding dresses, the bridal world is your oyster.
For starters, there are no rights and wrongs when it comes to colour. So, whether you choose a dramatic black, ethereal white or confident red is up to you.
A key element is often a high-neck – preferably in lace – and the outfit typically incorporates a full, flowing skirt and an intricate lace bodice.
There are variety of options when it comes to sleeves too: for example, you could pick a corset/bodice style front with lace neck panelling, and leave your shoulders and arms exposed. Alternatively, you could add more drama with flared batwing sleeves, or full-length lace gloves.
Accessorising Gothic bridal gowns can be tremendous fun. If you’re looking for a ‘vampire bride’ look, you could apply heavy eye make-up and wear a lace veil that compliments the colour of your gown. Equally eye-catching is a classic chignon teamed with a delicate tiara. When choosing your jewellery, the general rule is the older, the better, so a search of local antique stores or a plea to Grandma may well produce some earrings, rings, or necklaces which feature unusual gemstones or engravings.
If you’re looking for a bridal gown that’s deliciously daring, decadent, or just different, then Gothic style wedding dresses could well be ideal for you.