As with haute couture, new bridal gown collections are introduced in the spring and fall for the seasons ahead. The largest American bridal market is in New York, and it is a magical time for both designers and salon owners. The gown designers have viewings by invitation either in hotel suites or private showrooms. The salon owners race around in a whirlwind, trying to take in all the best that the new collections have to offer. The hardest part for bridal shop owners is narrowing down which of the many beautiful gowns to offer in their boutiques.
Each season, there are important trends in wedding gowns. Recent popular options have included colored sashes, beaded waistlines, and all-over lace dresses. For several years it looked like every gown was strapless, but many brides will be happy to find that this is no longer the case. Although strapless options still abound, designers are also showing gowns of other styles, especially v-necks.
The freshest looks off the runway for 2009 brides are inspired by nature. Most designers eliminated heavy beadwork in favor of floral details. Another very strong trend was three-dimensional fabric effects, such as pleating, cascading ruffles, draping, and origami folding. Even the gowns with clean profiles featured a standout detail like architectural bows on the shoulders.
To accentuate the whimsical feeling of the new gowns, handmade wedding jewelry would be perfect. The unique look of handcrafted necklaces, earrings, and bracelets is just the thing to accent the interesting movement and design of the 2009 dresses. The open necklines of the current gowns demand necklaces with presence, so look for handmade wedding jewelry with a bold flair. Pieces made of pearls and sterling silver would especially suit the fresh organic look of the latest collections of bridal gowns.
For any bride, choosing her gown is one of the most fun parts of planning a wedding. Her wedding gown should make a woman feel like the most beautiful bride ever. The 2009 collection of bridal gowns is eclectic and original, which should make shopping for that dream dress even more exciting.