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By Stef Schwalb

Before taking the big plunge into matrimony, there’s another big commitment you need to make first – what to wear to the wedding. Like men, there are so many different styles of dresses to choose from. Some look lovely when you look at them from afar, but up-close, they are not exactly what you had in mind. Some look great up-close, but once you put them on, you find that they are not exactly showcasing a style that makes you swoon. Some are a great style, but need some serious alterations to be the absolute perfect fit. It’s a frustrating process, not unlike dating, but dear readers have faith! Because eventually, you will find the one to wear. Your heart will skip a beat, your stomach will be in knots, you’ll look in the mirror and know this is the one dress that cannot be forgot.

To make this process a little easier on you all, we offer a sampling of trendy strapless styles from David’s Bridal that are super-hot for the wedding season. Consider us your matchmaker for the wedding wear you’ll want. No need to promise to love or obey, just try your best not to spill any Champagne or chocolate cake on your preferred selection.

Before we begin, let’s talk trends?. The romance is back on for bridal! Last year, gowns took onn a more glamorous Hollywood-type turn. This year, brides are falling in love with the more traditional romantic looks. An element of sophistication is apparent in the many styles that are showing off silhouettes with an alluring, yet refined appearance. Instead of glitz and glamour, elegant embellishments are being added. Pearls and lace are among the perfect comeback partners, and newer, innovative enhancements such as the incorporation of metallic thread into fabrics are also providing some slight sparkle and shine.

Necklines that are now making news include sweetheart styles and updated halters. Unconditionally though, strapless selections remain in high demand for their ability to let women add on amazing accessories. Flowing figures found in A-lines, ball gowns, sheaths and tea-length gowns are also a fabulous find to fulfill the trend of figure-flattering. Both of these examples are found in the three selections were showcasing below.

First up, we have an all-over beaded lace sheath gown that features a beaded-trim empire neckline and a sweeping train. This sweet and simple design showcases elegance at ease, providing the bride with a sense of class and comfort for the occasion.

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Next, we have an organza gown that’s also enhanced by beads embroidered into the bodice and skirt. It showcases a satin hem and charming chapel train. The result is bridal dress that will definitively look gorgeous going down the aisle.

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Last, but not least, we have my favorite fashion that comes from the Oleg Cassini Collection made exclusively for David’s Bridal. It’s an ivory two-piece beaded lace skirt with a corset bodice and lace up back. This is form-fitting for your figure at its best! The dramatic design features divinely delicate details and a stunning and sexy silhouette.

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This is just a sampling of what’s in store for the season, which promises to be a beautiful one for all brides. Some tips to remember are to take your time choosing your design and try on different styles you may not necessarily think suit you. Oftentimes what looks good in a magazine or on a model may not appear as you imagine. It may turn out that something that looks lackluster on a hanger actually wears quite heavenly on you. Again, the dream man doesn’t always turn out to be who you imagine so why would you expect any less from the dream dress?

David’s Bridal prides itself on quality and comfort to suit every style and budget. They’ve been in the bridal business for over 50 years and have over 240 stores throughout the U.S., which offer a huge selection of bridal gowns and bridal party dresses, as well as accessories. To find a location near you, call 1-800-480-BRIDE or head online to

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