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Brides of fancy
by Yeoh Wee Teck

This year, brides have a bigger choice than ever when it comes to bridal gowns.

Unlike the fashion world, bridal gown trends creep along. What was hot last year may still be hot next year, with minor adjustments.

The idea is to find a gown that fits you best.

It's important to keep in mind your height and body size when choosing the gown.

The future wife of Prince William, Kate Middleton, may have designers fawning over her to dress her at the wedding, but lesser mortals have to do their own footwork. Try as many gowns as possible before you decide.

Go to wedding fairs like The New Paper Wedding Planner at VivoCity, from today till Sunday, to get contacts of as many bridal gown shops as possible.

Make an appointment to see what they have to offer and keep making appointments until you wear that one gown that makes you feel like a princess.

Here are some looks that will prevail this year:

Sleek lines

Some girls cannot marry in anything not voluminous. But the reality is that sleek is making its presence known.

This does not mean it'll be boring.

Necklines are important; pleats and ruffles add drama.

The gowns from Yvonne Creative are youthful and perfect for a taller girl. Get some "wow" necklaces to add texture.

For a bit of sparkle, Rachel Erasmus wears the Constantinople bronze and white diamonds.

Keep it textured

Sleek lines are in, but textures keep it interesting. One evergreen texture is lace, like the
lace gown from Thomson Wedding D'sign (top left). With a high neckline, there is no need for much else except, perhaps, a pair of drop earrings.

Rachel Mak wears Rosa Marie earrings ($43,999).

Fresh shapes

Lady Gaga's fashion influence is not just for daily wear. We're beginning to see many gowns with interesting shapes.

The Thomson Wedding D'sign gown (top right) has big pleats that are both constructed and soft.

The skirt is great for women with bigger bottoms. A dramatic gown like this needs striking jewels.

Rachel Erasmus wears a Rosa Marie diamond necklace in white and black gold at $386,999.

Short and sweet

Short dresses have become an important option for brides.

From miniskirts to shorts, knees are now on display.

This is a youthful alternative for a woman who wants a bit of fun at her wedding. The Thomson Wedding D'sign dresses - in white and black details - are also good for someone who wants to defy convention.

These will be conversation starters, for sure.

When you have a short dress, keep everything else simple, including make-up. A bun is better than big hair.

Remember, less is more all around.

This article was first published in The New Paper.

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