Shakespeare once said that clothes make the man - but on every woman's special day, it is the bridal gown that makes the woman.
Here are some of the style trends from the biggest bridal fashion shows for 2014:
Lace is no longer a material from your mother's - or grandmother's - era.
Designers recently showed off gowns with intricate lace details, like the full-length Chantilly lace cape on the Sandrine gown from Philippines-born designer Monique Lhuillier.
While wedding gowns can come in many different colours, the classic white gown is making its comeback.
The more modern - and daring - woman can look to Vera Wang's Spring 2014 collection, which paired stark black panels or long black gloves with classic white gowns.
MIND THE NECKLINES
Wedding dresses come with many different necklines, so it is important to match the correct neckline to your body type.
The most popular look may be the heart-shaped sweetheart neckline, but this may pose a problem for less-endowed women.
To solve this problem, go for the scoop or square neckline, like the one found on the Carolina Herrera Ally cocktail dress.
Another look that is in style is the strapless gown, which sits snugly under the armpits. This is great for those with broader shoulders.
For a more demure look, the illusion high neckline covers the neck with sheer fabric and embellishments, like the Alexia dress from British designer Jenny Packham.
HEADBANDS & VEILS
While the attention is on the gown and face, hair accessories can add to your bridal look.
The headband is a popular choice. Styles include ribbon headbands with rhinestone and crystal embellishments, bands with silk flowers and feathers, and rhinestones in geometric patterns.
Another trend is the return of the veil.
Today's veils are shorter and lighter, with fabrics including the classic tulle to lace, silk or satin.
A cascading veil is the hot item now as it creates a "wow" moment.
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