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Spring Weddings: Spring Wedding Dress Trends

Warm up to these spring-friendly gown fashions.

Spring is the time of year to unveil a new wardrobe and shed a few layers, and wedding dresses are no exception. As this season offers you new patterns, hemlines, and fabrics to choose from, here are five features to look for in a spring wedding dress.

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Luke Walker

Wedding dress by Claire Pettibone

Trend 1: Flowers

Complement a spring garden setting with a floral-embellished dress. From embroidered blossoms to 3-D buds, these nature-inspired elements can provide color to whimsy sheaths and ball gowns alike. Wear an airy A-line dress with floral add-ons on the bodice and waistline, or tone it down with a lightly floral-embellished sweep train for a subtle (yet distinct) spring style.

Try these designers: Claire Pettibone, Elizabeth Fillmore

Photo by Photos: Tat Leong
Luke Walker

Wedding dress by Carolina Herrera



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Luke Walker

Wedding dress by Christos



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Luke Walker

Wedding dress by Platinum for Priscilla of Boston



Photo by Photos: Tat Leong
Luke Walker

Wedding dress by Priscilla of Boston

Trend 2: Preppy Details

If flowers are too feminine, look to preppy details and patterns to evoke the spirit of the season. A gingham ribbon trim or a hint of polka dots could add the perfect finishing touch to an already gorgeous gown. Consider a dress with a pleated bodice or find a patterned sash to wear around your waist.

Try these designers: Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta





Trend 3: Sheer Fabrics

For a wedding dress that reflects the spring season, light and airy fabrics are ideal. Think chiffon, charmeuse, and organza. Let a spring breeze wisp your chiffon train as you walk down the aisle, or go for a spaghetti-strap, organic Swiss Dot silk cotton number for an outdoor spring wedding under the trees.

Try these designers: Christos, Monique Lhuillier





Trend 4: Cashmere Cover-ups

Don't be fooled by all the sunshine. In most parts of the country, nighttime temperatures in the spring can drop into the 50s, especially in March and early April. Instead of a wrap, try a sophisticated cashmere cardigan. Three-quarter sleeves or even a full-length cover-up will keep you warm without distracting from your gown.

Try these designers: Carolina Herrera, Platinum for Priscilla of Boston





Trend 5: Higher Hemlines

Let your legs bask in some of that spring sunlight. With short gowns becoming ever more popular on the bridal runways, we can't think of a better way to show off toned and tanned gams. Find a mini dress that will really show off your figure, or go for a tea-length dress paired with peep-toed heels for a fun and flirty look.

Try these designers: Angel Sanchez, Priscilla of Boston







-- Heather Levine

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