You’re newly engaged, and you’re excited…to go gown shopping! While your wedding date (if you’ve even set one yet) may seem like it’s ages away, an important planning point to ponder is when to buy your wedding dresses sweetheart neckline before you walk down the aisle.
Because made-to-order wedding dresses typically take about 6-9 months to create, it’s actually a good idea to head to the bridal salon sooner rather than later. Aside from the fact that it may take you some time to find the One, you’ll need to perfectly time your three (yes, three!) fittings, allowing for custom alterations, aaaand then some more custom alterations (your well-tailored dream dress isn’t made overnight, mind).
However, thanks to the modern, evolving wedding industry and quicker engagements, this dress shopping itinerary is hardly set in stone (breathe a sigh of relief, time-pressed to-be-weds).
The illusion trend has certainly made waves in the bridal world from the rise of the naked wedding dress to diaphanous fabrics bedecked with rhinestones and sequins and subtler takes that seem only slightly risqué via plunging necklines and low backs.
Sure, these types of dresses sound like a trend made only for brides seeking an ultra-sexy look on their wedding day, but sheer illusion necklines are a fresh alternative to see-through skirts and peek-a-boo cutouts.
With a refreshingly feminine touch, sheer illusion necklines add a bit of interest to any style of wedding dress (especially the most pared-back and minimal gowns or mermaid wedding dresses under 300) and highlight the collar-bone, neck, and shoulders in a way that feels concealed without being stuffy.
Whether you’re for a rounded neck with romantic flutter sleeves, a mock-neck silhouette with lace detailing, a long-sleeve or slightly off-the-shoulder shape with intricate embroidery or beadwork, or a cap-sleeve silhouette with satin piping on the edges, the effect can be transformative and still conservative enough that you won’t feel like you’re baring too much skin.