Happy New Year to all our Dotty Brides and Brides to be! For most people returning to work after the extended festive break leaves you well, a little bit flat. – Not for Dotty HQ! January is a crazy month of unpacking beautiful sample dresses to add to our ever growing collection, it is also the time we start to receive dresses for brides saying ‘I do’ in the first half of the year.
The beginning of any new year is also a special time as we welcome many new Dotty brides as they choose to be dressed by one of our beautiful gowns for their own big day! We love meeting brides and bridal parties here at Dotty, discussing themes, venues, colours, flowers, shoes, bridesmaids really is our thing!
So if you’re at the beginning of your search for your dream dress we have picked our top favourite trends for the 2018 season ahead.
For brides seeking a more relaxed vibe to their dress our Brand Katya Katya is perfect for this. Katya dresses ooze romance, versatility and comfort with interchangeable elements which are perfect for any bride who fancies being a bit creative! Katya dresses offer flexibility of colour, you can change the gown from morning to evening with the simple change of a slip.
Katya dresses blend modern vintage inspired styles with opulent lace and silk materials with a lightweight ethereal feel. These dresses are not only a dream to wear but on a practical level are so light and comfortable with many brides commenting just how relaxed they felt wearing the Katya gown on their big day.
The princess dress…not just for a princess
We often say there are two types of brides out there, the princess dress lover and the non-princess dress lover! However the days of the WAG are long gone and styles have moved on from a very heavily boned bodice and full skirt, sure skirts can still be full but the styles we see coming through for the 2018 season are much more Hollywood glamour and less Katie Price!
Our brands Pronovias and Nicole Spose are masters of the full skirt, with a move towards a comfortable fitted bodice and a dramatic skirt full of detail, whether through lace, texture or beading. Those brides who fancy a full skirt but maybe not the completely fitted bodice we recommend an A-line shape, again Pronovias put the A* into A-line and these dresses are a fabulous way of creating a flattering silhouette without going full ball gown.
It’s all about the back
The biggest trend we have seen in 2017 (and is definitely here to stay) is the detailed back! The number of brides opting for a really fabulous back detailed dress is becoming increasingly popular. Pronovias have the most exquisite collection of wow factor dresses which bring this key 2017/18 trend to life!
Whether its illusion backs, beaded backs, or jewelled backs there is so much choice! Illusion backs are great for brides who want to go for this trend but feel a little nervous baring all. Beaded and jewelled backs are a great way to bring some glamour to your theme and lace is the most flattering on all shapes.
Plain versus Lace
Many brides don’t start out their search looking for a plain dress but often end up choosing a plain dress, often with amazing back detail or lace sleeves. We believe here in the boutique that sometimes the most simple of dresses can often have biggest impact! – And that is because a brand like Pronovias know how to dress the female form! Beautiful handcrafted gowns which are cut with military precision they hug in all the right places and really accentuate the figure.
Our favourite look has to be the completely plain front with a show stopper back!
Dare to be different
Here at Dotty we have so many different styles of wedding dresses in the boutique we would always suggest trying a variety of styles when you book your appointment with us. One of our favourite brands is the 50’s inspired Lou Lou Bridal. These dresses are vintage inspired and the 50’s shape is definitely a style which suits all. We love the versatility of these dresses with an option of three different lengths, tea, ballerina and full (for brides preferring a more traditional look).
As well as length there is an unlimited number of options to customise, add detail, take sleeves away, add them in, close a neck line or even to add a belt – The possibilities are endless! Which makes this brand a joy to work with as brides can really make the dress their own. Whilst a short dress is not for everyone it’s a great way to be a bit different, show off some really fabulous shoes and is perfect for dancing the night away!
And finally remember…the dress you choose should be a reflection of you! If you feel comfortable and like a million dollars then that’s the one! Go with your gut! (It’s usually right.)
So what are you waiting for? Get booked in! We are now open Sundays and also have a fabulous online booking system, click on the link below and we look forward to welcoming you at the boutique very soon!
Lots of Love
The Dotty Team