Congratulations on your upcoming wedding!
Now, the important part: picking out the perfect bridal dress for your summertime event. But you're wondering how to get accurate information about which style to choose.

Do you ask your mother? She seems to be great at helping you with other parts of your wedding, like selecting china patterns, choosing flowers, and sending invitations. But are you worried that your mother's taste in wedding dresses is stuck somewhere in the 1980s? So maybe you should call up your girlfriend. The one who planned her own wedding several years ago and still shares your views on many topics. But perhaps she hasn't really kept up with the latest bridal styles because she has been too busy being a wife and a new mom herself.

You could buy a stack of bridal magazines and start paging through them. But who has time to do all that with a wedding date that's fast approaching? Besides, aren't you worried that dressmakers are trying you sell you what they want you to buy instead of what you want to see yourself in? Well, fret no more. Here are some suggestions for choosing the stylish summer wedding dress that's ideal for you.

Slim Silhouettes Are in
This year, brides are walking down the aisle in slimming gowns. Sleek choices such as trumpets, sheaths, or column dresses illustrate the latest trend in summertime nuptial apparel.


Galina Signature's Taffeta High-Collar Side-Draped Trumpet Gown, for example, features a dramatic neckline, chapel train, and beading and button back detail. The stones on the Rinestone Sequin Chiffon Dress adorn the jewel neckline and complement the ruched bodice and empire waist.

Think Color
Believe it or not, splashes of color are finding their way onto all types of wedding dresses and gowns. From a bright-colored accessory to vibrant beading, your dress can be truly trendy if it departs from the traditional all-white look.


Brides seeking colorful dresses may want to try on a satin A-line dress that boasts ornate red beaded lace below its scalloped sweetheart neckline. Or maybe the red satin sash on the "trainless" satin halter ball gown with pick-up skirt would be a fun accessory that matches your personality.

Consider Raising the Hemline
If you're wincing at the thought of a cumbersome train, you can opt to eliminate it entirely. There are plenty of tea-length gowns or above-the-knee dresses that are popular for weddings this summer.



An organza tea length gown with gorgeous beaded trim at the waist is an excellent choice. For an extra sassy look, Galina's strapless short dress has unique bands of satin, 3D floral appliqu├ęs, and a hemline above the knee.

Three Cheers for Tiers
One of the most popular trends for brides this summer involves a tiered look on wedding dresses. Tiers can bring an extra dash of elegance and sophistication to almost any bridal ensemble.



Every summer bride to be should try on a satin and organza tiered gown with four tiers on an A-line skirt along with a spaghetti strap bodice and a surplice pleated neckline. If you love the full-tiered look, the Tulle Tiered Ball Gown by Galina Signature combines sophisticated tiering with a sweetheart neckline and beaded waist detail.

One Shoulder May Be Better Than Two
For a more eye-catching look, you should think about sashaying down the aisle in a single shoulder bridal gown. This style is available on all dress lengths, and the shoulder strap can be accented with different designs if you choose.


The Chiffon One Shoulder Goddess Gown encapsulates a magnificent timeless look with its natural waist, beaded lace detailing, and side drape chiffon skirt. Or choose the bold floral detail on Galina's Soft Chiffon One Shoulder A-line Gown, which flows into three spaghetti straps on the back.

Don't Rule out Pockets
That's right - many of the hottest dress styles this summer come with pockets! Wouldn't it be convenient to have a place to stow tissues, emergency hair barrettes, or even a special keepsake which you want to have with you as you say, "I do?"

You'll love the side pockets in the Taffeta Jewel Neck Ball Gown, which also has a flattering ruched bodice. Or you can opt for a truly modern and contemporary look with the Faille V-neck Ball Gown by Galina which has slimming waist detail.

When you choose what you will be wearing on the biggest day of your life, make sure that the dress is comfortable as well as beautiful. This is especially good advice if you are hosting an outdoor wedding. After all, you don't want to bake or perspire while you walk down the aisle.

Summertime weddings are magical, fun, and memorable. Your guests will be honored to celebrate your nuptials with you and your husband-to-be. And you'll definitely look your best as you show off the latest fashion trends in bridal dresses for your friends and family!

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