My, How Wedding Dresses Have Changed!

White wedding gowns became a popular option in 1840, after the marriage of Queen Victoria to Albert of Saxe-Coburg, when Victoria wore a white gown trimmed with Honiton lace. Illustrations of the wedding were widely published, and many brides opted for white in accordance with the Queen’s choice. Thus, the tradition began.

For the new bridal season of 2023, the influence of the “Royals” is still evident. Two distinct trends are waistlines and sleeves; whether the sleeves are narrow and extra long, puffy and sheer or made of beautiful lace. The varieties are endless.

Waistlines accented with colored bows or white to match the fabric of the gown are prevalent and add a beautiful romantic touch to any gown. Nevertheless, regardless of where a bow is placed, all bows are big this season. Large bows are often on the back silhouetting off-the-shoulder designs or the derriere adding to the beautiful view at the altar.

Pants and jumpsuits continue on trend adding shorts this season as well. The pantssuits usually have elaborate trains or symmetrical folds of luscious fabric.

Lace continues to be prominent in bridal gowns but what has changed since Queen Victoria’s time is now that lace is geometrical in design and not just floral adding a more modern touch to an old tradition.

Last but certainly not least, this season is the addition to the bridal bathing suit complete with capes or tulle skirts. Embroidered lace or inserts of tulle create a very mini bridal gown and one, which, is so fun to have especially if you are planning a destination wedding.

No matter your style or fantasy, the Charleston, SC, area is brimming with unique and beautiful wedding gown designs for brides to explore. So, try them on and wander through the choices until you find the perfect one for your special day.


About Rachel

A traditional Italian upbringing led Rachel to her love for food, wine, and large gatherings. She knew from an early age that event planning would be her calling, and has been working her way through the industry since graduating from the University of Georgia in 2008.

After a summer spent learning while working with Italian wedding planners at various magnificent locations around Italy, Rachel realized that her calling would now be international and she expanded the scope of Elevents to serve the globe.

Having taken part in the execution of over 500 events spanning from Charleston, South Carolina to Florence, Italy, she developed a true understanding of what it takes to throw a spectacular event. Rachel wants to make each wedding a signature event, from unique worldly designs to fabulous food.

She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her husband Jason, and their corgi Lady.

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