The Perfect Fit: Dresses for Every Bride
The Classic Bride
Styles that flatter without flash appeal to you, like this ivory charmeuse sheath by Reem Acra ($5,500). Its draping is neoclassical but still reads as thoroughly modern.
Traditional With a Twist
The updated A-line skirt on Junko Yoshioka's strapless silk-faille gown, at left, ($4,070) is a chic take on a traditional silhouette. On the right, Vineyard Collection's clever shirtdress style ($2,000) features a notched collar, a wrap-style bodice, and a crisp bow borrowed from more tailored ready-to-wear styles.
Unassuming and Alluring
Yes, it glitters, but it doesn't glare. Anna Maier-Ulla-Maija's white paillette-dusted Empire column dress ($6,000) is effortlessly, unassumingly chic -- perfect for the bride who would rather let her officiant do the announcing. The modest neckline and gentle draping only add to its demure allure. Diamond ring by Tiffany & Co. Gold and white-topaz drop earrings by Suzanne Kalan.
The Understated Bride
This clean sweep of a gown in duchesse satin by Carolina Herrera ($4,990) keeps the frills to a minimum yet still entrances. Satin pumps ($485) by Jimmy Choo. Silk flower by Dulken & Derrick.
The Romantic Bride
Admit it: You saved the ticket stub from the first movie you saw together, and there's an enormous bottle of bubble bath parked on the side of your tub. Amsale's tulle gown, left, with floral detail ($6,000) couldn't be dreamier, while a strapless dress, middle, ($4,000), also by Amsale, gets its girly charm from a crystal band at the waist. Picot edges soften the silhouette of a washed-silk-chiffon column gown (price on request) by Vera Wang, at right.
Wild at Heart
You wear your heart on your sleeve -- or in this case, your unadulterated love for frills on your jacket. Peter Som's diaphanous jacket, with its froth of shredded tulle and organza ($2,395), matching shirt ($795), and skirt (price on request) are totally you.
The Flirty Bride
You're never afraid to flaunt your charms or flout tradition -- why change on your wedding day? A tulle-and-organza bubble-hem mini by Elizabeth Fillmore ($4,000), Luisa Beccaria's chiffon shift ($1,870), or a silk-and-organza frock by Platinum for Priscilla of Boston ($3,100) lets you keep it short, sweet, and sexy. Diamond ring by Tiffany & Co. Leather heels by Moschino.
All in the Details
Throw on fun accessories to add a splash of color. Silk bag by Barneys New York. South Sea and freshwater pearl necklace from Kentshire. Gold-and-enamel earrings by Annette Ferdinandsen. Silk flower by Dulken & Derrick. Satin slingbacks by Valentino.
The Risk Taker
For the truly daring bride, a jacquard cropped pantsuit (jacket, $1,340; pants, $855) by Moschino, with fuchsia satin heels by Christian Louboutin. Ring by Tiffany & Co. Or opt for one of these: Angel Sanchez's gin fizz of a cocktail dress ($3,520, in front) or Udo Edling's chemise ($2,235).
Push the envelope and pull one of these Angel Sanchez gowns from the rack: a trapeze dress ($4,620), a Grecian-inspired column with graphic embroidery ($7,040), or, for an edge that's less cutting, a silk-crepe gown with dramatic mermaid skirt and silver embroidery ($5,170). Ring by Tiffany & Co.
The Glamorous Bride
If you'd been around in Jean Harlow's time, they'd have called you soignee, whether in a gown with a tiered balloon skirt ($6,160) by Monique Lhuillier or a simple pour of white silk ($1,610) by Erin Fetherston, with feather headband by Suzanne Couture Millinery ($500). Diamond earrings from Fred Leighton; ring by Tiffany & Co.; satin pumps by Jimmy Choo ($485). Or maybe you prefer Priscilla of Boston's regal silk-taffeta gown ($3,600), dressed up with bows and buttons.
Of a Certain Vintage
A '30s-style gown by Jenny Packham ($6,050) and Rivini's duchesse-satin gown ($4,500) share the same retro feel.