There are so many beautiful wedding dresses out there it’s difficult to know where to start. First, find your style, then hunt along those lines until you have the perfect dress. The Resident highlights 2016’s biggest trends in wedding gown shapes and styles from a roster of talented designers to help 2016 brides find the perfect dress. For spring/summer 2016, we focus on stockists in south London

Words: Madeleine Howell

1 New Romantic
Emma Hunt London in Wimbledon designs wedding dresses that are timelessly romantic with a modern twist – each gown is unique and handmade in Britain. The Anneli dress is perfect for brides who favour a classic look. Alternatively, take a look at the strapless A-line Deneb dress by Teokath, also in Wimbledon. We love the dispersed lace design and the scalloped hem – and you’ll be sure to make an entrance in the embroidered bodice and flowing tulle train. Prices from £1,500.

The Anneli dress from Emma Hunt in Wimbledon

Classically feminine hand made couture in the form of the ‘Anneli’ dress from Emma Hunt in Wimbledon

The Deneb dress by Teokath

The Deneb dress by Teokath

2 Lace & Embellishment
Spanish design house Yolan Cris is synonymous with beautifully detailed ornamentation. The Entenza dress, from the Orchid Couture collection, has golden lace adorned with hand-sewn flowers, a demure neckline and a sweeping skirt. The golden floral crown, the icing on the cake, is also by Yolan Cris. Prices from £2,300 at London Bride Couture in Pimlico.

The Entenza dress by Yolan Cris

The stunning and ornate Entenza dress by Yolan Cris

3 Sheath style
Figure-hugging sheath-style wedding dresses make for a stunning silhouette. This closely fitted Wyoming gown in classic ivory cotton lace by Claire Pettibone does just that, with a curve-enhancing bodice, scalloped sweetheart neckline and an understated train. Prices range from £3,000 to £7,000. Available from Blackburn Bridal Couture in Blackheath. The Una sheath dress from Luella Bridal in Wimbledon skims the figure perfectly. Rose-coloured French beaded lace was used for the sleeves, while the boho-style hair accessory was chosen from a selection by St Erasmus. Prices from £2,500.

The Wyoming gown by Claire Pettibone

The Wyoming gown by Claire Pettibone is available from Blackburn Bridal Couture

The Una dress is from a special collection at Luella Bridal in Wimbledon

The Una dress is from a special collection at Luella Bridal in Wimbledon



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