Top 3 Wedding-Style Trends for 2011

Brides Behind the Scenes, Wedding Dresses, Wedding Dresses

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    Maybe it's the upcoming royal nuptials, or maybe it's just something in the air. After scouring hundreds of photos from the runway and real weddings across the country, BRIDES editors have discovered that it's all about making a regal impact.

    1) Tiers
    Megalayers turn up the volume and make the maximum style statement in everything from the dress down to the smallest accessory detail.


    Pleats, please! Folded ribbons and pearls add interest to a silk-satin peep-toe pump; $200, Badgley Mischka.

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    Ruffles can be supercool when cast in metal mesh, as on this convertible clutch; $125, Whiting & Davis.

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    For your after-party, change into a flirty silk-chiffon frock; Mark + James Bridal by Badgley Mischka.

  • Photo by Kyle Ericksen/BRIDES

    2) Trains
    Ethereal silhouettes and flowy feminine trains are back. With a royal wedding in the near future, you can bet you'll see at least one chapel train. But don't think you need to go long—short is also an option we'll see in 2011.


    The longest of the train lengths, the cathedral style is ideal for walking down the aisle in a church or synagogue; Priscilla of Boston.

  • Photo by Kyle Ericksen/BRIDES


    This train style begins just underneath the shoulder blades, giving it an ethereal, winglike effect; Melissa Sweet.

  • Photo by Kyle Ericksen/BRIDES


    Often worn with a fishtail silhouette, a sweep train is short—just barely brushing the floor; Melissa Sweet.

  • Photo by John Aquino/BRIDES

    3) Tiaras
    The tiara makes its return this year, revamped for a modern princess. Unlike the beauty pageant–esque crowns of seasons past, these new styles resemble headbands or head wraps with a flexible shape and delicate details.

    Ribbon (used as a tiara), St. Pucchi.

  • Photo Courtesy of Jennifer Behr

    Double chain with inset-crystal head wrap, Jennifer Behr.

  • Photo by Dominique Maitre/WWD

    Yellow-gold jeweled tiara, Chaumet.

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