Nikki Reed's Wedding Dress Designer Shares 3 Tips for Nailing the Star's Bridal Look

Celebrity, Wedding Dresses

When Nikki Reed wed Ian Somerhalder in April, the former Twilight star tapped Claire Pettibone to design a wedding dress to remember: A dramatic lace gown complete with a plunging back. The famed bridal designer created a gown that felt timeless and reflected the actress' cool-girl personal style. So we asked the famed bridal designer for her expert tips on nailing the look.

1. Go for a classic material in an unexpected silhouette. "The fitted, flattering mermaid shape makes traditional Chantilly lace feel fresh and adds just the right amount of sexy."

Claire Pettibone Nikki Reed Wedding Dress Sketch

Photo: Courtesy of Claire Pettibone

2. Use special touches to highlight your style and mood. "The power of Nikki's genre-bending look is all in the details. We added an antique eyelash trim to up the romance factor and embellished the bodice with sparkly seed beads and microsequins to bring a touch of glamour."

3. Don't be afraid to show some skin. "Since a lace gown is so classic, you can dare to bare a little more. The plunging back on this gown brings a little edge, which is very Nikki, and shows off her curves without sacrificing the lace's romantic vibe. Plus, Ian went nuts over it!"

For even more of the best wedding dresses, advice, and big-day inspiration, pick up the BRIDES October/November 2015 issue on newsstands now and available for download.

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