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Floral-printed wedding dresses are an ideal alternative for the offbeat bride looking to make a statement in something other than traditional white. While it can be intimidating to wear a dress of bountiful blooms on your wedding day, the look is show-stopping when pulled off the right way. So, what's the trick to nailing the floral wedding dress look? That's where we come in. Read on for tips on choosing the best-suited floral print dress for you.
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1. If you still dream of saying "I do" in white but can't take your mind off of those blossoms, then it's time to start practicing what you'll do many times in marriage: compromising. Opt for a half-and-half look, with florals on top or florals on the bottom, so you can have your cake and eat it, too. Sabrina Dahan's "Audrey" has the best of both worlds, with a white silk tulle skirt and floral bodice in black and white three-dimensional beading. If sacrificing color isn't a concern and you just love a good floral pattern, consider a white-on-white dress of floral embroidery, such as Sabrina Dahan's silk Chantilly "Odette" dress. The ornate detail on both dresses is equally whimsical and romantic.
Bonus Tip: Another way to compromise is to don a white dress for the aisle and a floral print one for the dance floor.
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2. While a fitted silhouette is striking, a ball gown shape can't be beat. In fact, the fuller the better; there's nothing more romantic than a full, sweeping skirt full of cascading blooms. The effect will be even more magical as you swirl around your reception. Oleg Cassini's voluminous brocade ball gown, available at David's Bridal, features stunning gold fabric, floral appliqués, and a flowing chapel train to complete the look.
Bonus Tip: Pick with care when selecting a bouquet; you don't want it to clash or overpower your beauty of a gown.
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3. Size matters! Are you a petite bride? Stick to small prints so as not to overwhelm your figure, such as Francesca Miranda's long-sleeve "Sol" dress, an elegant dream in floral-embroidered tulle and pearl and Swarovski crystal adornments. If you flaunt a fuller figure, think allover bigger blooms or a partial print — or both, seen in Heidi Elnora's colorful "Valerie Lynn" gown, with a vibrant garden-inspired skirt and white V-neck bodice.
Bonus Tip: Fashion rules are meant to be broken. If you're petite and in love with a dress featuring larger florals, or if you think your full figure looks awesome in tiny florals, you do you!
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4. If you want an even more daring look, play with texture to add some drama. Embellishments, overlay, pattern clashing — pick your fashion poison. Mixing up different textures and features is a great way to accentuate a floral print. Just look at Claire Pettibone's ravishing "Raven" dress, which seamlessly incorporates different fabrics; black tulle embroidered with red and pink roses over silver sequins and pearl silk.
Bonus Tip: Don't let the rest of your look compete with your gown. Keep the jewelry and hair accessories to a minimum.
See More: In Bloom: Floral Bridesmaid Dresses
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5. To really maximize the floral effect, choose a dress in watercolor shades. The result is a delicate dress that resembles a masterpiece. There's no denying that Elizabeth Fillmore's "Eliza" dress is anything but that, with a style as sophisticated as it is bohemian. The lace beaded top and silk organza skirt, makes this floral gown perfectly on trend.
Bonus Tip: Choose a single hue from your blooms for the bridesmaid dresses to complement your look in a simple way and bring the color palette full circle.