We're all for a bride who personalizes her wedding at every turn. And from signature drinks that boast your and your partner's favorite spirit, to serving guests local treats, there are countless ways to custom your day. One super sweet way to get personal? For a meaningful touch, brides are now personalizing their wedding dresses with secret messages, oh-so-subtly embroidered, sewn, or printed onto the fabric of their gowns. The result is a truly one-of-a-kind, bespoke frock that couldn't be more you— and this sentimental wedding trend is seriously taking off. Even celebrities are getting in on it!
Whether it's a romantic quote you hold close to your heart, a love letter to your partner, your wedding date, or your and your fiancé's initials, there are tons of touching details you can add to the fabric of your wedding dress. Take inspiration from Priyanka Chopra. When the star married Nick Jonas (the first time), she wore a lacy white wedding dress by Ralph Lauren. According to People, Chopra had the designer add some secret messages to the intricate fabric of her gorgeous gown, including her and Jonas's wedding date, her husband's full name, the names of her parents, "Om Namah Shivay" (a Hindi mantra), and the words "family," "hope," "compassion," and "love."
Bollywood actress Deepika Padukone also included a touching detail in her wedding attire, designed by Sabyasachi Mukherjee. As bridal shop owner Aashni Shah Doshi tells Metro UK, "Deepika had 'Sada Saubhagyavati Bhava' on her veil for her wedding, around the trim of her veil... It translates to 'May you always be lucky as a married woman.' "
Elsewhere, other (nonfamous) brides are also adapting the sentimental wedding trend in their own nuptials. With the help of designers such as Hermione de Paula, who has made this ultra-custom embroidery a stunning signature of her gowns, more and more brides-to-be are adding similarly sweet secret messages to their wedding dresses—and we can't get enough of these heartfelt touches.
Thinking of also giving your gown hidden meaning? Perhaps write an emotional message to your partner and have it printed on the fabric of your gown, or ask about getting your favorite song lyrics embroidered along the train. If you don't want the message to affect the design of your dress, consider having it sewn onto the lining, where it'll be an intimate secret between only you and your partner. Take a peek at the personalized wedding dresses below to get some ideas!
Bridal dress designer Harriette Gordon made her own wedding dress, of course. And she added a special finishing touch: the lyrics to Neil Young’s "Harvest Moon" embroidered along the lining.
Bridal designer Hermione de Paula's creations often include personalized secret messages entwined in her delicate embroidery. This bride went a bit bolder with her placement, choosing to have the designer include a love-filled quote from the Bible ("Set me as a seal upon your heart") on the bodice of her gown.
Designer Leanne Marshall also couldn't keep from customizing her wedding dress for her Wyoming elopement. The gown she designed was printed with the words “Je t’aime” for her French-speaking groom.