With a seemingly endless variety of wedding dresses to choose from, finding the right one for the new bride can be difficult. But the latest top bridal trends can help point you in the right direction.

CultureMap spoke to Joan Pillow, owner of the Joan Pillow Bridal Salon, who has nearly 30 years of experience in the bridal industry. With stores in Houston and Atlanta, Pillow has helped countless brides find their perfect dress and has a unique glimpse into the latest bridal trends and hottest designers.

Boleros Over strapless dresses

“One of the things I keep hearing from brides is that they want a dress that sits on the shoulder and isn’t strapless,” says Pillow. “A great solution was using boleros to transform a strapless dress and give the bride two looks for basically very little money.

“It’s a look that allows a bride to have something on her shoulder and still have a second look at the reception,” she adds.

While you might not expect something you wear on your wedding day to be used in everyday life, Pillow notes that brides can still use the bolero as it can be easily worn over a simple dress.

Overskirts for two looks

Overskirt wedding dresses are a fantastic option as they give brides two different looks – one for their wedding and one for the reception.

“It’s dramatic, and yet she can get rid of it if she wants,” says Pillow. “There is a Monique Lhuillier dress – L’Amour – that has an overskirt. It was very, very popular and I think it’s very pretty. It has a slim silhouette with the high drama of a tulle overskirt.”

Flowers as inspiration

“I definitely saw flowers as a huge influence on this year’s collections,” says Pillow.

Whether as a floral lace or a more dramatic accent – “Monique Lhuillier let petals peek out of the skirt of the dress in one of the folds with large cabbage roses,” she says – floral accents on wedding dresses are one of the hottest trends of the year.

Favorite designer

“I have a designer that I was very interested in and that is Mira Zwillinger,” says Pillow. “She is not in Israel and her clothes are uniquely constructed. They are sensual and also very feminine.”

According to Pillow, Zwiller’s dresses require 22 measurements, which makes them “as close to custom as any bride could ever get.”

“The details she puts on her clothes are unique,” she adds. “The lace she uses is a Kapoor lace, which is heavily embroidered cotton lace. This is unique compared to the Alencon lace that almost every other designer has used. She uses a tulle for her skirts that she doesn’t.” so voluminous that she is an overwhelming bride. ”

Many of Zwillinger’s dresses are made of chiffon, which is important to Pillow when planning a destination wedding because they can be wrapped up and still retain their shape.

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