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It’s a moment many girls have dreamed of their entire lives; or it happens by chance; or love just simply inspired you to have one: a wedding. A public display of promising love. It can get pretty sappy, but there’s one aspect of weddings I adore: the gowns. Check out these stunning, inspiring + exciting ideas…

The beautiful BurdaStyle brides and their clients, friends, sisters and husbands…

Short is the new long:



Starting at the top and moving clockwise: Short + Pleated; a short and sassy tiered organza gown; and a playful short and full gown with gathered skirt.

Shotgun Wedding:



Starting at the top and moving clockwise: Ivory hammered silk with dusty rose sash, ; silk charmeuse empire waist gown; v-neck gown with gathers sitting in lovely yellow flowers.

Strapless + Classic:



Starting at the top and moving clockwise: Joy’s gown with a purple sash; burda style magazine’s strapless gown pattern; and a strapless gown with subtle bodice detailing.

Destination Dress:



Melissa Caringer’s short and sweet Destination wedding dress is absolutely divine! How wonderful are these photos?

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    Feb 1, 2012, 09.13 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    I love personal wedding dresses, so romantic and its amazing how differently people approach a wedding dress. lovley.

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    Aug 10, 2011, 04.10 PMby Smarti1957

    Years before I got married, my sister and I made a pact: whichever one married first, the other would make the gown. I sew and she knits & crochets. I was overjoyed when she crocheted my wedding gown! It cost me $55 in yarn and $12 of it was to order the pattern. But I am sad that my sister never married. I have sewn a wedding gown for my friend, ‘a sister from another mother’ though. And since I have all sons, maybe a daughter in law will want to wear MY gown.

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    Aug 9, 2011, 07.24 PMby deneciepie

    I made my own Gunne Sax inspired gown 39 years ago and by next week hope to have finished one for my youngest daughter! She chose a corset topped caught-up skirt combination in silk that required all my expertise but I think the results will be worth it!

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    Aug 9, 2011, 01.56 PMby nellyvdb

    All beautiful gowns, but we are missing Adriana Orozco’s beautiful creations, even if they are not for herself, they are works of art, and so worth mentioning!

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    Aug 8, 2011, 05.47 PMby reneevk311

    I’m just starting my own dress today for our October (yes, halloween) wedding! Wish me luck!

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      Aug 10, 2011, 12.48 PMby ZainaBellyDancer

      Hey Good Luck and Blessed Be! I adore Hallowe’en weddings….any chance you will post a few pics after the wedding?

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      Sep 13, 2011, 09.47 PMby reneevk311

      I’ll be posting pics soon. I’ll post better ones after the wedding…

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    Aug 7, 2011, 06.12 PMby jezebellechow

    I especially like the crinoline that peaks out under the skirt – this would be a sweet option for a lot of skirts

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    Aug 4, 2011, 11.44 PMby ndimi

    Is there a category under Projects for wedding gowns? That would be such a fun day’s browsing!

    Thanks for the post.

    How about a tutorial on how to do the gorgous gathers on the last dress?

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      Aug 5, 2011, 09.15 AMby Deirdrekitten

      Melissa bought the fabric like that apparently, its for home decor too!

      Saying that I would love to see a tutorial on how to do that too. I imagine you would have to sew the fabric like that then cut it out afterwards.

      So pretty!

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      Aug 9, 2011, 10.42 PMby jotoga

      Those gathers look like its widely spaced honey comb smocking. There are lots of tutorials on the net for smocking.

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    Aug 4, 2011, 03.44 PMby Deirdrekitten

    Is that the Colette parfait in the purple bridesmaids dresses?

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      Aug 5, 2011, 09.13 AMby Deirdrekitten

      I’m a dope. I meant the Colette Chantilly. And it seems it is! I am making one at the moment.

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    Aug 4, 2011, 02.49 AMby Herry Smart

    very nice wedding dresses i like the last one it was the best i think!!!

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    Aug 4, 2011, 01.49 AMby momsgotanewhobby

    More, more! Wedding gowns are art, they should be seen and not stowed away forever (or until you have to move or need the storage space)

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    Aug 3, 2011, 10.12 PMby flutefish

    Oh how I wish there were more patterns for wedding dresses, for those of us not good enough to design our own. My mom talked me out of trying to make mine. :(

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    Aug 3, 2011, 08.41 PMby mitmit

    Love wedding dresses (!!), eventhough I’m planning to never get married myself. :-)

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    Aug 3, 2011, 11.58 AMby shavlin

    I love TM dress and wedding pics, really really cool :)

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    Aug 3, 2011, 10.53 AMby iin

    they are so gorgeous !!..

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    Aug 3, 2011, 02.53 AMby Lucha Suarez

    I love weddings! These dresses make me love them even more!

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    Aug 3, 2011, 02.43 AMby susanne2011

    Very beautiful! Well done ladies! I don’t know whether I’d ever be able to pull that off. Just one thing, too bad all the dresses shown here are strapless or with small straps. I would have loved to see some with a bit of sleeve (for the ones among us that are not super happy with their arms…)

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    Aug 3, 2011, 01.11 AMby reliablechef

    especially love the last gown, it makes me want to do it all again! But I’m happily married already!

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