There’s a new breed of bride. She’s hip, confident and incredibly stylish. For these brides, traditional, run-of-the-mill gowns simply won’t do. Same goes for elaborate princess puffery. These modern brides are all about dresses that are chic, unique and sleek. Sound like you? Then you’ll like the bold, contemporary styles of the following wedding dresses.

Strapless Gown with Appliqués

Dare to go short and strapless? Then this dress has your name written all over it. This is a great choice for the bold bride. You’ll love the silk satin-faced organza and Alencon lace appliqués. So pretty, but not girly in any way whatsoever, this ivory delight features the perfect accessory: a hand-made, silk satin floral corsage in back.

Strapless English Net Gown

A very Kidman-esque selection. If long and sleek is your style, then consider this strapless stunner. This slim, English Net gown is beautifully adorned with a detailed Venice lace layout on the bodice and along the entire skirt hem. The long, ivory elegance works well for brides who are more the romantic type, but don’t want any poof or bling.

V-Neck Empire Gown

Va-va-voom! Old Hollywood glamour alert! This slim, sleek gown is absolutely stunning, period. Gorgeous silk sating with draped empire bodice is reminiscent of a bygone, glam-filled era when women were classy, elegant and always dressed to the nines. You’ll love the classy, V-neck straps, which add a purely unique element to the design. A dramatic spray of hand-made silk flowers adorn one shoulder of this ivory dream of a dress.

Razmir A-line Gown

An excellent choice for summer brides who insist on high style. This ivory, strapless, silk Razmir A-line gown is beautiful, breezy and feminine. You’ll love the vintage-inspired Venice lace that adorns the empire bodice. As an added pretty touch, two rows of the same lace are also featured along the skirt hem, a stylish element not often seen in the bridal design world.

Strapless Gown with Venice Lace

This dress is simply amazing. Posh, ornate and glamorous, this beautiful gown is, in effect, strapless, but also features the au courant, sheer illusion sleeves adorned with lace detail in front. This fitted gown provides the chic, sleek silhouette that fashionista brides love. Adorned with gorgeous Venice lace, floral embroidery and crystals, this ivory dress has it all. Turn around, and you’ll find the perfect finishing touch: A luxurious silk satin bow and streamers at back train.

Silk Organza Strapless Ball Gown

Fans of feminine grace will fall in love with this charming, silk Organza strapless ball gown. Available in ivory, ivory/petal or ivory/mist, this gorgeous confection is covered in all-over floral embroidered and cut-out Organza. The back features an elaborate, silk satin draped sash, bow and streamer. Talk about romance!

A-line Gown with Waist Sash

Talk about classy. This three-quarter sleeve, A-line gown is adorned in breathtaking hand-appliquéd, crystal encrusted Alencon Lace. You’ll love the waist-slimming silhouette, yet you don’t have to worry about your gait being compromised, as it softly opens up and flows loosely from the waist down. You’ll channel Jackie-O in this ivory stunner, which is charmingly accented with a silk satin waist sash.

Strapless Cotton Ball Gown

Wow! This dress is incredibly unique. Fashionistas, take note. This cloud-colored, strapless cotton Tricotine ball gown is unlike most any bridal ensemble you’ve laid eyes on. The stylish peplum bodice is detailed with plump, feathery Organza petals, creating a fresh, high style effect.

Los Cabos Fit to Flare Gown

A must for the modern bride, pretty and daring meet in this strapless, silk Crepe de Chine fit-to-flare gown. Great for the young, ultra-current set, this dress is equally appropriate in a wildflower field wedding, or a high-society reception at the Ritz. Available in ivory or diamond white, you’ll love the details such as the ruffled neckline and self-tied sash.

Mira Fit to Flare Gown

Contemporary brides adore Mira. Strapless silk Razmir fit-to-flare hugs the figure and cascades down in all the right places. All heads will turn when they see you in this incredibly beautiful, ivory gown festooned with embroidered lace appliqués, romantic flowers, classy crystals and the pièce de résistance: A fancy, feathered hem.

Sam Chiffon Mini

Speaking of feathers, this dress is the last word when it comes to chic, feathered bridal fashion. This strapless silk chiffon mini comes in a stunning shade of diamond white, and features a chic, crystal beaded belt. The skirt -oh, the fabulous skirt- is virtually dripping in feathers! How’s that for high style?

Solange Ball Gown

The one-shoulder style craze is still in full effect. If you’re a fan, don’t pass up this elegant, one-shoulder silk Garza ball gown with figure-flattering ruched waist. For the perfect touch of feminine charm, this ivory dress features beaded floral appliqués on the bodice.

How’s that for contemporary? With all these selections, any style maven can easily find the modern bridal gown she’s always dreamed of.

Source by Jeff H. Benson