Despite what anyone says, getting married is very much about tradition. It is about building a foundation from which you and the person you love can start a new life together. It is about letting everyone else in your life know that this relationship is serious and that you are in it for the long haul. It is about taking a chance and doing everything you can to make it work. Frankly, those are traditions that deserve to be upheld.

But just because you are engaging in one of mankind’s most long-held traditions doesn’t mean you have to look that way. The dresses that young girls dream about someday wearing on their wedding day look nothing like the same dresses their grandmothers wore fifty years ago. Times change and so do the fashions.

Luckily, the dress designers out there know this, so they are constantly developing contemporary and glamorous styles that will appease even the most discerning modern bride. Here are a few examples of breathtaking wedding gowns that seamlessly fuse classic and cutting edge design.

Taffeta Sweetheart Ball Gown

You’ll look like a modern day Cinderella when you walk down the aisle in the Strapless Shantung Taffeta Sweetheart Ball Gown. This strapless gown really shows off your shoulders and arms and will look great paired with an antique necklace. It has a white bow with a brooch at the waist and a sweeping train. This dress even has side pockets so you can hide a little makeup in there, or just use them to strike a casual pose for your wedding photos.

Side-Draped Taffeta Gown

The Side-Draped Taffeta Gown with 3D Floral Detail is another option that combines a regard for tradition with one eye set firmly on the future. The A-line silhouette is perfect to accentuate all of your very best features while slimming your profile. There is also a 3D flower at the high waist for a little extra flair. This dress is available in white, soft white, or ivory.

Satin Fit & Flare Gown

If you are looking for a dress that is fun and floral you might want to check out the Satin Fit & Flare Gown with 3D Floral Appliques. The flower embellishments run all over the skirt and bodice of this dress, giving it a look all its own. With the addition of the fit and flare skirt, all of your curves will be flattered in the best possible way. There is even a sash at the waist and a sweep train. This dress is as unique as you are.

Tea Length Satin Gown

It is ironic how the retro look can still come off as quintessentially modern. The Tea-Length Satin Gown with 3D Floral Details would look as at-home worn to a sock hop in the 1950’s as it will on your future wedding day. This cute little dress has a strapless bodice that is highlighted by a 3D floral bead detail. The tea-length skirt features an empire waist that will slim you down and make your silhouette look great. Looking for “something old and something new” to wear on your wedding day? This dress magically fits both criteria.

Short Strapless Sheath Dress

Some women dream about a quiet wedding in a field out in the country. Others want the excitement of the big city to be the backdrop of the biggest day of their life. The Short Strapless Taffeta Sheath Dress is the perfect accompaniment to your metropolitan affair. The form fitting dress comes to right above the knees. It also comes with a coordinating shrug that has a ruffled neckline. This dress is so fashionable it wouldn’t look out of place being worn out to a fancy nightclub or cocktail party even after your big day.

Soft Chiffon A-Line Dress

But maybe you do want that romantic wedding out in the peace and solitude of the outdoors. Again, you are going to want a dress that fits that mood. The Soft Chiffon A-line with Flower Detail on Strap would look gorgeous as you walk through the tall golden grass on your way to marrying the love of your life. This ethereal gown has big and beautiful flowers adorning the single shoulder strap. There is a sweetheart neckline that leads into the flattering A-line silhouette. This dress is available in either ivory or white.

Short A-Line Dress

Thanks to the fantastic costume design of retro television shows like “Mad Men,” the early 1960’s look is back, big time. The Short Satin A-Line with beaded waistband detail is another lovely example of this. It has a low sweetheart neckline and the skirt hangs to right around the knees. This dress pairs best with a simple elbow-length veil and a classy shoulder-length hairdo. When wearing this dress ask yourself, “How would Betty Draper accessorize?”

Picking out the right wedding dress is more about intuition than anything else. You can’t really plan it out. Maybe you think you want something very traditional, but then you see something entirely different and realize “That’s the one.” People fall in love like that every day. So keep your eyes and your mind open when searching for the perfect wedding dress. You might not know what you want until you find it.

Source by Kerry Hutchings