When it comes to the wedding ‘to do list’ there is one thing brides look forward to ticking off the most. Of course it’s the wedding dress! Hours and hours go into trawling through magazines, Pintrest and bridal shops. One of the best ways to get inspiration for wedding dress styles is by seeing real brides in the dresses. It’s easier to see what a dress would actually look like on a real bride than on a model in a studio photo shoot. We have complied a selection of some of our favourite dresses to give you inspiration.

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When considering a strapless gown the most important thing is the fit. Don’t choose a dress that you will be pulling up all day long. Those beautiful natural shots can be ruined by an uncomfortable bride always attending to her dress. Both of these brides looked gorgeous in their strapless dresses and they fitted beautifully. No need to be adjusting all the time! Sarah (above) chose a fitted gown from Pearl Boutique. Hayley’s dress (below) by Stella York from Alison Burgess showcases a similar style with gorgeous lace detailing.

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Long Sleeves

Getting married in the winter months presents a challenge when it comes to choosing your wedding dress. Most couples will want their pictures outside where the quality of light will be best. Freya (above) opted for a long sleeve lace True Bride gown from the Bridal Lounge. This dress was a perfect choice for the time of year and the bride looked amazing. There is something so elegant about long sleeved dresses, lace allows for flashes of skin underneath so the bride doesn’t look swamped by fabric. As lace is such a delicate fabric a long sleeve can also be worn at summer and spring weddings. Francesca (below) chose the most beautiful dress from Serendipity Brides.

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We have seen some absolutely stunning satin wedding dresses. The smooth finish looks so elegant and the thicker fabric gives great shape to gowns. One of our favourites is Lauren’s Mikaella Bridal dress from Bride to Be (above). The shape of this floor length dress suited the bride so perfectly. Completely different in style is Stephanie’s Pronovias gown (below) from Brides of Chester. The high neck and full skirt created a stunning silhouette.

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Colour Pop

To some choosing a wedding dress with a bit of colour makes them nervous, it’s a tricky thing to get right. Veer to far in the wrong direction and the whole effect can look over the top. Luckily our brides know how to subtly introduce a bit of colour. Kelly (above) chose this gorgeous blush pink dress from Jenny Packman. Whilst Amy’s bespoke off the shoulder dress (below) kept things traditional on the top then the skirt flows down with a pop of colour. All the bridesmaids and flower girls dresses followed the same theme but with blue skirts.

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When else are you going to be able to wear a fishtail gown but your wedding day? Fiona’s dress (below) from Marshmallow Bride exemplifies why this style of dress is so popular. Slim fitting and shoulder skimming with added drama to the skirt. This dress’ delicate details adding a touch of sparkle.

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A shorter wedding dress works so well with brides who themselves are on the shorter side. Often a floor length dress can make a smaller bride feel drowned by fabric. A short wedding dress is the perfect solution. Sarah (above) shows us that the high street had a lot to offer in terms of bridal wear with her simple and stunning Ted Baker dress. Whilst Claire (below) kept it simple in her short dress and comfy Converse.

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The style of dress everything immediately thinks of when you say ‘wedding dress’ has to be the princess dress. Characterised by a slim fitting bodice and a stunning full skirt. It’s not easy wearing this style of wedding dress as they do tend to get in the way a bit. However a princess gown really does show the feeling of occasion and they are so pretty! Natalie’s choice of Ronald Joyce dress from Emma Louise Bridal was a perfect choice.

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For more wedding inspiration and planning tips read our blog. We feature everything from advice on wedding photography styles to wedding invitation etiquette. See more wedding dress inspiration on our Pinterest.

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