Planning to pull up to your ceremony in a horse and carriage? This Floral Burnout Chiffon Gown ($215 at David's Bridal) is for you. The empire waist and sheer flutter-sleeves of this floral burn-out chiffon dress would have been aisle-appropriate at a Jane Austen wedding. Adorn yourself with old world elements and vintage pieces from Charm & Chain's Vintage Collection for that truly one-of-a-kind (and "something old") collector's item.
This hourglass Audrey Bridal Gown ($698 at White House Black Market) oozes Hollywood glamour with buttons that cascade along your curves to show off your wedding-day-ready figure. Removable taffeta blossoms sweeten this provocative shape and up the charm factor. Such a distinguished gown calls out for exquisite vintage-inspired jewelry that evokes a bygone era when calling cards were de rigueur.
The ruffle perched at the top of the slim silhouette of this David Meister Ruffled One-Shoulder Stretch Taffeta Gown ($478 at Nordstrom) creates a drama that is not for the shy bride. This gown needs a girl with a big personality! The look is so streamlined and yet so bold that it can handle vibrant colorful accents. These Kenneth Jay Lane earrings are to-die-for and make a simple statement without overpowering the gown. Leave off the bracelets and choose a major cocktail ring -- there's no reason to neglect your right hand on your big day, just choose a style that's unmistakably decorative.
For the modern bride who cringes at the sight of beading and lace, this empire silk Pleated Sweetheart Gown from Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields ($258 at eDressMe) is gracefully unique. Complete your alternative ensemble with graphic deco pieces that have just a hint of glitz. The angularity of these jewels will complement the long lines of the pleating. Bonus: an empire waistline flatters myriad figures.
A sophisticated and modern take on the Roman goddess gown, this silk-satin One-Shoulder Embellished Wedding Dress ($298 at The Limited) is updated with a folded shoulder-petal and a removable sash with regal rhinestones. Just wear your hair up to give the shoulder detail full reign and let these oversized teardrop earrings shine.
The simplicity of this Silk Tricotine Cecelia Gown ($450 at J.Crew) lends itself to the relaxed minimalism of a beachside soiree. And what is the best thing to go with sandy feet, a curve-caressing white dress and tanned skin? Turquoise, which doubles as your dose of "something blue," so you can cross one item off your list.
This strapless Alexandra Gown ($498 at White House Black Market) is a showstopper. The crisscrossed panels on the bodice enhances the bust and meet in a voluminous taffeta bow at the top of an abbreviated train. Skip the necklace with this dress and go for substantial earrings with serious sparkle. We chose these decadent pieces from Ben-Amun whose trinkets are the essence of classic (read: retro) style.
Do you picture your fairytale wedding as scene out of A Midsummer Night's Dream? This chiffon Romantic Wedding Dress ($298 at The Limited) with ruffles that ripple to the ground and a loose satin sash is enchanting enough for Queen Titania herself. This pale pink crystal-and-ribbon necklace from Ann Taylor and floral bangles by Elizabeth Cole Jewelry will complete your storybook wedding look.
This strapless ABS by Allen Schwartz Ruffle Trim Satin Gown ($428 at Nordstrom) has an elegant, slim silhouette topped with playful ruffles. A frothy frock like this is best with monochromatic jewelry that dazzles and isn't overly dainty. Pile on the pave rhinestone accessories in swirling shapes that mirror the curves of the draped bodice. Your wedding should be the party of a lifetime -- bedazzle away.
Whether you're having a destination wedding in Southeast Asia or a simple backyard affair, transport your guests with international accents that channel global glamour. This crossover Silk Halter Gown ($348 at BCBG) provides the perfect canvass for those special pieces you've picked up on your travels (or those impeccable reproductions at forever21.com). Get a taste of Tel-Aviv with hand-embroidered pieces by Israeli-born designer Dori Csengeri that are inimitably eccentric.
Some brides perform their two requisite dances -- one with groom, one with dad -- and return to the deis. Others pick up their trains, hit the dance floor and boogie all night long. At last, there is a dress from David's Bridal Collection called the Two-In-One Sweetheart Strapless Organza Gown ($549 at David's Bridal) that facilitates heel-kicking with a removable organza skirt that reveals a bubble-hem mini-dress! Top off this party girl pick with the newest pearl incarnations – these are not your grandmother's pearls, but designs as fun and exciting as the bride who finds the after-party as important as the ceremony.
This fanciful Sweetheart Pick-Up Skirt Gown from Lo-Ve-La by Liz Fields ($812 at eDressMe) with an encrusted torso of crystal and pearls will nip in your waistline. This gown speaks for itself -- and volumes at that -- so no need to overwhelm it with cuffs and cabochons. Choose subtle special pieces like cluster earrings and a delicate bracelet, and your dress will be sufficiently frosted. If you just can't contain your accessorizing excitement, go for a dangling rhinestone earring that echoes the detail of the dress.
You'll be on cloud nine on your wedding day, and this diaphanous tulle Palais Gown ($3,000 at J.Crew) will have you floating down the aisle. The feminine sweetheart neckline and cross-your-heart draping epitomize classic romance. Tie the proverbial knot with luxurious rhinestone jewels with flirty bow details. Pull your hair half-back, but in place of a girlish ribbon affix a glittering rhinestone pin.
Be the belle of the ball in this idyllic Taffeta Side-Drape Gown with Beaded Lace ($549 at David's Bridal) with resplendent beaded lace detail on the strapless bodice. The intricate floral embroidery scattered down the skirt gives this traditional chapel-train dress a light garden feel. Add more blossoms to your bridal look with these diamante flower earrings from Cocotay.
If diamonds are a girl's best friend (and your wedding day is a celebration of your new BFF's existence) then rhinestones are a girl's best-kept secret. The understated elegance of this Calvin Klein Empire Satin Gown ($129 at Nordstrom) allows you to go all out with glimmering gems on trapeze earrings and tiered necklaces. Don't be afraid to feign extravagance.