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Your Dream Wedding: A queen’s dress – without a royal fortune

Choosing the dress for the day of your marriage is a thrilling and delightful experience. With so many tempting choices this season, you will be happily dazzled by the selection and variety of gowns available from wedding boutiques, larger retailers, and an increasing number of online sources.

The fashion focus for spring 2004 centers upon the soft, feminine, floral and romantic with touches of delicate lace, embroideries and hand beading. Other key features this season include intricate designs and metallic embellishments, with thematic emphasis on flowers and hints of color.

According to Madeline Gardner, designer at Mori Lee, the leading current affecting new designs this season is color. Tones range from blush pink, pale blue, lavender and coral to richer touches of bordeaux and sapphire. “Colored accents on white or ivory dresses are hinted with floral embroideries and beaded motifs,” said Gardner, adding that even black details on white dresses are in evidence as well this season.

Strapless gowns in classic A-line silhouettes continue to be most popular for young brides, although David’s Bridal reports traditional halter gowns and off-the-shoulder necklines are also among the most-preferred selections.

In a season where romance is emphasized, the mystique of lingerie-inspired wedding dresses is also expressed. At David’s Bridal, there’s a maidenly appeal of lace-up-the-back or front corset-bodice dresses, soft chiffon styles and flowing skirts with asymmetrical draping and tiered layering often swept to one side.

Other striking designs include fluid tea-length dresses falling just below mid-calf at Watters Bride, lace-trimmed or fully lace-covered gowns at Mori Lee, and the dramatic elegance of classic tulle fantasy ball gowns at David’s Bridal.

A wedding dress is a unique expression of your personal style. This season’s abundant selection, with so many choices of rich details, ensures that you can have the dress of your dreams. Online and in-store shopping options smooth the path to decision. And, as every bride will happily note, luxurious fabrics and exquisite details are far from breaking the bank!

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