Spring 2012 Wedding Gown Trend: The Return of Tulle!

April 27th, 2011

         The Spring 2012 wedding gown collections have recently been debuted at New York Bridal Market. There were many beautiful new trends which emerged for the upcoming year, but none more feminine and romantic than the princess inspired tulle ball gowns. Learn more about the fabulous new tulle wedding gowns for 2012 brides.

        Tulle has been slowly making its way back into bridal fashion, after a number of years spent out of favor. The lighter-than-air net has very graceful connotations, perhaps largely due to its popularity as a fabric for ballerinas. Tulle is back in a big way for 2012 weddings; it was seen all over the runways at bridal market, and almost every designer had a tulle dress or two in their collection. Part of the resurgence of tulle can be credited to a renewed interest in princess style wedding gowns, thanks in large part to Kate and William’s royal wedding.

       One of the most extravagant tulle bridal gowns for 2012 was created by Ines Di Santo. The fanciful frock features one of the largest tulle skirts ever seen, and I do mean ever! A key trend of tulle this time around is that most designers are using it in short layered tiers, rather than a single piece draping all the way to the floor. The effect is very flouncy and updated. The Ines Di Santo gown was a strapless number with a beaded lace bodice and crystal jeweled sash; definitely a gown for the bride who wants to make a dramatic entrance. Couture cz or crystal bridal jewelry and a small tiara will be gorgeous complements to this style of tulle wedding gown.

       A terrific thing about tulle is that it is feather light; while a very full satin ball gown would be incredibly heavy, the same fullness in tulle weighs hardly a thing, making it very easy to wear. Undoubtedly that is one of the reasons that so many designers chose to use the wispy material to create their fullest wedding dresses for spring 2012. Another stand out in the tulle category was a strapless gown by Marchesa, which featured an identical skirt to the one on Nicole Richie’s wedding dress. The bodice is a simple wrapped strapless design with a sweetheart neckline. This is the type of gown which would be lovely for a garden wedding, paired with delicate pearl bridal jewelry and hair worn in a low bun.

        Many of the newest tulle wedding gowns have a fair amount of embellishment on the bodices. Sequins were used at Oscar de la Renta, lace at Amsale, and beaded lace at Lazaro. The embellishments often flow onto the tulle skirts, which creates a very romantic and beautiful look. Something else of note in the 2012 tulle wedding dresses is the use of peplums over the tulle skirt, a feature which was seen at Amsale and Monique Lhuillier. In general, the skirts have a lot of action: layers, appliques, shredding, and so on. Vera Wang calls her design tumbled tulle, and Douglas Hannant showcased a wedding dress with shirred tulle. The softness of the fabric readily lends itself to being manipulated in all sorts of interesting ways.

       The tulle bridal gowns for spring 2012 all have a romantic flavor to them, but there is also quite a range from very princessy (Alfred Angelo) to classic (Lazaro) to more sophisticated (Badgley Mischka). With so many lovely options, it is a safe bet that many a 2012 bride will be saying “yes” to a tulle wedding dress.

Bridget Mora writes mostly about fashion,weddings and jewelry. She is a former bridal shop manager and stays on top of the wedding industry trends. She writes often for silverlandjewelry.com. Shop for a stunning rhinestone jewelry set or the perfect silver wedding earrings. Order free sample crystals and pearls in your wedding colors to insure you get the right jewelry for your wedding.

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