Discovering Your Perfect Wedding Dress Style!

December 07, 2022

When it comes to your wedding day, there are so many details to consider, whether you started planning in grade school or after a proposal. It's really important to figure out your bridal style; it helps to serve as a compass, a hub where everything else is connected and influences the rest of your wedding! 

While there is a great deal of imagery out there to inspire, the first thing we ask our brides is, “How do you want to feel and look on your wedding day?” Asking that question rather than focusing on a specific bridal style has the advantage that, while your answer may correspond to that style, you may also find out that you are seeking something else.

The clothes you wear can influence your feeling, your personality, and your interaction with others. Particularly when it comes to bridal fashion, there are even more factors to consider. A wedding dress is the most important item of clothing you will ever wear, and how you feel in it will affect how you feel throughout the entire event.

Ahead, we break down the basics of 7 different bridal styles: Boho, Romantic, Classic, Sleek & Simple, Elopement, Country, and Destination. 




Dress: ADALYN @madilanebridal; Photographer: @feelandfocusphotography

Bride & Groom: @nikeyeabrown & @jeremy.brownn; Glam @setandfurylv


If woven décor elements, overflowing florals, and an abundance of drapery are your siren song, then a boho wedding might be the key to your heart. Organic linens, earthy details, and a variety of floral centerpieces and greenery installations can transform a traditional reception into a bohemian wedding. This wedding style calls for a boho-chic dream of a dress, and this ethereal gown from Madi Lane is perfect! This is a great designer to try for bohemian gowns, though you can find something in this collection for every style. 




Dress: @christinawubridal; Photographer:

Bride & Groom: @alideee16 & @jamesholstad; Venue: @doverbayresort


You might automatically think burlap, cowboy boots, and mason jars when we say rustic wedding. Since rustic weddings exploded onto the scene, they've come a long way. Rustic weddings are a bit more organic, a bit more boho, and a bit more rough around the edges. Leaves and branches are perfect for forest weddings. Or farm weddings with organic produce woven into the flowers. Maybe even a floral crown for the bride on a mountaintop. Under the rustic wedding umbrella, you can have anything casual, simple, natural, rural, and outdoorsy. It’s so romantic! This dress by Christina Wu Bridal is an absolute dream for a bride with this style in mind! 



Dress: Custom by Marcella @marcellasbridal; Photographer: @kelseyadkinsphoto

Venue: @barristerwinery; Bride & Groom: @kennadieclute & @t_thomas2

Catering: @beaconhillcateringandevents; Floral: @roseandblossomweddings


Leaning toward a more classic style? Then think lush greenery, delicate white flowers, and minimal decorations that feel inviting. There will never be a need to change these tried and true wedding details. Plan your ceremony and reception in a classic wedding style if you prefer timelessness over trends. There's no need to worry about dated photos. In decades from now, you'll still be in love with these enduring ideas when you look back on your wedding photos. Plus, this gorgeous gown was custom made by our very own Marcella! She knows exactly how to help you craft the perfect gown for this style! 




Dress: "Galia" @eddyk_bridal; Bride: @luciani.stephanie

Photographer: @jenniferdebarrosphoto; Venue: @cdaresortweddings

Planner: @ashleygrahamevents; Floral: @fleurtationsfloral; Rentals: @artifact_rentals @swishandcoevents @eventrentswa; Dress: @marcellasbridalMU @kamubridal


For couples who want to add a little bit of wow factor to their big day, a sleek wedding theme with a touch of glam is the perfect decorative aesthetic. Those with a "more is more" mindset will love this dramatic wedding style, since opulent details are key to getting the right vibe. A glamor wedding theme includes metallic colors, fancy dress codes, and celeb-worthy decor! This dress by Eddy K Bridal suits this aesthetic flawlessly, with its simple yet sophisticated and glamorous details. 




Bride: @_jenwarren ; Location @glaciernps ; Photos @daniellemullensphotography ; Dress @marcellasbridal & @christinawubridal ; Hair/Makeup @lanagolinskystylist ; Makeup Lessons @raccoon_calhoun ; Lashes @reign.lashes ; His Ring @stagheaddesigns ; Her Ring @theredcarpetwenatchee ; Flowers @sbblooms ; Vow Books @thecozycomfyhome ; Hat @americanhatco ; Boots @andersonbean ; Tie @otaa.brothers ; @emberandstoneevents


Make your marriage official in the mountains if you're looking for the perfect spot. Wouldn't it be great to say "I do" in a dreamy mountainous landscape? You could even get married at the top while you look out over the world. Hosting your special day in the mountains has so much to offer, besides jaw-dropping views. The elevated region is the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. If you’re leaning toward this style, we love a flowy gown that moves with the wind for gorgeous photos!  




Dress: @enchantingbymoncheri; Venue: @thebarnonwildroseprairie

Bride & Groom: @sage.karmon & @jorden_rice

Photographers: @paigeopnw & @brookeduclosphoto


Country weddings have stood the test of time, even as trends come and go. You can showcase your love for all things rustic and vintage at a country wedding no matter where you're having it. Obviously, barns, ranches, and farms are the best places to have a rustic wedding. Because of their rural settings and informal settings, these types of venues are perfect for rustic weddings. Rustic style works well in vineyards, mountain lodges, and recreational parks. Rustic weddings are super versatile, which we love. Depending on your decor, it works with many different color palettes. You can go with a softer color palette composed of pastel hues, like blush, dusty blue, or sage green, for a more rustic chic look. A gown from Enchanting by Mon Cheri looks incredible with this style, as it’s laid back yet still romantic enough to make you feel like a princess! 






Dress: @adriannapapellbridal with custom changes by @marcellasbridal

Bride: @kimipohlmanmoi; Photographer: @maijakarinphotography

Dress: @marcellasbridal; Vendor coordination, organization and sanity keeper:@ivoryandevergreen; Venue: @mardelcabohotel

Makeup: @suzannemorelcabo; Engagement ring: @tanthonthyjewelers

Wedding band, earrings, bracelets: @kendrascott Suit: @perryellis

Lots of couples like the idea of a beach wedding or a beach party. Boho to elegant, exotic to minimal, casual to chic, this aesthetic lends itself to so many interpretations. You can't beat dancing barefoot under the stars with sand between your toes and the rhythmic sound of the waves behind you. Is there anything better than celebrating your love this way? While this gown was made by Adrianna Papell (and is absolutely stunning), custom changes were made by us to perfectly customize this dress for the bride. Keep this in mind as you’re shopping for a wedding dress - customizations can really make any dress perfect for your wedding style! 

If these inspire you and you’re ready to find “the one,” book your appointment with us today at Marcella’s Bridal and let us help you find the wedding dress of your dreams!