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Despite the rise of alternative wedding dresses and high-street wedding dresses, there’s no denying there’s one wedding dress design that never, ever goes out of style, and that’s lace wedding dresses, whether you’re into vintage dresses or not.
Why? Because nothing says bridal elegance quite as much as lace. Let’s take a look back in time, shall we?
History of lace wedding dresses
Although lace has been part of fashion for centuries (hello Elizabethan ruffs), its first use in wedding dresses is widely attributed to Queen Victoria, when she married Prince Albert in 1840. She was a bit of a trendsetter, old Queen Vic. Not only did she choose to wear white (brides would usually get married in any colours, even black), she chose to have it entirely covered in hand-stitched lace, at a time when machine-made lace was taking over. Oh we do love a rebel.
Royal lace wedding dresses
Again, let’s blame Queen Vic for this one, because it’s become a bit of a tradition to opt for lace wedding dresses in the Royal family. Although Queen Elizabeth II’s and Princess Margaret’s wedding dresses were made of silk, as was trendy at the time, the younger generations of Royals opted to go back to traditions with their gowns.
Princess Diana’s wedding dress featured lace embroidery, as did Fergie’s, and who can forget Kate Middleton’s Alexander McQueen dress, which spurned hundreds of copies, and probably even inspired Pippa Middleton’s Giles Deacon wedding dress. Long-sleeved lace gowns are timeless and always perfect for the more traditional cathedral ceremonies.
Celebrity lace wedding dresses
Royals aren’t the only ones to favour lace wedding dresses, as it’s a big trend in the celebrity world too. Kim Kardashian walked down the aisle to Kanye in an impossibly elegant lace fishtail by Givenchy, Nicky Hilton looked regal in a high-neck lace Valentino gown and Amal Clooney’s Oscar de la Renta wedding dress was adorned with French lace.
Wedding dress trends
The beauty of lace is that it suits a plethora of different designs, from sexy fishtail wedding dresses to more ballgowns and 50s midi dresses. For a traditional take, opt for lace sleeves and a full skirt, for a vintage twist, try tea-length dresses, and for a more contemporary look, go for a more fitted design with cut-out or illusion details.
Scroll down for our pick of the most Instagram-worthy high-street and designer wedding dresses.