Best Wedding Dress Trends for Spring 2012

We can't believe 2011 is nearly over!  It's so cliche, but every wedding season seems to go faster and faster; one day it's May and in a blink we find ourselves in November.  2011 was an incredible year for Shi Shi and we're looking forward to a fantastic 2012!  Thank you to everyone who continuously contributes to making our success possible - much love to all of you!  With the start of the New Year just hours away, we thought we'd give you a trend-watching, eye candy filled post to help you with the start of your planning process - finding your dress!

After our brides find their venue and select their wedding date, it's all about the dress!  You'll need up to 6 months for the dress to arrive, so we suggest starting to dress shop at least 9 months in advance to leave room for alterations once the dress arrives.  {If you procrastinated on your dress shopping, or are planning on a tight timeline, no worries, just know you might have to pay a bit extra for rush charges in order to get the dress on time.}  

2012 is shaping up to be spectacular bridal fashion wise!  SO many delicious gowns hit the Spring 2012 runways, we thought an awesome way to kick off the New Year would be to share three of our favorite bridal dress trends with you!  So without further adieu...and in no particular order...here are the Shi Shi girls' favorites for Spring 2012.

Illusion Necklines
An illusion neckline is typically constructed of lace, tulle, or net and extends from the bodice of the dress to the collar.  Many will be adorned with beading or appliques to enhance the dress' design and define the collarbone area, while others are left plain to give just the softest sheen to the skin.  Illusion necklines are wonderful options for the bride who likes the strapless gown look, but doesn't want to fuss with pulling her dress up all night.  Here are your Shi Shi girls picks for favorite illusion neckline gowns from the Spring 2012 runways:

Alvina Valenta


Reem Acra

We are SUPER excited about the return of sleeves!  They're just so beautiful and universally flattering that even if you hadn't envisioned your dress as having sleeves, we think it's definitely worth a shot trying them on in the dressing room!  We don't care if they're short, long, cap, off the shoulder, flutter, or on a removable bolero - we love, love, love them!  {You may find the sleeves and illusion neckline trends overlap one another on many of the dresses you'll see.  The Marchesa and Reem Acra dresses above are good examples of that.}  Here are your Shi Shi girls' picks for sleeved gowns from the Spring 2012 runways:

Elie by Elie Saab for Pronovias

Jenny Packham

Reem Acra

Blush Pink 
In the past we haven't been strong proponents of color on a wedding dress {with the exception of small black accents, like a sash}, but this season is changing our mind.  Color abounded from the Spring 2012 runways and we honed in on a delightful shade of blush pink that on the right skin tone is nothing short of perfect.  From dramatic blush cascades of fabric, to dresses with such a trace hint of the shade you have to do a double take to be sure it's not white, to just a pop of pink on a sash or applique, we think you'll be seeing a lot of this stunning shade in 2012!  Here are your Shi Shi girls' picks for dresses featuring blush pink from the Spring 2012 runways:

Vera Wang

Monique Lhuillier



Will you be trying any of these trends for your wedding dress?  Let us know with comments to our Facebook or Twitter pages, or by pinning your favorites for us to peek at on Pinterest!  Want to search for your perfect gown?  Visit the NY Mag Fashion Shows page and scroll down to Bridal Shows 2012 where you can view each fashion house's complete collection for Spring 2012.  Happy shopping & Happy New Year everyone!

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