Forget castles and carriages and cakes: the true centrepiece of every fairytale wedding day is the dress. Some brides will opt for the Cinderella look with an opulent, timeless ball gown — but styles to suit a modern-day fairytale look beautiful too.
We’ve chosen 10 of the most elegant, fabulous and inspiring designs to add a sprinkling of fairytale magic to your big day.
- Going for gold
Gold is the colour of opulence and glamour and it adds a classic fairytale touch, making you think of Goldilocks’ hair or Rumpelstiltskin spinning straw into gold. The gold grosgrain ribbon sash on this stunning Swarovski Crystal beaded gown by Martina Liana is a show-stopping detail — and it gives you carte blanche to add gold accessories and a golden colour scheme to your fairytale day.
Style no411 by Martina Liana: www.essensedesigns.com
- Seriously Snow White
If you feel that a Medieval-style story is the ultimate in romance, this gown could be the one for you. Straight out of a story like Snow White, it says “purity”, “timeless style” and “elegance”. Great for brides with raven or red coloured hair, this dramatic Lana dress by Emma Hunt is made with ivory silk slipper satin, a ruched bodice, French corded lace appliqué and — the ultimate fairytale detail — full chiffon sleeves.
Lana by Emma Hunt: www.emmahunt.co.uk
- Belle of the ball
A classic charmeuse ball gown will always be associated with the happy fairytale ending of many timeless stories: and if you’re planning your own happy ending, this simple, gorgeous dress, with a V-neckline, cap sleeves and Chapel length train, is an ideal fit. The pretty, elegant style means you can wear long hair cascading over your shoulders and add a tiara for a fairytale finish.
Style no 3728 by Sincerity: www.sinceritybridal.com
- Simple beauty
A fairytale dress need make no other statement than “I am a princess for a day”. Letting your beauty shine through, this gorgeous tulle and dolce satin ball gown will exude elegance and class at every turn. It has all the elements of a fairytale classic, from the sweetheart neckline to the diamante beaded embellished belt and full skirt. Accessorise with a flowing veil and your fantastic fairytale is complete.
Style 5647 by Stella York: www.essensedesigns.com
- The stuff that dreams are made of...
Adding a demure touch to a dreamy dress, this classic design by Qiana has a sweet and sheer long-sleeved lace bodice over a sweetheart corset. The subtle sash defines the waist and gives the dress fabulous fairytale credentials: imagine wearing it at a picturesque country venue, surrounded by atmospheric woodland, straight out of a storybook.
Dreamtime by Qiana Bridal: www.qianabridal.co.uk
- Take a trip to Fairyland
From the 2013 Blue by Enzoani Collection, you’ll feel like a fairy princess in this ethereal ivory dress in tulle. Wear it with the bow at the waist to create an ultra-girly, flowing look, or without, for a more dramatic, sculpted silhouette. To complete your fairytale bridal look choose diamond accessories and wear your hair piled as high as you dare.
Fairyland by Blue by Enzoani: www.enzoani.com
- Channel your inner Rapunzel
This unique and fabulously fairytale dress has a stunning decoration that glides across the bodice onto an A line skirt: it is so reminiscent of Rapunzel’s plait! With a soft scoop neckline, tulle overlay, bubble hem and heavily beaded belt, your own Prince Charming will have to rescue you from the crowd of admirers who will clamour for a closer look at this stunning and unusual design.
Cassiopeia by Ian Stuart: www.ianstuart-bride.com
- Castle on a cloud
If you’ve already picked a luxurious, fairytale venue for your wedding reception, you need a suitably stunning dress design that will look at home in opulent surroundings. This attention-grabbing gown, with a full, fairytale pick-up detail skirt, would ideally suit a huge wedding in a castle, or at an historic stately home with a rich and colourful history.
Sardinia by Opulence by Natalie M: www.romanticaofdevon.co.uk
- Reach for the stars
There’s a wonderful innocence about this Stella scoop neck dress with a fixed bow. It immediately makes you picture the moment when a beautiful bride kisses her handsome Prince Charming at the altar — then he sweeps her to the remote reception venue for their first dance under the stars. Such a sweet, feminine frock deserves understated accessories so the bride can let her natural beauty shine.
Stella by Lyn Ashworth: www.lynashworth.co.uk
- Ruffle some fairytale feathers
With sensational silver beading and lush layers of twisted ruffles, this modern take on a fairytale dress combines a fashion-forward design with a “fantasy” effect. Imagine emerging from a glass carriage wearing this amazing dress, and then dancing the night away in a fairytale castle... And make sure to accessorise with 60s style hair and make-up, and sparkling drop earrings.
Style W353 by Alexia Designs: www.alexiadesigns.com