Having your wedding in the country doesn’t immediately mean faded denim and a ten-gallon hat. Country-chic wedding dresses are elegant, classically understated and work beautifully against the backdrop of a heritage-listed homestead, rustic vineyard or quirky farm. Subtle accents, delicate fabrics and above-the-knee hemlines are quintessential country-chic, but brides-to-be should not fret about being limited with their wedding gown choices because there are gorgeous silhouettes and designs available to fit with any theme and venue.
For country-chic wedding gowns, the most important thing to keep in mind is the shape and fabric of the dress. Ideal for a rustic country wedding are soft, airy fabrics that will float behind you as you walk down the aisle or will be picked up by a gentle breeze for your photography.Voluminous satin ballgowns, boned corsets or tight form-fitting wedding dresses can quickly become overly heavy and hot, especially during the warmer months. Look for light fabrics like beautiful silk-organzas, chiffons and tulles to create a pretty, romantic country-chic style. Lace is a quintessential fabric for a classic, elegant wedding gown and can be used to construct the entire design or added in appliqués, an illusion neckline, delicate shoulder-cap sleeves or as an art-deco inspired overlay.
Floor-length gowns are always beautiful and classic, but embrace country style by going short! Brides taking the plunge with a cropped hemline can choose from tea-length, cocktail dressses or short and sexy above-the-knee gowns. Not only will brides be able to show off amazing stilettos, cute kitten-heels or authentic brown boots, but you will be able to dance all night without fear of someone stepping on your train. Tea-length dresses are perfect for brides who love all things vintage. A high neckline, cinched waist and full A-line skirt immediately evoke old-world glamour and memories of Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn.
Pairing accessories with country-chic wedding gowns is about keeping it simple. Too much fuss or bling risks becoming overwhelming and looking out of place. Work your chosen silhouette by matching a retro-inspired gown with a netted veil and strand of elegant pearls, or if your wedding dress features intricate embellishments and beading, keep your jewellery light to show off the incredible detailing.