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For many a bride, after the engagement, then comes the dress shopping.  With an idea of her shape and style in mind, a bride may try on a few dresses and settle on one easily that feels just perfect. For other brides, they’ve dreamt of the perfect setting their entire lives and just cannot imagine saying “I Do” anywhere else. For this article we’ve turned to our dress and venue vendors for a guide on dress and venue shopping, and how to find the perfect wedding dress that matches your style. With a little help from our friends at Camille’s of Wilmington, we’ve provided some great dress options you can get right here in Wilmington!

Modern

If “less is more” is your mantra and you think your angular figure would look silly in ruffles, a blank-slate-space and a modern dress would suit you just fine. One of our vendors, The Loft on Front, even has a modern connotation in its name. Think a wide, open, city-like space perfect for an simple, elegant wedding. In this setting, try dresses in sharp fabrics with minimal detailing to get a chic, modern look.

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From the Stella York wedding dress collection comes this light-as-air Chiffon sheath gown featuring figure-flattering criss-cross ruching on the bodice.

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For brides looking for A-Line wedding dresses, this timeless and elegant wedding gown in French Mikado from Stella York features clean lines and lovely pleating.

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Inspired by the world’s hottest red carpet trends, this sleek Stella York A-Line wedding dress was imagined and handcrafted to provide an exceptional fit and effortless sex appeal.

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Rustic

The exposed brick and hardwood floors of the Balcony on Dock Street provide a warm atmosphere perfect for the couple that cherishes evenings spent by the fire and a bride that feels most comfortable as her natural self. A dress of comfort and ease would look stunning on a bride with the “I Just Woke Up Like This” glow in a room as equally nonchalant. Sheath silhouettes in chiffon or lace present this soft and relaxed look best.

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This Sorella Vita dress is a feminine and flirty sheath style bridesmaid dress features a high illusion neckline in soft, flowy tulle. The bodice features a pleated look with a detachable satin belt.

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This vintage-inspired Tulle sheath gown from the Stella York wedding dress collection features a whimsical illusion neckline over a sweetheart bodice, and a figure-flattering Satin waist sash.

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Imagined and handcrafted with stunning detail, this designer sheath wedding gown from the Stella York collection features whispery lace shoulder straps and figure-flattering asymmetrical ruching throughout the bodice and hips.

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Coastal

Love the idea of a water front wedding but don’t quite think a “beach wedding” is your thing? The River Room in Historic Downtown Wilmington is a beautiful riverside space that incorporates all the views one could dream of for a coastal wedding without the anxiety of unreliable weather. A coastal or nautical dress would be perfect against the backdrop of the Cape Fear River; think relaxed silhouettes with a slightly Grecian style in more casual fabrics.

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Sorella Vita features a stunning floor length designer chiffon gown with a strapless sweetheart neckline featuring a detachable chiffon belt.

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For brides looking for sheath wedding dresses, this prim yet bohemian inspired lustre satin wedding gown from Stella York features a beaded shear tulle overdress.

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This gorgeous designer Chiffon sheath dress, from the Stella York wedding dress collection, features a Diamante-accented sweetheart neckline, figure-flattering criss-cross ruching on the bodice, and a modified court train.

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Vintage

Do you find yourself reminiscing days gone by while sipping the perfect craft beer or aged wine? Located in the Front Street Brewery in Downtown Wilmington, The Beam Room is the perfect setting for a couple that enjoys all things vintage. The building’s façade, retro sign, and interior décor all lend themselves to fun, flirty dresses of a previous era. Go short and full for a 40’ or 50’s look, or long and slender for the 20’s and 30’s.

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Wedding runways throughout the world are featuring vintage inspired wedding dresses like this lace over lavish satin sheath dress. Specifically designed for exceptional fashion and fit, this designer gown offers gorgeous detailing like a whispery-soft illusion neckline, elegant keyhole back and traditional chapel train. 

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Inspired by the world’s hottest red carpet trends, this Stella York bridal channels the 20’s with a keyhole back detail and sleeves.  This embroidered lace on a shimmery lustre satin sheath silhouette offers exceptional fashion and fit.

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Christina Rossi vintage inspired dress of white tulle is in a fun and flirty 50’s silhouette with flattering ruched bodice and tea length skirt.

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Royal

Think your wedding is the day that you finally get to be the Belle of The Ball?  If you dream of a full-skirted dress floating across the floor in an opulent room, the Ballroom of Terraces on Sir Tyler is the ideal modern-day location for such an event and such a bride. Chandeliers, floor-to-ceiling curtains, and a name like “Sir Tyler” all suggest a fete even Mary Antoinette would covet. Go all out with your dress: try a ball gown silhouette, beading, lace and sparkling accessories.

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For brides that want to ensure a dramatic walk down the aisle, this soft tulle over buttery soft satin ball gown wedding dress from the Stella York designer bridal gown collection is the perfect complement to your attitude, style, and spirit.

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For brides looking for wedding dresses with lace, this striking lace ballgown from Stella York blooms with whimsy.

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Fit for a princess, this tulle A-Line wedding gown from the Stella York collection features a Diamante-embellished full illusion back and cap sleeves, as well as a glistening Diamante overlay on the front bodice.

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All gowns can be found at Camille’s of Wilmington. And be sure to mark your calendar for their upcoming Spring Fashion Show next Thursday, January 15th from 7-9pm at Camille’s of Wilmington!