BY CHRISTINE-MARIE LIWAG DIXON



Gone are the days when a
bride-to-be had to go to a boutique. While you still have that option, the
bridal industry, like much of the retail world, is transitioning to doing more
business online. In addition to having traditional websites, many wedding dress
designers are showcasing their beautiful gowns on social media.
If you’re looking for a
wedding dress (or just like looking at beautiful designs), you’ll want to check
out these dresses on Instagram. They’re enough to give anyone wedding day envy!

Hayley Paige


It’s kind of hard to pick just
one dress from Hayley Paige’s bridal collection because honestly, I love them
all. If you want to look and feel like a princess, this is the perfect dress in
which to marry your Prince Charming.
Hayley is the ultimate
girly-girl. Her dresses aren’t all pure white and she incorporates some fun
colors. If you want a dress with a pop of lavender, or you’re feeling
more pretty in pink on your wedding day, she’s got something for everyone.


Biyan


This gorgeous gown from
Indonesian designer Biyan Wanaatmadja is available through Lamiik Bridal House
which rents out designer dresses for your special day. If you want to wear
couture at your wedding without breaking the bank, renting is a great option.
Biyan’s pieces are
“romantic, classic, and sophisticated.” And this wedding dress is an
ideal example of his style of “taut tailoring and hyper-romanticism.”
If you want a romantic dress for your romantic day, this is it!
Alena Fede


This dress looks like it is
straight out of a fairy tale and spun by magical fairy godmothers.
Russian-born, South Carolina-based designer, Alena Fursova, says that
the city of Charleston is her inspiration and that her designs are
“defined by the streets, the color, the vibe of the people who live
here,” and that she is “inspired by the mash-up of cultures.”
Her dresses are all custom
made so you can order them tailored to your exact measurements. Fede swears
that all of her designs are comfortable to wear, so you will have no problems
dancing the night away!


Sabyasachi

Sabyasachi Mukherjee is an
Indian designer. A graduate of India’s National Institute of Fashion
Technology, he was named the most outstanding young designer of India by the
Femina British Council in 2001.
Sabyasachi incorporates
distinctive fabrics and details to create a “fusion” of styles,
believing that “clothes should just be an extension of one’s
intellect.” According to Sabyasachi, his clothes are “an
international styling with an Indian soul.” This stunning wedding gown is
a modern design that reflects India’s rich heritage with a modern flair.


Galia Lahav


Galia Lahav has been creating
luxury designs for decades. Hailing from a long line of seamstresses, her
dresses are positively decadent. She’s known for utilizing “illusion
backs, cascading silk tulle skirts and Italian ivory lace.” Forget modesty
and simplicity — Galia Lahav is all about the glitz and glam. Her wedding
dresses are sure to make a statement. 
This dress sparkles like a
rare jewel. A wedding dress doesn’t have to be white and this shimmering gown
proves that!


Rya Baraba


This elegant dress from Rya
Baraba has me completely speechless. It’s a unique and absolutely jaw-dropping
look. The gold fabric evokes luxury and refinement and the intricate embroidery
sets this one-of-a-kind dress apart even more.
The details of the dress
embellish an otherwise modest design, proving that something that appears
simple at first glance can still convey an exquisite masterpiece. This dress
provides the perfect wedding dress inspiration for the bride who doesn’t want
to sacrifice style for a demure look.


Mark Bumgarner


This full-skirted bridal look
will have you (and your guests) swooning! Imagine spinning on a circle on the
dance floor at the reception as the skirt of this dress fans around you.
The designer, Mark Bumgarner,
is just 26 years old. He opened up an atelier in the Philippines after retiring
from his previous career as a race car driver, and it’s a career move that
anyone who has seen his dresses is grateful for. Race over to his Instagram
account for some truly unique designs!


Nicole


The style of this gown is
absolutely heavenly and looks like it comes straight out of a dream. This
sleeveless dress is a very light shade of blue which is a great way to
incorporate a little “something blue” into your wedding dress, while
still maintaining a traditional look. The intricate white lace offsets the pale
blue perfectly.
It comes from the
Italian-based Nicole fashion line, helmed by Alessandra Rinaudo. This
sophisticated look is positively charming and unique!


MillaNova


This dress is a traditional
pristine white wedding gown with a full skirt and a train. The train means that
you will probably need some help walking around, to keep it from getting dirty,
but it’s definitely worth it. This dress might require a few extra bridesmaids,
but how can you pass up such a refined look?
This gown is for the bride who
favors timeless elegance. It comes from the fashion house MillaNova which
features classic and sophisticated bridal designs. If you love long, poofy
skirts, MillaNova has you totally covered.


MUSE by berta

BERTA’s new bridal line, MUSE
by berta, features some edgy bridal looks. This gown fuses old and new styles,
exposing quite a bit of skin on top while tapering to a more traditional skirt.
The designer, Berta Baliti, is a graduate of Shenkar College.
According to her website, the
brand is “famous for [a] bold, sexy and modern fit” and
“incorporates vintage materials and retro styles.” This wedding dress
does as intended and “tests the barriers and boundaries of the modern world
of fashion design.” The look is a bit daring but weddings are meant to
celebrate new adventures, so why not go for it?


Kenneth Winston

This whimsical creation will
make you look like a walking work of art. With delicate bead work and intricate
lace, this enchanting gown will enhance your radiance on your special
day. 
The company behind this
Kenneth Winston dress, Private Label by G, was opened by a husband-and-wife
team who have since brought their two sons into the family business. Those are
definitely some good vibes to have on your wedding day; this dress proves that
love truly can last!


Sarah Seven

Sarah Seven’s designs are one
part Coachella and one part fairy princess. Go ahead and deck out everyone in
your bridal party in one of these positively ravishing gowns. (Bridesmaids
wearing white is totally acceptable. If Kate Middleton can do it, so can
you!) 
You and your entourage will
look so effortlessly elegant in these understated but glamorous dresses that
you may just have to work “I woke up like this” into your wedding
vows!


Michael Cinco


Filipino designer Michael
Cinco is based in Dubai, which he calls “a haven of haute couture.”
Inspired by classic Hollywood icons such as Audrey Hepburn and Grace Kelly,
Cinco is making waves in the fashion industry. He has dressed some of today’s
hottest celebs; his clients include Beyoncé, Lady Gaga, and Jennifer Lopez.
Don’t be deceived by the
fullness of this wedding gown. It looks like it would be nearly impossible to
move in, but you will definitely be able to walk down the aisle in it. “My
clothes appear seamless,” says Cinco. “They look heavy and yet they
float.” What else could you want in a dress?


Christos Costarellos

If you’re looking to go boho
chic on your wedding day, check out this dress from Christos Costarellos. Its
elegance is found in its simplicity. You might even call it a bit
old-fashioned, but the sheer midriff keeps this beauty rooted firmly in the
21st century and is very characteristic of Costarellos’ style. He says on his
website: “The creative process I follow forms a bridge that connects
elements from the past, making them relevant to the present as they project
ideas for the future.” This dress is the perfect way to say goodbye to
your single life and embark on a future of wedded bliss.


Suzanne Harward

Not only is this dress
absolutely charming but it also has pockets. If you thought you’d spend your
wedding day hunting down the bridesmaid who is holding your lipstick, think
again.This wedding dress from designer Suzanne Harward is for the girl on-the-go.
Forget beads and lace; this frock is sleek and professional. If you’re a
no-nonsense sort of woman and want an elegant dress without the hassle, this is
it. You won’t need someone to carry your train or hold your skirts when you go
to the bathroom. Instead, you can focus on turning heads on your special day.


Naeem Khan

Indian-American designer Naeem
Khan has fashion design in his blood. His father and grandfather designed
clothes for India’s royals and passed their expertise onto Khan. Khan has
carried on his family’s legacy by creating designs worn by international royals
like Kate Middleton and Queen Noor of Jordan.
This dress is fit for a
princess with its hand-embroidered tiers that end at the ankle so you have
plenty of room to get your groove on for that first dance. Pair it with strings
of pearls or forego jewelry altogether; with this much finery, you won’t need
jewels to sparkle.


Sabrina Dahan

Why carry a bouquet when you
can wear flowers on your dress? This unique take on a classic wedding dress
style is just bold enough to make a splash while still keeping it traditional.
You’ll be pretty as a picture in this Sabrina Dahan design
Dahan told The Knot about
creating the dress, called Renoir. “I had a design epiphany,” she
said. Trading in white for a pale pink, Dahan was “hesitant” about
launching the dress because she didn’t know how it would be received. I think
we can all agree that she made the right decision, because this dress is
perfection.


Don’t let looking for a dress
give you stress!





Finding the perfect wedding
dress takes a lot of time and can be particularly stressful, but it doesn’t
have to be. Virtual dress hunting can be done from anywhere you have internet
access, so you can shop til you drop, from the comfort of your couch. 
Whether or not you ultimately
order a dress you find online, browsing wedding dresses on Instagram can help
you narrow down your options and get an idea of what you really want. Happy
shopping!





SOURCE: THE LIST
Kayode Ojo
Kayode Emmanuel Ojo is the Co-Founder and Managing Director at SHEFFA Limited. He is presently studying Computer Science at the National Open University, Victoria Island, Lagos.