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Grecian style wedding dresses (+ FREE hairstyle tips)

Grecian Style Wedding Dresses

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Clean lines, ethereal fabrics, lavish details, and timeless designs – all of these are what make Greek-tinged dresses perfectly distinguishable. This immortal wedding dress style has one unique feature – it can make every type of body beautiful, visually making the figure look ideal. Plus, it can offer several different models so that every bride can feel comfortable and confident while dancing the whole wedding party through.

Glow like a true Olympian deity by choosing a glitter wedding dress or transform into an ancient goddess by wearing the recognizable one-shoulder dress with flowing and graceful lines. We give you some of the best versions and features of the Grecian style wedding dresses (and some tips for your bridal hairstyle to match the total look).

The predominant fabrics

Light, fluid, and very soft – these are the fabrics brides desire for their special day. We are talking about chiffon, muslin, tulle, crepe, and silk which are the most used and wanted textiles for the bridal look. All of these allow greater freedom of movement and better drape, thus favoring brides with different body types.

The pleated fabrics in skirts and the draped necklines are typical of the Greek style. If you want to escape the ordinary white gown and be an extraordinary bride, put on a light yellow wedding dress made out of pleated satin and glow on the dance floor the entire night.

Suited for every body type

The Grecian style wedding dresses are created to accentuate only the good aspects of every woman’s body. They offer different designs to conceal all your insecurities. A bride who feels lack of self-confidence over her small chest or large thighs will feel much more confident in some of these designs. It is thanks to a cut that accentuates the bust line, from which falls a loose skirt elongating the torso, concealing the abdomen, and simulating a greater stature.

Straight and A-line dresses, meanwhile, can also acquire Greek-inspired characteristics, since they are equally loose cuts. With few exceptions, Greek-style suits are long and refined. In addition, they are a good alternative for those looking for wedding dresses in large sizes and are even very comfortable for pregnant brides thanks to the dress’s universality in silhouette.

Often these types of wedding gowns feature drapes that can appear at the front to accentuate your cleavage. They sometimes appear at the back too — a look saved for the daring brides who possess that spark of confidence and can easily pull off an open-back that will go perfectly with a high-neck wedding dress.

Experiment with color

Although wearing white is one of the oldest traditions, more and more brides are bold enough to try other colors. Today’s designers suggest brides to take more risks, not only with other lengths or silhouettes, but also with other colors such as pink, beige, beaded lace with golden tones, or even a daring deep red. If you want to give it a try, you can wear a yellow wedding dress for your rehearsal or engagement dinner.

A style for every season

Planning a spring-summer wedding? Dreaming of a romantic vow-exchanging ceremony at one of the beautiful wedding venues in breath-taking Santorini? Grecian-style wedding dresses will ideally fit into your dream. You won’t find a lighter and more airy dress for the occasion.

And if you wish to show some leg, transform it into a high-slit wedding dress which never fails. So no tight corsets and voluminous hoops, and definitely no fluffy dress. Imagine light and flowing, like the breeze you will feel in your hair while barefoot at the beach, saying ‘I do’ 

You will look like a nymph on your big day, by accompanying your look with a braided hairstyle and some delicate jewelry. Combine your open neckline dress with loose curls, and a subtle hair clip on the side. For a high-neck wedding dress, an up-do is a must! Gather your hair in a low ponytail while letting the front pieces of hair fall on the side of your face for an ultimate romantic look.

However, if you are getting married in winter, you can always complement your outfit with a glamorous cape and forget all about the classic veil and tail. You will find delicate layers of tulle and lace for the summer or velvet and satin for the cold season. Consider the glitter wedding dress for a winter wonderland wedding – a tight, silhouette lacy gown with embellished sparkling details that will make you look like you just landed from heaven.

Different necklines and sleeves

The V-neckline, either with thick or thin straps, is one of the best suited, although the asymmetrical one is another of the most seen and searched by brides. The latter is capable of contributing a subtle touch of sensuality to each piece.

Strapless, square, and sweetheart necklines also adapt to these Hellenic designs, being ideal for those more romantic brides. Now, if you want something more covered, the high-neck wedding dress stands out as a good option.

As for the sleeves, a hallmark of Greek-style dresses is the long flared or batwing sleeves. Off-the-shoulder models are for the classier brides and floor-long sleeves are for the most eccentric.  Designers love playing with the volumes and shapes of the fabrics when it comes to Grecian-style wedding dress sleeves.

Rich details

Most often, these goddess-inspired dresses are decorated with embroidery or applique on the bodice. The connection with a skirt is decorated with a satin or silk ribbon. Traditionally, the Greek-style dress is decorated with drapes and reliefs. They are often embellished with applications such as brooches or jeweled belts that refer to ancient Greek clothing.

This style radiates a unique elegance, with details that play a fundamental role. If you are a fan of jewel belts, sashes, spaghetti straps, beaded appliqués on the shoulders, necklines with metallic thread embroidery, draped backs, and slits, you can never go wrong with this style. Although white predominates in the collections, many of these designs can incorporate details in silver or gold that you can easily combine with your chosen gown. And when the dress is matched with the right wedding shoes, you will get the full-Grecian-Goddess-package.

Give the finishing touch to your look with an up-do or braided wedding hairstyle. Or, why not do both? Mix the braid with a messy up-do and slick it back into a high neat ponytail. Do you also want to wear an accessory? If so, opt for metal headbands or crowns with laurel leaves, which are perfect to comply 100 percent with this style.

Check out the gallery to find the goddess in you! No matter which model you choose for your body type, you will never regret wearing a Grecian-style wedding dress for the most important event of your life.

I am Megan Nova, a wedding planner and Author based in New York City. My vast exposure in the wedding planning trade and my passion for storytelling has inspired me to share expert advice and creativity on this blog.

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