Say yes to the dress

The Gainesville dress by Enzoani Blue is made of taffeta satin and is available in ivory or white with gold or silver details. (contributed)

The Gainesville dress by Enzoani Blue is made of taffeta satin and is available in ivory or white with gold or silver details. (contributed)

While girls often dream of their perfect wedding day, shopping for a dress can become a nightmare of an experience.

Whether or not a wedding dress is the most significant purchase of a woman’s life, it can be among the most expensive—dresses in the Birmingham area run anywhere from a couple hundred dollars to over $8,000. Add the price to the plethora of designs, and even browsing can be overwhelming. However, with a little insight on this season’s trends, it’s nothing the informed bride-to-be can’t handle.

Bella Couture’s Colleen Hopwood has been in the business now for eight years and said that “Alabama produces a traditional, classic bride, and—more often than not—that Southern bride wants a timeless gown.”

Founder and owner of The White Room, Carolyn Kelley has more than 45 years of experience in the wedding industry. She goes to a bridal market in New York twice a year to keep up with the newest looks.

Read more about current bridal trends in the January Bride Guide issue of Shelby Living. Find your copy here.