Since the dawn of traditional wedding gowns, lace has been a key factor in creating a soft and pure vision. Available in a myriad of patterns ranging from the most intricate to subtle perfection, this traditional wedding dress component has stood the test of time.

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Crystal Moonstone Beading Meets Alencon Lace Appliques and Scalloped Edging onto the Tiered Tulle Gown

Removable Spaghetti Straps. Available in Three Lengths: 55”, 58”, 61”. Colors available: White/Silver, Ivory/Silver, Light Gold/Silver. See more at Mori Lee

Lace is ideal for hiding any flaws. The eye-catching details provide a welcome distraction for any areas of bridal self consciousness. Covering up scars, cellulite, tan lines, tattoos, blemishes or birthmarks is completed easily with strategically placed lace. It can be incorporated without issue to complement the most intricate or simple wedding dress design.

The World of White Lace
When it comes to lace, nothing rivals the production, use, and symbolism of white lace, specifically.

Think about it: what do we dress innocent baby girls in after they are christened? Usually a white dress trimmed in white lace. Little girls at first communion? A bigger white dress trimmed in white lace. And brides? The ultimate white dress trimmed or completely constructed of white lace, sometimes topped with a mantilla, or white lace veil. White lace dresses are not just dresses in these instances—they are rites of passage. They mark moments in time that just don’t feel quite the same if the guest of honor isn’t sheathed in pristine white lace.

Even in Western society today, we continue to hold this tradition in high esteem, because white lace is synonymous with purity, innocence and new beginnings. Rare is the actual virgin bride, but white lace for the bride? Absolutely. Read more at Grit and Glamour

Lace: Purity and Intricacy Since the 16th Century

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“Moriah” by Sottero and Midgley pictured above is a great example of lace motifs showcased against the skin as well as lace overlay throughout the bodice and the gown portions of this wedding dress.

Lace motifs add sophisticated elegance to this fit and flare wedding dress, featuring a strapless sweetheart neckline and layered Fallow organza skirt and train. Complete with crystal buttons over zipper and inner corset closure. Also available, an illusion lace bodysuit with three-quarter length sleeves. Bodysuit sold separately. More details at Sottero and Midgley

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Kenneth Winston, style 1660

Determining Detailed Patterns

Lace is so varied; one must take a moment to compare options. If you are a floral lover, finding a dainty flower pattern is simple. Look for fleur d’ leis options, wave-like water images, greenery outlines and fern or leaf images. Simple scallop options abound if you prefer a less organic edge.

Lacy Additions

Consider how lacy you prefer your wedding day lingerie to be. Ensure no seams are visible and try all possibilities on with your wedding gown prior to making your purchase. Ask your manicurist about adding some lacy details to your French manicure for the ultimate close-up ring photographs. Match your pumps or stilettos by trying on a variety of shoe options to stay delicate from head to toe. Wrap a piece of heirloom lace from your Grandmothers’ wedding gown to make your bouquet even more beautiful and take care of your “Something Old.”