Featured Dress: Essense of Australia, style D2124

Enchanting lace details have been a hallmark of wedding dresses ever since Queen Victoria inadvertently launched the campaign in 1840 when she married Prince Albert. If you yearn for lacy details and want to outstrip tradition in the process, New York Bride & Co. has some riveting gown options from Essense of Australia that you simply have to check out. But, first, a bit of history:

Perhaps Queen Victoria knew she was onto something when she chose a lace-trimmed white gown for her wedding to Prince Albert of Germany in 1840—she did, after all, have the original design destroyed to avoid any knockoffs. More than 100 workers were said to have spent six months toiling away on the ensemble, which included a lace veil and train. To some extent, the queen bucked what was customary in the early 19th century by commissioning the handmade lace, at a time when machine-made lace was putting scores of lace makers out of work. Just as her choice of a white gown set a trend, so too has lace sustained the test of time. Over the years, lace has found its way into all sorts of wedding staples — veils, corsets, handkerchiefs, aisle runners, invitations, decor and lingerie. And its purpose hasn’t always been purely ornamental. The aisle runner, for instance, sprang from practicality. Aware that wedding guests would track dirt from the unpaved roads into church, an usher would roll out a runner once all were seated to ensure that the bride’s gown remained impeccable on her walk down the aisle. It was also believed to safeguard the virginal bride from any dark spirits that might be lurking beneath the floorboards. Read more at Brides.com

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Essense of Australia, style D2038.This breathtaking designer bridal gown from Essense of Australia is perfect for a nature-inspired celebration. The illusion lace bodice and sleeves feature elegant corded lace, while the tulle over matte-side Lustre satin skirt carries the lace detailing through to the hem and sweep train. The back zips up with ease under fabric-covered buttons. Accentuate the waist with a detachable 1″ grosgrain ribbon belt. This dress also available with short sleeves. See more at Essense of Australia

You Have Multiple Lace Options

The gowns at NYB&Co. provide a plethora of ways for you to showcase gorgeous lace accents in a fashion forward way. Perhaps you adore the vibe from illusion and tattoo sleeves. This embellishment is an enticing and definitive way to incorporate the lace you love while leaving the neckline of your dress free. Or maybe the delicately detailed wedding dress train is on your list of must-haves. Maybe you have been envisioning illusion netting with lace back accents as the ultimate way to showcase your scapulae. Either way, if lace is what you want, NYB&Co. offers many gorgeous designer gowns and popular pricing to provide the silhouette you are seeking.

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Essense of Australia, style D2159. This designer sheath wedding dress from Essense of Australia is made from heirloom-inspired lace over Lavish satin and features an eye-catching double keyhole design on the back. Lace-covered buttons hide the easy-close zipper. Additional details at Essense of Australia

Lace Can Amplify or Overwhelm

Lace is beautiful, but beware: It’s easy to go overboard. For instance, you may have fallen in love with an exquisitely detailed veil only to find that once you try it on with your wedding dress, all-patterned-heck breaks out. Avoid looking “too busy” with your lace patterns by strategically spreading them out. Try on a multitude of veils with your dress until you discover the one that accents your look just right.

Plus, if you are incorporating lace in your wedding decor, take care to break it up with punches of color or plain swatches to create an elegant and relaxed theme. For some great DIY lace wedding projects that you can complete with your bridesmaids, check out the following fun ideas:

Lace is a bridal staple that’s as relevant for weddings now as it’s ever been. (Think: the modern lace “tattoo” details on the runways of Bridal Fashion Week or Kelly Clarkson’s Temperley London gown.) Ribbons, doilies and fabric lacy details add femininity and texture to any wedding detail. See how to incorporate lace into your wedding day decor with these 6 pretty DIY wedding projects! See the full post at The Knot

Your Lace-Accented Dream Dress Awaits

Our friendly staff of bridal consultants can’t wait to show you our latest collections. Drop by and let us help you find the lace-inspired dress of your dreams. (Side note: We love it when the bride who is adamant that lace will not be on her wedding gown ends up swooning over an enchanting pattern.) Whatever your vision for your ideal bridal gown, we will help you find perfection. Stop by NYB&Co. at your convenience — no appointment needed — and let’s get started. We look forward to seeing you soon.