Choosing the perfect bridal ao dai (traditional Vietnamese dress) is an extremely important decision for any bride-to-be. Ao dai is a classic symbol of cultural heritage and identity for the bride. Additionally, the ao dai is often worn during the wedding ceremony and the reception, making it a significant part of the overall wedding experience. Furthermore, with so many different ao dai styles and trends out there, it can be overwhelming, to say the least. Therefore, we have created your perfect guide to finding your dream ensemble. We hope you find these tips helpful when deciding what you want in a bridal ao dai.
The most important decision to make when choosing your bridal ao dai; the color. Traditionally, red is the most popular color for Vietnamese brides; however, nowadays, any color is possible. Red is considered the color of luck and prosperity and is a romantic shade that makes for a memorable entrance. More modern brides have started to choose other colors for their bridal ao dai, such as pink, gold, and white. Ultimately, the color choice for a bridal ao dai is a personal preference, and many brides choose a color that they feel represents them and their unique style.
Ao dai: Cinda
Choosing the ao dai's shape is also an essential part when dress shopping! Deciding on the shape can greatly affect how the dress fits, how comfortable the bride will be, and how the dress will look. Different shapes can flatter different body types, and the bride wants to choose a shape that will complement her figure and make her feel confident and beautiful. Classic ao dai pieces feature a floor-length fitted tunic and pants underneath. However, it is possible to find or custom-create an ao dai with a more floaty style skirt for a modern, whimsy look.
Ao dai: Ilaria
For the fashion-forward bride, short cap-sleeves are an option for a modern bridal ao dai. If you are more of a traditional bride, a long-sleeve style is perfect for you. It depends on what look you want and what style flatters your body shape the most.
Ao dai: Meadow
Now, let's think about the back of the gown. There are many styles to choose from, including an open back, illusion back, and open V-back, to name a few. More conventional ao dai pieces won't have any back detailings, whereas more modern pieces can incorporate any back design you like. An illusion back is ideal for elegant brides wanting to show a bit of skin while keeping the overall look sophisticated and chic.
Ao dai: Karolia
Bridal ao dai gowns typically have a matching pair of pants that are worn underneath the garment. In traditional cases, the pants match the color of the tunic for a cohesive, classic look. However, if you're seeking a striking, bold look, make a statement and choose two colors for your ao dai: one for the pants and one for the tunic.
Ao dai: Naya
Have you always dreamed of gliding down the aisle like an angel? Stray away from traditions and choose a train for your ao dai piece. There are many lengths you can choose from, such as floor/ chapel length (20''/ 50cm) and cathedral length (40''/ 100cm). It all depends on what aesthetic you want your bridal ao dai to have.
Ao dai: Iliana
Embellishments and details
The last detail to consider is embellishments. Beadings and other dainty details (sequins, pearls, feathers, etc) look fabulous on a bridal ao dai and can add that extra sparkle and glamorous texture. Traditional ao dai gowns feature an embroidered design, such as a phoenix or flowers. However, it is also possible to accentuate these accents with opulent embellishments.
Ao dai: Elvera
Still haven't found that perfect ao dai you have always dreamed of? Why not choose to have your ao dai custom-made and decide all of the features and elements you desire? You have the freedom to create a gown that reflects your personal style. From the fabric to the silhouette, the dress is tailored to you.
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