Destination Brides Marry in Style

Watters beaded organza gown

Watters chantilly lace gown

Watters empire lace gown

By The Bridal News Network

 (BNN) Destination weddings continue to be one of the hottest trends as more and more couples are opting to exchange marriage vows away from home. Eager to stay ahead of this new direction, wedding gown designers are responding to the increasing demand for more sophisticated styles from brides being married away.

The recent New York Spring bridal fashion collections presented an abundance of breathtaking options.  As the foremost fashion authority, Women’s Wear Daily, pointed out, “destination weddings continue to be a driving force in the bridal industry” and therefore brides – even those traveling great distances – want their wedding day looks to make a fashion statement.

This season’s wedding gowns tend to mirror the international fashion runways giving brides a wide range of silhouettes, proportions and extravagant and unusual fabrics.  For instance, the strapless gown, while still important, is now being eclipsed by a variety of appealing necklines, sleeves and back details. Halter and off-the-shoulder necklines, slip and lace-up bustier bodices, beaded straps and even little jackets over dresses are bringing glamour and excitement to once traditional bridal fashion.

Designer Vatana Watters collection for Watters Brides ( reflects the fashion preferences of the destination bride. She explains, “The use of fine French laces and fabrics such as organza, shantung, silk charmeuse and satin are all important elements of this season’s designs. These lovely, featherweight fabrics make them perfect for distant celebrations.”

Other fashion trends lend themselves to destination dresses. For instance, the drama and opulence inspired by the movie “Marie Antoinette” produced gowns with metallic accents and touches of crystal beading while the high-waisted flowing empire style worn by Napolean’s wife, Empress Josephine, offered romantic an elegant look to take away.

Accessories complement the graceful and flowing ease of these dreamy dresses. Delicate, well-chosen, pieces of jewelry and bare, dressy sandals add just the right accents.

Just as brides want their wedding locations and decor to reflect their individuality they also strive for a special never-been-seen-before bridal gown. Whether it's a matter of a more relaxed wedding theme in a far-away place – in a garden, at poolside, by the ocean at sunset –or a more traditional setting in a nearby house of worship, the new designer options are perfect for every wedding style.