The $99 (!) Halter Charmeuse Floor Length Gown from David's Bridal current DB Studio collection.

Happy Friday! Yesterday I previewed the spring 2012 collection from David’s Bridal. I know some folks consider David’s Bridal boring and predictable (and sometimes quite frankly they are) but they’re such an accessible resource for you brides getting married with a gang of bridesmaids and/or bridesmaids living in different cities. David’s Bridal is also affordable — let’s face it, your maid of honor might be a single, childless 20-something making close to six digits but your matron might be a stay at home mom with two kids and a baby on the way…Their priorities and levels of disposable income are probably quite different. In addition, I appreciate that their sizes fit a wide range of body types because chances are everyone in your bridal party is not 5’9 and a size 4.

Here are a few trend highlights from DB that you can look forward to seeing next season:

  • As predicted, the Royal wedding started a slew of trends in the bridal market. Two big ones that DB honed in on are gowns with lace bodices and white bridesmaids dresses. Fascinators are also prevalent.
  • Subtle touches of color — particularly blue and pink — are being incorporated into gowns via rosettes and other 3D accents.
  • There is an increase in bridal gowns that “match” flower girl dresses. Too cute!
  • Expect a wider array of cocktail/party style dresses that are perfect for a stylish second wedding, rehearsal dinner or reception dress. (Think 50s fit and flare silhouettes.)
  • To accommodate the growing number of couples opting for destination weddings, DB has a plethora of styles and accessories that lend themselves to island nuptials. I particularly noticed lots of coral.

Below are pics of the pieces that especially caught my eye at the press preview. Leave a comment telling me your fave item and why.

Wouldn't either of these dresses be perfect for a reception? The short style is super-cute!
A few examples of white bridesmaid styles...
A sample of DB's spring beach-ready coral collection.
Here's your "something blue" and "something new" all rolled into one!
I fell in love with the gold dress for a mother of the bride. It looks like a designer number, no?
This pretty jeweled comb sparkles and instantly gives a plain hairstyle panache.