Every bride-to-be has dreams of her wedding day. She has visions of a beautiful gown and her radiant bridal image. She wants to surround herself with joyful bridesmaids whose style complements her own, in gorgeous dresses that showcase their beauty. One certain way to add enchantment to your wedding day is to select dresses from the exquisite collection of Watters bridesmaid dresses, brought to you by esteemed bridal retailer Madame Bridal. The collection combines ethereal elegance with a slightly Bohemian influence. It focuses on contemporary designs with a luxuriant look that is always flattering to the figure.
Watters takes its name from the revered designer Vantana Watters who has been creating stunning bridesmaid dresses for over three decades. Her designs are always modern with effortlessly flowing lines. Her gowns are rich with full-length and cocktail-length A-line silhouettes, while also including both long and short fitted dresses and some fit and flare silhouettes. Vantana eschews ornate frippery, concentrating on fine details and perfect drapery to give voice to the elegance of her designs. Fine fabrics are draped to perfection and finished with hand stitched details. Her bridal collection is famed for its appeal to free spirited brides and this theme is continued in designs for her maids.
A striking feature of these bridesmaid dresses is that each one morphs effortlessly into the next, as you browse through the pages, creating an effortlessly cohesive charm throughout the collection. This makes it the ideal line for brides to choose when they want their bridesmaids to have a cohesive, yet not necessarily uniform look. Slight variations in colors or styles allow each bridesmaid to express her own individual personality and preferences while best flattering their shape and skin tones. Creating a line up of bridesmaids in similar yet not identical dresses exudes whimsical charm and is a contemporary trend that Watters are very much in tune with. As you peruse the pages you will notice the remarkable similarities between designs next to one another, deliberately placed for their cohesive appeal. Two gowns may be identical but finish in different length hemlines, or two or three versions convey the same design but appear with strapless sweetheart, halter or V-necklines.
Allowing for individual preferences is a factor many bridesmaids appreciate as they tend to pay for their own ensembles. Naturally they desire a dress they love and will wear again. There is a plethora of styles that a woman can wear for many occasions, from fitted cocktail-length dresses with city appeal, breezy short A-lines with vacations and warm summer afternoons in mind, and elegant long gowns that will grace any party or social event with charm. The Watters collection also includes bridal tops and skirts, providing a versatility that allows plenty of options for future wear. These separates incorporate both full-length and cocktail-length skirts that can be mixed and matched with the non cropped tops in the collection and with other items from the wardrobe. Up to the minute car wash skirts feature in the collection. Separates offer great value for money and are a popular choice, along with convertible dresses.
There are a number of gowns with convertible straps offering a multitude of looks from just one dress. Straps can be fashioned to create off-the-shoulder sleeves, one-shoulder and halter necklines which at first appear to be strapless. Infinity straps can be styled in halter necklines, shaped to crisscross over an open back or slotted through hidden loops to tie at the waistline. They can even be styled to create a sheer overlay on the skirt. This range of options makes convertible dresses a great choice for brides desiring an overall look with subtle differences and a winner with the maid who has the chance to purchase a dress that portrays a new aspect for every day of the week.
Every bride can discover a style of dress to suit her vision of the perfect wedding as the range is rich and varied. If her preference is for bridesmaids in lace there are dresses crafted in Bella, Aria, Palermo and sequin lace. There are dresses fashioned in crinkle and Inna chiffon, and in shimmering sequin tulle and the filmiest bobbinet. Fabrics are carefully selected for their fine qualities and matched to the styles that best match their drape and flow. Watters specialize in lightweight fabrics which feel good to wear and are not too heavy. There is an extensive use of chiffon, Vantana’s favorite fabric as she finds it the most flattering. It is no surprise that it tends to be a favorite with bridesmaids as is breathable and holds its shape well, ensuring the dress looks as good at the end of the evening as it did at the start of the ceremony. The fabrics used are ideal for expressing romance and femininity, two key features so beloved of brides.
Every style of neckline is represented, ranging from strapless sweetheart bodices and ruffled V-necklines to asymmetrical and sheer illusion. There are soft cowls and halter bridesmaid dresses, Sabrina necklines and crossover halter necklines. There is sheer lace bateau necklines framed with cap sleeves and bodices with sheer asymmetrical necklines finishing in one-shoulder styles redolent of Grecian statues. Bodices are secured with spaghetti straps or tapered shoulder straps above off-the-shoulder sleeves. There is cap, short and three-quarter length sleeves for those preferring to cover their shoulders. Embellishments barely feature in the collection as the emphasis is on contemporary chic which is best expressed through immaculate detailing such as perfect pleating or ruching. Scalloped trim is used to delicately accentuate necklines, cap sleeves, waistlines and hemlines. Where adornments do feature they are limited to the occasional delicately beaded waistband, covered buttons or a modest yet distinctive ruffle. Waistlines offer the perfect opportunity to introduce texture, showcasing a touch of sequin tulle, a Grosgrain ribbon belt or an insouciant tie sash.
Skirts shape the silhouette distinctly. Above the knee fitted skirts flatter the figure with their pencil cut and long fit and flares showcase a casual flare above the hemline. The most popular silhouette is the A-line, so flattering to so many figures while flowing with effortless ease. Some of the long skirts feature high-low hemlines while others present a faux wrap appearance with the additional of an asymmetrical overlay. Skirts cascade in soft gathers from waistlines or from empire waistlines that elongate the frame. The occasional touch of horsehair completes a hemline or trims a layered overlay. Short fitted skirts feature center back slits for ease of movement while certain full-length gowns are completed with a provocative mid-thigh slit.
Each dress in the collection is styled to reflect the romance of the day and the sophistication of the woman that wears it. Brides know the color scheme is an integral part of their overall vision of the wedding and Watters offers colors to suit every theme, season, venue and mood. Many brides opt to wear white and surround themselves with bridesmaids in dark colors to make their own dress stand out with a pop. Dark colors available in the palette include black, indigo, cobalt and cognac. Each of these is sophisticated and elegant, very befitting of a formal or city ceremony. Bright colors such as peony, red, aqua and mandarin are a great choice for outdoor weddings and soft pastels flatter many skin tones while evoking springtime in a range of umber, blush, burnished lilac and French vanilla.
Bridal fantasies of a blissful Watters wedding can come true when care and attention is paid to every detail. Selecting just the right bridesmaid dresses is a big decision as the friends chosen may come in different sizes with individual preferences. Watters caters to these differences by creating unique contemporary dresses with an enchanting appeal that contributes to the romantic vision of the day while pleasing every important participant. Bridesmaids feel irresistibly winsome, special and appreciated when the bride has the exquisite taste that leads her to select Watters.