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Here’s a roundup of the top trends for the 2009 Valley bride

This season, brides are breaking the mold when it comes to their wedding wear.

“They’re tired of seeing the same style at every wedding they go to,” says Grace Simmons of Town Shop Bridal in Poughkeepsie. “Now they want something different.” Whether it’s a bright splash of color or a bold asymmetrical cut, today’s bride isn’t afraid to infuse her personal style into the design. We asked Simmons and Jiavanna Ettinger of Town Shop Bridal, and Rita Alaimo of Reginella Bridal in Montgomery, to dish on the most popular trends that are getting Valley brides to say “yes” to the dress.

1. Looking elegant doesn’t mean you have to settle for simplicity. Add your own personal touch to an otherwise plain dress with subtle details — such as a bow, beading, ruffles, or rosettes — to bring a whole new element to your look. Moderation is key: “Steer clear of too many embellishments,” warns Simmons. “A little flair is fine, like a flower at the hip. But do one, not 12.”

2. Dramatic and classy, one-shoulder gowns turn the aisle into a runway by emphasizing toned arms and a delicate collarbone. “It’s a great look for a smaller or more casual wedding,” says Simmons, “but depending on the material, it can be just as formal.” A beaded or rhinestone-adorned strap adds extra va-voom to your gown — the perfect complement to that stunning diamond on your finger.

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3. Once reserved for bridesmaids and groomsmen’s ties, many brides are continuing to add color to their gowns to make a statement, complement their skin tone, or even match the wedding’s theme. Look for golds, pinks, ice blues, and platinum.

4. This season’s most popular design detail, ruching, takes the cake when it comes to hiding a tummy or hips. “You’ll see a lot of it at the midsection,” says Alaimo. Romantic and flirty, ruching can also add volume without looking bulky.

5. Whether celebrating a second marriage or getting hitched in the sand, tea-length hemlines are all the rage for the no-fuss modern bride. “This style is good for gals who are doing anything but walking straight ahead,” says Ettinger. “For a destination wedding, standing on the beach, or getting married in a vineyard — it’s just practical.”

The shorter length also lends itself to lighter and more flowing fabrics, especially chiffon, silk charmeuse, and organza. And while you might want to think twice before baring your gams for a traditional church wedding (where anything above the ankles is a definite no-no), this trend is perfect as a second outfit for the reception party.

For advice on which wedding dress style works best with your figure, visit www.hvmag.com.

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