If you’re a bride planning your big day, you will already be thinking about themes. While a theme isn’t a must for your wedding, most brides find it helps them plan effectively and get a cohesive look and feel to their wedding. By choosing a theme, it also makes decisions easier which, let’s face it, is always a bonus! But there’s always one thing we find brides struggle with in planning themes, and that’s how to get their dress to tie in with the theme. The good news is that it is very possible – all it takes is a bit of out of the box thinking and careful planning. At Riki Dalal, we have a few suggestions to help you make your wedding day look match your theme.


For some people, the theme of their wedding simply revolves around a certain colour or set of colours. For example, black and white weddings are a timeless classic and pastel weddings are very popular at the moment.  It might feel like integrating your wedding colours into your dress is simple, but that honestly depends on what your colours are. White, cream or champagne are fairly easy to pull in because those are the shades of a traditional wedding dress. But what about more contemporary colours, like blue, rose gold or black? If you’re not keen on having a fully coloured gown, you can bring these colours in as accents to the dress itself. So if your theme is blue, consider a blue belt, blue jewellery or even some blue embroidery on the dress. They may seem small, but these little accents can bring the whole theme together.


Another popular way to theme weddings is to choose a ‘style’. This could be anything from classical to contemporary, modern and sharp or rustic. These are slightly more challenging to incorporate into your dress, but it can be done. For example, the style of dress you chose can reflect your chosen style – so if you’re going for contemporary chic, a slender, figure hugging dress with a fashionable neckline would be perfect. If you’re going for rustic, something light with lots of layers and even a hessian-style material will look perfect. You can also put the theme in with the cut of the dress – so dramatic sharp lines or soft curves, or feathered edges.


For some, the theme can be boiled down to a certain fabric or material. Some popular choices here include lace, Hessian, feathers and even marble. For some of these, it’s fairly easy to incorporate them into your wedding day look. Feathers can be sewn onto the dress as accents or worn in your hair and lace can be the feature decoration on your dress or the main material of your bolero or shrug. But for some fabrics, like Hessian, it can be a bit difficult to think of ways to bring it into your look. Here, you might want to wrap your flowers in Hessian, create Hessian boutonnieres for the boys or even including a Hessian belt on your dress.


With some themes, it’s not possible or practical to showcase them with the dress itself and this is where your accessories have the chance to shine. For example, if you’re going for a vintage theme, you could opt for a birdcage veil and wear a cameo necklace. If you’re looking for a classic black tie look, pearls and long opera gloves can complete the look. This extends to your makeup as well – whether you go for a classic barely-there look or the vintage pin-up cate eye. Even your choice of flowers can help accentuate your look and bring it all together with the theme.

At Riki Dalal, we have worked with a huge variety of styles, colours and materials into our collections to ensure that each bride can find the dress that fits her theme. We also keep a range of accessories in stock, and we can create bespoke gowns that truly show off your personal style. For more information, or to book your appointment, get in touch with us today.