Wedding Dresses

Amanda Holden's daring BGT semi-final dress last night was absolutely bridal-inspired

...and here's how to get the look for your big day!

With its daringly high thigh split and deep plunging illusion neckline, one might think Amanda Holden's Britain's Got Talent semi-final outfit might not be the most ideal inspiration for a wedding dress, but think again.

The beautiful blush dress adorned with floral appliqué detailing was created by designer house J'Aton Couture, and is strikingly similar to some of the more daring wedding dresses coming our way for 2018.

The lusted-after label, headed by Australian design duo Jacob Luppino and Anthony Pittorino, is well known by bridal browsers for their stunning 'fine art' style gowns, which lead wedding dress trends on popular photo sharing site Pinterest, Instagram and countless bridal blogs.

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As weddings move past the traditional and become altogether more modern affairs, so too does the fashion, and while the idea of walking up the aisle in a plunging red carpet style gown in any colour of the rainbow would have been unheard of back in the day, nowadays seems par for the course.

Israeli designers Berta, Inbal Dror, Liz Martinez and Galia Lahav are turning the bridal tide with their ultra racy, skin-skimming wedding gowns and Irish brides can't seem to get enough of them.

"We are definitely seeing a surge in girls looking for a more sensuous bridal look," says  Meghann Mills O'Riordan of designer bridal boutique Myrtle Ivory in Dublin, "[thigh] splits are definitely in, and we saw quite a few at London Bridal Week in May."

Some of the newest bridal collections coming in for 2018 feature daring necklines, gravity-defying low backs, sexy thigh high splits and skin-tight silhouettes as standard, however there are more subtle takes on the look, notably by Polish label Anna Kara and closer to home Amanda Wakeley in the UK, and these designers are predicting their styles will be a huge hit on the Emerald Isle.

"We have heard from the likes of [designers] Amanda Wakeley and Stephanie Allin that they find the Irish bride more daring - they are more fashion savvy brides," adds Meghann.

When it comes to the wedding, Meghann says the rise in civil and Humanist weddings has seen Irish brides' choice of dress style becoming a little more varied.

"With more and more humanist weddings brides can dare to bear," she notes.

As for Amanda's lavish couture gown, while Meghann says she looks fabulous ("she's 46?!") she can't see her or anyone else walking down the aisle in it.

"I don't think it's as appropriate for a wedding gown... perhaps without the split, or vice versa. You know, you want to keep some mystery for the day, and you want to be above all comfortable. There's nothing worse than a bride being uber cautious on the day. You want to be relaxed and feeling your very best - and so so comfortable."

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