If you are looking for a standout wedding dress for your 2017 or 2018 wedding day then consider encorporating some of these key wedding trends in your bridal look. With so many versatile styles you are sure to find one that suits!
Get ready to fall hopelessly in love with this season’s penchant for fabulous 3D blooms. This incredible intricate floral embellishment trend promises to set your gown apart from the rest, and leave your guests in awe as you take to the aisle. We love how this Needle & Thread Rosette gown works this trend. Plus, with the brand's signature free-spirited, bohemian style, it's perfect for the boho bride. We spoke to Needle & Thread's Creative Director about the trend.
"Many modern brides are now looking for something to set them apart from the traditional bride, and 3D florals can provide a beautifully whimsical addition to the fairy tale silhouette. Our Rosette gown, adorned with hazy-pink petal embroidered motifs that lightly scatter towards the hem, is inspired by sun-drenched roses and is a beautiful style for any bride wanting to have some fun with her wedding gown." Founder & Creative Director, Hannah Coffin, Needle & Thread.
It's All About the Back
Want to surprise your wedding guests as you walk down the aisle? Opt for a fabulously detailed or statement back. There's nothing quite so show-stopping as a wow-factor back, and it'll look amazing in your wedding photos too. We love the sleek style of these fabulous Caroline Castigliano bridal separates (Inspiration Top & Celyn Skirt). The look as a whole is still demure but flaunts a back design that will wow your guests. Caroline Castigliano describes the look further below.
"This sensual sleek outfit is contemporary and stylish, playful and flirty while being slightly demure. Handcrafted in a luxury stretch crepe this two piece skirt clings perfectly to your form and shows the feminine curves. Back details are right on trend now and this cutaway top is the mood of 2017." Caroline Castigliano.
If you're a bride-to-be searching for something a little alternative in the wedding dress department, you'll love this season's trend for bold, colourful floral prints. Whether you opt for an all-over design, or just a hint of a print we promise you'll leave your guests breathless with delighted surprise. Phillipa Lepley's Toulouse gown is everything when it comes to a floral wedding dress. We spoke to the designer herself about 2017's trend for bold, show-stopping florals.
"I never follow 'trends' too closely when designing, because we specialise in one-off, couture dresses. Instead I take inspiration from individual brides and from stunning fabrics I find all over the world. I fell madly in love with this wonderful Italian printed jacquard fabric within seconds of seeing it. The colours are so warm and captivating - I couldn't wait to transform it into a dress. It's a great feeling when I find stand-out fabrics like this - it is so elegant and majestic, but it does not overpower the bride." Phillipa Lepley.
Bows are big and they're back this 2017. The traditional motif has returned in style for the new bridal season; think everything from big structured beauties to small, neat bow details that help tie a look together. Plus, they're not just for the girly-bride anymore either! We love this Truly by Zac Posen for David's Bridal gown with its structured bow back detail. Its fabulous, sleek mermaid silhouette, button details and sexy sweetheart neckline mean it's quite the jaw-dropper! We spoke to Lori Conley, the Divisional Merchandise Manager for Bridal and Flower Girl at David's Bridal about the design...
"Bows have the ability to make a broad range of statements depending on how they are crafted and how they are featured. They can be a perfect finishing touch on a frothy romantic gown by way of a delicate grosgrain ribbon, or infuse architectural influence when sculpted out of a more structured fabrication as featured on our new Truly Zac Posen gown. Whichever way they’re added, they are a wonderful way to bring a bit of femininity to your bridal style." Lori Conley, Divisional Merchandise Manager for Bridal and Flower Girl at David's Bridal.
Capes and Toppers
This 2017 it's all about the cape or bridal topper (be it a bridal-esque bomber jacket, embellished shawl or cropped sequin overlay). Think Solange Knowles on her wedding day: that beautiful flowing cape with her chic, minimal wedding day jumpsuit. This trend is just perfect for the contemporary, fashion-forward bride who doesn't want to follow tradition. We just adore the Leonids gown from Lusan Mandongus' latest bridal line, and it's an ideal example of how the cape can work wonders on your wedding day. We spoke to the brand more about the Leonid gown's cape detail...
"A simple cape / train in silk chiffon is attached to the wedding dress, and as the bride walks down the aisle it creates the effect of a meteoroid trail with the glowing translucent tulle; transforming every bride into a shining meteor on her big day." Lusan Mandongus.
Coloured wedding gowns are proving to be most popular this SS17 and beyond. No longer are brides left to decide between just ivory and white, now you can choose between everything from sumptuous blue, to powder pink and decadent gold. More often than not, these colourful wedding gowns flaunt beautiful detail too alongside their innovative hue. Think fabulous embellishment, intricate embroidery and much, much more. We absolutely love this blue bridal offering from Suzanne Neville. The designer's 'Rembrandt' gown is a complete show-stopper.
"Brides are becoming more adventurous when is comes to their wedding gowns, and subtle colours are increasingly popular. I created the blue Rembrandt gown because I fell in love with the fabric when I saw it in Paris, I didn’t expect many Brides to go for this dress in the blue but they have. Champagne, gold and pink are also popular." Suzanne Neville.
If you're a bride-to-be who likes a bit of bling, you'll be delighted to hear that heavy embellishment is a top trend for 2017. With designers adorning everything from necklines to hemlines - not to mention gowns with fabulous embellishment all over - this is definitely the trend for you! Ian Stuart's Glitterbomb gown is the perfect example. We love his beautifully placed jewel-embellishment that sits magnificently among the folds of material at the gown's sweetheart neckline and waist. We spoke to the designer himself about the trend...
"Embellishment is what makes a beautiful gown spectacular. You just don’t get to wear such beautiful details in any other type of clothes, and it’s what makes a bride feel like a queen. I use a lot of crystal beading, multi coloured embroidery, delicate lace and 3D applique, because I can be in awe of the intricacy and beauty of them, and this is what I want my brides to see and feel." Ian Stuart.
If texture is your thing, then drop everything and fall in love with Charlotte Casadéjus' fabulously feathered Margot wedding dress (stocked at Luella's Bridal). Feathers are a great way to bring that touch of pure glamour to a gown, as well as beautiful movement as you take to the aisle or twirl around the dance floor. We spoke to Charlotte about her use of feathers and why she chose them to adorn this gown.
"I wanted to create an incredibly glamorous dress which was different from the usual bridal look, almost like an Oscars dress. I've always been a fan of multiple textures so when I found this fabulous feather and leather fabric I knew I had to use it. I teamed it with a very mat, sand washed silk 50's style corset but used the softest draped silk tulle with the subtlest metallic flecks adding as always a little vintage touch with an art Deco brooch to the shoulder." Charlotte Casadéjus.
READ MORE: 11 Fabulously Feathered Wedding Dresses
The hi-low hemline is the perfect bridal trend for the indecisive bride. If you're struggling to decide between a short or long hemline, this fabulous shape will prove the ideal compromise (and it's a great way to show off a pair of beautiful bridal shoes too)! This Cristallini gown (style SKA641) is the ideal example of how this trend works so well. We love how the ripples of fabric and lace overlay work to give a unique edge to the A-line silhouette. We spoke to the label's Creative Director, Roxana Ostroveanu, further about this trend.
"I created this piece with the modern bride in mind, a delicate silhouette with asymmetric hand-sewn embroideries. To me, a hi-low hemline is a beautiful compromise for the girl that wants to stand out in a youthful, short dress, while preserving the full skirt and and glamour of a long gown." Roxana Ostroveanu, Creative Director at Cristallini.
A higher neckline has made a return this 2017, not only in mainstream fashion trends but in bridal as well. A higher neckline is often the ideal way to balance out a statement back or an open back that shows a lot of skin. It also works extremely well with a more vintage vibe or a wedding dress with long illusion sleeves. The Cressida gown by Eliza Jane Howell makes an incredible statement with its high neck, glittering illusion neckline over a sweetheart strapless look and long, shimmering sleeves. Below, the designer talks to us further about this particular look.
"The Cressida gown was inspired by the fashion of the Hollywood starlets from the 1930’s. This super stylish gown is completely hand-beaded and has a covered up high neckline which is balanced by lightly hand beaded mesh on the chest which shows off just enough flesh to tease the groom." Eliza Jane Howell.
Long sleeves, and particularly long illusion sleeves with lace detailing, are causing a stir this 2017. Perfect for pairing with a mermaid silhouette and often, highly embellished designs, long-sleeves are back with a bang. We love this gown (Akane) by Immaculada Garcia. With the dress' illusion, net-like sleeves, fabulous button details and jewel neckline, the sleeves and layers of material give a lovely ethereal vibe to the gown. We spoke to Immaculada Garcia about this love for longer sleeves.
''Long-sleeved wedding dresses are perfect for brides who want to leave the cover-ups at home as well as for those who’d rather keep a little more to the imagination. 2017 collections have taken a turn for the demure, with full coverage wedding gowns that read feminine and elegant all in one.'' Immaculada Garcia.
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The Bardot neckline has been extremely popular this 2017, both for everyday wardrobes and also the big day look. This is a great neckline for brides-to-be who don't want to go completely strapless, but do what to show off that little bit of skin around the neck and hint at the décolletage. Naomi Neoh's Ivy gown from her Summer's Eve collection demonstrates this trend beautifully.
"Defined embellishment of statement lace against coloured fabrics will continue to be popular, as well as soft off-the-shoulder necklines, with delicate trailing details over the shoulder and into the décolletage." Naomi Neoh.
READ MORE: Our Favourite Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
The glamour that comes with this season's overskirt trend is indisputable. With the added volume of the often tulle overskirt a more simple gown can instantly become a show-stopper and totally aisle-worthy. The overskirt trend is also another great one for more indecisive brides or for those who want two different looks for their big day but can only afford one gown. Wear the overskirt down the aisle and wow your wedding guests, and then detach it later for the reception and dance the night away in a more sculpted, fitted silhouette. Stephanie Allin's Annabel gown is the perfect example of how fabulous the overskirt trend can be.
"I have been championing the overskirt for some time and introduced my first one in my Jazz Age collection back in 2012! Since then I have created different versions and my brides love the soft romantic chiffon overskirts as well as the more structured box skirt with pockets style. They can both be removed for a totally different look!" Stephanie Allin.
We love the plunging necklines that have emerged this season. Perfect for the sassy bride, the neckline effortlessly elongates the bridal silhouette and is a great way to add a slightly sexier edge to your wedding day look. This Mikaella bridal gown, with its side slit, feminine shape and plunging neckline is quite the beauty, and we love how an illusion panel works with the neckline for that seductive, peek-a-boo twist. We spoke to Marty Bernsteinm the Founder and Designer of Mikaella Bridal about Style 2107 and the collection...
“This season, the collection was inspired by a more playful, whimsical spirit, yet still appreciates classic silhouettes. With the incorporation of the latest trends and fabrications, the collection is beaming with femininity, originality and class. Infused with form-fitting silhouettes and delicate embellishments, Mikaella Bridal has not only stayed true to the light-heartedness that has beamed through previous collections, but have presented modern trends such as daring plunging necklines, illusion bodices, and open backs.” Marty Bernstein - Founder and Designer Mikaella Bridal.
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If you're a bride-to-be searching for a sexier approach to a wedding dress, you'll love this season's sheer panels, inserts and illusion necklines and backs. Sheer panels of fabric are a great way to show off a hint of skin without displaying too much, and we adore how many designers have taken the sheer material and incorporated trailing lace embroidery across it for an ethereal approach. Ruth Milliam's Alice and Maia gowns are great examples of how the sheer illusion trend works so well.
"Our brides are loving the sheer trend as it really shows off the beaded detail on the gowns. With the sheer skirt overlaying a slimmer silhouette beneath it allows the bride to have a full skirt but still to show off their figure. It is a more fashion-forward and feminine look than the more traditional bridal look, perfect for a destination wedding as the gown can be as light as possible." Ruth Milliam.
Want to wow your guests as you walk down the aisle on the big day? Choose a tiered skirt! Be it A-line and dramatic, or a simple, more fluid shape a tiered, layered skirt can instantly bring a more playful edge to a wedding gown. We love the flirty style of this bohemian creation (Brynn) by Katya Katya Shehurina. Those tiers are just begging to be thrown around the dance floor!
“Layering is something which as a designer comes naturally to me within my collections, so ‘Brynn’ is an extension of style and the contemporary movement of the times within bridal.” Katya Katya Shehurina.
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Lace will forever be a favourite with brides and designers, and we love this season's trend for unique lace detailing. Brands have taken a more contemporary, fresh approach to the traditional bridal fabric and let unique, intricate designs take centre stage. Style 709 by Demetros proves how show-stopping this lace effect can be, with its detailed lace pattern and almost baroque nature.
“Lace will forever remain a bridal classic. However, this season there will be many dresses featuring unique lace patterns with a more modern and artistic twist. These kinds of laces are sure to make a fashionable statement!” Demetrios.
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