Despite many wedding dresses having that ‘timeless’ feel about them, there are definitely trends that arise in bridal fashion. Along with You & Your Wedding’s fashion expert Peta Hunt, we’ve put together a list of some of the most stand out wedding dress trends.
The Relaxed Wedding Dress
More relaxed and bohemian style designs are perfect for UK summer weddings or for brides who are looking to elope. There’s been lots of hype over this style of wedding dress this season and you’re about to find out why.
Grace Loves Lace
This backless wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace oozes romance. The risqué side-boob and floaty fabric gives off such a feminine vibe.
READ MORE: We Interview Grace Loves Lace Designer Megan Ziems
The best thing about this edgy Yolan Cris wedding dress is the combination of different fabrics and patterns – it is an ideal choice for a boho bride and falls beautifully.
Despite having a lot of crochet lace detail, this design by Pallas still has a really relaxed feel to it due to the less formal cross-hatch fabric and natural, feminine shape.
Marchesa as a brand create so many incredible wedding dresses that are unique and totally embody this theme of relaxed, bohemian fashion. Their designs are famously individual and always stand out.
Bridal fashion has come so far in recent years, to the point where wedding jumpsuits and trouser suits are almost as common on the runway as dresses. If you’re skirt-phobic and want to rock a totally unique and stylish look – this trend is for you!
This quirky two-piece has an Audrey Hepburn vibe that we absolutely adore. Not only is it ridiculously fashionable and chic, it’s also really versatile and can be dressed up or down depending on your overall vision.
Brides who are really fashion-forward will know exactly how stylish the wide-leg trouser is right now. The beaded embellishment and fashionable fit really are a match made in bridal heaven.
Amanda Wakeley’s collection shows how tailored jackets can flatter both wedding dresses and wedding suits. This trouser suit has the cutest tailored fit and we love the waistband on that jacket – so flattering!
Elio Abou Fayssal
One designer who is always ahead with trends is Elio Abou Fayssal, the creator of this incredibly stunning bridal two-piece. The combination of sheer lace trousers and a silky high neck, long sleeved top is extremely elegant.
Coloured Wedding Dresses
Brides ‘having’ to wear white is such a rule of the past with colours like blush, pastel blues and even brighter tones really dominating the wedding catwalks. The white wedding dress rule is definitely something you can break.
Speaking of pastel blues, how incredible is this Fenoli wedding dress? It perfectly combines the classic ball gown shape with really interesting design aspects like the illusion bodice and floral applique – it’s just beautiful.
This floral wedding dress has a real regal, yet whimsical feel to it which is a rare combination to come across in bridal. The shape is incredibly elegant and we love the colour choices used for the flowers.
Marco & Maria
The bursts of colour on this Marco & Maria wedding dress add so much femininity, and we adore the metallic leafy embellishment too. Brides who want to try something different should definitely consider styles like this.
Katya Katya Shehurina
Coloured wedding dresses don’t always have to be so bold. This romantic design has subtle elements of pastel blue and a beautiful waist band which reads ‘truly, madly, deeply’ – such a lovely detail.
Red Carpet Glamour
Beaded, glamorous wedding dresses will always play a part in evolving bridal trends and this year we’re seeing more embellishment and sultry silhouettes than ever before.
Pronovias are continually bringing out incredibly intricate designs that are wedding and red carpet worthy, and this gown is no exception. We’re obsessed with the Bardot sleeve cape too, it adds such a unique element.
READ MORE: Stunning Wedding Dresses With Capes
A more simplistic, modern design is this one by Rosa Clara. The flared sleeves are so on trend and we love the sexy, fitted silhouette. This kind of dress is very Victoria Beckham-esque and we love it!
If you’re on the hunt for a sexy wedding dress that’ll get your partner’s pulse racing, Berta Bridal is the designer for you. Their dresses epitomise what it means to feel feminine and glamorous and the detail is impeccable.
Karen Willis Holmes
Potentially one of our favourite dresses to be revealed in 2017, this Karen Willis Holmes design is everything a glamorous bride could dream of and more.
Big, Dramatic Volume
This trend is all about added texture and volume. Big, volumnious dresses don't have to be over the top and tasteless - they can be some of the most elegant and stylish dresses of all!
If there’s one designer we can always rely on to create show stopping wedding dresses, it’s Vera Wang! This voluminous gown has a sultry backless design with the most incredible skirt accompanying it.
How unique and special is this SAVIN London wedding dress? The feathered skirt and intricate lace bodice really does work well together.
READ MORE: Fabulously Feathered Wedding Dresses
Ines Di Santo
Going down the more traditional route for a ball gown wedding dress, we have this wonderful design by Ines Di Santo. The off-the-shoulder cap sleeves and spaghetti straps look really gorgeous together.
Image Credit – Simon Cecere
Combining two of our bridal trends, colour and volume, is this gown by Paolo Sebastian. The plunging neckline is softened by the blush pink colour and whimsical embroidery on the skirt.
Sticking to the traditional wedding dress designs doesn’t make you any less unique. The latest, more traditional designs in bridalwear are still as stunning as ever and are definitely NOT a ‘safe’ option.
Combining simple fabrics with satin stripes has worked beautifully on this Peter Langner dress. The thick waist band is super flattering and we love the voluminous skirt.
Despite the traditional shape of this Sassi Holford gown, it has a really unique strapless neckline which adds a modern angle to it. The fabric is incredible and how convenient are those pockets!? (You can hide SO many canapés in there!)
High neck, long sleeve lace wedding dresses will literally never go out of fashion. This Carolina Herrera design pairs this traditional fabric with a beautifully subtle fit and flare shape and we just adore the finished product.
We were simply blown away when we set eyes on Heidi Elnora’s above design. There’s no hiding from the romance and elegance that oozes from this wedding dress and we envy any bride who gets to wear it!
Expert Fashion Opinion
You & Your Wedding's Editor at Large, Peta Hunt has been scouring the bridal exhibitions all season and has shared with us her favourite emerging trends from the catwalks:
"Light and airy gowns are so key this season, if you go big, go light!" - We totally agree, light fabrics make moving around in a ball gown so much easier, and comfier.
"Customisation makes such a difference. Take a basic dress and add other elements to make it your own - belts, flowers or lace will make your dress more unique." - This is a really clever way to ensure that your dress is 100% you!
"Laid back lace made from light, flowing fabrics and a high neckline are all the ingredients for a prim style that oozes romance." - This vision is exactly what modern brides should be looking for, especially if you want a really classy bridal look.
For even more wedding dress inspiration, why not take a look at another huge trend, the wedding overskirt.