Trends in bridal are not like trends in designers’ main ready-to-wear collections—although they can overlap, like with feathers this season. There are shades that are expected and restrictions in materials . . . neoprene bridal probably will never see its moment in the sun, and for good reason. In wedding wear, what’s en vogue is not necessarily what’s new and groundbreaking, but what works for the time. That said, this season was far more forward thinking than anything we’ve seen in the past, yet still very wearable, and we’re here for it. Scroll down to see eight of the biggest bridal trends that will no doubt make their way down the aisle next year.
1. If You’re a Bird, I’m a Bird
It seems as though designers took a cue from the feathers that fluttered down the Spring 2019 RTW runways and decided to make their brides fly. Don’t be afraid of plumage—and remember, you’re a swan, not a pigeon.
Who says a veil has to be the only thing on your head? This season’s designers showed floral and tulle headpieces, tiaras, and jeweled and beaded pieces that delicately drip down.
3. Puff It Up
The exaggerated sleeve continues to pop up everywhere, finally reaching the bridal market, where a Renaissance-era like silhouette easily adds a dash of Old World romance to any wedding day look.
4. Tulle on Tulle
A tulle skirt is nothing new, but layering tulle upon more tulle is the way to add volume with this romantic fabric.
5. Well Suited
Structure seeps through this season with suit pieces. From suit dresses to suit-short sets to vests, the tailored, power-dressing look is perfect to strut or saunter down the aisle in or get down in at the after-party.
6. Fit For a (Specific) Royal
No one can deny the influence the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress on this season. The boat-neck, long-sleeve dress by Clare Waight Keller of Givenchy opened the floodgates for this clean, crisp, and contemporary silhouette.
7. Take It Off
A long train has always been a bridal go-to for its ability to create a dramatic entrance down the aisle. But in terms of practicality, trains aren’t exactly reception or dance floor friendly. As more and more modern brides gravitate towards comfort for their big day, designers have starting adding detachable trains and pieces to their wedding gowns. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds?
8. Wedding Weekend Wardrobe
Designers have wisened up and are dressing their bride for her whole wedding experience, from rehearsal dinner to after-party to recovery brunch. Think a mini-dress or romper is too casual for the ceremony? Bam! After-party look secured. Done and done.
9. Pearly White
Pearls continue to draw brides toward their iridescence this season. From accents to full embellishments, the classic, oceanic gem isn’t going away any time soon.
10. Jumped Right In
You don’t need to parachute into your ceremony, but in a jumpsuit . . . logistically, you could. Jump into newlywed life in this contemporary silhouette that hasn’t run its course.