Rejoice! The spring 2018 bridal fashion season has something for everyone. So many glorious wedding dresses!
No joke: If you want to saunter down the aisle J. Lo-at-the-Grammys or Rihanna-at-Coachella style with a deep plunge to the pelvis, hip-high slit, exposed back, peekaboo paneling or bedazzled illusion effects (or all of the above), go for it.
Or maybe you’re more of a classic bride, in the mold of Kate Middleton in her lacy long sleeves or Grace Kelly in an old Hollywood ball gown, when it comes to wedding dresses, you do you. (Or just forgo that whole traditional gown business altogether.)
Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week is behind us, and we’re still dreaming about the newest wedding dresses that our favorite designers debuted.
There was no shortage of inspiring collections and standout silhouettes, but when we think back on all of the wedding dresses we saw this week, it’s those that followed some of the biggest trends of the season that really stand out.
Designers surprised us by sending black wedding dresses (or those with black details) down the runways, proving that you don’t need to wear white to still look like a bride. Reem Acra, Hayley Paige, and Vera Wang all gave this new trend a try, and we’re excited to see how real brides interpret the idea on their own wedding days.
But if you prefer something decidedly more feminine, you’ll be pleased to hear that many of our favorite wedding dress designers finished their newest looks with bows.
From dainty embellishments, like Amsale and Randy Fenoli tried, to oversized statement-making bows from Carolina Herrera and Oscar de la Renta, you’ll love these finishing touches. And if a sweet bow isn’t enough, then think about pearls. Many designers, including THEIA, Lela Rose, and Houghton all showed new looks in wedding dresses with these incredible embellishments.
In short, the usual suspects (lace, illusion, off-the-shoulder, yes, always and forever, strapless) abound for the upcoming season, so you have the freedom to totally be yourself on your wedding day.
But for spring 2018, there are some new and notable standout bridal trends, which include a few resurgences, but with fresh twists.
(And, remember, if you don’t find that wedding look that’s the one, you can always customize.)
Here are the new trends in wedding dresses to know now:
Here, we’ve picked the top trends to take note of, straight from the bridal catwalks…
In black and white
Wedding dresses go graphic for 2018, as designers are trimming optic white confections with punctuating black ribbons and belts. Monochrome was the biggest takeaway from Marchesa’s bridal show, and even extended to the jet ceramic jewelry.
Bold florals for spring might not sound groundbreaking, but in the bridal world, such a literal extension of the bouquet feels pretty novel. Naeem Khan led the charge of colorful bloom embroideries on the runway, backed on traditional white and ivory fabrics. Some of the most gorgeous wedding dresses ever!
The retro bride
Fifties-style fit and flare wedding dresses appeared on several of the New York bridal catwalks, most notably at Oscar de la Renta, where the team even slung a white denim jacket over a model’s shoulders, for a touch of true vintage styling.
Streamlined in satin
Temperley London and Lela Rose led the charge of designers doing figure-hugging Forties-style wedding dresses. Think Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress at the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding, as your reference.
Bows are back, and even bigger than they were last year. Some, like Ines Disanto, tied enormous knots onto the back of gowns, while others like Marchesa opted for clusters of tiny ties on sleeves.
Tulle was an important player at the main fashion shows in February, so it’s no surprise that the trend is extending into the bridal sphere too. Bursts of the fabric appeared at hemlines and around shoulders of Monique Lhuilier’s entire collection of wedding dresses just seen on the runways.
Sachin and Babi, Idan Cohen and more put all of their design focus up top, offering richly embellished bodices with simple skirts for a bolder look in wedding dresses. All the better for those up-close shots in the photo album, no?
Stripped down corsets
The underwear-as-outerwear corset trend, which has been going strong for a few seasons now, strips down to delicate, uncovered boning. But the boudoir bustier look is elevated with swoon-y details, like embroidery, appliqués, Guipure lace or stunning blue crystal work in Jenny Packham’s circus-themed collection. This element makes for a very romantic silhouette for 2018’s wedding dresses!
The last couple of bridal seasons included a smattering of pants (always a classic), but trousers are coming in especially strong for 2018. From Lela Rose’s off-the-shoulder and pearl-detailed set to Naeem Khan’s sequined jumpsuit — if dresses aren’t your thing, now is definitely the time to be shopping for your bridal look.
Millennial pink and baby blue
Unsurprisingly, millennial pink isn’t just for sneakers and Suki Waterhouse’s new fashion line. But pink isn’t the only pastel making an appearance in wedding dresses. Easter egg blue has also proved to be trendy, appearing on Reem Acra’s gold-embroidered princess gown and Sachin and Babi’s softly belted lace-topped dress.
Maybe it’s Mandy Moore‘s authentic vintage wedding dress on “This Is Us,” but ’70s details abound for spring 2018 — especially flouncy clavicle-exposing ruffles and fluttery sleeves,. But expect updates, like Mira Zwillinger’s floral illusion crop top and skirt set, rather than the more traditional wedding dresses we are used to seeing.
Spring 2018 also threw it back even further to the ’20s and ’30s Art Deco period, with elegant scallop-shaped beaded embellishments and embroidery, opulent and chandelier-esque layered necklaces and dreamy, swoop-y draping at the back.
This season, the bridal staples of bulky layers of ruffle and tulle enjoy a lighter touch. Designers pared down the effect with soft, gossamer tiers to reveal beautiful lacework, intricate embroidery, striking embellishments or glimpses of bare leg underneath on many of their wedding dresses, like at Fernando Garcia and Laura Kim’s debut collection for Oscar de la Renta.
Modern puff sleeves
Wedding dresses give the puff sleeve, from that awkward sartorial period of the late ’80s and early ’90s, a reboot for next spring. Whether it’s Vera Wang’s exaggerated shapes or Carolina Herrera’s sheer pussy bow blouse — worn with pants, of course — there’s nothing dated about this look.
You’ve chosen a location and a date. You’re ready to start the process of choosing a save the date card, wedding invitation, and the rest of your stationery suite. Get in touch with us, and Fran will help guide you through the process!
Come check out our curated collections of wedding images here! They are sure to keep you inspired and motivated!
We’re so happy for you, and we know that this is truly going to be your Best Day Ever!