While wedding trends may not change drastically from season to season, there are still some noteworthy trends which are worth considering, especially for the fashion forward bride. Besides, who doesn’t love looking at gorgeous gowns?! So here, we’ve rounded up the top 10 wedding dress trends for 2016, straight from the bridal runways!
1) Blooming marvellous
If you want to stand out from the crowd on your wedding day, 3D floral applique is one trend to watch! Floral applique have long been a popular choice when it comes to embellishment but this year florals go big and bold! Small floral appliques were carefully dotted on sleeves, bodies and skirts but runways were awash with big beauties too! These three-dimensional additions give romantic gowns a distinctly modern feel and definitely demand attention!
2) Fall for feathers
Ruffle those feathers! Designers including Vera Wang, Monique Lhuillier and Carolina Herrera were ruffling feathers and finding unique ways to use this fabric. Feathers instantly add texture and movement to a gown and are perfect for fun and flirty brides who seek a dress to match their vibrant personalities. From full on feather skirts to just a hint, this whimsical trend is one to watch.
3) Go deep
Plunging necklines definitely aren’t for the faint hearted! The trick with this trend is to keep the rest of your look simple to avoid too many distracting details. Keep your silhouette slick for an ultra-feminine look.
4) Layers of lace
Princess Kate’s love for lace ensures this trend is set to stick for a while longer. But thankfully designers are looking for new takes on the trend and have turned to layers of lace for a bit of a revamp. Ideal for the romantic bride, lace is strategically layered over embroidered tulle and Swiss dot lace to create texture like never before.
Yes, hair jewellery is now a thing! Brides are demanding a unique alternative to the classic veil and alas, hair jewellery was born. Think Grecian forehead bands and statement tiaras and you’re bang on trend!
6) Red carpet worthy
This year designers have been taking their inspiration from the red carpet to create a collection of slinky silhouettes. And it’s not all white and ivory either. If you love a little colour, delicate shades of blush or champagne will keep things interesting.
The LWD (little white dress) is favoured by brides with a penchant for vintage. Classic 1950s tea length gowns instantly give off this vibe and are ideal for the petite bride. The LWD is also perfect for continuing the party the next day!
8) Return to tradition
Again, we’ve got Kate to thank for this one! Classic A-line silhouettes combined with long sleeves give a nod to tradition, but thankfully, with a twist! Gossamer sheer, illusion sleeves give the feeling of full coverage, while accents like lace, embellishment and intricate beading take gowns to the twenty first century.
9) Total exposure
Designers have recognised the bride’s need to look good from all angles and have delivered! Low and illusion backs were a focal point at Bridal Fashion Week. For those who want to go ultra low, tasteful cut outs, peek-a-boo lace and illusion panels help keep things bridal.
10) Sleeves please
For the bride who wants to feel a little more covered up, cap sleeves are a perfect alternative to a bolero or shrug. Oscar de la Renta and Temperley lead the way when it comes to this trend.
Whatever trend you choose for your big day, we know you’ll look fabulous!
- Photography by Catherine Mackenzie: click here to get in touch
- Published in Getting Married in Northern Ireland Magazine
- Flowers by Jil Peterson, The Stables Flower Company
- Styling by The Stables Flower Company, and The Vintage Style Emporium