Designers are beginning to realize their brides are more interested in a fabulous fit and softer fabrics rather than the often used taffeta. Also, soft, asymmetric draping helps to compliment the bride’s figure while eliminating the extra embellishments.
A sweetheart neckline is still the bodice of choice although many brides are beginning to also add the one shoulder trumpet shaped dress into the mix. Organza overlays, ruffled skirts, ruching, and a side gathering bodice will be featured on many of the gowns depending on the brides personality and personal preference. Texture is going to be seen through ruffles, tulle, flowers, layers, and lace. However, beading is a thing of the past and is less likely to be seen on most wedding gowns.
During New York's Bridal Fashion Week, we saw a ton of sleeves and tiaras. Each designer had at least one of each showcased on the runway however; many designers had multiple dresses with sleeves. Many styles from the past are coming back in while wedding dresses and ceremonies are becoming more formal and conservative. When choosing a dress with sleeves, you have two options: a dress with the sleeves attached or an overlay you could remove for the reception.
Due to the Royal Wedding, we will also begin to see many tiaras. To the bride, they may resemble a jeweled mini-crown.
(Images courtesy of: Unique Bridal Supplies and David's Bridal)