Wedding dress style trends for 2018

Every year brings with it new beauty and hair trends, as well as new ideas for wedding dresses. From dresses adorned with gems and bows to capes and jackets, read on for the runway highlights of 2018 – coming to a wedding near you soon.

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Strapless Wedding Gown

2018 is the year of the strapless wedding gown. Although they’ve been popular for many decades, this season has enjoyed a boost from fashionistas. Gowns on the runway had a low to high hemline, combined with skirts and layered netting to help provide balance to the look. Big designers are playing with dramatic hemlines, a more obvious rise in the middle of the dress, and a subtle low to high hemline that let the bride’s shoes peep through underneath. This in particular is a great choice of dress for a bride with some striking bridal shoes to show off.

Jackets and Capes Style Up the Dress

This season, capes and jackets are in. Many runway models sported a cute bridal jacket or cape with their wedding dress. These additional style details are perfect for a bride that has scheduled her wedding for the frostier months, such as autumn or winter.


This season also introduced the most taboo colour imaginable for the wedding dress: jet black. Black is obviously traditionally associated with the sombre tone of a funeral and it was a surprise to see it employed on the runway for brides this season. It may still be a bit outré for many families!

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Dress details

In addition, the runways for 2018 had many pretty details. Bows were heavily displayed on some of the model’s dresses on the runway. Bows added to the arms were also a major talking point, with long bows tangling down the length of the arm from the top of the shoulder. Some dress designers included bows that reached the floor.

Others opted for dresses embellished heavily with delicate detailing. Crystal beads and gems were littered across the bodice and skirt of many of the dresses on the 2018 bridal runway.

Watteau-back gowns

The 2018 designer wedding dresses also featured Watteau-back gowns from many wedding dress designers. Glamour provide a detailed sketch of this style of dress on their website:

“The Watteau-back gowns of the eighteenth century gave the illusion of a cape, with fabric that draped from a bride’s shoulders to the floor. The modern take is a little less daunting, but it gives those who don’t want a cathedral-length veil or a heavy train something reminiscent to trail behind them down the aisle. And in many cases the Watteau back is removable, so you get the drama for your ceremony but won’t be weighed down on the dance floor.”

2018 wedding dresses

This season promises bolder wedding dress styles with new elements and old vintage elements. Eccentric colour choices promise fresh and interesting looks for brides to find inspiration in this wedding season.

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