Every day when I'd to walk to school, I'd pass a bridal boutique on my route. The older I got, the longer I'd stare, nose practically pressed at against the window, taking in every detail of the gorgeous wedding dresses before me. My obsession with bridal gowns has only intensified in adulthood, and even though I tied the knot four years ago, I still find myself pouring over wedding atelier Instagram accounts, lapping up the lace, tulle and embellishment like an addict.
Much like fashion, wedding dress trends also come and go. Over the years we've seen everything from Bardot necklines to pink hues peak in popularity, only to quietly take a backseat when new silhouettes, textures and details come to the design forefront. So, what's next? I'm glad you asked.
Instead of looking into a crystal ball, I decided to speak to some of the most influential people in the wedding dress industry—think Kate Halfpenny from Halfpenny London, Louie Tew from TH&TH and Megan Ziems from Grace Loves Lace—to decode the top wedding dress trends in 2019. What they told me makes me want to get married all over again. Keep scrolling to see what 2019 has in store when it comes to wedding dress trends.
Impossibly pretty and glamorous, Kate Halfpenny reveals: "Bows have long been a feature on wedding dresses but now they're used more subtly. Personally, I love finding contemporary, chic ways to incorporate ultra-feminine details into my collections."
Style your hair in an updo to really show off this gorgeous backless cut.
If there was ever a dress that would allow you to wear Carrie Bradshaw–style statement shoes on your big day, this is it.
The knotted bodice detail provides a modern alternative to ultra-feminine bows.
That's right—the ballgown is officially back, and that's something two of our experts can agree on. Louie from TH&TH explained to us: "After the global hysteria of two Royal weddings this year, 2019 will see an abundance of elegance, timelessness and prestige. Princess gowns will offer a dramatic difference to the fluid shapes we've become accustomed to, boasting swathes of sheer layers of tulle for those who want the grandest gowns."
Kate Halfpenny has also tipped big skirts as the silhouette of note, saying, "The ballgown silhouette is coming back into fashion and our brides-to-be are loving the Rihanna skirt. It’s a contemporary, fashion-forward way to wear a huge gown."
This dress looks as if Grace Kelly would have worn it, and that can only be a good thing. We also love how the overlay skirt is detachable—ideal for the after dark part of your big day.
No one will ever guess this gown cost less than £200. Stunning.
Because how many times in your life can you wear a dress so beautiful? Don't let this opportunity pass you by.
Lace has always been a wedding dress mainstay, but in 2019, Kate Halfpenny expects it to take on a more statement guise. "Brides-to-be are loving unusual textures like the 3-D appliqué lace as it makes even more impact," she says.
The detailing on this dress is a work of art.
Featuring a sheer hem and mid-section, this Self-Portrait dress looks sexy but chic at once—a hard combination to crack.
The tie straps, the ornate lace, the tulle skirt… everything a bride-to-be could possibly want.
Instead of statement necklines, things are taking a simpler turn, with cowl necks coming back in a big way. Megan Ziems, Grace Loves Lace founder, says, "What our clients want is less structure and more natural glamour. The truly modern and adventurous bride will take reign—she shows a nod to tradition through colour and details like pearls yet she’s confident with wearing a sexy and powerful dress. Comfort will be key, as women continue to appreciate that being a bride for the day isn’t about wearing a corset or heavy gown, so cowl necks and A-line skirts will certainly be a huge silhouette feature in 2019."
Simple but stunning, wear this new Grace Loves Lace style with a long, minimal veil to keep further enhance the clean silhouette.
Consider this dress a beautiful blank canvas. Try accessorising this dress with a beaded or crystal belt.
This dress will flatter just about every body type.
It's undoubtedly 2018's texture of note, and satin is set to continue to sell fast in 2019, too. Kate Halfpenny explains, "It's the ultimate in glamour, which is why so many brides are choosing it for their big days."
Beyond chic, this midi dress is just the thing for a town hall ceremony.
Layer a cropped jacket over this gown for winter weddings.
Choose your shoes wisely, as the side-split means they'll be on full view.
The alternative bride has plenty to choose from in 2019, with sort hemlines becoming more prevalent than ever before. "Short dresses are perfect for the days surrounding the wedding, for brides-to-be looking for something a little more informal, or for a service taking place ahead of a bigger celebration overseas," Kate Halfpenny tells us.
Pair this pretty mini with pointed flats and a bejewelled Alice band.
The high neckline and long sleeves make this frock ideal for outdoor ceremonies.
The bandeau neckline means there's many a layering opportunity to be had. Just think how chic it would look with a cream mohair sweater underneath.
Okay, so they're not technically dresses, but bridal separates—suits, skirts, crop tops and even shorts—are set to be all the rage in the coming months. As Kate Halfpenny puts it, "2019 is the year of the rule-breaking bride."
Give your service a stylish feel with this cute crop top.
Matching the crop top above, these wide-leg trousers cancel out any flesh on-show ensuring you look wholly sophisticated.
Did someone say beach wedding?
This blazer will look equally sleek paired with matching shorts (see below) or layered over a tulle floor-sweeper.
Shorts are totally acceptable as big day attire—especially when they're made from gorgeous structured satin.