Get inspired with this round-up of the most gorgeous trends and ideas for your wedding dress, courtesy of the designers at London Bridal Week
London Bridal Week is almost upon us! Which means the latest designs in wedding day fashion are about to hit the catwalks and perhaps most importantly of all - our Pinterest boards.
A little Hollywood magic
2018 is set to be a big year for Royal weddings and Meghan Markle is sure to add a touch of Hollywood glam to one of the biggest weddings of the year. Think silky yet sophisticated silhouettes, luxurious fabrics and stylish sleeve detail and your Hollywood wedding style will start to emerge.
Dresses by Rosa Couture and Nicola Anne
The Valencia gown from Karen Willis Holmes offers style and sophistication with a crossover v-neckline and delicate sleeves, all cinched in with a simple belt. For brides who want to forgo the sleeves and opt for a slinkier style, the Verity gown from Rosa Couture offers a satin off-the-shoulder silhouette that is so glam and perfectly finished with a glittering belt. Or go for all out sparkle with the Warwick dress from Nicola Anne with its glittering bodice.
Bohemian wedding dress style has had a modern makeover with light, airy fabrics and ethereal styles taking centre stage. Many collections are taking inspiration from Australian designers such as Karen Willis Holmes - whose 2018 Wild Hearts collection is just filled with pretty lace detailing and flowing designs to the Berlin label Bianco Evento who’s new collection is a reflection of femininity and gracefulness using fabrics such as Crêpe, French lace, premium satin and light tulle in
ivory and soft pink.
Dresses by Karen Willis Holmes and Bianco Evento
Summer brides can beautifully team their relaxed and laid back gowns with flowing lace like the Savannah gown from Charlotte Balbier or off the shoulder detail like Kelsey Rose’s boho lace gown. While winter brides can toughen up the look with an uber-cool leather jacket or add a touch of luxe with some faux fur.
Who even says a wedding dress needs to be a dress? Brides are shunning tradition and turning to tailoring with white wedding suits, jumpsuits and chic trousers.
Jumpsuits by Theia Bridal and Eliza Jane Howell
Theia Bridal explain how their 2018 wedding collection is reflecting the modern bride: "Looking into 2018, the key trends include pants and jumpsuits with minimalist styling and sensuous looks". If you are getting married in 2018 and adore the idea for a bridal gown alternative then their satin jumpsuit needs some serious consideration. If added glitter is more your style then the Reno jumpsuit from Eliza Jane Howell offers a glamorous option for stylish brides.
As we all know: rules are pretty much made to be broken. This year will see brides rebel against traditional style and re-write the bridal rule book by adding a pop of colour, a high hemline or some bold embroidery.
Dresses by Rita Mae and Alan Hannah
Rita Mae offers a selection of bold, rule breaking designs for 2018. Including shorter styles, bold blue tones and vibrant red polka dots, all perfect for the rebellious bride. If you want to break the rules but still feel suitably bridal then the Candice dress from Veritas offers a traditional silhouette with bold floral detailing.
Get cape, wear cape, fly
Whether it’s a sheer cape worn down the aisle in place of a traditional veil or a permanent part of the gown, wedding dresses with capes make a serious style statement and will be a key trend in 2018 weddings.
Cape by Rasha.
London-based designer Rasha shows exactly how a cape should be worn on your wedding day with - as a simple style statement that truly enhances your bridal gown.
2018’s sheer wedding dress trend isn’t as scary as it sounds! Sheer trumpet skirts and overlays can add a pretty, whimsical twist to a traditional wedding dress and can transform the look and feel of a dress. Dutch bridal designer Modeca showcase the most beautiful bridal gowns with sheer skirt detail as part of their Papillon 2019 preview.
Dresses by KJL International and Modeca
For a more subtle sheer layer Aubrey from the latest Karen Willis Holmes collection is simply stunning or go for all out glam with KJL International’s bold sheer bridal gown.
Time to roll up your sleeves...
Ignore that: it's actually time to make a statement with your sleeves. Whether it’s delicate caps or bold bells, sleeved wedding gowns are proving to be a huge hit with 2018 brides. The MiaMia 2018 Love Letters collection shows perfectly how statement sleeves are making their mark. Or for a delicate elegant sleeve, the Nikki dress from Karen Willis Holmes is perfect.
Dress by True Bride, jumpsuit by Sassi Holford
True Bride designer Lydia Sayles explains how she’s loving the 2018 sleeve trend: "Sleeves, sleeves, sleeves! From traditional cap sleeve to classic long sleeve, to trendy off-the shoulder sleeve, they are set to take the shows by storm! We’re loving the boho floaty cold shoulder look, and cape like sleeves which create an ethereal feel and float beautifully down the aisle. We’ve worked this look into our bridal and bridesmaid collections and adorned gowns with sparkly embellishments for a heavy dose of glam".
London Bridal Week is taking place at ExCel London between 25-27 March 2018.