The most exciting and monumental thing about planning your wedding (apart from choosing your fabulous stationery of course) is ‘saying yes to the dress!’ Every girl dreams about the big white number that they will only wear for one day. Yet often images of Princess Di’s huge meringue, circa 1981 comes to mind when you're first faced with the daunting task of dress shopping. The trends emerging from bridal fashion week in April are a far cry from this, with looks to suit the romantic boho wedding through to your more daring rock and roll bride. Here is a rundown of the key take outs and emerging trends to consider when choosing ‘the one:’
The idea of including black when discussing wedding colour schemes could be scary at first and cause more than a roll of the eyes from your MIL – but this timeless colour combo can create a very classy yet modern look if used in the right proportions. Consider black grosgrain ribbons and sashes as seen at Carolina Herrera, small black corsages ala Vera Wang or Justin Alexander. Or a more dynamic monochrome styling which was prominent at Marchesa.
Bold Jewellery & Embellishment
Drapes and rows of pearls, encrusted jewelled ear cuffs, crystal laden body jewellery and hair pieces were seen on everyone from Lela Rose to Monique Lhuillier. Heavily encrusted dress bodices took this trend a further step – perfect for your close-up wedding shots. Say "bye" to the flower crown or single drop earring: as the bride, you are the centre of attention for the day after all, so go for it on the jewels and adornment.
Perfect for a festival wedding or for a romantic understated look; softly cut draped sleeves, fluted bell sleeves or cut out shoulders are all feminine and easy to wear looks flowing into bridal fashion from main range. These beautiful and equally prominent sleeve shapes for 2018 were seen on everyone from Temperley to Francesca Miranda and can be worn whatever your shape or dress size.
More of a trouser girl? Although still not as popular as the dress; a more comfortable trend option is coming through for a modern or more individual bride. Suits, tuxedos and jumpsuits made appearances down many catwalks such as Victor and Rolf, Oscar De La Renta and even Jenny Packham. As well as being championed on the red carpet as an alternative look by many celebs, such as Victoria Beckham and Cara Delevingne. The one-piece is also predicted to be a hit in 2018 for bridesmaids to follow you down the aisle – all playing with the traditional stereotype that only men should wear the trousers.
Whether you're styling your dress with a white denim jacket (Fernando Garcia for Oscar De La Renta), wearing a hand painted leather ‘wifey’ jacket (such as Wolf and Rosies creations, as seen at A curious party x Topshop bridal pop up), or teaming the dress with a ‘just married’ statement necklace – ‘it’s your day so anything goes’ is a key message for the 2018 bride. According to Etsy's resident trend expert “brides are making it a priority to stand out and not look so cookie cutter...” So, plan to be 'Insta' ready for your photos and make your own wedding rules for your big day.