The current trends for bridal gowns are anything but boring! 2018 promises some jaw dropping looks that are sure to show up in inspirational photos for years to come. This is the year of the sexy wedding gown.

Think sheer lace dress!

Wedding dresses are going sheer. They range from a sleek lace gown with sheer fabric revealing the legs, arms, and back, to gowns that are completely sheer, with just enough under-fabric to cover the necessities. These gowns are beautiful and the daring bride has any number of options. The sheer lace dress is big this year.

Traditional and vintage looks for 2018

For the bride who wants more romance and less sex appeal, the trend is sleek, form fitting vintage gowns. The gowns have a silky finish and stay close to the body and hemline.

The bride who wants a more traditional gown with yards of lace and a full skirt will be looking to the tiered skirt. Rows of wide tiered ruffles that begin at the waist and grow fuller and wider to the floor are the big and bold look of the season.

Bold dash of color

The more elegant weddings are leaning toward the classic black and navy bridesmaids dress. The bridal gown is bringing it all together with a black or navy ribbon around the waist, a black or navy tulle bow that flows down the back, or even a dark train. Other options are dark elbow-length gloves, chokers, and shoes. Black pearls for earrings and necklaces are making an appearance as well.

Some brides who want the more elegant and traditional weddings but do not want to go as shocking as navy or black for their attendees are opting for the bridesmaid’s gowns of steel gray, ink blue, or champagne.

As the winter months draw near you will see more brides choose deep reds and deep purples.

Trains and capes

It is the year of the train. Whether they are short, sweeper length (to the hem of the gown), or trail 6-feet or more down the aisle, trains are important.

Bridal capes are huge. They can begin with a hood, or they can secure around the neck. Made of tulle and lace these accessories are showing up on runways around the world. The bridal cape is not worn during the ceremony, but for photographs and especially for outdoor weddings. Therefore the bridal cape can be worn with any gown. Even the sheer gown has the added sexy (barely) coverage of the cape.

Speak to your wedding gown professional for tips on the right gown and accessories for your wedding. There is no wrong way to dress for your wedding. Whether you go for tradition or the latest and hottest trend, it is your day and you will carry it off beautifully. Find the style you love with the help of experts that do this every day of the year. You will be glad you did.


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