It’s that time of year when wedding dress designers show off their newest collections. And it’s always so fun to see what’s new. Not just because it’s a taste of what is to come in stores, but because it’s great inspiration.
If you’re looking for your wedding dress, you can get inspiration from these designs to help guide you. You can see what you like and don’t like. And perhaps discover something you hadn’t considered, but might want to. You can also get great inspiration for your wedding design along with accessories, and hair and makeup.
There are so many designs to see, but I’ve picked out my favorites from bridal fashion week’s Spring 2018 collections. As always there are wedding dress trends that seem to pop out with every season. So, let’s start with the first one…
Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
Off the shoulder dresses are still going strong as they are in fashion as well. What’s great about these dresses is if you have nice shoulders and arms, it’s a great way to show that asset off without having to feel like you’re revealing too much.
This lace Sachin and Babi lace dress is super classic and totally elegant. And while those earrings might not be your style, it’s definitely a cool way to go. It can add an extra bit of funk.
This sleek Carolina Herrera off the shoulder wedding dress has great lines. And those subtle black straps makes sure you don’t have to worry about any slippage.
Christian Siriano’s off the shoulder wedding dress is not only a two piece but a ball gown silhouette as well. If you’re looking for volume, but want something different, this could be the right dress for you.
This sweet Elie Saab wedding dress has beautiful beading and applique detail. And also includes one of our other wedding dress trends which you’ll see a bit later.
This off the shoulder wedding dress by Carolina Herrera is all about the statement sleeves. And those bows? Yup, that’s the next wedding dress trend I’m sharing…
Wedding Dresses with Bows
Now, bows on wedding dresses are not new, but there sure were a lot of them on the runway. They add a nice little touch that ties it all together.
This Reem Acra wedding dress is accentuated by the black bow that actually looks like a tie. It’s a cute nod towards menswear that I really enjoy.
While the last bow was small, this one is making a statement. It also adds volume to a this Victor and Rolf wedding dress in a really beautiful way.
Here’s a statement-making bow this time from the back. This Oscar de la Renta wedding dress is simple but impactful.
This short Marchesa dress uses a simple bow to help define the waist and draw a clear line between the bodice and the fluffy skirt. It’s another use of black as well, which leads us right into the next wedding dress trend…
Black Wedding Dresses
You’ve seen black in the details of various wedding dresses I’ve shared so far. But, what about an entirely black dress? It’s definitely non-traditional, but black looks good on everyone. And hey, who says you have to wear white?
Reem Acra showed a bunch of black dresses on the runway and this one with its jeweled sheer bodice was one of my favorites. The cap sleeve is cute and just look at those heels!
Another Reem Acra dress, this one had puffed sleeves. While definitely not for everyone, I think they really add a nice volume up top which you don’t usually see. Now if black isn’t your color, how about…
Blush Wedding Dresses
Brides love blush and I can see why. It’s soft, romantic and close to a neutral nude color so that it’s not too bold. And come on it’s pink, so it’s very feminine too. If you’re looking for a non-white dress, this might be your answer.
This wedding dress by Leanne Marshall has blush and peach tones. And the watercolor effect means it’s not all uniformly colored which I love.
If you look closely at this lace and tulle wedding dress by Louvienne, you’ll see the underlying color. It’s a blush nude which adds color but is very subtle.
This Louvienne, on the other hand, is a little bit of a surprise. It starts off as off-white, but then towards the bottom has a touch of blush. It’s a nice little detail that makes your wedding dress special without going full color.
Tulle Wedding Dresses
One of the big wedding dress trends on the runway were tulle dresses. Tulle has been around forever in wedding dresses. But, ever since the ballet trend with tulle skirts popping up in fashion trends, I’ve seen more and more tulle. If you’ve noticed there have been tulle dresses in almost every trend I’ve mentioned. Tulle can take many forms and here are some great examples.
If you’ve watched Beauty and the Beast and want to get your princess on without going full on ball gown, this is it! The detailing and shape of this Reem Acra dress is a princess in the making.
It’s spring and so we’ve got to have a little nature in there, right? This Oscar de la Renta wedding dress with its leaf and floral detail tied in with the tulle is so artfully done.
If you love that two piece tulle skirt look, you can also pair it with something more casual. Like this sweater combo by Carolina Herrera. It’s just a little more laid back.
If you don’t want a whole ton of tulle, opt for a mermaid style. You still get the tulle look, but just at the bottom like in this pretty Sachin and Babi wedding dress.
If you like texture and a natural feel, this Oscar de la Renta wedding dress is just up your alley. Once again the tulle is worked in well with the lines and shapes of the leaves.
Now, this Elie Saab is not only a long sleeve wedding dress but an open back as well. It feels both relaxed and totally elegant. But, if tulle feels a little too flowy, why not try this on for size…
Structural Wedding Dresses
Structural dresses are not new just like tulle dresses aren’t new. But, with every bridal fashion week, there are beautiful structural dresses that I just can’t ignore.
This Marchesa wedding dress has not only a beautifully structured skirt but a gorgeous detailed sheer long sleeve top. I don’t feel like you usually see those two things together and I’m loving it.
The scalloped fish tail bodice with the lean rippled skirt in this Sachin and Babi wedding dress are lovely. It’s an easy and beautiful look.
A simple front leads to a very architectural back in this Oscar de la Renta wedding dress. The lines on this dress are really pretty.
If you aren’t a dress kind of gal, why not a cute outfit instead? This Lela Rose number not only has cute structural details but is also off the shoulder to boot.
Beachy Wedding Dresses
Since I specialize in destination weddings, I do get asked a lot about beachy dresses. And easy flowy dresses are becoming more and more common.
I love the bodice detail in this Leanne Marshall wedding dress. By the way, her dresses do tend to work well for destination weddings.
You can’t get much more beachy than this Lovers Society wedding dress. It’s perfect for a boho bride.
And there you have it! The best wedding dresses and wedding dress trends from the Spring 2018 bridal fashion week collections. Inspired? I hope so!
Now, I want to hear from you! What was your favorite trend or dress? Please share it in a comment below.