It’s the year of the unconventional bride, as the Spring 2018 bridal fashion shows introduced a bunch of unexpected designs to a market accustomed to the same traditional wedding dresses. Everything from black touches to stacks of pearl necklaces to jumpsuits floated down the runway. It’s definitely an exciting season to be a bride!
If you’re in the market for a wedding dress and need some inspiration for your big day, look no further! We’ve compiled all of our favorite dresses and trends for this year, so you don’t have to. Even if you wouldn’t consider yourself an unconventional bride, this year’s fashions are diverse enough that there is truly something for everyone.
Get excited for your wedding and browse our favorite bridal trends and dresses for this year, all found at The Bridal Connection in Ankeny, Iowa!
1. Capes and Capelets
Alyne by Rita Vinieris Spring 2018
This fun trend allows the bride to accessorize any dress with cape that is either as ornate and elegant as the dress, or simple and classic. Either way, it’s the perfect addition to a fall or winter wedding.
We love the sleekness and simplicity of the capelet on this wedding dress. The lace adds just enough elegance to the otherwise minimalist look. It’s perfect for brides looking for an understated and classic bridal gown.
Another classic look, this fit and flare wedding gown would look great on any bride that wants a glamorous, vintage vibe at their wedding. The simple lace capelet paired with the crystal detailing on the waist give the bridal gown would be flattering on any bride.
If you wanna go big with some major glam on your wedding day, then this gown is the right one for you! The dramatic lace cape with beaded detailing on the front are unexpected and elegant. Our favorite part of the gown are the chains, pearls and crystals adding a ton of glitz to the open back. Talk about making a statement!
2. Black Details
ROMONA Spring 2018
Non-traditional wedding dress colors are becoming more and more popular every season, so it’s not surprising that black is getting its turn in the spotlight. If you don’t want to leap into color, you can test the waters with a seek accent like a belt, or hair accessory. Whatever you choose to do, this trend proves that you don’t have to be in all white to feel like a bride!
This dramatic ballgown-style wedding gown features a fun, black flower belt with crystal detailing. The dress by itself, with the full, sheer skirt and the strapless, sweetheart neckline would make any bride unforgettable, but the unconventional black belt just adds another layer of surprise and style.
This wedding gown is super sweet! The minimalist vibe of the gown really makes the oversized black bow pop, giving the dress a playful, fantasy look. The deep-V neckline and thin straps on the bodice give the bride the opportunity to add some beautiful accessories. We also love the buttons that go all the way down the back of the dress because they add a little bit of interest without competing with the bow for attention.
The black and silver floral belt on this Enzoani wedding dress is definitely the focal point of the look! The huge design really spruces up the traditional lace fit and flare gown. If you want to draw attention to your waist, these details will definitely do the trick. We think this dress would go perfectly with a few pearl necklaces and a black hair accessory to add to the drama.
Carolina Herrera Spring 2018
We already showed a super fun dress with a large black bow in the last trend. We just couldn’t get enough of this playful and girly look! A bow adds a sweet touch to any wedding dress, and we love how you can go really big, or keep it small and subtle. Either way, the feminine detail would look great on any bride!
So sweet! If you’re looking for a cleaner look for your wedding, but still want your dress to stand out, this dress is perfect for you! The simple satin wedding dress is accented only with the huge, playful bow on the back. With the strapless neckline and sleek silhouette, this dress would be perfect for an outdoor, summer wedding.
This shiny wedding gown has a lovely, classic look and the bow arm accessories would transform any bride into a blushing, fairy tale princess. Even without the bows, the strapless neckline and full skirt make the dress super luxurious.
4. Bell Sleeves
Rivini Spring 2018
This trend has been absolutely everywhere in all realms of fashion, so it isn’t surprising that it would also turn up on this season’s trendiest wedding gowns. This style offers us a trendy twist for the modest bride, which we love. And although bell sleeves give us major retro hippy vibes, the trend looks great on any style of dress.
The sleeves on this wedding gown are so romantic! These beautiful lace sleeves will be all the accessories you need on your wedding day. They’re so eye-catching and would look great in photographs.
Although these sleeves aren’t full-length, they still add a fun, bohemian feel to this wedding dress. Paired with the floral lace and floaty tulle skirt, this fresh dress would be perfect for a spring bride.