THE 2018 BRIDAL TRENDS COMING OUR WAY…

Christmas may be on the horizon but in the bridal world we’re already looking ahead to next year and the top bridal trends we’re going to be seeing in the new year are stepping away from the traditional and throwing caution to the wind. If you’re anything like me you’ll be desperate to know what’s going to be in and not and adapting this to suit your own style and taste. I have friends that would see that a super embellished deep v-cut mermaid style dress with a low back and feathered train is going to be fashion and would go out and buy that exact dress that very day. I’m slightly less inclined to go for super high fashion and instead look to find those details or shapes that are on trend and include those in a dress that’s a little more¬†me, and something I’m most importantly going to feel comfortable in all day.

If you’re dying to know what you should be wearing in 2018 then you’re going to want to read on…

EMBELLISHMENT IS KEY

As a rule I always stick to less is more, but your wedding day is one of the rare occasions that embellishment is key and can totally transform a ‘safe’ dress into one that is memorable for all the right reasons. Falling under the spell of jewels, embroidery and crystals will ensure that you’re on trend in 2018 and don’t forget to look out for finer details on shoes and accessories too – just remember that if you have a heavily embellished bodice choose simpler minimalist jewellery to allow the details to speak for themselves.

Viktor & Rolf Bridal Fall 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Viktor & Rolf Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Viktor & Rolf

Marchesa Spring Bridal 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Marchesa Bridal Spring 2018 Collection | Image: Yvonne Tnt

Temperley London Bridal Fall 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Temperley London Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Temperley London

Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Vera Wang Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Vera Wang

ALL COVERED UP

After a year of sheer dresses and nude tones we are going to be welcoming the arrival of capes, sleeves and shawls to re-establish modesty as a key part of the big day. We may be seeing more material at 2018 weddings but if you’re hoping for a slightly more seductive look for your affair opt for sheer fabrics to nail the trend while staying true to your vision. To find the middle ground, look for something like Zuhair Murad’s gown that combines sheer materials with heavy embroidery to preserve that all important modesty that is the key to nailing this trend.

Elie Saab Bridal Spring 2018 on Clarke and Wedgewood

Elie Saab Bridal Spring 2018 Collection | Image: Elie Saab

Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2018 on Clarke and Wedgewood

Elie Saab Bridal Fall  2018 Collection | Image: Elie Saab

Zuhair Murad Bridal Fall 2018 Collection

Zuhair Murad Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Zuhair Murad

HEAVY HEART AND HEAVY LACE

Although lace and delicacy are a typical choice when it comes to bridal wear, 2018 is pushing the boundaries when it comes to this aesthetic. Gone are the softer, understated pieces and instead we see heavier styles take their place, creating a stronger aesthetic that’s not to be messed with. Elie Saab keeps things feminine by teaming this heavier lace with floral embellishments, bows and exposed backs making it perfect for the bride who may be looking to stick to a contemporary take on the traditional, while Lela Rose’s take on the trend is perfect for the boho bride looking for something a little more glamorous for her big day.

Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Elie Saab Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Elie Saab

Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2018 on Clarke and Wedgewood

Carolina Herrera Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Carolina Herrera

Lela Rose Bridal Fall 2018 Collection on Clarke and Wedgewood

Lela Rose Bridal Fall 2018 Collection | Image: Lela Rose

It’s going to be an exciting year for bridal wear in 2018, and considering that all of the above are pushing the boundaries on quite traditional designs I think that we may also see an increase in popularity of separates from designers such as Alice Wakeley with her tux jackets and tailored trousers (that you can London’s newly launched The Wedding Gallery – and here you can see my sneak preview before it launched), Lein’s boxy two pieces and Charlotte Balbier’s cropped tops and full skirts. I think shoes will remain simple to compliment the powerful dress designs that are taking shape, but I’m excited to see how the bridal trends evolve throughout the next 12 months.

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