7 Bridal Fashion Trends Just in Time for Wedding Season

Wedding season is just around the corner. Luckily, New York Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone, meaning we now know the hottest bridal trends for 2018! From flutter sleeves and plunging V-necks to jumpsuits and capes, check out these seven bridal fashion trends just in time for wedding season.

Flutter Sleeves

The flutter sleeve is back! Say goodbye to the classic strapless; these light, whimsical sleeves are the perfect addition to any wedding gown. No matter the silhouette, a flutter sleeve instantly makes any dress more romantic. Plus, their breezy nature means you won’t have to worry about tight, restrictive sleeves during your first dance. You can find our favourite iterations of the trend in the collections from Liz Martinez (pictured above), Monique Lhuillier, and Canada’s own Di Carlo Couture.

Bridal Jumpsuits

Bridal jumpsuits might just be our favourite trend of the year. Perfect for the modern-day trendsetter, we’ve seen jumpsuit iterations in everything from satin to sheer lace. Just recently, at Atelier Pronovias’s show in Barcelona, a model donned a barely-there nude lace catsuit (pictured above) befitting a seriously fierce bride! Other designers jumping (pun intended) on the bandwagon? Jenny Packham, Oscar de la Renta, Naeem Khan, and Lela Rose.


Clean lines and stark white are the name of the game this wedding season. Though we love floral appliqué, we must admit there’s something quite attractive about the majorly minimalist gowns we’ve seen on the runway this season. For all the contemporary brides, this simple, streamlined look is for you! Timeless and striking designs have dominated the collections of some of our fave designers, including Viktor Rolf (pictured above), Lihi Hod, and Vera Wang.

Plunging Necklines 

Be warned: your grandmother will likely disapprove, but plunging necklines are in! Strut your stuff in a gown with an ultra low V-neck. This sexy neckline will ensure all eyes are on you. Hesitant to bare all? Plenty of designers are making illusion versions so you can get in on the trend without feeling totally naked. One of our favourite designers who has made a name for herself in the bridal world thanks to her daring silhouettes is none other than Berta (pictured above).


Colour is in! Even the more traditional brides these days are opting for a blush ball gown over the classic white, ivory, or off-white. The pinkish hue was seen all over the runway and has been a favourite amongst the top designers—Hayley Paige (pictured above), Naaem Khan, Ines Di Santo—for some time now. For a pop of pink, you can’t go wrong with this soft and romantic hue on your wedding day.


If you thought jumpsuits were fierce, just wait until you try on a caped dress! We’re getting major royal wedding vibes from the fabulous frocks designed by Reem Acra, Thea, Dennis Basso, Ines Di Santo (pictured above), and more. We don’t know about you, but we think swapping a train for a cape is the perfect accessory for any fall or winter bride. Would you rock this statement trend?


Is there anything more feminine than a bow? Bows have made a comeback in 2018 and rest assured, they’re back in a big way. Bows have embellished the backs of gowns for years, but this season, we’re seeing a new trend: bow shoulders. Giving the illusion of a romantic tied shoulder, bows are adorning the sleeves of bridal gowns all over the runway. At New York Bridal Fashion Week, we saw them in the new collections from Inbal Dror, Savannah Miller, and Naeem Khan (pictured above).

Emily Southey
Emily Southey is a freelance writer from Vancouver. Currently based in Toronto, it was during her time studying History and English at McGill and University College London that she became interested in writing. When she's not working, you can typically find her in a museum, baking cupcakes, watching Disney musicals, or Instagramming her new favourite coffee spot.