The Biggest Wedding Dress Trends for 2019

The Knot fashion team hit the ground running to bring you the bridal fashion trends you need to know about. See what’s hot now.
by Shelley Brown
wedding dress trends
From left: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

Fall 2019 Bridal Fashion Week is finally here and the wedding-worthy looks are stunning. From serious bling to regal capes and fun party dresses, we've got all the hottest trends coming to a bridal salon near you in the coming months. Read on to see some of our favorites.

  1. Allover Sparkle

    sparkly wedding dresses
    From left: Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding

    Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials, this trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.

    From left: Berta, Lazaro, Theia 

  2. Colorful Floral Embellishments

    wedding dresses with colorful florals
    From left: Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (2)

    These florals actually are groundbreaking. While botanical-inspired embellishments are a bridal staple, this vibrant, 3-D twist makes them feel brand new. Go for head-to-toe color to make a statement or opt for a colorful veil to give your look some more understated fashion-forward flair. 

    From left: Alexandra Grecco, Ines Di Santo, Reem Acra

  3. Billowy Sleeves

    wedding dresses with sleeves
    From left: Kurt Wilberding; Courtesy; Kurt Wilberding

    Voluminous bridal sleeves are back and better than ever. A far cry from the outdated versions of the '80s, these gauzier versions are pure romance, especially when paired with a curve-skimming silhouette. 

    From left: Alexandra Grecco, Cushnie, Morilee 

  4. High-Low Hemlines

    wedding dresses with high low hemlines
    From left: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Party in the front, business in the back. A hybrid between a party dress and a full-on gown, high-low hemlines were the silhouette of choice this Bridal Fashion Week. We're into this look for two reasons: It allows you to show off your shoes, but still feels dressy enough to work for a variety of ceremonies.  

    From left: Nouvelle Amsale, Rime Arodaky, Morilee 

  5. Mock Turtlenecks

    wedding dresses with high necklines
    From left: Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (2); Kurt Wilberding

    Designers took a cue from Meghan Markle's reception dress by Stella McCartney this season, as streamlined gowns with mock turtlnecks appeared in almost every collection. What's to love about this more conservative neckline? It flatters the upper body and puts the focus on your face. 

    From left: Amsale, Allison Webb, Theia 

  6. Asymmetrical Necklines

    one shoulder wedding dresses
    From left: courtesy; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (2)

    The cold shoulder trend gives any dress an instantly glam feel. The best part? It's totally versatile. Go classic with a one-shoulder dress with an architectural bow, or bring the drama with a full-on one-sleeve gown. 

    From left: Romona Keveza, Hayley Paige, Ines Di Santo 

  7. Short Dresses

    short wedding dresses
    From left: courtesy; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Kurt Wilbderding

    Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an ruffly mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number with long sleeves, a wedding dress with a flirty hemline is a chic way to mix it up. Not willing to give up your dream ball gown? Change into a shorter frock for your reception or after-party.

    From Left: Viktor & Rolf, Rime Arodaky, Justin Alexander Signature 

  8. Dresses With Pockets

    wedding dresses with pockets
    Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (3)

    They may be a small detail, but pockets have the unique ability to make a wedding dress feel that much more special. Plus, they're a great place to stash a tissue (or a whole bunch of tissues) on your day. 

    From left: Anne Barge, Inbal Dror, Allison Webb

  9. Wedding-Worthy Pants

    wedding pants and wedding jumpsuits
    From left: Kurt Wilbdering; courtesy; Kurt Wilberding

    If you're foregoing a big ceremony for city hall, looking for a chic rehearsal dinner ensemble, or just aren't into dresses, we've got you covered. Jumpsuits and pantsuits are comfortable, figure flattering and totally on trend. A romantic lace jumpsuit with a tulle train is dressy enough for a modern ceremony, while a tailored white pantsuit is perfect for more casual nuptials.

    From left: Justin Alexander Signature, Viktor & Rolf, Maggie Sottero 

  10. Capes

    wedding dresses with capes
    From left: Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo (2)

    Not into veils? A full-length bridal cape or shorter capelet is the perfect alternative: It still adds movement to your gown, but feels fashion forward. This regal trend is an easy way to pull off a mid-wedding outfit change. Wear a cape or capelet for a more formal look during your ceremony, then whisk it away to hit the dance floor at your reception.

    From left: Berta, Reem Acra, Ines Di Santo 

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