Top Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week

We scouted the runways to find the bridal fashion trends you need to know about. See what's hot now.
by Shelley Brown
Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week wedding dress trends
photo by Jonas Gustavsson

Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week is finally here and the dresses are stunning. The Knot fashion team hit the ground running to bring you the latest trends straight from the runways. From statement bows and pretty shades of blue to gothic-inspired black touches, we've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Read on to see some of our favorites.

  1. Black Accents

    black wedding dresses
    photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jonas Gustavsson; Jonas Gustavsson

    It's official: Black is the new white. From sophisticated black bows that channeled Audrey Hepburn to over-the-top black ostrich feather ball gown skirts, black was everywhere on the Bridal Fashion Week runways. If you're looking to make a serious statement or just add a touch of edginess to your wedding day look, this is the trend for you. 

    From left: Reem Acra, Marchesa, Kelly Faetanini

  2. Cascading Ruffles

    wedding dress with ruffles
    photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jonas Gustavsson; Jonas Gustavsson

    Bring the drama with this frilly, ultra-feminine detail. Allover rufflles add dimension to a slim silhouette, while a full skirt of cascading ruffles (paired with a high-low hemline if you're brave) is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward. 

    From left: Ines Di Santo, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta

  3. Sheer Corsets

    wedding dresses with corset bodices
    photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    We love this look straight out of the Elizabethan era for two reasons: Corsets accentuate the narrowest part of your body, and sheer ones with exposed boning add some (tasteful) sex appeal. Choose a corset top with a ball gown skirt for a totally royal look, or keep it slinky and lingerie-inspired with a curve-skimming silhouette. 

    From left: Berta, Hayley Paige, Monique Lhuillier

  4. Pearl Embellishments

    Pearl embellished wedding dresses
    photo by Houghton Bride; Jonas Gustavsson; Jonas Gustavsson

    Sultry silhouettes give this heirloom touch a modern upgrade. Opulent head-to-toe pearls are worthy of a red carpet affair, while pearl-embellished bodices (and chokers, for good measure) create a unique texture on streamlined frocks. 

    From left: Houghton BrideLela RoseTheia

  5. Shades of Blue

    blue wedding dresses
    photo by Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jonas Gustavsson; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Designers put a fresh twist on the "something blue" tradition this season. Pale-cornflower-blue underlays with white lace embellishments are perfect for a romantic garden wedding, while striking powder-blue ball gowns fit a royal affair.

    From left: Mira ZwillingerOleg CassiniRandy Fenoli 

  6. Classic Silhouettes

    classic A-line wedding dresses
    photo by Anne Barge; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Romona Keveza

    You can't go wrong with a timeless gown—after all, photos do last forever. Structured silhouettes and classic necklines (think: boatneck and bardot) made a serious comeback. A-line and mermaid-style gows in heavy satins and silk faille were a staple in every collection, paired with retro-inspired accessories. 

    From left: Anne BargeSottero and MidgleyRomona by Romona Keveza

  7. Bridal Gloves

    wedding dresses with bridal gloves
    photo by Jonas Gustavsson; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Make a ladylike statement with this refined accessory. Sheer, barely there gloves were a go-to for fashion-forward designers. Whether you go with a wrist- or elbow-length style, this pretty detail adds extra polish to any ensemble. 

    From left: Lela RoseMonique LhuillierReem Acra

  8. Allover Beading

    beaded wedding dresses
    photo by Jonas Gustavsson; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo; Jonas Gustavsson

    Designers went all in with shimmer. Allover silver geometric beading gave gowns a vintage-inspired vibe, while sheaths covered in tonal beading were a more subtle take on this über-glam trend. 

    From left: Jenny PackhamJustin AlexanderNaeem Khan

  9. Statement Bows

    Wedding dresses with bows
    photo by Amsale; Jonas Gustavsson; Maria Valentino/MCV Photo;

    Bows have been hot for a few seasons, but this ultra-classic detail isn't going anywhere. This season, the bows were bigger and better than ever. Designers sent tailored silhouettes adorned with bold, statement bows down the runway. 

    From left: AmsaleOscar de la RentaSachin & Babi


    Check out all of our Spring 2018 Bridal Fashion Week coverage, plus expert advice, here.

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