Top Wedding Dress Trends From Spring 2019 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
Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2019 Wedding Dresses
Mario Valentino/MCV PHOTO; Viktor & Rolf; Kurt Wilberding

Spring 2019 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 serious bling to regal capes and fun and flirty short numbers, we've got all the hottest wedding dress trends you need to know. Read on to see some of our favorites.

  1. Allover Sparkle

    Wedding Dresses with Sparkle
    Kurt Wilberding; Lazaro; Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO​

    Calling all Kirakira app-obsessed brides! Over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair. Perfect for evening nuptials under the stars, 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: Morilee, Lazaro, Mira Zwillinger

  2. Flower Power

    Floral Wedding Dresses
    Viktor & Rolf; Lela Rose; Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO​

    Dynamic 3-D blooms put a textural twist on a traditional bridal detail. Whether they're oversize and all over, delicate and cascading, or embellished with feathers and crystals, this cool-girl way to pull off florals adds dimension to any wedding dress silhouette.

    From left: Viktor & Rolf, Lela RoseNaeem Khan

  3. Bold Ball Gowns

    Ball gown wedding dresses
    Kurt Wilberding; Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO; Kurt Wilberding

    If you're looking to make a dramatic entrance, a classic ball gown is for you—and we saw plenty of them. Take a cue from Kate Middleton with long, lace sleeves, or get glam with an embellished strapless bodice. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn heads. 

    From left: Sottero and Midgley, Reem Acra, Amsale 

  4. Wedding-Worthy Pants

    Wedding Pants
    Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO; Lela Rose; Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO

    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. Pants paired with a romantic lace top is dressy enough for a modern ceremony, while a tailored white pantsuit is perfect for more casual nuptials. 

    From left: Francesca Miranda, Lela Rose, Justin Alexander 

  5. Captivating Capes

    Wedding dresses with capes
    Jenny Packham; Kurt Wilberding; Anne Barge

    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. Plus, this 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: Jenny PackhamBertaAnne Barge

  6. Short, Sassy Dresses

    Short Wedding Dresses
    Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO; Viktor & Rolf; Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO

    Whether you show off your legs (and a killer pair of heels) in an embellished mini or opt for a more conservative midi-length number, 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 to spice up your reception or after-party. 

    From left: Naeem KhanViktor & RolfMira Zwillinger

  7. Plunging Necklines

    Wedding Dresses with V Necklines
    Rivini; Alexandra Grecco; Kurt Wilberding

    The deep V-neckline is a must-try for two reasons: It flatters your upper body (even if you're busty!) and elongates your frame. A plunging V with scalloped lace is ultra-feminine, while a sleek V plays up the inherently sexy vibe of a curve-skimming silhouette. Just make sure you have fashion tape handy the day of to avoid any wardrobe malfunctions. 

    From left: Rivini by Rita Vinieris, Alexandra Grecco, Monique Lhuillier

  8. Puffy Sleeves

    Wedding Dresses with Puffy Sleeves
    Maria Valentino/MCV Photo

    Puffy 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 modern, formfitting silhouette. Go boho-chic with a billowy style or regal with an off-the-shoulder puffy sleeve. 

    From left: Gracy Accad, TheiaMira Zwillinger

  9. Skinny Straps

    Wedding Dresses with Straps
    Maria Valentino/MCV PHOTO; Kurt Wilberding; Kurt Wilbderding

    We love this trend for two reasons: A gown with barely there straps has all of the sex appeal of a strapless neckline, plus added support. We call that a bridal fashion win. 

    From left: Watters, Allison WebbIsabelle Armstrong

  10. Flirty Tiers

    Wedding Dresses with Tiered Skirts
    MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO​; Lela Rose; MARIA VALENTINO/MCV PHOTO​

    If you're on the hunt for a dress with some flair but don't want the hassle of a full skirt or long train, look no further. A layered skirt adds movement—but not weight—to a streamlined silhoutte. Tiered lace has a whimsical feel, while fringe embroidery is just made for twirling. 

    From left: Mira Zwillinger, Lela RoseTheia

Up Next
2018 wedding trends
The Top Wedding Trends for 2018
Expect bold wedding trends in 2018, like asking for cash, passed cake bites and the revival of a seriously budget-friendly flower.
by Lauren Kay8 min read