10 Wedding Dress Trends for Spring 2012

Ball gowns are bigger than ever, ruffles are more elaborate, and covering up -- it’s never been more chic. Here, bridal fashion’s most exciting trends.
by The Knot
  1. Sexy Slits

    photo by Clark+Walker Studio / The Knot

    Formfitting gowns have always been an aisle favorite, and now with leg-flaunting slits, they're more daring than ever. Better warn Grandma!

    Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

  2. Off-the-Shoulder Necklines

    photo by Courtesy of the Manufacturer / The Knot

    Pairing this shoulder-baring style with wispy tulle skirts instead of satin ones gives a traditionally old-fashioned neckline new life.

    Wedding dress by Marchesa

  3. Beaded Bodices

    photo by Clark+Walker Studio / The Knot

    What’s hot now? Decked out decolletages mixed with minimalist skirts.

    Wedding dress by Anne Bowen

  4. Embellished Illusion Necklines

    photo by Clark+Walker Studio / The Knot

    Sheer bateau necklines continue to be all the rage on the bridal runways, and this season, crystal and pearl appliques give these see-through styles a more glamorous vibe.


    Wedding dress by Ines Di Santo

  5. Frothy Ruffles

    photo by Courtesy Pronovias / The Knot

    Flattering and fun, these swirled layers are certainly having a moment.

    Wedding dress by Pronovias

  6. Cap Sleeves

    photo by Clark+Walker Studio / The Knot

    Right now, we're in love with dainty sleeves that make even the most glitzy, body-hugging gowns feel statuesque.

    Wedding dress by Reem Acra

  7. Voluminous Ball Gowns

    photo by Courtesy Maggie Sottero / The Knot

    This season, there was certainly no shortage of full, dramatic skirts. So many, in fact, that we're guessing wider aisles might become a trend too.

    Wedding dress by Maggie Sottero

  8. Hi-Low Hemlines

    photo by Courtesy Oscar de la Renta / The Knot

    These peekaboo hemlines are ultra-fashionable. Plus, they're the chicest way to show off amazing wedding shoes.

    Wedding dress by Oscar de la Renta

  9. Sheer Lace Capes

    photo by Clark+Walker Studio / The Knot

    Designers keep coming up with new ways to cover up. Last season, it was all about long sleeves, but the latest craze is gracefully draped capes. 

    Wedding dress by Alfred Angelo

  10. The Color Purple

    photo by Courtesy Rivini / The Knot

    After a year of reigning as the favorite hue for bridesmaid dresses, purple is taking center stage -- both head-to-toe and as an accent -- as the hottest wedding gown shade to hit the bridal runways.

    Wedding dress by Rivini

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