The Top Trending Wedding Dresses for 2025

A glimpse of the future from the Bridal Fashion Week runways.
Collage of 2025 Wedding Dress Trends
Graphic: Tiana Crispino,Photos, left to right: Enaura, Justin Alexander, Ines di Santo, Honor
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Naomi Rougeau
Naomi Rougeau
Naomi Rougeau
Senior Fashion and Beauty Editor
  • Naomi writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion, jewelry, and beauty.
  • She brings over a decade of experience as a writer, editor, and creative consultant.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Naomi was the senior fashion features editor at ELLE Magazine, where she also oversaw the publication's living and travel sections.
Updated Apr 22, 2024

Unlike most any other garment, when you're in search of a wedding dress, chances are you've only one thing in mind: tracking down the best wedding dresses to be found. Hopefully, you're plotting your purchase well in advance as The Knot's fashion team just got a sneak peek of the trending wedding dresses for 2025. Whether you're a classicist to the core or in search of something a bit more nontraditional, there's at least one designer who shares your vision. Working with a slightly shorter timeline (or even a smaller budget)? Fear not. Bridal Fashion Week is, above all, a source of inspiration, and by the end of the week, we've all got our personal favorites, whether or not we're in the market. My numero uno? A delicate lace long-sleeve jumpsuit featuring hot pants by Francesca Miranda, with an optional floor-length tulle skirt. Why be boring?

How New York Bridal Fashion Week Influences 2025 Bridal Styles

Editors can be such a jaded lot. After all, there's only so much champagne one can endure while on the clock during a jam-packed three days of shows and with stories to be filed. But, sometimes, surprise and delight can come from the most unexpected places during New York Bridal Fashion Week. The team kicked off the schedule at Enaura, where Sohil Mistry's petite poodle caused nearly as much excitement as the designer's debut line of little white dresses, many of which feature hundreds of hours of handiwork from highly skilled beaders and embroiderers in India.

Just when you think you've seen it all (or think you have a good idea of what a designer might show), you're likely to be thrown for a loop—and thank goodness for that. Fashion should be anything but predictable. Occasionally, you'll have caught a glimpse of things to come during the previous season, say, when a rather conservative designer adds a bold black accent or two, signaling a showstopping black dress to come along with an entirely new attitude about how a bride should dress. Oh, you thought brides have always worn white? Think again.

Do the Best Wedding Dresses Show at Bridal Fashion Week?

Well, what's best as far as bridal dresses are concerned is relative. Perhaps you caught a show on Instagram that was filled with looks to your liking. Beyond personal taste, I could wax poetic on which construction and those designers whose quality of work is unparalleled (and those who could use some quality control). Tiers will always emerge but in terms of sheer influence, the entire industry is watching the shows. From bridal stylists to buyers and boutique owners, the biannual gathering remains (even in this age of data) the best temperature gauge for the following year's trends—and often sooner, with the more fast-fashion type bridal brands able to jump on the latest silhouettes.

Wait - Why Are 2025 Wedding Dresses Shown in 2024?

It might seem a bit hasty to start talking about next year's wedding dress trends a year ahead of schedule, but if you're a bride gearing up for a 2025 wedding, these collections actually come at just the right time. Whether you're actively searching for your dream dress, or just fantasizing about your future wedding look, getting to know the looks from the runway can help you stay ahead of the game when it comes to trends. Also, shopping for a wedding dress can be a long and extensive process—especially if you plan to go the made-to-order route. According to The Knot's Real Wedding Study, the ideal time to purchase your gown is anywhere from eight to ten months before the date of the event to budget enough time for production and alterations. Having foresight when it comes to emerging bridal trends can help ensure you'll still love your dress by the time it's ready to be worn.

Trending Wedding Dresses You Can Expect for 2025

Thrillingly for 2025 brides and The Knot editors alike, I'm happy to report that there was plenty of newness at the New York Shows. Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor Sofia Deeb was particularly taken with all the drop-waist dresses, including a Carrie Bradshaw-inspired number by Nadja Manjarrez. I was pleasantly surprised by the level of theatricality from newcomer Idan Cohen, whose cutaway mirrored number had all the on-stage glamour of one of Bob Mackie's many creations for Cher. Vegas wedding? No-brainer. Without further ado, let's dive into the 10 trends that got The Knot team most excited about 2025 bridal fashions. We hope there's something for everyone.

Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2025:

Mirrored Dresses

"How exactly does one sit in that thing?" I couldn't help but ask my neighbor at one show. That's not to say I didn't love the disco ball effect the dress gave (imagine it in candlelight). For brides looking to, well, shine a little brighter on their big day, mirrored numbers abound from a tiered ball skirt in silver lame at Honor to metallic paillettes on a hand-crocheted dress at Alejandra Alonso Rojas and the aforementioned mirrors at Idan Cohen. Already a beloved ready-to-wear designer, this is Alonso Rojas's first foray into bridal—and you can shop it now.

Idan Cohen mirrored wedding dress
Photo: Idan Cohen
Crochet disco ball wedding dress by Alejandra Alonso Rojas
Photo: Alejandra Alonso Rojas
Silver lame wedding dress by Honor
Photo: Honor

Black Accents

We're still reeling from the showstopping black evening dress that Andrew Kwon presented last season and frankly, we were expecting to see more similarly bold choices this season. Instead, designers including Jaclyn Whyte and Mark Ingram Atelier relied on a few choice black bows, trims, and even gloves and cardigans for a more subtle and classic take. So too did London-based Richard Quinn, who made his first trip across the pond during Bridal Fashion Week with a largely chiaroscuro collection.

Wedding dress with black accents by Richard Quinn
Photo: Richard Quinn
Wedding dress with black bow by Mark Ingram Atelier
Photo: Mark Ingram Atelier via @nylbfw
Jaclyn White wedding dress with black bow belt
Photo: Jaclyn Whyte

Colorful Florals

Florals remain a perennial favorite as far as bridal trends go. Even tonal, white embellishments a statement adding texture and depth to otherwise unremarkable silhouettes. But why hold back when you've got (hopefully) one shot? Nardos certainly didn't, embroidering a white strapless number (with a very on-trend drop waist) with fuchsia foxgloves, Queen Anne's Lace and other greenery sprouting from the hemline. Adding to the artistry of it all, House of Savin instead chose to paint their florals directly onto the dresses, as did Justin Alexander, albeit with edgy spray paint.

Nardos floral wedding dress
Photo: Nardos
House of Savin floral wedding dress
Photo: House of Savin via @nylbfw
Justin Alexander floral wedding dress
Photo: Justin Alexander

Historically-Inspired Dresses

There's a certain adherence to tradition when it comes to bridal fashion designers though the space is by no means immune to a throwback. While last season saw many a vintage-inspired number with '70s chic halter-neck dresses and flared jumpsuits, several designers looked to historical precedent for bridal looks worthy of a period drama. The Pre-Raphaelite vibes were strong at Cinq (aided along by candlelight) and Galia Lahav while Soucy's golden hues and rich fabrics also cast a painterly spell.

Cinq historically inspired wedding dress
Photo: Cinq
Soucy historically inspired wedding dress
Photo: Soucy via @nylbfw
Galia Lahav historically inspired wedding dress
Photo: Galia Lahav

Drop Waists

When one thinks of drop-waist dresses, one image inevitably comes to mind: the flapper. However, the silhouette needn't be so pronounced or decade-specific. Lela Rose lowered the waist of her handpainted Dorset gown by just a few inches below the waist while Jaclyn Whyte took a more dramatic approach with '80s prom dress vibes, which we are so here for.

Lela Rose drop waist wedding dress
Photo: Lela Rose
Anne Barge drop waist wedding dress
Photo: Anne Barge
Jaclyn White drop waist wedding dress
Photo: Jaclyn White

Little White Dresses

Little white dresses have been around for a minute as a popular choice for brides looking to make a dramatic post-ceremony costume change. This season, however, more designers are catering to brides looking for an abbreviated main look. Enaura's Sohil Mistry introduced a collection of LWDs which, despite their smaller surface area, feature the same painstakingly detailed hand beadwork and hand embroidery for which the brand is known. At Honor, the brand's vintage-inspired fare was simply made for minidresses.

Enaura mini wedding dress
Photo: Enaura
Honor mini wedding dress
Photo: Honor
Francesca Miranda mini wedding dress
Photo: Francesca Miranda

Convertible Dresses

From bustles to boleros, convertible wedding dresses are nothing novel but this season brought several standouts that ventured beyond the usual tricks. Andrew Kwon, who officially closed Bridal Fashion Week, added floor-length tulle underskirts to a series of little white dresses for an easy consume change while Nadia Manjarrez offered separates in the form of corseted bodices that can be paired with skirts of varying lengths. And no, I'm still not over the hot pants at Francesca Miranda.

Andrew Kwon convertible wedding dress
Photo: Andrew Kwon
Andrew Kwon convertible wedding dress
Photo: Andrew Kwon
Nadia Manjarrez convertible wedding dress
Photo: Nadia Manjarrez

Maximalist Dresses

The message from several designers this season: go big or go home. To be sure, there's always an element of the over-the-top in the bridal sphere but we're talking an everything but the kitchen sink approach. At Ese Azenabor, that meant corset + plunging neckline + metallic embroidery + cloudlike, all-encompassing skirt that called to mind Bjork's infamous swan dress. A more subtle yet equally stunning look was a fully sequined empire waist number from Ines di Santo that was topped with vibrant floral embroidery and a transparent black overlay for a glam boudoir effect.

Honor maximalist wedding dress
Photo: Honor
Ines di Santo embroidered floral wedding dress
Photo: Ines di Santo
Ese Azenabor maximalist wedding dress
Photo: Ese Azenabor

Tea-Length Dresses

The mere term "tea length" conjures up images of Audrey Hepburn's Givenchy wedding dress in Funny Face. Unfortunately for vintage-loving brides, a pristine white dress from the 1950s is like a needle in a haystack. Fortunately, designers of all stripes are now embracing this flattering length, from Richard Quinn, who conjured mid-century couture silhouettes to Sareh Nouri's ballet-inspired number (which features a massive bow in the back). Even decidedly edgier Bronx and Banco tempered a corseted dress with lace, making for an almost demure look despite the visible boning. It's the perfect middle ground if you're not quite ready for a little white dress

Richard Quinn tea length wedding dress
Photo: Richard Quinn
Sareh Nouri tea length wedding dress
Photo: Sareh Nouri
Bronx and Banco tea length wedding dress
Photo: Bronx and Banco

Peplum

Among the most divisive trends in all of fashion, peplum ranks pretty high. Though given the sheer number of dresses featuring the addition this season, we recommend giving it a try. Peplums are a great way to accentuate the waist and add flattering volume without the need for a full-skirted dress. When rendered in lace, as at Francesca Miranda, the form takes on a much lighter quality. Nardos offered a bit of a peplum 2.0 with the sculpted hips of the Cordelia dress while Andrew Kwon also restricted his peplums to the hip area by splitting them down the middle to create two panels.

Francesca Miranda peplum wedding dress
Photo: Francesca Miranda
Andrew Kwon peplum wedding dress
Photo: Andrew Kwon
Nardos peplum wedding dress
Photo: Nardos
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