The Top Wedding Dress Trends of 2020

We scouted the Bridal Fashion Week runways to find the trends you need to know. Here's what's hot now.
by Shelley Brown
2020 Wedding Dress Trends
Justin Alexander Signature/Lela Rose/Honor NYC

Get your wishlist ready. Bridal Fashion Week has finally arrived and there's no shortage of über-chic inspo in the 2020 wedding dress trends. From bold botanical prints to romantic sleeves and fun party dresses, The Knot's fashion team hit the ground running to get the scoop on the new styles coming to a bridal salon near you. So, if you’re planning a wedding taking place at the end of next year or just in the dreaming stage, these are the 2020 wedding dress trends to know. Read on to get the deets on what's hot now—and how to pull it off. 

floral wedding dresses
Ines Di Santo/Monique Lhuillier/Theia

1. Floral Print Dresses

We'll spare you the "Florals for spring?" bit and just get right to the point: These aren't your average bridal blooms. Bold floral prints made an appearance in several 2020 wedding dress collections, adding a burst of color to the classically white runways of Bridal Fashion Week. Whether they're subtle and pastel, edgy and oversized or in the form of textural, 3-D embroideries, this cool-girl way to pull off florals adds whimiscal visual interest to any wedding dress silhouette.

From left: Ines Di Santo, Monique Lhuillier, Theia


ball gown wedding dresses
Allison Webb/Anne Barge/Morilee by Madeline Gardner

2. Ball gowns

Calling all royal wedding fans: This wedding dress trend is the one for you. If you're looking to make an entrance, consider opting for a classic ball gown—and we saw plenty of them in the 2020 wedding dress trends and collections. The best thing about this attention-grabbing silhouette? It’s actually surprisingly versatile and works for most wedding styles. Go full-on Grace Kelly with heavy satin or Elizabethan with billowy sleeves. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn a few heads. 

From left: Allison Webb, Anne Barge, Morilee by Madeline Gardner


wedding dresses with ruffles
Isabelle Armstrong/Marchesa/Oscar de la Renta

3. Ruffles

If ever there's a time to indulge your inner hopeless romantic, your wedding day is it—and it doesn't get more romantic than this frilly, ultra-feminine detail. A ruffly skirt adds dimension to a mermaid silhouette, while a full skirt of frothy, cascading ruffles is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward. 

From left: Isabelle Armstrong, Marchesa, Oscar de la Renta


Lightweight wedding dresses
Willowby by Watters/Inbal Dror/Francesca Miranda

4. Airy Dresses

From streamlined ball gowns to sheer sheaths, light-as-air gowns took over the runways and 2020 wedding dresses. Effortless fabrics like tulle and organza give off a gorgeous ethereal vibe without any additional bulk, so you can hit the dance floor without stressing about tripping over your gown or feeling weighed down. Do you know what we call that? A serious bridal fashion win. 

From left: Willowby by Watters, Inbal Dror, Francesca Miranda


wedding dresses with puff sleeves
Viktor&Rolf/Rime Arodaky/Honor NYC

5. Puffy Sleeves

Hear us out before you totally write off this ‘80s-inspired wedding dress trend. A far cry from the sleeves Princess Diana and other brides of the maximalist era of fashion wore, these ruffly and off-the-shoulder versions are all about tasteful romance. If you love this detail but are worried about overdoing it, look for a slim silhouette with puffy sleeves and keep the rest of your accessories simple. Or, if you love this look but aren't ready to fully commit, go for detachable ones you can take off for your reception or after-party. 

From left: Viktor&Rolf, Rime Arodaky, Honor NYC


bridal suits
Justin Alexander Signature/Francesca Miranda/Anne Barge

6. Pants

These sleek dress alternatives are comfortable, figure flattering and totally of the moment. Bonus: It's basically impossible to put on one of these tailored ensembles and not feel like a badass. For the 2020 bridal trends, lace details, 3-D floral embellishments and metallic beading gave classic white suits and jumpsuits a modern upgrade.

From left: Justin Alexander Signature, Francesca Miranda, Anne Barge


one shoulder wedding dresses
Alexandra Grecco/White One by Zac Posen/Savannah Miller

7. One Shoulder Necklines

This unique silhouette flatters the upper body and gives off serious goddess vibes. The best part? This 2020 wedding dress trend also works for pretty much every wedding style—whether you go classic with heavy satin, Grecian with gauzy tulle or glam with one long sleeve.

From left: Alexandra Grecco, White One by Zac Posen, Savannah Miller


short wedding dresses
Temperley London/Lela Rose/Little White Dress by Amsale

8. Short Dresses

If you're eloping, going for a super casual wedding style or just looking for a good excuse to show some leg and a killer pair of shoes, this 2020 wedding dress trend is for you. Opting for a long gown for the day of? A short, white dress is also perfect for all of your other wedding-related events like your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower

From left: Temperley London, Lela Rose, Little White Dress by Amsale


Sparkly wedding dresses
Lazaro/Berta/Inbal Dror

9. Sparkle

Bring on the bling. While glitz and glitter is nothing new where bridal fashion is concerend, over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair worthy of Studio 54. Perfect for evening nuptials, this wedding dress 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: LazaroLazaro, Berta, Inbal Dror


wedding dresses with tiered skirts
Amsale/Oscar de la Renta/Hayley Paige

10. Tiered Skirts

If you're on the hunt for a dress with some added flair but don't want the hassle of a full skirt or long train, look no further than a gown with a tiered skirt. Made for twirling, a layered skirt adds pretty texture and movement—but not heft—to a ball gown or A-line silhouette. 

From left: Amsale, Oscar de la Renta, Hayley Paige

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