Last updated on Mar 5th, 2018 at 10:22 pm

If you’re ready to tie the knot and are looking to make your fairytale wedding that much more beautiful, then finding the perfect wedding dress is essential. Make sure the dress you pick is in style with these top bridal fashion trends.

Although these trends are illustrated through white wedding dresses, you can carry them through to any type of bridal outfit, whether your perfect wedding dress will be inspired by traditional African, Indian or Chinese bridal wear.

Read more: Read this BEFORE you go wedding dress shopping

Statement sleeves are a definite do

Dramatic, statement sleeves are one of this year’s hottest looks – especially when it comes to bridal fashion. The trendiest iteration sees standalone sleeves taking centre-stage, allowing for plenty of skin on display at your neck, shoulders and decollete. Because this style draws the eye upward, you’ll need to balance the look by opting for a slightly flared bottom.

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Images above by Oleg Cassini and Pronovias

Read more: How to rock dramatic sleeves

 

High-low hemlines and peek-a-boo touches

Pay homage to an elegant ’50s-inspired look by choosing a high-low hem for your wedding gown. Let your dress make a beautiful statement by balancing it with a simple strapless or off-the-shoulder neckline and a flirty full skirt embellished with tulle and lace.

 

Images above by Masato Anoda and Marchesa

Say yes to shoulder bows

Romantic, elegant bows are no stranger to bridal fashion, but this year sees their placement firmly on the shoulders. And the more dramatic the look, the better. Like the statement sleeves trend, this bridal trend is the ideal opportunity to add some fine touches of luscious lace and romantic ruffles to your look. Once again emphasis is on the top half of your body, so opting for a bold neckline and flared bottom is a great idea.

 

Other trends to consider

  • Show off your back by opting for an open-backed dress with a statement bow on your lower back.
  • Choose gold or pink hues instead of traditional white.
  • Consider halternecks and high-neck styles for a chic look.
  • Forgo a veil and opt for a cape instead.