In 2012, we have seen a lot of bling on wedding dresses as well as big skirts. These ornately embellished skirts sport ruffles, beaded belts, flowers and/or lace. Many of the most striking wedding gowns shown at New York bridal shows featured skirts that were not only voluminous, but also had very heavy embellishments.
Here are the top six trends in bridal wear for fall:
1. Ruffles. Ruffled wedding gowns are still huge. From ball gowns to trumpet gowns, there is every kind of ruffle you can imagine — horizontal, vertical and torn-looking, even some that look like tumbleweed. These can be great for every body type, with some terrific styles for curvy brides!
2. Flowers. Oversized three-dimensional flowers are one of the most impressive accents in the fall 2012 and spring 2013 wedding dress collections. While the concept has been shown in previous years in a few haute couture lines, the detail will be much more widely available in wedding gowns across all price points.
A gown with huge flowers on the skirt would be stunning for a spring or summer bride. For brides who want an embellished skirt that is a bit less exuberant, look for gowns that are accented with delicate flower petals. The petals are usually created from lightweight organza and flutter gracefully all over the skirt. This is a delightful effect for a garden wedding. The slightly more subdued effect of the three-dimensional petals will be sweet for a petite bride who might find herself overwhelmed by one of the oversized flower appliquéd skirts. After all, it is always more important to find a wedding gown that suits the individual bride than it is to adhere slavishly to trends.
3. Beaded belts. Look for more gowns with beaded belts and accents at the natural waist. This is a great detail to have on a plus size wedding gown because it helps to create structure and a focal point on the body.
4. Lace. What you’ll see mostly are fantastic lace trumpet wedding gowns. They are fitted through the bodice and thighs, have a generous skirt and are covered in lace.
5. Pleated organza. Another take on the oversized embellishment trend is large concentric circles of pleated organza. Brides who know their wedding history will be reminded of the famous bridal gown worn by legendary bride, Jacqueline Bouvier, when she wed John F. Kennedy. The design is updated with light organza, which helps to keep the gown from being too heavy. The three-dimensional design on the skirt is usually balanced with a simple strapless bodice with shirring. The shirring is just enough interest to hold up to the eye-catching design of the skirt without competing. A strapless neckline looks best when it is enhanced with dramatic handmade wedding jewelry.
6. Tiered skirts. Tiered skirts with plenty of volume are also a key trend. The tiers are often done over very full skirts, and can be used with either a natural waistline or a mermaid cut gown. Further accents in the form of appliqués and beading on the tiers are also part of the look. Truly, there is no such thing as “too busy” for the upcoming season of wedding dresses. Crystal beading is particularly favoured with the tiered skirt gowns, and lends itself to being paired with handmade crystal bridal jewelry for the wedding day.
There will be plenty of other fabulous new wedding gown trends on the horizon for spring 2013. Watch for them.