2018 Wedding Dress Trends to Love Part 2
Necklines and Other Details

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Graphic lace motifs, one of this year’s hottest trends, feature throughout the “Sansa” gown from BHLDN.

2018 brides have every reason to celebrate! This year’s gowns are adorned with the PRETTIEST details. Here are some of the ones to note:

Bows, bows, bows

Bows are really having a moment right now. On shoulders and straps, delicately adorning the bodice or supersized as a major accent at the back (or front). They are everywhere!


While strapless sweethearts remains big favorites, last year’s super-popular deep V’s and high necks are also going strong. But the in-trend neckline? Collarbone-highlighting bateau or scoop, crew/jewel necks and the ever elegant off-the-shoulder neckline. A new obsession? Bib necks or the high halterneck.

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Gali Karten’s on-trend bridal look

The Shape of Things to Come

Lattice beadwork. Ladder inserts. Chevron panels. Designers are mixing geometric shapes and angular, graphic elements with organic lace designs and 3d floral appliques. The contrast of organic and geometric shapes is refreshing and so “now”.

Maximum Style

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Opaline is one of BHLDN's most shared gowns from the 2018 collection.

Minimalist gowns -- or if you prefer, minimally embellished, 90s-style or non-lace wedding dresses -- are here to stay. The 2018 crop of crisp, modern gowns typically feature a delightfully unexpected detail. Sultry slits, plunging backs, peek-a-boo sides, a burst of lace train, a full lace back or even an oversized bow!

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Giuseppe Papini's Porto Venere

Get Your Sparkle On

Not a fan of minimalist wedding dresses? No worries, gowns with fully embellished skirts will be shining brightly in 2018 too. Kira kira this one...

Party on Top, Understated Bottom
A follow through of the two-piece styles of the past few seasons -- and the best of both world for brides who can't decide of whether to go minimal or extravagant -- the beaded/lace top + an unembellished skirt is a combination that will endure. Non-traditionalists can also top off the look with bridal jackets.

Covered Up Chic

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Sheer capes and capelets will be everywhere in 2018. Embellished with lace, pearls or crystals or fully adorned with feathers, this year’s capes are as stunning as ever (don’t you just love Serena William’s ethereally sparkly cape?) Want something a little different? A bridal cloak will channel your inner Wonder Woman.

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Victoria Soprano's Emma

Longer and Longer

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Cathedrel veil by Bel Aire Bridal

Floor sweeping cathedral veils are having a major wedding moment.

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Galia Lahav's Esther veil

Pink Rules, Purple Reign.

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2018 top wedding dress from Jolies Nicole

Now that blush is the new ivory, and pink is the new blush, dusty blue, champagne gold and gold are great choices for brides who want to stand out. We’ll definitely see more weddings in shades of purple now that Pantone has declared Ultra Violet as Color of the Year. Perfect pairings for an elegant wedding palette? Charcoal and shades of gray, natural greens and warm metals like antique gold and copper.

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Bridesmaids in shades of purple and violet. Gowns by Allure Bridesmaids

Which 2018 bridal trend would you be rocking this year? For more inspiration, don't forget to check out Part 1 of our trend report.

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