Engagement season is among us! As we scroll through our social media feeds, we see rings and love stories about how someone we went to high school with just said yes to their significant other’s proposal. Some of our hearts swoon over these grand romantic gestures. Some of us are even so lucky as to be one of the people posting our engagement story all over social media, showing off our ring and our significant other. There is excitement everywhere. People are already thinking about how to propose, who to ask to be their bridesmaids and what their colors will be.
Of course, if you are the bride, your head may be filled with one thought. That is, THE dress. This is the dress that you will always associate with your wedding day. It may be a dress you have been dreaming about since you were a young girl playing dress-up with your dolls. It is finally the time to pick that dress out for real. This can come with a whirlwind of emotions. The dresses we all dreamed about in our childhood may not exist anymore, as styles change. The dresses that are out now are nothing short of exquisite. Some dresses are must-sees. If you have friends who are engaged, shield their eyes until after you have looked at all of these dresses for yourself. Once you state your claim to a dress, then you can share it with them. These eighteen dresses cannot be missed this year!
18 A Dress Fit For A Modern-Day Royal
With the Royal Wedding between Prince Harry and Meghan Markle coming up, everyone is buzzing about what she will wear. Although Meghan and Harry do not have as strict of rules as Prince William and Kate did, there are still some they must follow.
This dress is gorgeous, covering the shoulders and cleavage with a lace-covered illusion neckline. The cap-sleeved wrap bodice ends with a blinged out belt that then flows into a romantic skirt. This dress oozes elegance and romance.
Even the back of the dress has a romantic, simplistic princess feel. The lace continues to the back, where it meets the fabric midway down. There are beautiful buttons up to the nape of the neck. This is perfect for the woman who wants to be a princess without the pouf.
17 Bohemian Bridal Dreams
Every friend group tends to have one friend who is a little more bohemian than the others. This dress is perfect if you are that friend. This is a sheath fitted dress, meaning it goes straight up and down the body. There is a cold-shoulder sleeve that features belled short sleeves, really contributing to the bohemian look.
The entire dress has an intricate, yet simplistic pattern embroidered onto it through what looks like pearls, although it is simply string. The pattern goes from bodice to the floor, even sweeping to the back. The back of the dress has a plunging V-cut, revealing a little more than half of the bride’s back. The bell sleeve fabric and flow continue around the V, adding dimension to the back of the gown.
16 Straight Out Of Gatsby
When people think of The Great Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, they likely imagine art-deco style dresses and flapper hairdos. If we were to take Daisy and put her in a longer gown, this would absolutely be her wedding dress. Available in a darker ivory and a pure white color, this dress has a simplistic front, with the beading starting around the bust and carrying onto the illusion cap sleeves.
The front of the dress looks plain, but the back is where the drama is. From the nape of the neck to right above the tailbone, there is intricate beading reminiscent of the roaring ’20s. This beading captures the era without sacrificing a full wedding dress. Accompany this dress with a flapper headband and you will be the most elegant Gatsby bride out there.
15 Modestly Modern
Brides who are participating in religious ceremonies often have strict guidelines that they must follow. Most dresses for these ceremonies require a bride to completely cover up. For some brides, this can be a frustrating task, as many dresses are made with dramatic necklines.
This gown, by Allure Bridals, offers the full wedding glamour without showing off all the goods. There is a crew neckline to this three-quarter length lace bodice. The belt sits at the natural waist and flares out with a chiffon skirt. The back offers lace and button detail. The buttons go from the top of the bodice to the end of the two- to three-foot train of the dress. This is a great, modern option for brides who have to remain more covered up or have a winter wedding.
14 Full Glitz And Glamour
Some dresses demand people’s full attention. This princess ballgown is one of those dresses. With beading through the entire bodice and through the skirt of the gown, these give off an elegant princess coronation vibe. The sweetheart neckline is a little more dramatic than some, but it fully accents the beaded detailing. Most of the beading on the skirt happens on lace overlays on the chiffon and tulle skirt.
For a subtler look, brides can choose this dress in the white silver lace over a white gown. A dramatic, older look comes from the ivory silver lace over the antique ivory gown, which makes the beading appear gold. This train will look gorgeous as you walk down the aisle towards your prince. This dress is a great way to be stunning and stand out without straying too far from tradition.
13 Illusion Tops Are In
Illusion tops and necklines are very trendy and super convenient. These dresses allow for dramatic looks without the discomfort of having to adjust straps or tape things into place constantly. From a distance, it is difficult to tell that this is an illusion neckline. This illusion top has a nude boatneck with appliques that give the dress’ sleeves an off-the-shoulder appearance.
It also makes part of the bodice appear to be sheer, giving it a dramatic look. This dress is a fit and flare that starts to flare out around the knees. The lace detailing on this dress reminds us of Juliet from Romeo and Juliet. There is a romantic drama that makes this dress gorgeous. The lace continues sporadically through the train, creating a focus on the scooped back of the gown.
12 Bring the 1950s To Your Wedding
Long dresses are not for everyone. The 1950s has become a fashion trend all over again for this generation. Women are loving the old-fashioned dresses and accessories that are associated with this era. This 1950s’ style dress is about knee length and offers lace detailing throughout. The lace is about a shade off from the rest of the dress, really giving it that ’50s feel.
The top is slightly modern with an illusion neckline, tying the 1950s into today. There is lace detailing and beading around the seams of the illusion, completing the look of this dress. With a tight bodice to the hips and a flare out that is reminiscent of a petticoat, this dress will help bring any bride back a few decades. This is a great way to stand out.
11 Have An Under The Sea Moment
Mermaid dresses have been all the rage this decade. For those who love the movie The Little Mermaid or have an obsession with the sea, the name and the shape of this dress are perfect for nautical nuptials. The sweetheart neckline reminds us of a bathing suit top. The dress remains tight, like a second skin, until it gets to the knees.
From the knees down, the dress flares out to resemble a tail fin, like that on a mermaid. This multi-tiered flare skirt adds some whimsical drama to the skirt, while the jeweled belt adds a more bridal element to this dress. This is a stunning dress that can help fulfill your dreams of being a majestic mermaid on your wedding day, especially if you want to accentuate your waist and derriere.
10 The Bigger The Better
Many women start dreaming of their ideal wedding dress when they are young girls. Whether they are playing with Barbies or watching a princess movie, the love of beautiful, elaborate gowns can start young. This gown plays to our oldest fantasies.
This is a true princess gown that has everything a Disney princess would need. This sweetheart bodice is embellished with jewels and a floral pattern. There are then layers of tulle and chiffon, making the skirt pouf out in dramatic form.
This is a real ballgown. The gorgeous skirt is longer in the back, creating the ultimate princess train. This dress will make every woman want to spin in circles to see the skirt’s amazing strength and power. Add a tiara or some elbow length gloves and there will be no doubt about your princess status.
9 Making Us Blush
Wedding dresses no longer have to be white to be considered appropriate. Blush gowns are incredibly trendy and can be more flattering on some skin tones. This blush gown, which is considered “Whisper Pink” on the website, has beautiful ruching through the bodice and down to the hips. This creates a sneaky mermaid silhouette to the gown.
The sneakiest part is the floral belt that is tied under the breastbone, making that a focal point of the dress. The soft chiffon layers flare out to be the mermaid skirt, although this may be confused as a fit and flare in some cases. This pink color adds a softness and romantic vibe to this wedding gown. This is great for the bride who wants to stand out while not compromising the full bridal gown.
8 Something Up Your Sleeve
Pictures of dresses from the late ’80s through mid ’90s show that brides had an obsession with sleeves, for better or for worse. Sleeves are making a comeback on wedding dresses, but in a sleeker, more elegant way.
This gown speaks to the illusion trend again, creating sleeves out of the illusion mesh and sporadically placed lace decals. This completes the look of this gown, which has a deep plunging neckline. It gives off the idea that more skin is covered than what is, without compromising the sexiness that the dress was designed to have.
These sleeves also bring out the subtle detailing through the body of the dress, showing off the lacy elements the dress boasts. It also allows for a full-buttoned back to be a part of the dress, giving it a classic look.
7 Be A Superhero
While some of us have always wanted to be princesses, others have always wanted to be superheroes. This dress may look like a normal dress until you get a closer look. This is one of 2018’s biggest trends–the bridal cape. This plunging V-neck dress has a lot of sex appeal to it, as it is form-fitting up until the trumpet/mermaid bottom.
The cape makes it look more bridal, like the dress is fuller or as though there is a veil on. Some other capes cover part of the front of the gown and continue to the back, while others are more like Little Red Riding Hood. The lace in the cape brings out the lace and sheerness of the gown, making it appear sophisticated and put together for a wedding.
6 Pants Help You Dance
Some women do not want to wear a dress on their wedding day, as it does not fit their personal style. This jumpsuit allows the bride to wear pants, while giving off a dress illusion. This short-sleeved jumpsuit is simple. There is a V-neck similar to a t-shirt on the top with straight-legged pants attached.
The dress illusion is up to the bride, as it is made by attaching a cape around the waist. This makes it look like the bride is wearing a gown from behind while giving off a unique appearance in the front. Detachable capes and skirts have been a sought-after trend for years. Pant suits have great benefits and allow the bride to showcase all of her dance moves the night of her wedding with limited restrictions.
5 Have A Sheer Bodice
While illusions are one trend, cut-outs are another trend that brides are fawning after. This dress allows full coverage in the chest area, while giving a cut-out illusion through its sheer-boned bodice. The skirt of this dress is flowy tulle that captures the light with its sequins. The bodice is the part of the dress that allows the bride to be a little cheeky and sexy without revealing it all to her guests.
There are some lacy appliques along with the boning in the bodice, but it is designed to help the bride show off a little skin in an unexpected way. It is still tasteful and classy and will not embarrass a bride a few years down the road. This is great for a sassy bride.
4 Bring Sexy Back
When your best asset is your derriere, one of the best ways to highlight it in a wedding gown is to have a dramatic back. Big cut-outs or significant detailing can help this process. This dress features an illusion back, with floral designs placed through it in a lacy pattern.
There are also dramatic buttons from the top of the back down through the bum area of the dress. This directs the eyes right to the bodacious area of the body while also keeping it pretty, classy and discreet. It may even help accent a rear end that is lacking, as the buttons will add some extra dimension to that area of the body. This is a great way to bring sexy back to your wedding.
3 Crop Your Top For An Edgy Look
It is no secret that crop tops have swept the world’s top fashion choices. Everything is being made in crop form, including sweatshirts and jackets. Little did the world know that bridal sets featuring crop tops would become prevalent. If you regularly wear crops, this is your gown.
While crop tops usually show off more skin, this crop top was done tastefully. The neckline goes up high with lace, continues with a silky fabric, and ends with more lace around the belly button. The set is then continued with a tight-fitting skirt that starts with the matching lace and silky material. In all, there may be about two or three inches of skin showing in the abdominal region. With it being so tastefully done and so beautifully detailed, this trend may last through the decades.
2 Stun In Mix and Match
Two-piece wedding sets are allowing brides to customize the look that they want. We compile the perfect dress in our heads, especially after trying on dresses. Many of us end up saying something like: “If I could have a dress with that top and this skirt, it would be perfect.” This is now becoming a reality.
This particular set was a gorgeous set of a crop top sparkly bodice and a bull, blush-colored skirt. Other tops and bottoms are interchangeable with these, offering a fuller skirt or a sheath-like skirt and a variety of necklines. This is the future of wedding dresses and can solve our dress nightmares. This can also help determine what styles work best on your body, as you would get to try out different combinations.
1 Demand Attention With Dramatic Embroidery
This dress may be one of the most dramatically gorgeous dresses we have seen this season. The entire dress is embroidered in stunning detail, which instantly draws people in to study the dress further. The long sleeve design features this detail in an illusion style cap sleeves, making it look like it is just naturally on the bride. This continues to the wrists. The dramatic, plunging neckline just feeds the drama of the dress.
The gown is a full ballgown, with a lengthy train. This dress is so detailed and gorgeous that it does not require any accessories with it because of how elaborate it is. Not an inch of this gown is untouched by embellishments and it is a complete showstopper. It cannot get more gorgeous or dramatic than this overly detailed gown.
SOURCES: Ysa Makino #69104X, Martina Liana Chelle + Stevie, Rime Arodaky Caplan + Pennington, BHLDN Nicolette Gown, Randy Fenoli Rebecca Dress, Christian Siriano #17106 Jumpsuit, Tony Ward Arwen Mermaid Dress, Justin Alexander #8870, David's Bridal #WG3791, Maggie Sottero Libby Gown, DaVinci #50384, Essence of Australia D2398, Allure Bridals M581, Unique Vintage #1516, Morilee Martha Dress, David's Bridal Galina Signature SWG752, Maggie Sottero Patience Lynette Gown, BHLDN Kenna Gown