The 8 Wedding Dress Trends to Watch in 2019

Written by Katie Wismer

Every year a whirlwind of new wedding dress trends hits the market. From boho and classic to modern and glam, there are almost too many styles to choose from. We chose our favorite styles so you wouldn’t have to: here are the only 8 trends brides-to-be need to see.

1.     Nontraditional

Nontraditional dress trends have spiked over the years, but 2019 is the year we’ve seen this category blow up. From colored gowns to pantsuits, the reemergence of crop tops and two pieces, shorts, rompers, and now even bridal athleisure suits – there are so many options for brides-to-be who want something unique.

2.     Statement Bows

Bows were a huge hit with dozens of designers during Bridal Fashion Week. Statement bows on the gowns themselves as well as smaller hair accessories and shoe embellishments are a huge trend this year for brides who want a girly flare.

This bride’s dress has gorgeous sleeves with lace, adding to the romance while covering her shoulders and arms.  Morgan and John Thomas, page 30 of  bridebook  2019. Image by Patrick Perkins Photography.

This bride’s dress has gorgeous sleeves with lace, adding to the romance while covering her shoulders and arms.
Morgan and John Thomas, page 30 of bridebook 2019. Image by Patrick Perkins Photography.

3.      Covered Shoulders

Some classic looks will never go out of style, and while strapless gowns are still very popular, straps, sleeves, and shrugs are making a big splash this year in a wide range of styles. From flowing romantic sleeves to dainty straps and lace cover-ups, there’s something to please every taste.

4.     Meghan Markle Inspired Looks 

It’s no surprise the royal wedding has changed the game this year. Minimalistic, crisp, and clean gowns are making a comeback as countless designers have tried their hands at reinterpreting the Duchess of Sussex’s wedding dress for any bride who wants a little regal inspiration.

This bride’s stunning dress has more than a few details and embellishments for a “WOW!” factor.  Lindsay & Dennis Burch, page 36 of  bridebook  2019. Image by Audrey Ruth Photography.

This bride’s stunning dress has more than a few details and embellishments for a “WOW!” factor.
Lindsay & Dennis Burch, page 36 of bridebook 2019. Image by Audrey Ruth Photography.

5.     Heavy Embellishments

If you’re looking for something eye catching but don’t want to stray too far from traditional looks, pops of color, oversized florals, and statement embellishments might be your best bet. Jewels, lace, florals, and bold colors are huge this season, perfect for an elegant or glamorous look.

6.     Asymmetrical Gowns and High-Lows 

Asymmetry is huge this year with everything from necklines to hemlines. High-low gowns are also reemerging this year for brides who want to stray from the full length gown, but don’t want commit to the short dress trend.

7.     Glitter and Metallics

This is the year for brides who love a little (or a lot of) sparkle. Glitz and glam are huge this season with gold foil trimmed veils, sequin gowns, touches of gold, silver and rose gold, and metallic embroidery. This trend is very diverse, ranging from gowns with subtle sparkly touches, to shimmering 1920s inspired looks. 

8.     Minis

There is a huge trend for second wedding dresses or after party looks. Second wedding dresses for receptions have been around for years, but 2019 is the year we’re starting to see those after party looks get shorter and shorter – perfect for busting a move on the dance floor!

Liz Long
Roanoke Wedding Crawl 2019

Engaged couples do NOT want to miss this annual event! The Roanoke Wedding Network presents the Roanoke Wedding Crawl on Sunday, March 31, 2019, sponsored by AmRhein’s Bridals and Aztec Rental . (Plus, visit all five venues and get your card stamped for a chance to win jewelry from AmRhein’s!)

Attendees will see five different downtown Roanoke wedding venues set up as actual wedding receptions, complete with flowers, catering and more. You’ll talk to DJs and hear musicians performing as they would at your wedding, plus taste wedding cakes, test out the fun photo booths, meet photographers and videographers, get your glam on with hair and makeup demos, learn about the latest dress trends and more. Crash five weddings, taste great food and get inspired for your wedding day needs!

Tickets are $15 in advance and $25 at the door.  The best part? ONE HUNDRED PERCENT of the ticket sales go to the Roanoke Valley SPCA!


A few extra notes: Registration is open from 12:00pm-3:00pm inside the Roanoke City Market Building.  The “crawling” begins at 1:00pm. You’ll be given the first venue you are to visit but from there, you can move around downtown at your leisure. Transportation will be available with buses, shuttles and vans. This is a rain or shine event!

Questions? Visit the Roanoke Wedding Network website here, or see their Facebook event page here.

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REGISTRATION VENUE: City Market Building

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VENUE: Charter Hall

PLANNER:  Platinum Weddings & Honeymoons

FLORIST: Cara Cait Creative

CATERER: Bella Events

CAKE BAKER: Keri’s Kreations

DJ:  RSP Entertainment


PHOTOGRAPHER: Pat Cori Photography

VIDEOGRAPHER:  Simple Times Photography

LIGHTING:  Lighting Ninjas

CLOTHING & WINE: AmRhein’s Bridals

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: The Penthouse at Center In The Square

PLANNER: Caroline La Rocca Event & Design

CATERING:  Center Stage Catering

CLOTHING: AmRhein’s Bridals

FLORIST: Caroline La Rocca Event & Design

CAKE BAKER:  Fresh Baked Bakery

VIDEOGRAPHY:  Michael’s Video

PHOTOGRAPHER: Fireaway Photography

DJ: Quest Entertainment

OFFICIANT: Casey Anderson

MAKEUP ARTIST:  Jolina Does Make-up

HAIR STYLIST:  Zee’s salon

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: Patrick Henry Ballroom

PLANNER: Pumpernickel Pickle

CAKE: Barrister’s Bakery

PHOTOGRAPHER: Solas Photography

DJ : Master Taylor Entertainment

CATERER: Pumpernickel Pickle Catering

FLORIST: Gloriosa



RENTALS: Aztec Rental

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VENUE: Taubman Museum

PLANNER: Sterling K Weddings

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kemper Mills Fant

FLORIST: Creative Occasions

HAIR &  MAKEUP ARTIST:  Azario Salon & Day Spa

DJ & PHOTOBOOTH:  A Party’s Favorite Entertainment

CATERER: Blue Ridge Catering

CAKE BAKER: Blush Baking Co

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

CLOTHING & WINE: AmRhein’s Bridals

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VENUE: Shenandoah Club

PLANNER:  Simplicity

CATERER: Shenandoah Club

CAKE BAKER:  Viva La Cupcake

CLOTHING: AmRhein’s Bridals

RENTALS: Aztec Rental

HAIR & MAKEUP ARTIST: Zee’s Salon & Day Spa

FLORIST / DECOR:  Silks, Ribbons & Roses

DJ: Kristopher Hale

PHOTOGRAPHER: Kerry Daly Photography

Liz Long
Historic Manor Home Gets New Life and New Name with Local Wedding Planner
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The historic Katherine Grace Manor, a popular bed & breakfast and wedding venue in Wirtz, VA, (and the cover venue for bridebook 2018), is getting new life, new owners, and even a new name. Now called Belle Garden Estate, the home has had a rich and storied past. It was first established in 1771 and has had ties to George Washington, the Revolutionary War, and the Civil War. It was lovingly renovated and converted to a B&B by its previous owner, Susan Mitchell Ober, and new owners Isabelle and Jordan Russell will continue to run the manor as a B&B and wedding venue.

The purchase of the estate is a natural expansion for Isabelle Russell’s business and brand. Isabelle is a full-time, certified wedding planner. She has organized more than 60 events since she built her business, Garden Rose Events and Design, from the ground up in 2016. Her husband and co-owner of the estate, Jordan Russell, also contributes to the community with his military service. Together the Russells have big plans for Belle Garden Estate, including the construction of an outdoor pavilion for wedding receptions that will enhance the bridal experience.

 “We feel so blessed and grateful to have this opportunity to contribute to the manor’s history,” says Isabelle. “We will continue to honor Susan Mitchell Ober’s dream, as well as the colonial charm that makes this place special.”

For more information about Belle Garden Estate, visit and keep an eye out for our open house announcement this spring!


Belle Garden Estate- Facebook | Instagram

Garden Rose Events & Design- Facebook | Instagram

Liz Long