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