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Ask the Experts: What are the Big Bridal Trends for 2018/2019?

Getting ready to embark on your quest for ‘the one’? Wondering what styles are going to be gracing the rails of gorgeous Irish bridal stores when you visit? We asked the experts – the bridal boutiques what styles will be big for the year ahead! Here’s what they had to say…

Alice May Bridal, Dublin | View Profile

Savin London | Anna Georgina 

The trends for 2018/2019 seem to be lots of floral vibes in 3D laces and colour. Little splashes of colour everywhere, which is so fab!!

Alice May Bridal stock Willowby by Watters, Catherine Deane, Anna Georgina, Savin London, Nicola Anne, Tara Keely, Raimon Bundo, Alena Leena and Beside Couture.

Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh, Meath | View Profile

Dando London | Nicole Spose

More simplistic fabrics like crepe and chiffon are still charging ahead with plunging necklines or open backs. We are also starting to see embellishment making a come back – great for the magpies in us!

Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh stock Dando London, La Sposa, MGNY, White One, Dessy, Annylinn and Nicole Spose.

Memories – The Bridal Boutique (Dublin & Cork) | View Profile

Watters | Ti Adora

Patterns and flowers and soft floaty dresses. Lace is back with a bang. Sleeves are also going to be a big look.

Memories – The Bridal Boutique (located in Dublin and Cork) stock Watters Wtoo, Willowby, Cabotine, Ti Adora, Modeca, and Chic Nostalgia, San Patrick and Ashley and Justin are arriving in the summer.

Sharon Gregory Design Studio, Cork | View Profile

Dresses by Ronald Joyce

Lace is still big news for the upcoming seasons, sleeves, cover ups – strapless is left for the evening with little capelets or jackets worn for the daytime, colour such as blush or champagne, hints of metallics whether it’s in belts or beading. And of course the upcoming royal wedding will have a big influence on trends for the upcoming season.

Sharon Gregory Design Studio design and make wedding dresses in house. They also stock Ronald Joyce, Victoria Jayne, Art Couture and Special Day.

Diamond Bridal, Cork | View Profile

Dress by Blue by Enzoani

Bridal Trends for 2018/2019 are Classic and Traditional but with a modern twist. For example, traditional A-Line skirts with low backs and illusion necklines. Fitted crepe gowns are part of most bridal designer collections this season, along with plunging necklines and dramatic trains.

Diamond Bridal stock Enzoani, Blue by Enzoani, Beautiful by Enzoani, La Sposa, Callista and Nicole Spose.

MK Bridal Boutique, Meath | View Profile

Willowby by Watters | Blush by Hayley Paige

Personally I think the trends are changing which is a good thing, for many years we have seen the deep V dominate bridal trends. Brides are definitely moving towards more structure, higher necklines and colour! Brides are getting bolder and so are their colours choices, as well as your usual white, ivory and blush we are seeing brides sway towards champagne golds and metallic colours like this stunning Willowby gown available from MK Bridal.

MK Bridal Boutique stock Enzoani, Paloma Blanca, Allure, Willowby by Waters, White One San Patrick, Hayley Paige and Lou Lou.

Angelo Bridal, Dublin | View Profile

Mark Lesley | MGNY 

One of the main and my favourite trends for the upcoming season is the off-the-shoulder neckline. Gone are the days where every dress was strapless. Brides can now opt for a look where the straps fall down around their shoulders or for extra coverage and a more vintage look, the wedding gown can feature long sleeves, while keeping the shoulders exposed.

Another trend that I adore is the Veil across the shoulders. It’s such a unique and beautiful way to cover up during the ceremony. For the brides that are looking to change their look, the veil across the shoulders can be used as the central detail for the first look and then showcase the gorgeous gown for the second.

Plunging necklines – a trend that hasn’t missed any runway. It’s sexy, it’s feminine and completely breathtaking. Low V-necklines may also incorporate lace or sheer fabric into the design for added modesty.

Angelo Bridal stock MGNY (Madeline Gardner New York), Eternity Bride, Mark Lesley and Cara Mia. 

Aideen Cross – Award Winning Bridal Designer, Kildare | View Profile

Dress by Aideen Cross – Bridal Designer

The predictions for 2019 are for a touch of colour, but more in the shades of silver/blue or soft golds as well as metallic details – whether it’s on the dress or just in accessories, it’ll be a must have. Rose gold is trending for bridesmaid dresses. Bodices are becoming more structured with fuller skirts. Necklines are getting higher, rather than that deep cut, and high low hemlines are going to become more popular. Hair vines are still in and veils never seem to go out of fashion, though finer and more sheer. Now that could and will all change when the Royal Wedding takes place next month, that will be one to watch out for!

Aideen Cross is a bridal designer that specialises in bespoke wedding dresses, designed to each bride’s specific requirements.

Main photo: Dress by Blush by Hayley Paige

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