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The 8 Amazing Bridal Trends you NEED to Know for 2017

Following trends is not something anyone really wants to admit to, but when it comes to bridal in 2017 you won’t NOT want to add at least one of these fabulous features to your Big Day Look. From romantic sheer bishop sleeves to sexy separates to stunning statement skirts, this year is taking whimsy and chic and mixing it up to create truly unique and fashion-forward wedding wear.

Like last year, there are trends that are going absolutely nowhere again for 2017 and one unsurprisingly is the statement back. Designers are finding more and more unusual ways to draw attention to the back of the dress, whether through daring cut-out keyholes, intricate embellishments, sheer or lace fabrics or by simply having no back at all! Another trend that shows no signs of letting up is lace, and it’s become even more unusual and statement-making for 2017. And while high Victorian collars have moved to the mainstream, we’re still seeing our fair share of striking plunging necks…

Statement Backs

Backs are where it’s at again this year with pretty statement-making embellishments and plunging V lines the stand-out of the bunch. Carried out beautifully by designers such as Divine Atelier, Viktor & Rolf, Sofie Sarfati and Alexander Grecco – to name a few – the eye-catching back is a trend we hope to see going on in bridal for many years to come.

12 Beautiful Backless & Statement Back Wedding Dresses for 2017


Divine Atelier 2017


Inbal Dror 2017


Immaclé 2017


Viktor & Rolf 2017


Rime Arodaky 2017


Inmaculada Garcia Barcelona 2017

Romantic Sleeves

We’ve been sleeve enthusiasts for as long as we remember (yep, we said it), and are so excited to see designers getting even more creative with them for 2017. Billowing bell sleeves, lavish lace and stunning sheer peasant and bishop styles make for a really romantic feel to dresses and add a true uniqueness to the bride’s overall look.

15 Luscious Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses for 2017


Divine Atelier 2017


Rue de Seine 2017

Rime Arodaky 2017


Mira Zwellinger 2017


Jenny Packham 2017

Plunging Necklines

It mightn’t be the biggest trend for Irish brides (and certainly not for those opting for a church wedding) but it seems the plunging neckline is going nowhere for 2017 as designers take it to new… well, lows… The plunging neckline is daring, sure, but balanced correctly – or made a bit more subtle with a sheer insert – it can be carried off with elegance and style. Just make sure to invest in some decent tape for the Big Day.


Limor Rosen 2017


Inmaculada Garcia Barcelona 2017


Immaclé Barcelona


A&J Bridal 2017

Marchesa, Bridal Spring 2017, Lookbook, April 13 2016

Marchesa 2017


The style is strong in bridal separates this year, and with beautiful options from designers such as Inmaculada Garcia and Rue de Seine brides are spoiled for choice when it comes to creating a unique look that’s possible to wear even after the Big Day! Pretty tea-length skirts, crop tops, cashmere jumpers or layer upon layer of tulle can be mixed and matched with aplomb by those with an innate sense of style. We love to see brides flexing their fashion muscles on their Big Day, and hope to see even more in 2017!

16 Stunning Bridal Separates that’ll Change What you Think about Wedding Dresses


Inmaculada Garcia Barcelona 2017


Sarah Seven 2017


Rue de Seine 2017


Limor Rosen 2017


If you’re going for romantic, you’ve officially met your trend of the year. Soft, sexy off-the-shoulder dresses are not the biggest trend of the year by all means, but they are appearing in the collections of some of our favourite designers for 2017. This is an easy trend to wear and works for either formal or boho style brides.


Sarah Seven 2017


Luna Novia 2017


Limor Rosen 2017

Soft A-Lines

The prettiest silhouette of the year has to be the soft A-line, which is taking over from the structured mermaid and chic column and creating wedding dresses that are all about romance – and comfort! The A-line looks amazing on all shapes and sizes, and can be an absolute dream to wear.


Limor Rosen 2017


Divine Atelier 2017


Sally Eagle 2017

Marchesa, Bridal Spring 2017, Lookbook, April 13 2016

Marchesa 2017

Statement Skirts

On the flip side of the A-line comes the statement skirt. Skirts are appearing in all forms this year, from high-low hemlines to ruffles and tiered tulle, to thigh high splits and detachable overskirts, and making bridal a bit more whimsical in some, and contemporary in others.


Rime Arodaky 2017

Marchesa, Bridal Spring 2017, Lookbook, April 13 2016

Marchesa 2017


Carolina Herrera 2017

Unique Lace

Last but not least is lace – arguably the bridal trend of the year for 2017 – appearing in the most incredible forms throughout collections all over the world. Most designers have included at least one full lace gown in their 2017 offering, with some having lace created especially for their designs.

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Grace Loves Lace 2017


Divine Atelier 2017


Rue de Seine 2017


Pallas Couture 2017

Seventies Style


Rue de Seine 2017


Divine Atelier 2017


Yolan Cris 2017

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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