Spring Bridal Trends 2016
This year is flying past – it hardly feels like last week when I posted about trends for Winter , Christmas and New Year weddings. Now here we are in March, with fingers crossed that it will eventually stop raining and we can get out into the beautiful Manx countryside and enjoy what Spring has to bring!
So what are the hottest Spring bridal trends for this year?
The Spring/Summer 2016 bridal collections were some of the most exciting we have seen in ages. It seems that many designers have stagnated in the past few years but the latest bridal trends are fresh and fabulous, with something to flatter every bride regardless of her age, style, or shape.
Plunging Necklines and Backs
Wedding dress designers have brought sexy back in a big way, cleverly using illusion necklines and organza overlays to keep the look tasteful rather than tarty. Most brides are likely to be at their physical peak for their wedding day so why wouldn’t they want to show off a little? Reem Acra is a great example of how to do the perfect plunge. If you prefer a more conservative effect opt for a lace or floral appliqued overlay which provides a little more cover.
The resurgence in popularity we saw for sleeves in the winter 2015 wedding collections has continued into spring and summer 2016. Sleeves have not been this popular since the 1980s, but we’re grateful that those puffed monstrosities have not made a comeback! Short or long, capped or off the shoulder, sleeves are a fantastic way to add support for busty brides.
Short Wedding Dresses
Jenny Packham, Justin Alexander, and Vera Wang, are just three designers who included short wedding dresses in their latest collection. Tea length and knee length wedding dresses perfectly compliment the emerging trend for relaxed daytime weddings, and are flattering and comfortable for summer brides.
Feathers floated down the runway at Carolina Herrera, Jenny Packham, and Lela Rose, to name a few. Some dresses featured a skirt covered with feathers from waist to toe, while others used them in a more subtle style to add movement and volume. Vera Wang’s black feathered skirt with bandeau top was one of our favourite looks of the season.
We were excited to see so many designers increasing the variety of colour in their collection. Beautiful blush and pale icy blue were a welcome addition to traditional white and cream, while black wedding dresses are no longer restricted to Goth weddings. Theia and Naeem Khan went one step further with their use of colour by creating wonderful floaty wedding dresses made from watercolour print fabric.
We can thank Amal Clooney for the wave of bridal trouser suits emerging from design houses. Naeem Khan pushed the boundaries with a suit and veil, while Carolina Herrera’s signature crisp style looked fantastic perfectly tailored trousers cropped just above the ankle.
Emerging in collections like a butterfly from a lace and organza chrysalis, this blend of sheath dress and overlay gives brides beautifully flowing layers of lace and tulle, without the bulk of a ball gown. It is form fitting and feminine, and a lot more forgiving for fuller figures than a streamlined sheath dress.
While we love keeping an eye on wedding dress trends, we always advise our brides to wear a dress they absolutely adore regardless of whether or not it ticks the fashion trend boxes.