Every year introduces us to new definitions in bridal style. This year, the scene is rife with delicate and divine floral wedding dresses as well as bold, sheer designs and plunging necklines, among others. One thing we know is the variety of trends ensures there is something for every bride’s taste.

Best for Bride, the wedding dress fashion experts from Canada, bring us this list of the biggest wedding dress trends for this year. So, get ready to pick your favorites.

Cap sleeves

wedding dress trend cap sleeves

Wedding dresses with delicate cap-sleeves, some of them with intricate illusion details, are just perfect for a feminine bridal look. Cap sleeves are commonly paired with elaborate ball gowns and with figure flattering fit-and-flare silhouettes. This dress feature allows brides more freedom of movement, and is a beautiful addition to traditional and classic wedding dresses. As it covers up the shoulders, it is a good choice for outdoor weddings in cooler months.

Short hemlines

Wedding dress trends short hemlines

Short white wedding dresses have an unusual, but refreshing charm to short white wedding dresses. This is a popular modern choice for casual wedding styles, whether held outdoors or indoors. Many collections featured a range of silhouettes with various features. The length of the gown hits anywhere from the knees to the ankle. The high-low asymmetrical hemline feature from last year continues to be big this year, and this was also featured in a number of little white dresses. An interesting factor was that many of the short white dresses have layers upon layers, to create extra movement and fluidity. It also crafts a perfect bridal look with ease.

Wedding dresses in hues of pink

wedding dress trend in hues of pink

From bubblegum pink to rose quartz, shades of pink have taken the bridal world by storm. In fact, pink is the new white in the bridal world. Light and subtle tones of pink continue to be favorites, that subtly deviate from traditional white. Our favorite shade is blush, and this was featured mainly in modern vintage dresses. Blush complements most skin tones, and is widely favored for its feminine quality. Shades of light pink look almost nude when paired with lace. Hence, they allow white lace details to pop and create a stunning effect.

3D florals

Wedding dress trends 3D florals

3D florals have been quite popular on the bridal scene in recent years. However, the effect is even more spectacular this year with stunning laser cut floral motifs on soft layers of tulle and satin. Apart from floral details, many designers have also experimented with other motifs of nature, like snowflakes and butterflies, to fashion splendid 3D effects in wedding dresses. 3D florals were also paired with tiered and layered skirts, another hot trend for the year, to create romantic and dramatic wedding dresses.

Capes

wedding dress trends cape

The latest accessories to add a wow factor to the bridal ensemble are capes. Quickly replacing the traditional veil, capes of different dimensions and lengths are paired with dresses of every silhouette and style. Designers showcased dramatic, billowing capes, with pretty embellishments for added effect. Equally popular are smaller capelets that add a whimsical and romantic effect to a wedding dress. The best part of this accessory is that it can be taken off during the reception, allowing the bride to sport two different wedding looks without the hassle of changing into another dress.

Off-the-shoulder neckline

wedding dress trend oof the shoulder neckline

As more and more brides flaunt their beautiful bodies, it is no wonder that the off-the-shoulder neckline is a trending favorite on the bridal catwalks this year. Sexy but safe, this style element adds sophistication to the bridal dress. Although this neckline was mostly featured with opulent ball gown silhouettes, we also found it on sheath and fit and flare silhouettes. It draws attention to the decolletage and shoulders, adding a touch of glamour, and was also paired with illusion details for added support and style.

Overlays

wedding dress trend overlays

Detachable overlay skirts are the perfect choice for brides who want a traditional look for the ceremony and a fashionable look for the reception. Thickly layered overlay skirts with enough pouf to resemble a ball gown help brides sport a demure traditional look for the wedding ceremony. At the reception, the grand overlay skirt can be whisked away to reveal a stylish fit and flare or sheath silhouette that transforms the bride’s style in an instant. Like capes, this is another great option to enjoy two looks for the price of one wedding dress.

Tiered skirts

wedding dress trend tiered skirts

The no-clutter, no-fuss bridal look was hot and happening on the bridal fashion catwalks. Column dresses with few to no embellishments, are cut to perfection and sculpted to fit the bride’s natural curves in sensual style. This is a choice that is perfect for the bride who wants her personality to shine through her unique wedding dress. Although the gowns feature few decorative elements, they were stunning and anything but simple in their overall look and effect.

Author Bio: Canada’s top wedding dress store, Best for Bride,, has been in business for over a decade now. Serving the bridal dress needs as well as every other shopping requirement of the modern bride, this bridal chain has an impressive wedding dress inventory as well as dresses for the entire bridal party. They also feature an online shopping option for brides who wish to avail of their services from outside Canada.