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9 of the Biggest Wedding Dress Trends for 2018

If you’re shopping for your wedding dress this year (whoop!), you can expect to find lots of these gorgeous styles adorning the rails of bridal stores! We’ve rounded up 9 of the biggest wedding dress trends for 2018 below…

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Stylish Capes & Capelets

Rosa Clara | Monique Lhuillier | Peter Langner

Capes and capelets made an appearance at many a 2018 runway show! Several designers showcased wedding dresses paired with these stunning accessories from dainty tulle and modern satin coverings to pretty, ornate capes. A gorgeous alternative to a veil, they’re also sure to be popular with stylish autumn/winter brides after some extra coverage.

Rosa Clara stockists include B Couture in Wicklow

Shorter Dresses

Ivy & Aster | Callista | Romona by Romona Keveza

Hemlines soared this year with the return of fabulous mini and midi wedding dresses! The runways were teaming with shorter styles with designers showcasing gorgeous mini wedding dresses – perfect for chic city brides and an array of romantic tea length dresses, sure to be a hit with vintage loving brides.

Callista stockists include Amarra Bridal in Kildare, Bridal by Nikki Kavanagh in Meath and Diamond Bridal in Cork

Romona Keveza stockists include Myrtle Ivory in Dublin

Pretty Bows

Inbal Dror | Ivy & Aster | Rosa Clara

Bows have been popping up on wedding gúnas this past year but the 2018 bridal runways saw them bigger and better than ever. You’ll find both dainty and showstopping bows adorning every inch of wedding dresses including perched prettily on the shoulders, on belts, necklines, sleeves, and even dotted across the bodice.

Rosa Clara stockists include B Couture in Wicklow

Embellishments Galore

Reem Acra | Jenny Packham | Anna Campbell 

The 2018 catwalks were teaming with some seriously dazzling offerings, perfect for brides that love their glitz and glamour. From decadent all over beading to pops of pretty pearls, sparkling diamante bodices and shimmering metallic details, the runways were awash with embellished beauties.

Jenny Packham stockists include Sharon Hoey in Dublin

Anna Campbell stockists include Little White Dress in Dublin

Fab Fringing

Galia Lahav | Pronovias | Sottero & Midgley

Another detail that proved super popular with bridal designers was fringing. If you’re a fan of flapper dresses, you can channel some 20s glamour for your Big Day with some fringing adorning the shoulders, draped prettily from the sleeves or go all out with some swishy fringing across the bodice and skirt!

Pronovias stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal and Kathy De Stafford Bridal in Dublin and Tipperary

Sottero & Midgley stockists include My Dress Bridal Wear in Tipperary, Truly Bridal Boutique Naas in Kildare, McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal and The Moderne Bridal in Cork

Off-the-Shoulder Beauties

Justin Alexander | Morilee | Pronovias 

Designers have been showcasing some gorgeous off-the-shoulder creations these past few years and 2018 was no different. If you’re after a romantic look, the sultry off-the-shoulder gown could be perfect. Or if you want a sharper, more modern style, you’ll find plenty of bare shouldered offerings with tailored straight across cuts too.

Justin Alexander stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal, B Couture in Wicklow, Love Ellie Bridal in Cavan, Amarra Bridal in Kildare and Dublin Bridal House

Pronovias stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal and Kathy De Stafford Bridal in Dublin and Tipperary

Voluminous Skirts

Lazaro | Amsale | Pronovias

If you’re after your princess moment, you’ll be spoilt for choice this year! The ballgown was a staple on the runway with beautiful voluminous skirts popping up in every collection from statement satin numbers to romantic tulle layers.

Lazaro stockists include Padanee Bridal Couture in Leitrim

Pronovias stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal and Kathy De Stafford Bridal in Dublin and Tipperary

Chic & Minimal

Lela Rosa | Lihi Hod | Justin Alexander

While embellishments were abundant on the runways, so too were chic pared back offerings for brides after a simple yet stylish dress for their big moment.

Justin Alexander stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal, B Couture in Wicklow, Love Ellie Bridal in Cavan, Amarra Bridal in Kildare and Dublin Bridal House

Pretty 3D Floral Embroidery

Hayley Paige | Rime Arodaky | Romona Keveza Legends

These dainty embellishments adorned many a dress on the 2018 runway, scattered across bodices, skirts and on backs. Pretty and whimsical, floral appliques and embroidery bring some added drama and romance to this year’s bridal offerings.

Hayley Paige stockists include McElhinneys Bridal Rooms in Donegal

Romona Keveza stockists include Myrtle Ivory in Dublin

Main image via Anna Campbell

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