Looking for a wedding dress and don’t know where to start? It’s all about finding the best wedding dress style for your body shape. We looked at the trends from the 2023 Bridal Week catwalks for inspiration alongside expert advice for next year. Discover the top wedding dress styles, trends and collections for next year below.
Top Wedding Dress Trends for 2023
Next year’s bridal fashion verdicts are officially in: prepare to be dazzled by the new line-up of shapes, hemlines, embellishments, layers, colours and accessories.
Wedding Ideas has brought together a hotlist of the key wedding dress trends, with inspiration straight from the catwalk from 2023 Bridal Weeks in one handy round-up to help style-conscious brides-to-be in your quest for The One.
From boho brides and old school glamour to tailored suits, read on for 2023’s most covetable big-day looks.
Nadine Bejou, Founder of IDINA Bride, says beaded looks and party dresses will be in. “Designers are diving deep on the second look (also known as the party dress or reception dress)!
“In the past a lot of designers would explore transitional looks where their ceremony gown can transform to a party dress by the removal of a sleeve or skirt.
“But this season I really felt like designers were ditching transitional looks and putting prime focus on offering more variety for brides who want to showcase two completely different looks on their big day.”
Get the Look:
Katherine Tash Chloe Dress, from £1,500
Ball gowns were centre stage for a lot of designers this season, says Nadine. “We saw a lot of designers this season elevate their ball gowns as the final and most glamorous look to finish off their collection.
“The traditional silhouette was widely celebrated as we saw designers focus on elaborate detailing and corseted structures bringing the fairytale story to life and not shying away from holding back any drama.”
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Provonias Dimitra Dress, from £2,290
Seen in New York Bridal Fashion Week 2023, feathers are playful and romantic. We saw Liz Martinez double down on a few feathered looks paired with elaborate beading and sheer silhouettes. Lapointe didn’t disappoint with their feathered cuff that could be easily added to a number of their looks.
Get the Look:
Lapointe Ostrich Feather Detail Midi Dress, from £1,660
With the past two years seeing many weddings being turned on their heads, brides are more and more likely to move away from the norm and go for more unusual wedding trends. This translates into the all-important dress, too, with the upcoming season seeing the ever-popular white swapped for blue many of the 2023 bridal catwalks.
Blue is the new pink according to the runways at New York Bridal Week. Go subtle with a subtle blue hue or all out with royal and peacock blues.
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Marchesa Notte Floral-appliqué Bandeau Gown, from £755
According to Luxury Bridal Fashion Week Fall 2023, big bows will be in next year. Whether you wear one in your hair or go full out with an oversized bow on the train of your dress, a bow this is the perfect addition to classic dresses, for brides who want something a little unique.
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Justin Alexander Durham Organdy A-Line Gown
Sparkles & Shine
Sparkly, shiny, shimmery, glittery – you name it, it’s in for 2023. Whether you go for old-school glamour, a festive wedding or simply want to stand out, glittering dresses will be big for 2023.
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Jolie by Berta (style 22-J09), from £2,640
Touches of sheer will be big in 2023 as brides add more unusual elements into their bridal looks. We’re simply loving the trend for brides who want to turn heads.
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Milla Nova by Lorenzo Rossi Djeyn Dress
As micro-weddings are predicted to continue to be popular into 2023, the clean, elegant silhouette is here to stay next season and is perfectly suited to a smaller, laid-back wedding. Think clean-cut, figure-hugging lines.
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Ghost Delphine Dress in Ivory, £195
Floaty, feminine florals are not just for spring – we saw them throughout the 2023 fashion week shows and they’re here to stay. Even a simple flourish of this touchy-feely texture adds opulence to classic bridal styles.
As floral lace and embellishments reinforce their place in high-end bridal fashion for next season, they’re becoming more versatile, whether you want a full-on floral extravaganza or a more pared-back version.
Get the Look:
ASOS Ivy Plunge Wedding Dress, now £114
Bridal gloves are making a comeback, as seen in Fall 2023 New York Bridal Fashion Week. Whether you opt for vintage vibes or satin luxe, these are a perfect way to add a touch of drama to your bridal look.
Get the Look:
Cornelia James Hermione Satin Opera Glove, £155
The Best New Wedding Dress Collections for 2023
Nadine Merabi Bridal
Nadine Merabi Bridal offers brides contemporary options to wear on their Big Day or the events surrounding it. Their Bridal Collection comprises dresses, suits and jumpsuits, introducing a new range of designs but keeping the house essence with detailing such as their iconic feather trims and sequins.
Find out more at nadinemerabi.com.
Sassi Holford Let There Be Love 2023 Collection
Let There Be Love, Sassi Holford’s 2023 collection, is the reimagining of modern femininity, pairing innovative fabrics with confident, clean silhouettes.
The combination of organic textures, defined lines and intricate detail showcase Sassi’s unrivalled talent and instinctive understanding of the female form. Every wedding dress has been designed and handmade in Somerset, England, as part of ongoing efforts to minimise their impact on the planet.
Find out more at sassiholford.com.
The Pantry Bridalwear Debut Originals Collection
Independent bridal store The Pantry Bridalwear has just launched its debut collection entitled ‘Originals’ featuring distinctive designs for modern day brides and the items are dreamy.
The collection sees the use of striking materials such as silk, organza and honeycomb waffle to create items such as skirts, dresses and blazers to help create outfits that are as unique as the bride wearing them, championing the brands ethos of ‘do you on your day’.
Find out more at thepantrybridalwear.com.
Katherine Tash’s Ready-to-Wear Bridal Collection
Katherine Tash’s new ready-to-wear collection has launched, and if you’re looking for pieces to wear during your whole wedding weekend, look no further.
The collection features 12 mini dresses, midi dresses and separates perfect for any occasion during a bridal weekend and beyond!
Find out more at katherinetash.com.
Grace Loves Lace Memoirs of Her Collection
Memoirs of Her is a collection like no other, dissimilar to anything GRACE has created before. The Aussie brand has pushed its boundaries, with many surprises and un-seen twists implemented throughout the collection. Inspired by poetry, creativity and dark academia, gown names include ‘Solstice’ and ‘Pierlot’.
Find out more at graceloveslace.com.
Kate Halfpenny’s Courage 2023 Collection
Kate Halfpenny, Founder and Designer of Halfpenny London, has just launched her new Courage collection for 2023, which she says was based on the message she’d give her 23 year old self: “There’s a lot that I could say, but mostly I’d encourage her to believe in herself. To be brave. To have courage,” Kate says.
“We’re created a diverse, playful edit of bold silhouettes and thoughtfully constructed pieces,” continues Kate. Our top picks include the Sadie Dress with Josephine Gloves. The Sadie gown has layers of tulle gathered to create a magical, fluffy skirt which is juxtaposed with a clean, sleek bodice, cut shorter at the centre front to show off an incredible pair of shoes!
Find out more at halfpennylondon.com.
Atelier by WONA
Created with delicate and exclusive lace with lavish hand-sewing, the Atelier by WONA collection includes only 20 garments: the mermaid silhouette prevails and appears in 12 exquisite gowns, and the rest are sheath and A-line styles and a jumpsuit.
The collection adapts an already traditional WONÁ Concept mix-and-match formula using various bridal capes and boleros for the gowns of lightweight and semi-transparent lace and tulles embellished with stones and appliqué.
Find out more at wonaconcept.com.
The Atelier Couture’s 2023 Paradise Collection
It’s your big day and you should decide how to best express your style! With each season, we’ve been seeing more colour options for brides aside from your traditional white dress. The Atelier Couture’s 2023 Paradise Collection is perfect for the unique bride and fits every colour palette.
Find out more at theateliercouture.com.
Rebecca Schoneveld’s 2023 Bridal Collection
This collection of gorgeous bridal gowns is best described as romantic, with elegant fabrics, embroidery, and silhouettes that can embrace the figure of anyone perfectly. For this collection, Rebecca Schoneveld wanted to focus on and emphasize the femininity of a woman to enhance her inner and outer beauty.
Rebecca Schoneveld Bridal takes pride in being different from most bridal brands by offering their collections in a full range of sizes (00-30). At Rebecca Schoneveld, they believe every woman should feel beautiful and comfortable in her own skin on her special day! Each gown is designed to not only perfectly fit, but accentuate your gorgeous curves.
Find out more at rebeccaschoneveld.com.
Rainbow Club Shoes SS23 Collection
Comprised of an edit of catwalk-inspired, timeless silhouettes, Rainbow Club’s SS23 collection is both elegant and opulent in equal measure. Building on their reputation of providing quality bridal and occasion footwear that marries both style and comfort, the range of footwear and accessories taps into the latest bridal trends whilst also providing sartorial staples that never go out of style.
Plus, Rainbow Club’s unique Colour Studio hand-dyeing service means that almost any of these new footwear and bag styles can be dyed the colour of your dreams. The 2023 collection will be available from April 2023 and pre-orders are available now.
Find out more at rainbowclub.co.uk.
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Wedding Dress Styles: Your Ultimate Guide
From ball gown and boho wedding dresses to fishtail wedding dresses, here’s your ultimate guide to choosing your wedding dress style.
Ball Gown Wedding Dresses
Perhaps the most traditional of all wedding dresses, the ball gown provides the ultimate classic bridal look and a choice shape for brides with a straight body shape – a fuller skirt will give the illusion of wider hips if you have an athletic frame. With layers of fabric descending in a beautiful bell shape and brought together with a tight bodice, this is ‘the’ style for brides picturing the traditional fairytale wedding!
You are guaranteed to make an unforgettable entrance in this timelessly classic haute couture-inspired Demetrios Maylea gown from their 2022 collection. Luxurious, opulent and dazzling, this glamorous dress is everything a bridal gown should be.
Boho Wedding Dresses
Loose, relaxed and covered in lace, bohemian style dresses are the new go to style for a lot of summer weddings or weddings overseas. Perfect for creating an effortless, laid back, and free spirited look, bridal names are adapting a new found approach to designing – think white dresses with a touch of bridal!
Totally flattering and easy to wear, all of Grace Loves Lace‘s dresses are the ultimate in boho chic. Elegant and yet still free and easy, and with a hint of high fashion, they are the perfect blend for a laid-back, ultra-stylish bridal look, like their iconic lace Clo Dress.
A new trend on the block, coloured dresses have risen in popularity in recent years, offering modern brides the chance to express their individuality for an ultra-special occasion without taking away from the most flattering styles. Colour tints in champagne, dusky blue, blush, and even red have graced catwalks of some of the most prestigious bridal designers. You might find this selection a refreshing change from the impracticality of white!
This beautiful pink blush number from Lazaro offers refreshing take on a classic ballgown bridal dress. The traditional shape and delicate colour are elegant with just a little bit of extra sass – perfect for a bride looking for something a little out of the ordinary.
Column Wedding Dresses
The column fit dress follows your body’s natural shape, and is soft fitting and minimalistic for a more casual approach to the bridal look. This type of dress is perfect for petite brides who don’t want to drown in too many bulky layers if you still want your figure to look defined. These styles are often a little more understated but still bang on trend in line with more relaxed boho styles.
This Theia Cerulean column gown has Greek goddess vibes, proving that simplicity can often have the most impact. Flattering and flowing, this dress lets you wear it – and not the other way around!
Related: Can’t decide what style to go for? Take a look at our handy guide to choosing the right dress for your shape…
Fishtail Wedding Dresses
Fit and flare dresses are always a winner for pear shape silhouettes or hour glass figures. Something fitted all the way down to just above your knees will hug your curves and highlight the smallest part of your body – your waist. Otherwise known as the mermaid or fishtail dress because of the dramatic whimsical fanned skirt, choose from a wealth of necklines to complement your bust and frame.
This gorgeous Provonias Lansbury gown from their Hollywood Glamour collection fits beautifully in all the right places and makes your legs look as though they go on for days. The sweetheart, strapless neckline with the chiffon overlay is fabulously flattering and sexy.
Embroidered Wedding Dresses
If you find yourself longing for something little more daring, embroidered dresses come in a wealth of styles and sophisticated fabrics, layers and overlays. This is where embellishments really come into their own!
This heavenly Berta embroidered gown from their Como collection is full of sparkle and pizzaz. Sultry, sexy and uber-glam, the daring neckline is full of drama and the long sleeves add to the alluring quality of this shimmering fairy-like gown.
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