A newly married couple sit in the back of the limousine waiting to go on the honeymoon

This year is filled with new wedding gown styles and trends that are still being discovered by brides-to-be. While the year has just started, couples everywhere are beginning their wedding planning. What better way to start the process than to look for your wedding dress?

Here are few tips on the hottest and most elegant wedding gown style trends 2018 has offer.

Statement Bows

Years ago, bows used to be very popular, whether you were wearing them on your head or on your clothing. They were one of the biggest trends of 2011. Seven years later, bows are back in style. They either compliment the back of the gown as an accessory, or in the front of the dress as an accent bow. Bows are more commonly seen on the back of the wedding dress to bring attention to a long dress tail as the bride is walks down the aisle. With bows, you can use them with a simple look, such as small delicate bows, or you can really get noticed with large decadent bows. A statement bow will get noticed and may spark many fashion-related conversations at your wedding.

A bridal gown features a statement bow on the back of the dress


If you saw any bridal shows in the last few months, capes are one of the biggest trends right now in the fashion design. Capes can be a great addition to a wedding dress, because they can be worn instead of veils. Some capes are very long, spreading all the way to the floor, covering the long back of the dress. These capes can give a unique, royal look to your wedding dress. Capes can be made out of lace or any type of material that will compliment a white gown color.

A new bride wears a white cape with a wedding dress

Overskirt Dresses

If you are having trouble deciding whether you want a fitted gown or a large extravagant one, overskirt dresses are the choice for you. An overskirt dress is fitted in the chest area and a little bit of the waist and then becomes a bit larger at the bottom with a semi-puffy skirt. These gowns are popular for indoor wedding events in a church, marriage chapel, or any inside venue. They are not recommended for outside weddings. This particular dress option is unique since it shows off a woman’s figure while she is walking down the aisle.

A selection of colored overskirt dresses worn by three brides

High Necklines

Over the years, wedding dress neckline designs have changed periodically along with other fashion trends. Many dresses are worn off the shoulder or strapless making them the most common wedding gown styles. High necklines have become one of the newest trends for 2018.

These types of dresses highlight a bride’s face and accent a hair updo. High neckline styles prove that most women can look terrific with a high neckline type of dress, as well as the more common open neckline look of the last few years.

Sleeve Gowns

One of 2018’s biggest trends is fitted sleeve gowns. There are so many ways for sleeves to give an appearance of luxury when made with lace or other materials, and augmented with pearls or beading. The sleeves work best when they stand out in contrast to the gown material, or are an extension to another element in the front of the dress, such as a lace illusion neck.

The bride wears a wedding dress with sleeves to an outdoor wedding

More commonly attached to fitted gowns, sleeves can give the impression that the bride is wearing something similar to a shawl. These sleeve gowns are very entertaining to try on and feel very different than sleeveless dresses. Each dress has unique sleeves that add a fun and elegance to your wedding dress design. They can compliment the dress or stand out as an accent. Different styles of sleeves are more intriguing when the bottom of the dress is fitted straight down, and there is no long dress tail or any distractions from the beautiful sleeves.

We are only three months into the new year, and there are many new options for wedding dresses for brides to choose from. Whether you want to pull off a “princess” look, or a more traditional style, there are many new dresses that feature some of the wedding dress trends for 2018. These different styles are best worn in certain types of venues. For example, most women don’t wear large princess-like dresses to an outdoor wedding because they don’t want to risk having the wind blow their dress around. A sleeve gown is perfect for an outdoor wedding because the design is generally more streamlined.

Designers all over the world continue to create unique and beautiful wedding dresses for brides getting married this year. They are taking some chances with some new looks, as well as bringing back some classic styles such as bows and sleeves. Before choosing your wedding gown, take into consideration factors such as the type of venue, possible weather conditions, and the comfort of the dress.

New dresses are making their auditions at bridal shows, and brides cannot wait to see other styles that might be coming out in 2018. Remember, you want to feel elegant and comfortable in your wedding dress, so you can wear it all day and night on the big day!


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