5 Bridal Trends for Any Budget

Happy Monday, everyone! 

Let me begin this post by saying that I don't really love the word trend. One of my main goals when I started wedding planning was to encourage all of my couples to be unique; to take charge of their own wedding ideas and follow them, however unusual or unconventional. It's challenging, though, to create new ideas. Like, ideas that are not on Pinterest. Do those even exist? 

I also love to juxtapose those new ideas with some traditional ones. Succulents, air plants, and white roses in your bouquet? Beautiful. "Chandelier" by Sia followed by Pachelbel's "Canon" for your ceremony processional? Awesome. Let's keep your guests on their toes. 

We can explore this same kind of pairing with bridal looks.

While there are certain bridal fashion elements that never go out of style (lace and tulle, a classic silhouette, satin buttons down the back of a gown), bridal designers create two collections each year to keep bridal fashion fresh and current. These collections include a mix of classic and modern looks (but I always search out the modern ones!)

Below I've rounded up some examples of current gowns that I absolutely love, at various price points. All of these picks include that pairing of classic and modern; the lace Monique Lhuillier jumpsuit is my favorite! Hope you enjoy and feel inspired to design your own bridal look. 

Long Sleeves - in Opaque and Lace

Kate Middleton and Kim Kardashian rocked it - the long-sleeved bridal gown. Gone are the days of wearing long sleeves to ensure a modest bridal look; instead, a more covered look highlights the overall silhouette of a gown and adds a sophisticated touch. 

Watters "Aziza" Gown $5200; David's Bridal $1450.

The Crop Top

Before this year, we have only seen a bride's midriff at Indian weddings. But, with delicate detailing and fine materials, these gowns are simply elegant, feminine, and perfect for a modern bash. 

Alexandra Grecco "Florence" price unknown; BCBG "Maris" $698.

The Silk Cami

While bridal separates have been popular for a few years now, the silk cami is making her soft way back into the bridal fashion foreground. Delicate and etherial, wearing silk on your wedding day almost feels like a second skin. I was able to borrow a cami from Alexandra Grecco (left) for a recent photoshoot and the material was stunning. So many wedding gowns include layerered fabric, boning, and ruching, but a thin layer of silk couldn't feel more natural. 

Alexandra Grecco "Maia" Slip and "Penelope" Skirt $2800+; BHLDN "Francine" Top $250 and "Danielle Skirt $800.

The Jumpsuit

I have had a major obsession with formal jumpsuits this spring. The first time I wore one to perform at an orchestra concert, a colleague said, "Oh, I had one of those back in the 80's!" Oh gosh. But then, a number of other people commented on how modern/hip/fun/on trend it was, and I was officially hooked. (Not to mention that they are super flattering, even if you are having a "blah" day - the honest allure of the jumpsuit.)

Elie Saab $7250; Monique Lhuillier "Paige" $1990; BHLDN "Mara" $180.


Lavenders, blues, pinks, nudes, and black - there are no rules anymore for what color a bride "should" wear on her wedding day. If you don't feel entirely comfortable in white and another color suits your design scheme, go for it! We like adventurous brides around here.

Emily Riggs Bridal Amethyst Ophelia Gown $7000; Badgley Mischka Lilac Petal Gown $850 Retail or $85 on Rent the Runway.

Emily Riggs Bridal "Delphina" Gown $7000; Catherine Deane "Brandie" Gown $475 on Rent the Runway.


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Happy shopping!

xo, Elizabeth