Make like McQueen: This year’s most stunning wedding dresses



In search of the dress? From the silhouette, the neckline, the colour and the fabric, it could be the most tricky frock challenge you’ll face.  Narrow it down with our guide to this year’s trends.


Planning a spring wedding? Make sure you add a pair of Waterford Rebel flutes to your gift wish list it, in a pretty blush hue.

Dipped V neckline

Forget traditional sweetheart necklines; the hottest shape right now is the plunging deep V neckline. We adore this delicate lace version, featured in Suzanne Neville’s 2016 Songbird collection.



Image source: Suzanne Neville

Feather finish

Feathers don’t have to be OTT. Opt for soft, delicate detailing for a feminine touch or full feather skirt to ramp up the drama.

Halfpenny London is famous for its collection of cool, vintage frocks – and its latest collection is no exception. We love the daisy chiffon cross-over dress, with simple feather detailing on the shoulders.


Image source: Halfpenny London

Skirt overlay

Marrying (excuse the pun) the classic gown with a slinky column style, designers are layering tulle, organza and lace over dresses for a streamlined silhouette. In Pronovias’ case, they use silk on the Tolosa gown to create a beautiful layered effect.


Image source: Pronovias


If you’re dreaming of a summer wedding, the stunning Waterford Mixology champagne coupes are a must-have for your gift wish list.

Floral patterns

Print is fashion forward this summer, with designers such as Carolina Herrera using intricate embroidery to capture the floral-led trend. Sassi Holford’s full-skirted dress, features blowsy roses in pink and green for a feminine feel.


Image source: Sassi Holford

Little white dress

Shorter, knee or thigh length dresses are a dream to rock in warmer months – especially if a (rare) drop of sunshine graces us. Charlotte Balbier’s 50s-inspired Nora dress is a great example, featuring lace for a luxurious feel.

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Image source: Charlotte Balbier

Chic separates

A handful of designers have ditched the traditional wedding dress in favour of a more  modern approach which bares some skin. Karen Willis Holmes pulls this trend off in a sophisticated way with her Wild Hearts collection, pairing the Tillie top with the Natasha skirt for a beautiful, romantic effect.


Image source: Karen Willis Holmes


If you love the pretty colours of autumn, this beautiful Waterford Lismore Vase makes for a perfect addition to your gift list – what better place to style a seasonal bunch?


We’ve seen the trend for wearing underwear as outerwear all over the catwalks for womenswear and it’s no different for brides. Think bustier-tops and slinky slip dresses. Straight from her autumn 2016 collection, this Monique Lhuillier gown is right on trend with a beautiful lace corset-style bodice.


Image source: Monique Lhuillier

Bare shoulders

Shoulders were a big focus on the fashion catwalks for this year, with designers such as Alberta Ferretti, Moschino and Roberto Cavalli embracing the trend. Showing some shoulder works particularly well for wedding gowns, such as in Ellis Bridal’s traditional, romantic dress.


Image source: Ellis Bridal

Sparkling embellishment

Forget diamond drop earrings – the sparkle this season is on the dress itself. Celebrate in a subtle fashion, just like Jenny Packham in her 2016 bridal campaign, featuring vintage styles and a relaxed feel.


Image source: Jenny Packham


Got your heart set on a wedding during the depths of winter? For style inspiration and more, read our guide ‘White weddings: inspiration for snowy weddings’.

  1. Dresses are only one part of the equation..the other being age and form of the people wearing them.That should include skin tone.
    My tips would be,buy a scarp book and assemble pictures from magazines you like,gather colour swatches and hold them against your face…if the wedding is in winter and you have a deep summer suntan when trying on,the hue could be different…e.g.,a beige dress against a deep suntan could glow…against a snow white skin,could look pasty…
    Huge flowery patterns make small brides,look smaller.Wide sleeves add weight and elbow length sleeves make waits disappear.
    Outdoor weddings in hot sun can make lace sleeves itchy…untanned skin with lots of flesh showing,may need tinting if a bride usually wears coloured foundation on her face…
    Cotton underskirts are better for first layer or skirting,as other fabrics stick in heat.
    Unless you go for a Vivienne Westwood look,colours for bridesmaids need to harmonise or completely contrast with bridal gown.Ditto flowers.
    Less is often more amd too much bling can look cheap…
    Heels had sometimes welcome height to accomodate certain designs but unkess worn regularly beforehand,bride coukd wobble or check any patterns which are near hemline and perhaps shorten dress rather than go for higher heels..

    Whilst discrimination is always a matter of judgement,as you rightly say,a wedding dress may be most difficult choice a woman can make.
    Some dresses become ‘dated’,others family heirlooms…most likely will be on show in photographs and vidoes for decades.Bbottomline is,it must please the bride and ideally eye of beholder,because even in this technical age,a thing of beauty lasts and true love,forever.

    From ‘My wedding notes’.DW

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