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Wedding Dress Trends Here to Stay

December 21, 2015
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Edith Élan’s top three timeless bridal styles.

Wedding Dress Trends by Charleston bridal designer Edith Élan
This post was updated May 11, 2021.

The end of the year is a time for reflection. It’s a time to look back at everything that happened in the last 12 months, and it’s also a time to look forward to what the future brings. In fashion, designers are always thinking about the future and what designs they think will do best. Some designs become fads, while others become long-lasting trends. These are the top three wedding dress trends that we at Edith Élan expect will be around for a while.

Wedding dress trends blog post collage featuring three timeless bridal designs

Bridal Fad vs. Bridal Trend

What’s the difference between a fad and a trend? A fad is a design or style that is suddenly popular. It’s something that every bride wants, but it’s only popular for a short period of time. For example, in the late aughts, “pick-up wedding dresses” were a super trendy style made popular by big-box brand Maggie Sottero. It was a style that resembled Belle’s ball gown from Beauty and the Beast because the fabric was picked up and tacked to drape or cascade all over the skirt. But, this trendy style didn’t last long. It was a fad. As a result, it fizzled out after a few years.

On the other hand, a bridal or wedding dress trend is a design or style that slowly becomes popular. It stays popular for years and years. In fact, while some trends may not stay in the limelight, they remain popular and continue to sell. For this reason, some bridal trends are considered timeless.

Which trend should you choose?

Choosing your bridal style is an important decision in the wedding planning process. However, at the end of the day, pick the one that speaks to you. Just because a style is trending at the moment does not mean you have to choose it. Your wedding dress (or bridal jumpsuit) is an expression of your personal and unique style. And if your style does not line up with any current wedding dress trends or fads, that’s more than okay! You still want to look like you when you walk down the aisle.

Favorite Wedding Dress Trends: Bateau Neckline

Bateau is French for “boat,” which is why a bateau neckline is also known as a boat neckline. It’s a classic neckline that’s made its way back from the brink of extinction! It’s characterized by a narrow curved opening that usually goes from shoulder to shoulder. Like some of its other counterparts, the bateau is just as stunning and sexy. Right about now you’re probably thinking, “How can a high neck be ‘sexy’?” For starters, a high neckline can be sheer. Plus, when it comes to bateau necklines, they’re a perfect balance to a low back. Look at Tamarisk (from The Classics collection) or Hana (from the 2019 collection) as two examples.

Favorite Wedding Dress Trends: 3D Details

Three-dimensional details are a hot ticket! And, we’re not the only ones that love them. Bridal designers across the board have been choosing the 3D details on large and small scales. They’re a versatile design element that adds a layer of interest to just about any fabric. They also vary from small flowers (like on Hudson and Milly) to pearls (like on the Jonah bridal jumpsuit).

Favorite Wedding Dress Trends: Built-in Bling

Not every bride wants to sparkle on their wedding day. The amount of sparkle on Edith Élan designs varies from non-existent to full-on glam! For the brides that do want to be extra dazzling, a touch of sparkle brings the drama. For maximum bling: the 2018 collection Faven gown. She is top to bottom sequins under a fine layer of tulle. For a medium level of sparkle: think scattered crystals like on the 2018 Karli halter gown. And for a small amount of bling: think crystal trims like that on Iset or Iman. Or, a cascading row of crystal buttons down the train like on Tamarisk

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