When it comes to shopping for the perfect wedding dress, there's already a lot of pressure with wedding dress trends moving on as they so often do. Our guess is that you're hoping to find a cheap wedding dress that moves you to tears, fits you like a glove and is bang-on-trend for your big day. That's not a lot to ask for - or is it?
As we know, trends in the fashion world come and go. And, heading into a brand new year means new trends in bridalwear. So, we thought we'd better take a look into what we can expect from our gorgeous brides this year along with the top wedding dress trends for 2023.
With expert advice, we've highlighted some of the biggest trends for this year. Of course, we're still wanting to cover all budgets, which is why we've included some high-street wedding dresses, as well as some of our favourites from ASOS to name a few.
For a deep dive into bridal trends, we consulted an expert, and - more specifically - luxury bridal designer, Charlotte Mills. Aside from designing bridal shoes and accessories, she's also opened The Aisle Edit, a bridal shopping heaven where brides can shop for their entire bridal party. Charlotte knows all of the latest trends, trends to come, and exactly what brides are looking for.
The best wedding dress trends 2023
So, take a look at what's trending in bridalwear right now and our top suggestions for each of the trends...
The mini dress
A modern twist on bridal, the short wedding dress has seen a surge in interest thanks to Kourtney Kardashian's romantic Italian wedding with Travis Barker last year. Although, it seems that the mini dress trend is here to stay, and short wedding dresses are still in trend.
'Brides are steering away from full, voluminous traditional floor-length gowns as we've seen a huge increase in miniskirts, skirt suits and short dresses,' says Charlotte, 'Especially in the states. However, this trend has definitely made its way over to the UK.
'More and more UK bridal boutiques stocking mini dresses. Fuss-free, the style is so versatile as it’s perfect for the reception, registry office, beach-side ceremony, or simply an intimate low-key wedding. I adore this trend, plus a short dress is a perfect chance to show off your statement wedding shoes.'
Another trend we've observed in bridalwear is the fringe dress, and it's no wonder why. This
Defined by tactile feather detailing to the shoulders, this Pure light White Bardot Feather Mini
Looking for something with a bit of sparkle? The Lara dress is embellished with ivory sequins so
With intricate lace details and playful fringe trim, this showstopping mini dress is stunningly on
Playing with a '50s silhouette, but with a completely modern makeover, the Lila dress is a
The bridal suit
'Plot twist,' teases Charlotte, 'Not every bride wants to wear a dress.' Another trend that's seen increased popularity over recent years is more bridal suits amongst wedding dresses. Whether it's a jumpsuit or separate pieces, we can't see this trend going away. Not only are suits comfortable, but they're also an absolute power move.
'From a tailored finish and a wide-leg relaxed feel to skirts - there are plenty of variations to choose from so brides can tweak to their own personal style,' Charlotte says, 'A jumpsuit can be more sustainable if chosen carefully and it can be worn again. A power suit can be as stunning as a wedding dress.'
We've seen this Nadine Merabi bridal suit everywhere this season. The Bella White jumpsuit is
With embellished details and a halter neckline, this bridal jumpsuit is seriously sophisticated.
A fairly minimalist style bridal jumpsuit featuring a fabulous drape detail that's sure to steal
If you're wanting a suit that will truly mean all eyes are on you, the White Diamante Embellished
This all-in-one is pure perfection, with its statement feather trim, silhouette-enhancing
Pearls and bows
This is one we're particularly excited about because pearls and bows have a special place in every girl's heart. From accessories to the wedding dress itself, we have seen pearl and bow embellishments galore. Another up-and-coming trend for bridalwear has also been feathers, especially feather cuffs.
However, Charlotte reveals 'Pinterest reports that searches for “pearl wedding dress” have doubled on their website. Pearls in bridal is a trend that's not going anywhere. We've seen more and more designs featuring heavily embellished pearl beading and statement pearl straps.
Bows always give a romantic, gentle and playful touch, they’re timeless and have been a firm favourite in many of my designs over the years. But this season, bows are on the rise (!). They're getting bigger and bigger and featured as the statement piece. Whether that's silk bows on the shoulders or large tulle hair pieces.'
Like Charlotte, we're obsessed with bows too.
Say 'I do' in this bow detail dress. The Emiliee dress features detachable puff sleeves and an
Talk about the wow factor. This one-piece wonder incorporates a bold bow detail that wraps around
A plunging back detail leads the eye to an elegant voluminous bow. This super chic Rebecca
Less is more
Another style on the rise is minimalism, but is one that is guaranteed to be timeless through the decades. If you've decided on a 'less is more' approach by choosing a simple wedding dress, you'll be able to breathe a sigh of relief when looking back through the photo album for years to come. (Thank us later).
Charlotte says, 'Brides are opting for slinky slip dresses, so lightweight and easy for dancing the night away in. Especially with 90s minimalism on the rise.'
If Meghan Markle's dress was your idea of heaven, you might appreciate a simple style dress with no fuss.
A classic shape and style, so one you know will look timeless on your wedding photos. The Etta
Made from luxurious satin with a fitted silhouette and delicate shoulder straps, this dress from
It goes without saying, this Bardot-style dress is an elegant option if you're looking for a truly
The Jessica Dress from Nadine Merabi stuns with its simplicity and feminine elegance. The delicate
As minimal as you can get, the Gigi dress is a long sleeve, square-neck maxi dress that stuns with
A second look
Definitely a more modern phenomenon, a lot of brides are opting for a 'second wedding dress' after their reception and into the night. We get it, we're spoiled for choice too. An alternative dress may mean you'll have something more comfortable to change into after the ceremony.
Charlotte says, 'We've seen some really beautiful alternative evening looks. In the evening brides are looking to be more modern and selecting party dresses in pastel shades. Of course, not every bride has the budget for more than one dress, so I would possibly look at separates that can be interchanged or dresses that come with detachable elements to take you from day to night.'
Dance the night away in the Carly dress, bound to wow your guests with its luxurious lace and
21. Mila White Dress
Another glamorous option is the Mila Dress which features mesh design with embellished details and
FAQs: Wedding dress trends
What accessories are in this year?
Continuing with the theme of pearls and bows, which have been massive this season, these also serve as fabulous accessories. Particularly if you're going for a more minimalist dress, adding accessories such as hair bows or shoes adorned with bows can add a little bit of interest elsewhere. Additionally, pearl accessories in the form of earrings, necklaces, headbands or hair clips are also so on trend right now.
What wedding dress style fits my shape?
Remember when it comes to wedding dress shopping, the main thing is having fun. Bring a supportive entourage, try on a few different styles and see what works best for you. While there are no rules (after all, it's YOUR day and you should wear whatever you feel happy in), whether you're a petite, tall or plus-size bride, shopping for your body type can sometimes mean the dress fits more proportionate to your body.
How are wedding dress trends influenced?
There's no denying that wedding dress trends of today take massive inspiration from bridal trends of the past. Although we often think that our ideas are new, they're often inspired by fashion history.
The mini dress: Shorter lengths were first observed around the '50s, when flared skirts and tea-length wedding dresses became popular. The '60s brought the mini skirt, also reflected in wedding dress styles.
The bridal suit: Although modernised, bridal separates were around as early as '60s with matching blazer jackets and skirts. It was the '80s, the decade of the power suit which saw suits become more popular with women.
Pearls and bows: Pearls and bows have been around forever when it comes to bridal looks, especially as pearls represent purity, fertility and pure love. Bows have been used in wedding attire for hundreds of years but saw a resurgence in the '50s.
Less is more: Minimalism became in trend during the '90s with satin slip dresses and sleek silhouettes. Otherwise, plain understated dresses became more fashionable. Although '80s style dresses from the decade before still saw some popularity (no more shoulder pads, PLEASE!).
Samantha 'Sam' Price is a Beauty, Fashion & Wellness Products Writer at Closer magazine. In 2021, Sam began her journey as a Storytelling Executive at Closer and heatworld on an internship, creating beauty and fashion content across these brands. It was 2022 when Sam was employed as a Commercial Content Writer writing about Family Life on Yours, Mother & Baby and Spirit & Destiny. Now, she specialises in beauty, fashion and wellness content across many brands.