model wears two-piece bridal ensemble white crop top with midi skirt and stands against a white backdrop surrounded by flowers
Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

Twice a year during New York Bridal Fashion Week, bridal designers from across the world reveal their latest collections to the media and bridal salon buyers, who spend the week getting an up-close look at the dresses to decide which styles they'll sell in their shops. For the past year, the process has (unsurprisingly) looked a little different, but wedding dresses in 2022 are still giving us plenty to be excited about, especially as it's slowly becoming safer to celebrate with our loved ones again. While many ateliers have been hard at work sewing masks for frontline workers, designers and their teams have also been operating as normally as possible—which means doing everything from creating new collections to fulfilling wedding dress orders and arranging virtual consultations with brides. If you're planning to get married sometime in late 2021 or 2022, it's time to start shopping for your wedding dress! Take a peek at what's trending in the bridal fashion world to gain some ideas for your own look. 

image collage of models wearing short white dresses
Marcy Castelgrande, Oriana Layendecker, Alexandra Grecco

Dresses by Jenny Yoo, Markarian, and Alexandra Grecco

Short Wedding Dresses

Short wedding dresses have spiked in popularity since last year, and they're still on track to become one of the top wedding dress trends in 2022. Whether you’re eloping and want a throw-on-and-go look, or you’re in the market for a white dress to wear at a wedding-related event, there are so many reasons to rock a shorter hemline. Strut your stuff in a thigh-skimming mini wedding dress or keep it more demure by opting for a midi or tea-length style. Either way, the fact that your feet won’t be hidden under a dress is a perfect reason to splurge on a fabulous pair of shoes for the big day (especially if you've missed wearing heels!). 

short trapeze silhouette wedding dress with halter neckline and layered skirt
Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

Dress by Ines Di Santo

short strapless wedding dress with floral appliques
Courtesy of Sareh Nouri

Dress by Sareh Nouri

short lace wedding dress with long sleeves and flared skater skirt
Courtesy of Gracy Accad

Dress by Gracy Accad

image collage of models wearing trending wedding dresses for 2022 with bishop sleeves
Lucy Munoz, Willowby, Savannah Miller

Dresses by Claire Pettibone, Willowby, and Savannah Miller

Bishop Sleeves

Ever since Kate Middleton debuted her stunning long-sleeve wedding dress a decade ago, sleeves have made a huge comeback in the bridal fashion space. They’ll continue to trend for the remainder of 2021 and into 2022, but instead of tight lace sleeves, billowing and voluminous styles will be the look of the moment. Bishop sleeves—sleeves that are loose for the length of the arm and fitted at the wrists—are the perfect statement detail to try if you’re looking for something different. Depending on the rest of the gown, bishop sleeves will give off a bohemian, classic, or woodland fairy vibe.

sweetheart wedding dress with bishop sleeves and tulle ball gown skirt
Eyal Nevo/Courtesy of Galia Lahav

Dress by GALA Galia Lahav

strapless wedding dress with sweetheart neckline and sheer bishop sleeves adorned with floral embroidery
Courtesy of Lihi Hod

Dress by Lihi Hod

boho wedding dress with flowy sleeves, side cutout and low v neck
Lisa Richov/Courtesy of PatBO

Dress by PatBO

image collage of 2022 wedding dresses with square necklines
Edem, Ines Di Santo, Alexandra Grecco

Dresses by Edem, Ines Di Santo, and Alexandra Grecco

Square Necklines

If this trend reminds you of ‘90s and early aughts style, we’re right there with you—and we couldn’t love it more. The square wedding dress neckline has flown under the radar for a while, but it’s going to be everywhere for wedding dresses in 2022. The great thing about it is that it’s flattering for both large and small busts, giving you support or coverage when you need it while also creating the illusion of (tasteful) cleavage by exposing more of your décolletage. Square necklines look incredibly chic on gowns made from crepe or other structured fabrics.

ball gown with square neckline and thick sleeveless straps
Courtesy of Peter Langner

Dress by Peter Langner

simple wedding dress with square neckline and flowy bishop sleeves
Marcy Castelgrande/Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Dress by Jenny by Jenny Yoo

simple ball gown with square neckline and belt
Courtesy of BHLDN

Dress by Amsale x BHLDN

image collage of 2022 wedding dresses with ruffles
Laura Gordon, Rita Vinieris, Francesca Miranda

Dresses by Anne Barge, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, and Francesca Miranda

Ruffled Wedding Dresses

If you've been waiting to live out your fairytale wedding fantasy, consider this a sign to go for it. Dramatic, romantic ruffles are back in a big way for wedding dresses in 2022, giving you plenty of options when it comes to finding a look that's worthy of any princess' wardrobe. Choose tulle ruffles if you want a classic Cinderella-inspired wedding dress, or pick a style with ruffles that are more on the lightweight side to embody an ethereal, sent-from-the-heavens vibe.  

wedding dress with ruffled tiers and long sleeves
Oriana Layendecker/Courtesy of Markarian

Dress by Markarian

silk floral print wedding dress with ruffled long sleeves and open shoulders
Courtesy of Temperley London

Dress by Temperley London

mermaid wedding gown with tulle ruffle skirt and sweetheart neckline
Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Dress by Justin Alexander Signature

image collage of 2022 wedding dresses minimalistic styles
Justin Alexander, BHLDN, Rita Vinieris

Dresses by Justin Alexander Signature, Tadashi Shoji x BHLDN, and Alyne by Rita Vinieris

Minimalistic Wedding Dresses

As weddings have become more impromptu and informal during the pandemic, so have wedding dresses. You can expect to see simplistic and unembellished styles continue to trend for wedding dresses in 2022. Dresses without elaborate beading, lace, or tulle are ideal for the bride who loves modern and sophisticated style—but minimalism definitely doesn’t mean boring. Choose details like pockets, subtle appliqués, or a cowl neckline to add sartorial flair to your dress without the fuss.

sleeveless A-line wedding dress with pockets
Laura Gordon/Courtesy of Anne Barge

Dress by Anne Barge/Blue Willow

fitted wedding dress satin slip silhouette with spaghetti straps
Courtesy of Morilee

Dress by Morilee

simple A-line wedding dress with sweetheart neckline and pockets
Courtesy of Savannah Miller

Dress by Savannah Miller

image collage of colorful 2022 wedding dresses with floral prints and embroidery
Lucy Munoz, Temperley London, Ines Di Santo

Dresses by Claire Pettibone, Temperley London, and Ines by Ines Di Santo 

Colorful Wedding Dresses

Colorful designs, specifically pastel floral prints and embellishments, are turning out to be a major wedding dress trend for 2022. These garden-inspired styles are like a breath of fresh air, whether you're actually getting married in a garden Bridgerton-style or simply in search of something unique in a sea of white wedding dresses. Pastel embroidery, hand-painted details, and dainty floral motifs hit the sweet spot between classic bride and full-on risk-taker. 

tulle A-line wedding dress decorated with hand-painted flowers in pastel colors
Kelli Walsh/Courtesy of Naeem Khan

Dress by Naeem Khan

organza ball gown with abstract floral print skirt
Courtesy of Romona Keveza

Dress by Romona Keveza Collection

short strapless wedding dress with 3D floral embellishments and ruffles
Oriana Layendecker/Courtesy of Markarian

Dress by Markarian

image collage of 2022 wedding dresses and bridal suit
Lihi Hod, Francesca Miranda, Eyal Nevo

Designs by Lihi Hod, Francesca Miranda, and Galia Lahav

Two-in-One Looks

Adaptability has been the name of the game for all of us over the last year, and we're expecting that mindset to carry over into bridal attire throughout 2022. Outfits that give you the option for multiple looks will be hugely popular, especially if you're having two weddings, celebrating a vow renewal, or want to invest in something you know you'll wear again after the wedding is over. Details like removable sleeves, jackets, detachable trains, matching toppers, and bridal separates showed up in almost every collection this season, which means there are plenty of different ways to embrace this wedding dress trend in 2022. 

bridal crop top with matching midi skirt
Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

Set by Alexandra Grecco

wedding dress with matching fringe jacket
Courtesy of Galvan London

Set by Galvan London

strapless fitted wedding dress with removable embroidered topper
Courtesy of Sareh Nouri

Set by Sareh Nouri