The 2018 Wedding Dress Trends New Brides Need To See

Written by Jacqueline Tynes
Photo: Dan Lecca

The Fall 2018 wedding dress trends have arrived! And boy, are they gorgeous. We're officially back from New York Bridal Fashion Week where the top bridal designers revealed their latest wedding dress trends for Fall 2018. This season, we saw a new take on boho-chic, gowns covered in celestial details, wedding dresses blooming with botanical elements, and more oh-so trendy styles that are totally mixing up bridal fashion.

Want to know the 2018 wedding dress trends taking over the bridal runways (and soon the wedding ceremony aisles)? From edgy jackets to opulent floral embroidery, these 2018 wedding dress trends are guaranteed to take your breath away.

Here's our guide to Fall 2018 wedding dress trends.

Photo: Dan Lecca


This season’s wedding dresses had us legit seeing stars on the runway. Various collections were inspired by astronomical vibes, which created star-filled designs. Galia Lahav had dresses that featured three-dimensional star appliques, where other wedding dress designers incorporated holographic details on skirts and bodices. These cosmic designs evoked a modern look, but were still very much airy and movable. Kelly Faetanini's collection also had us on cloud nine with her dreamy sky blue tulle ball gown. So if you’re a star-crossed bride who loves clouds, stars and moons, than this 2018 wedding dress trend is perfect for you.

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Dress by Galia Lahav

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Edgy Jackets

Brides looking for a cool accessory to wear on their big days will definitely fall in love with this 2018 wedding dress trend. Jackets covered in studs were seen in Monique Lhuillier's dresses as well as others, such as Persy’s new fall collection. We love how the jackets created a rocker-chic vibe that can totally change up a look from ceremony to reception. Cue the leather boots for fall 2018 because these wedding dress jackets are way too cool for school.

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Dress by Monique Lhuillier

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Puff Sleeves Are The New Illusion Lace

Illusion lace sleeves—à la Kate Middleton—style have been taking center stage ever since the Royal Wedding. With the Fall 2018 wedding dress trends, however, designers opted for a more dramatic approach with their sleeve styles. We saw puff sleeves and even balloon styled sleeves become the new "it" styles. This 1930s-inspired sleeve style creates a statement that is both flirty and preppy. Designers even had the round sleeves drop off the shoulder to evoke a more romantic look for Fall 2018.

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Dress by Marchesa

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Sporty Looks

Designers also tied in athleisure into their 2018 wedding dress trends by incorporating sporty everyday wear into their collections. Pants, relaxed jumpsuits and even jerseys popped up on the runways which let styles have a more comfortable approach—and we love it. Paired with fresh white kicks, these pieces highlighted models' figures with the help of activewear accents.

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Dress by Alyne by Rita Vinieris

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The Shorter The Better

Short wedding dresses exposed legs in a sexy way for 2018 wedding dress trends. We saw that designers played around with length, from cutesy tea-length to mini to even short jumpsuits. These trendy styles all gave serious attention to a gal's legs, creating a fun and modern look that is perfect for brides wanting to show some skin on their big days.

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Dress by Rime Arodaky

Yumi Katsura
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Botanical Elements

On the Spring 2018 bridal runways, embellishments in vine patterns popped up everywhere thanks to the latest wedding obession with greenery. For Fall 2018 wedding dress trends, botany was still the major inspiration for many designers, but was used in eye-catching ways. Plants, not just florals, were seen in opulent embroidery lace, appliques and more. The designs created an ethereal look with earthy elements appearing to grow off the dresses. From three-dimensional appliques on sleeves to bright floral embellishments trickling down bodices, these botanical wedding dress trends took our breath away.

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Dress by Yumi Katsura

Photo: Dan Lecca

Petticoat Skirts

This vintage-inspired skirt, which seemed to appear everywhere on the Fall 2018 runways, is a great option for brides wanting a ultra-feminine bridal look. Similar to a hoop skirt, these petticoat designs popped up on the outsides of ball gowns and even A-line dresses. This look evoked an Edwardian style (think Downton Abbey or Titanic), since tulle ruffles were placed along the skirts of dresses, rather than underneath the gowns. A total hit for 2018 wedding dress trends, this look will be adored among brides wanting to wear ball gowns for their big days.

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Dress by Naeem Khan

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Photo: Rish Bridal

Dreamcatcher Vibes

Boho wedding dresses have been all the rage in past seasons because brides love their relaxed and laid-back style. for Fall 2018 wedding dress trends, designers enhanced the bohemian style by incorporating dreamcatcher elements into their designs. We saw dresses covered in crochet patterns, feathered backs and tassel embellishments that created a seriously dreamy vibe for boho bridal gowns.

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Dress by Rish Bridal