A stunning variety of innovative and diverse trends in wedding dresses beckon the newly-betrothed this year. Wedding dress designers showcased exquisite creativity and fresh updates of classics, in various collections on the fashion runways for 2016. We also saw an impressive show of vintage-inspired wedding dresses on the Haute Couture fashion scene. Here, we bring you a snapshot of our favorite bridal dress trends from what we witnessed on the wedding fashion catwalks.

Wedding dress necklines

The deep V and basic bateau are the two neckline styles in the spotlight this year.  Leading designers like Maggie Sotero and Oscar de la Renta added drama to their bridal dress collections with dramatic deep V-necklines. This dress feature is sexy, and renders sophistication to a wedding dress. The basic bateau neckline is a more modest choice, and was commonly featured with classic silhouettes like A-line gowns in the Lela Rose and Amsale collections. Both these choices are the perfect example of simplicity, done beautifully!

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Victorian and Goddess inspired vintage details

Vintage weddings are a hot favorite on the wedding scene, and in-keeping with this trend there were obvious references to Victorian age fashion in collections like Claire Pettibone and Maggie Sotero. From high collar necklines and long, billowing lace sleeves, to opulent silk gowns, we observed a resounding interest in traditional wedding dress features. Delicate and feminine, with lace and pearl embellishments, these dresses are perfect for a classic bride. The Haute Couture wedding dresses with Grecian goddess inspired looks featured lovely one-shoulder necklines and sheath silhouettes. 

Image source: Alfred Angelo and Mori Lee collections

3-D florals and ruffles

Two of the trends that have spilled over from last year are 3-D floral effects and ruffled wedding dress details. Motifs inspired by nature, like flowers and butterflies, were magically woven on soft layers of tulle and net to create beautiful three dimensional art work. Breathtaking textures were artistically crafted out of Chantilly lace layered over soft layers of tulle, in collections like Angel Sanchez. The elaborate hand-embroidered details help them stand out, eliminating the need for additional accessories. Ruffles were featured in the neckline, bodice and skirts in various designer collections, adding femininity and grace to the designs. 

Image source: Sophia Tolli and Mori Lee collections

Tiered and two-in-one skirts

Whimsical skirts with buoyant tiers were a fresh update to the classic fit and flare and A-line silhouette. Lovely layers of lace and tulle added a dainty dash to these designs. The other interesting look on the runway was the two-in-one wedding dress skirt. Removable misty overlay skirts concealed snug fitting silhouettes like the fit and flare, allowing the beautiful bride to transition easily from traditional style to a contemporary look in an instant. These skirts, dubbed the twofers, are budget-friendly options for the bride who wants to sport two looks without having to paying double for it. 

Image source: Mori Lee and Sophia Tolli collections

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