We don’t want to jinx anything but things are really starting to look up when it comes to summer and fall weddings, which means Spring 2022 Bridal Fashion Week couldn’t have happened at a more perfect time. It feels like a lifetime ago—in actuality it was a little over a year ago—when many couples had to halt their wedding plans and postpone their big day. To make up for a year of dressing down, we’re indulging in over-the-top dresses and dreaming about brighter days ahead.
This bridal fashion week was still virtual, of course, but enchanting nevertheless. Designers took inspiration from the things that actually happened in 2020—like Bridgerton for example. The puff sleeves and corseted bodice details are perfect for a bride looking to recreate romantic looks from the first season. There were also the simpler and shorter dresses for the city hall bride and micro-ceremonies to keep up with the current wedding needs. Our favorite trend of all? Go big or go home! From voluminous skirts to endless tulle and feathers–we’re craving some drama after months spent in sweatpants and loungewear. So without further adieu, here are the ten best trends from Spring 2022 Bridal Fashion week.
The Bridgerton Bride
This is for those brides who binge-watched the entire first season of Bridgerton and loved every minute of it. Think romantic sleeves, corseted bodices, and ultra feminine silhouettes. Make a statement in Galia Lahav’s decadent couture gown, or opt for Prabal Gurung’s debut bridal collection, which includes this cool, structured corseted look.
The City Hall Bride
For brides moving forward with a city hall services and backyard micro-ceremonies, look no further. We love Alexandra Grecco’s simple mini because it can be worn well beyond the wedding day and Viktor & Rolf’s off-the-shoulder dress, while short in length, will still make a big impression.
A Midsummer Night’s Dream
There were plenty of wedding dresses fit for a fairy queen. Floral motifs were seen at Oscar de la Renta and Mira Zwillinger, and Wiederhoeft took it to the next level with a quite literal headpiece. Think ethereal and delicate, perfect for a wedding in the woods.
The Bridal Cape
Add a bit of an edge to your bridal wardrobe with a dramatic cape. They’re perfect for when you want to have an outfit change without actually changing outfits. They’re also a modern alternative to a veil. We especially like the cape when paired with Safiyaa’s minimal gown and Rasario‘s statement making train.
The Unconventional Bride
We’re seeing more and more brides incorporating color into their wedding wardrobes. Unconventional brides should take note of Monique Lhuillier’s blush hued dress and Gracy Accad’s pale blue gown, which is reminiscent of Blair Waldorf’s wedding dress in Gossip Girl. Set the trend in 2022 with a one-of-a-kind non-bridal, bridal dress.
Bows for Days
Put a bow on it! From Prabal Gurung’s giant bow to Marchesa for Pronovias’s elegantly embroidered train and Halfpenny London’s playful dress with a frontal bow–have a little fun this wedding season. The best part? You’ll get killer photos of your dress from the front and the back.
The Two-Piece Set
The bridal two-piece has become a classic for contemporary brides. Whether you’re a minimal bride curating a fuss-free wedding wardrobe, or simply shopping for all of the events leading up to the big ceremony, an elegant suit (or a skirt suit) will go a long way.
Go Big or Go Home
Make up for all of the fun we missed out on in 2020 with one of these over the top wedding dresses. The exaggerated sleeves on the Wiederhoeft gown are princess worthy and The Atelier Couture by Prof. Jimmy Choo, OBE’s incredibly voluminous gown is a guaranteed showstopper. Think over-the-top feathers and ruffles on ruffles!
Bringing Sexy Back
If last season was about cold shoulders, this season it’s about the bare back. Subtly sexy, without baring it all, we love this trend, especially when paired with a simple silhouette. Let’s bring sexy back.
The After-Party Look
Whether you celebrated with a micro-event in 2020 and now are planning one giant party, or you’re in the market for a second reception dress, look no further. The Spring 2022 bridal collections showcased some of the best options we’ve ever seen. From Galvan London’s sequin dress to Markarian’s flirty micro mini, here are some of the best short and flirty looks to wear after you say “I do.”