The Top 5 Trend Takeaways From Fall 2021 Bridal Fashion Week

By Anny Choi

Bridal Fashion Week is something we look forward to each and every season. What’s more fun than going from Lela Rose’s garden party to Viktor & Rolf’s private viewings and getting to admire beautifully crafted wedding dresses up close every step of the way? For the Fall 2021 season, we, of course, attended bridal fashion week virtually—as we did with most other events this year. While it was a bit disappointing not being able to experience the magic in person, the dresses themselves were anything but.

Perhaps it was our desperate need for escapism, or maybe the world that was created around each dress gave us something to look forward to (2021 wedding season anyone!?). From Erdem’s classic silhouette for the minimal bride to Marchesa’s fantasy evoking look for the maximalist, we’re highlighting the 5 bridal trends to take note of now—and 20 dream-worthy dresses for the soon-to-be-bride:

1. The Princess Bride

The classic cut + voluminous skirt combination is perfect for the ultimate fairytale wedding, even if the guest list is seriously scaled back. Naeem Kahn’s off-the-shoulder silhouette looks like a wedding dress Sleeping Beauty might wear, while Ines di Santo’s rosette motif is as romantic as it gets.

2. For the High-Low Leggy Bride

This was the season of high-low wedding gowns, so if you aren’t afraid of a little leg action, this is your year. Think Anya Rubic’s flirty dress, designed by Peter Dundas, and Hailey Bieber’s Ralph & Russo reception dress. It’s not for everyone per se, but if you’re feeling adventurous, go for the high slit.

3. The Fantasy Bride

If you had to push back your wedding date and have had an unexpectedly long engagement, consider going all out with a fantasy wedding gown. The more tulle, the better! 

4. The City Hall Bride

If the last few months have taught us anything, it’s that you can still have the wedding of dreams close to home. While plans have shifted and guest lists have tightened, there’s no reason why you can’t look your absolute best. We love the cheeky number by Gracy Accad, and the simple wrap dress by Temperly London can be worn well beyond the ceremony.

5. For the Winter Bride

Capes are back! From Antonio Riva Milano’s more structured gown with an edge, to Vivienne Westwood’s ethereal number, there were several interpretations of the cape this bridal fashion week. It’s a fun way to add a bit of personality and do a wardrobe change without actually changing out of your ceremony dress.