Get your wishlist ready. So, if you’re planning a wedding taking place at the end of next year or just in the dreaming stage, these are the 2020 wedding dress trends to know. Read on to get the deets on what's hot now—and how to pull it off.
1. Floral Print Dresses
We'll spare you the "Florals for spring?" bit and just get right to the point: These aren't your average bridal blooms. Bold floral prints made an appearance in several 2020 wedding dress collections, adding a burst of color to the classically white runways of Bridal Fashion Week. Whether they're subtle and pastel, edgy and oversized or in the form of textural, 3-D embroideries, this cool-girl way to pull off florals adds whimiscal visual interest to any wedding dress silhouette.
2. Ball gowns
Calling all royal wedding fans: This wedding dress trend is the one for you. If you're looking to make an entrance, consider opting for a classic ball gown—and we saw plenty of them in the 2020 wedding dress trends and collections. The best thing about this attention-grabbing silhouette? It’s actually surprisingly versatile and works for most wedding styles. Go full-on Grace Kelly with heavy satin or Elizabethan with billowy sleeves. No matter the details, this voluminous style is sure to turn a few heads.
If ever there's a time to indulge your inner hopeless romantic, your wedding day is it—and it doesn't get more romantic than this frilly, ultra-feminine detail. A ruffly skirt adds dimension to a mermaid silhouette, while a full skirt of frothy, cascading ruffles is equal parts whimsical and fashion forward.
4. Airy Dresses
From streamlined ball gowns to sheer sheaths, light-as-air gowns took over the runways and 2020 wedding dresses. Effortless fabrics like tulle and organza give off a gorgeous ethereal vibe without any additional bulk, so you can hit the dance floor without stressing about tripping over your gown or feeling weighed down. Do you know what we call that? A serious bridal fashion win.
5. Puffy Sleeves
Hear us out before you totally write off this ‘80s-inspired wedding dress trend. A far cry from the sleeves Princess Diana and other brides of the maximalist era of fashion wore, these ruffly and off-the-shoulder versions are all about tasteful romance. If you love this detail but are worried about overdoing it, look for a slim silhouette with puffy sleeves and keep the rest of your accessories simple. Or, if you love this look but aren't ready to fully commit, go for detachable ones you can take off for your reception or after-party.
These sleek dress alternatives are comfortable, figure flattering and totally of the moment. Bonus: It's basically impossible to put on one of these tailored ensembles and not feel like a badass. For the 2020 bridal trends, lace details, 3-D floral embellishments and metallic beading gave classic white suits and jumpsuits a modern upgrade.
7. One Shoulder Necklines
This unique silhouette flatters the upper body and gives off serious goddess vibes. The best part? This 2020 wedding dress trend also works for pretty much every wedding style—whether you go classic with heavy satin, Grecian with gauzy tulle or glam with one long sleeve.
8. Short Dresses
If you're eloping, going for a super casual wedding style or just looking for a good excuse to show some leg and a killer pair of shoes, this 2020 wedding dress trend is for you. Opting for a long gown for the day of? A short, white dress is also perfect for all of your other wedding-related events like your rehearsal dinner or bridal shower.
Bring on the bling. While glitz and glitter is nothing new where bridal fashion is concerend, over-the-top sequins, tonal beading and metallic embellishments turned the Fall 2020 Bridal Fashion Week runways into a glittery affair worthy of Studio 54. Perfect for evening nuptials, this wedding dress trend is daring but sophisticated. Pro tip: If you're rocking a gown with lots of sparkle, keep your accessories minimal and let your glitzy frock do all the talking.
10. Tiered Skirts
If you're on the hunt for a dress with some added flair but don't want the hassle of a full skirt or long train, look no further than a gown with a tiered skirt. Made for twirling, a layered skirt adds pretty texture and movement—but not heft—to a ball gown or A-line silhouette.