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Bold, Beautiful Bridal Trends

From jumpsuits to the roaring ‘20s, we’ve got our vision
tuned into the bridal trend forecast

By Janecia Britt
Main photo by Black & Hue Photography

2019 was defined by the royal wedding, but a new decade is here and we’ve got new trends to prove it. Be ready to see a new modern bride with looks that provide dimension, intrigue and whimsy. If you’re planning a 2020 or 2021 wedding and are about to go shopping for your wedding dress, here’s what you can expect to see arriving at bridal salons.

1. Minimalism to the Max

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Less is proving to be more. After the gorgeous bateau neckline of Meghan Markle’s dress flooded our timelines last spring, brides have been running to replicate her simple but gorgeous look.

“For our brides who are going for a more simplistic style, it’s all about luxurious fabrics and clean lines this year,” said Kristin Barstow, owner of Vocelle’s Bridal Salon in Tallahassee. “We are seeing this trend across all silhouettes — fit and flare, sheath and a-lines. For these brides, less really is more!”

Love the minimalism trend but are concerned with it being too simple? Drum up the drama with a cathedral veil, colorful shoes or a bold lip.

2. Jumpsuits

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Weddings are no longer about just the ceremony and reception. Brides are looking for standout looks for their engagement party, bridal shower, bachelorette party and post-wedding brunch. Cue the jumpsuit.

“I think we’ll continue with the trend of pantsuits and jumpsuits for weddings and wedding events like bachelorette parties, showers and more,” said Maggie Mathews, owner of Margaret Ellen Bridal in Rosemary Beach. “Overskirts are definitely in, and pairing an overskirt with a pantsuit or jumpsuit is going to be a real hit.”

Whether you’re wearing it down the aisle or to one of many celebrations, a crisp white jumpsuit may be in your future. Not into the trend but want something that stands out? Try another on-trend item like a white suit, silk slip dress or iridescent mini dress, and you’ll be sure to stand out from the crowd.

3. 1920’s Inspiration

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How could we talk about the 2020s without acknowledging the art deco and Great Gatsby inspiration that seems to be everywhere? While fringe and flapper details haven’t exactly made their way to the runway, the inspiration is still everywhere for brides to be.

Barstow agrees, “We are seeing lots of 1920’s inspiration making its way into other details of the wedding, but not so much into the dress yet. Our Great Gatsby inspired brides are using accessories, hair and makeup to add a little Roaring ’20s glam to their look.”

Want the Gatsby look for your dress but not sure how to incorporate it? Wear a fringed reception dress or a jeweled headband for your ceremony look.

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