Wedding Dress Trends For 2017

In the beginning of October we were treated to New York Bridal Fashion Week! Wedding gown designers showcased their Fall 2017 Bridal Collections to give us a glimpse of what we'll see brides wearing in the year to come. Top bridal designers like Hayley Paige, Lazaro, Vera Wang and Berta brought us their best. Some designs are continuation of past trends with a new variation or two, while others bring freshness to the scene. Most importantly, we're seeing something for every style of bride out there - seductive and sexy, classic and timeless, or bohemian romance. So many options to choose from. What is the right style for you?

 

Off The Shoulder

We first really saw off-the-shoulder gowns as a trend debut at the reveal of the Spring 2017 Collection of assorted bridal gown designers. A bit bohemian, definitely romantic! We saw this look featured in the designs of Vera Wang, Savannah Miller, and Berta.

 

Savannah Miller - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Savannah Miller.

Savannah Miller - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Savannah Miller.

 

 

Berta Bridal; Photo courtesy of Berta Bridal

Berta Bridal; Photo courtesy of Berta Bridal

 

 

Vera Wang - Fall Collection 2017; Photo courtesy of Vera Wang.

Vera Wang - Fall Collection 2017; Photo courtesy of Vera Wang.

 

 

Ruffles,  Tiers and Layers - Oh My!

For ballgowns, it has became all about the layers! Cascading ruffles and voluminous tiers add some fun and frivolity to the fashion runway. We love the playful movement and fullness of these full skirts. Hayley Paige is a master of incorporating full skirts into her design. Lazaro, Carolina Herrera, Romona Keveza, and Mark Zunino also used tiers and ruffles in their designs.

 

Hayley Paige "Decklyn"; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige "Decklyn"; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

 

 

Mark Zunino For Kleinfeld; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

Mark Zunino For Kleinfeld; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

 

 

Carolina Herrera - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera.

Carolina Herrera - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera.

 

 

Romona Keveza Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Romona Keveza

Romona Keveza Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Romona Keveza

 

 

Say It With Sleeves

When Kate Middleton wed her Prince Charming (AKA Prince William), we saw a resurgence in long sleeves in wedding gown fashion. Nowadays, sleeves continue to be just as popular, but today's sleeves are taking on a personality all their own. In addition to full length sleeves, we're seeing more and more designs with either bell sleeves or bishop sleeves. Full length or half, tapered or loose, on the shoulder or off - there are just so many options to choose from.

 

Theia - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

Theia - Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

 

 

Marchesa - Fall Collection 2017; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

Marchesa - Fall Collection 2017; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

 

 

Reem Acra Fall 2017; Photo credit: Max Acra

Reem Acra Fall 2017; Photo credit: Max Acra

 

 

Carolina Herrera Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera

Carolina Herrera Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Carolina Herrera

 

Plunging Necklines And Backs

Many of today's brides are looking to make a statement on their wedding day! These gowns will stop traffic no matter whether you're coming or going. However, we do have to put out a word of warning - these gowns are definitely not your Grandma's wedding dress! Simply jaw-dropping,  Berta and Galia Lahav lead the way in wedding gown sexiness.

 

Berta Bridal - Fall/Winter 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Berta Bridal

Berta Bridal - Fall/Winter 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Berta Bridal

 

Galia Lahav Collection "Loretta"; Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav Collection "Loretta"; Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav

 

Galia Lahav Haute Couture; Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav

Galia Lahav Haute Couture; Photo courtesy of Galia Lahav

 

Blushing Bride

White and ivory will never go out of style, but we continue to see more and more color in bridal fashion. A few daring designers went with bold colors, but the softer, more romantic blush wedding gowns are more popular than ever.

 

Assorted Reem Acra blush gowns as featured on Style-Me-Pretty

Assorted Reem Acra blush gowns as featured on Style-Me-Pretty

 

 

Hayley Paige; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

 

 

Lazaro 2017; Photo courtesy of Lazaro

Lazaro 2017; Photo courtesy of Lazaro

 

 

Berta Fall/Winter 2017; Photo courtesy of Berta

Berta Fall/Winter 2017; Photo courtesy of Berta

 

 

Hayley Paige "Rogue gown"; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

Hayley Paige "Rogue gown"; Photo courtesy of Hayley Paige

 

Feathers and Accessories

Imitating trends in ready-to-wear, we saw lots of bold statements in terms of accessories - earrings, tiaras, floral crowns, adornments and more. This is very much a chance for you to bring out your own personal style in the jewellery and accessories you select. We also more adornments being added to gowns, such as feathers and fringe. Designers such as Monique Lhuillier and Inbal Dror featured some of these designs in their collection.

 

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Monique Lhuillier Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

 

Inbal Dror Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror

Inbal Dror Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Inbal Dror

 

Rivini by Rita Vinieris; Photo credit: Edward James

Rivini by Rita Vinieris; Photo credit: Edward James

 

 

Naeem Khan Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Rodin Banica

Naeem Khan Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of Rodin Banica

 

Lace Patterns And Texture

Lace is not new to wedding gown design, but seeing it in bold patterns is definitely a new use of it. It gives the gowns an almost international flair. With or without beading, lace is being used more dramatically, making a statement all its own!

 

Berta Fall/Winter 2017; Photo courtesy of Berta

Berta Fall/Winter 2017; Photo courtesy of Berta

 

Reem Acra Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

Reem Acra Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

 

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BHDLN Fall 2017 Collection; Photo courtesy of BHDLN

 

 

Pnina Tornai For Kleinfeld Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

Pnina Tornai For Kleinfeld Fall 2017 Collection; Photo credit: Gerardo Somoza

 

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Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

Photo: Svetlana Yanova Photography

Cathy MacRae is a Calgary, Banff, Canmore and Lake Louise wedding planner in the business of designing customized weddings that make your heart skip a beat! She is the lead wedding planner and design coordinator for Creative Weddings Planning & Decor©, working with couples to plan chic and stylish weddings that make your heart skip a beat! Located in Calgary, Canada, she plans wedding for couples primarily in and around the Calgary, Banff, Canmore, Lake Louise, and Fernie area. Her clients want a wedding that is all about romance, elegance and personalized style with meaningful and heartfelt moments that take your breath away and created an incredible guest experience. She has been in involved in the wedding industry for over eight years now. The foundation of her business has been built on developing relationships with numerous quality vendors that her allow her to best match them with her clients so the end result is a unique wedding celebration that tells a story and sets the stage for the couple's "happily ever after." As a destination wedding specialist, she also works with couples who desire to wed in various picturesque dream locations throughout the world. She had done weddings in various exotic locales such as Hawaii, Mexico, Costa Rica, and throughout the Caribbean. She is available to plan weddings internationally.

She has earned her Professional Wedding Planner© status with the Association of Bridal Consultants, and is also a member of the Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, the Calgary Bridal Alliance, and the Community of Wedding Innovators. In addition, she is a Certified Sandals Specialist and WeddingMoons© Specialist with Sandals© and Beaches© Resorts, specializing in romantic travel.  She was a founding board member of the Wishing Well Wedding and Event Foundation, Canada's first non-profit wish granting founding providing weddings for couples directly facing terminal illness, and continues to support the foundation in the role of a STAR vendor. Cathy also owns Consulting For Creatives, where she works as a business coach with both new and experienced entrepreneurs in the wedding and event industry with a desire to get ahead.

For more information about planning your own wedding or for advice from Cathy, please contact her at 1-888-790-6986 or email her at info@creativeweddings.ca.

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