Here Comes the Bride: 2018 Bridal Trends

2018 Bridal Trends The Point Hudson's Bay

Has the Meghan Markle effect taken hold over what brides will wear this year?

We’re days away from the biggest wedding of the year! On Saturday, May 19, 2018, American actor and philanthropist Meghan Markle will marry Britain’s Prince Harry in what is sure to be a fantastical event, taking place at Windsor Castle, on the outskirts of London.

While we don’t know what designer the bride will be wearing, or what type of gown the bride chose for her extremely big day, the idea of royalty has already taken hold in some bridal trends for 2018. The Point spoke to Kleinfeld buyer Tracy Taverner to talk trends in dresses and accessories for the year, as well as the one thing she wished more brides would try.


What would you say are the top five dress trends in bridal for 2018? 
The top trends are: Off the shoulder or “tip of the shoulder” gown; clean fabrics and silhouettes; the return of the big ballgown; back accents, such as bows or beading.

Are there stand out accessories trends for this year? 
For 2018, I saw accessories with organic themed elements such as leaves; opal stones, both white and coloured; and crowns!

Has the upcoming royal wedding influenced any of the trends that you’re seeing? Or will you better be able to gauge that after the wedding in May?
I think we will need see what Meghan wears, however I certainly saw a return of sleeved gowns at bridal market in April, and many gowns styled with crowns and tiaras.

What is one trend that you wish brides would consider more? 
Two gowns!  Wear an all out extravagant gown with a dramatic train for your ceremony, and then change into another dress for your reception—one that is glamourous, yet makes it easy for you to dance the night away.

Photography by David Pike.