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2020 Wedding Dress Trends

by Tina Waller ( News )

Last year's trends for the aisle were all inspired by the drama and classicism of royal weddings; but for 2020, it's all about new interpretations of wedding dress sleeves, capelets and keeping it simple.

These fresh takes on tailoring, style, and silhouettes are what you should be paying attention to as you plan and style your happy day.

Add Elegance with Sleeves

Sleeve wedding dresses have completely stolen our hearts. From intricately beaded sleeve jackets to illusion lace full-sleeves, wedding dresses with sleeves are having a major fashion moment. Gone are the days of matronly coverage; today‘s sleeves are the perfect combination of vintage romance and modern sophistication, from delicate cap-sleeves to flutter short-sleeves to full-length bishop sleeves.

Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses are also on trend and combined with a kimono sleeve they get a new lease on life by way of a slight trend upgrade.





Minimalism to the Max

Megan Markle looked absolutely stunning in her simple, elegant Givenchy gown and has now taken this trend to the next level in 2020. Many brides make such an effort to go big and bold tapping into all-over lace, embroidery, lengthy trains, volume, and so much more, yet others are keeping things to the minimum. They are not over doing it with their dress but adding different textures like capelets and hair accessories to make a statement.

That means no lace, no beading, and no excessive draping, volume, or fanfare. This look is for the no fuss, no frills bride who loves clean lines, sleek shapes, and architectural elements—in small doses.

NB. This look is all about the cut, and when it comes to fit, this look requires impeccable tailoring.






We mentioned pockets briefly in one of our previous blogs and really feel the need to mention them again! Who doesn’t love a pocket to take care of your last-minute lipstick needs? There's something so charming, and useful, about a wedding dress with pockets and we’re all over them. However, they might not suit all wedding dress styles.

Summer Weddings – lets go Tropical

Among the 2020 wedding dress trends it's clear there is a spring/summer vibe - large floral prints, garden wedding frocks, bold headpieces decorated with flowers, and oversized floral earrings. They make a definitive statement: the bigger the flower, the better. Flamboyant and fun, this is the kind of bridal look that will always have the wow factor.



The Final Touch

Whether you want to cover your shoulders/arms, keep warm in the winter or add a different texture to your simple but elegant gown, capelets are the perfect solution and hot for 2020.

Wedding capelet styles are hitting the wedding scene in a big way. Short sheer shoulder-covering capelets offer a trendy, playful style and adds a unique modern touch.

They give a luxurious modern twist to plain simple gowns and come in a variety of styles including, sheer, feathered, patterned, embroidered, velvet and beaded.





Accessories are a great way to add a finishing touch to your bridal look and, while traditional veils promise to add a touch of old-world drama to your ensemble, more and more brides are skipping them in favour of more stylish alternatives like bridal combs.  

Unadorned hair is beautiful on its own, but bridal headpieces have the power to pull your entire look together. I recommend you choose your hairstyle before you pick your accessories, since some types will look better with up dos than others. 


About Tina Waller

I am a highly experienced wedding dress designer based in Maidenhead, Berkshire and have worked with hundreds of bride’s designing and making their dream wedding dress. I also help brides to select the right accessories to complement their dress.


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If you’re getting married in 2020 and looking for your perfect wedding dress that’s so on trend, we would love to discuss our wedding dress design services with you. Please contact me on 01628 624340 or send me an email






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