Five Hot Bridal Trends for 2021

Want to know what’s HOT from New York Bridal Fashion Week?

Leading Bridal Designers did not disappoint for last week’s New York Bridal Fashion Week, October 7-9. Against all odds, gowns were showcased virtually on Zoom and the show went on for their Fall/Winter 2021 Collections.

New York Fashion Week(Images from the New York Times.)

1. Ballerina Inspired

As quoted in the New York Times, “The ballerina is the new princess bride. From delicate shoulder straps to tiered crinoline underskirts, the ballerina influence is a fresh take on the traditional princess bridal look.” I am finding that already many of my Princess Custom Brides are opting for this softer A-line look over the full ballgown silhouette, with more floaty tulle layers to the skirt. It is also a great way to incorporate a touch of colour in the second or third layer of tulle, creating a stunning subtle tone to an ivory gown.

2. Detachable sleeves

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I personally love this trend as it allows you to really create two looks in one! With the option of keeping the sleeves on the entire day or changing it up for the reception! The beauty is that sleeves can be both practical and fashionable, bringing together a theme so beautifully and really enhancing the gown. Options can be a sheer/solid puffy look, fitted sheer lace, or elegant boho vibe as seen here on the Gardenia, Galizia Spose gown.  Click to order

Many of the designers chose strapless or sleeveless gowns to partner with the detachable sleeves.

3. Peekaboo sides

Peekaboo sides(Images from the New York Times.)

“The peekaboo side detail on wedding gowns creates a sultry look in an elegant way”, as said in the New York Times. When designing for my brides, I take into account where the edge of the bust is and where the sheer side should start. This ensures that the gown only reveals as much as the bride is comfortable with. Bridal gowns generally are fitted with moulded cups so that no bra is necessary, which is fabulous with low backs or unsightly bra lines.

It’s always exciting to see new necklines, because they give brides, who don’t want a strapless gown, more options. This trend reflects the 1950s wide-set shoulder straps and offers some coverage while showing off the bust-line. Seen in this illustration is one of our Custom 2020 designs with the wide-set straps and V-neckline, but this style is also fabulous with a low square neckline.

fit & flare wedding dress JRW Bridal

With smaller or micro weddings on the rise, brides are opting for less traditional wedding dresses such as the shorter styles. These really do lend themselves to over-skirts that can be removed later in the evening when the dancing is about to kick-off! Featured below is our ‘Sarah’ cocktail lace dress (with removable tulle train), on the runway at the Perth Convention Centre.

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Short Sarah Dress – JRW Bridal & Couture
short lace wedding dress
Sarah Dress – JRW Bridal & Couture

So what is your favourite trend is 1, 2, 3, 4 or 5? Comment below or let’s get chatting… Book a call

Stay true to yourself and be as uniquely beautiful as you are! Till next time, stay safe and keep smiling – Joanne.






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