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The Bridal File: Top Trends in Wedding Dresses for 2017

Date posted: November 8th, 2016

The Sentiments team recently made our annual pilgrimage from Cardiff to The Harrogate Bridal Show to see the latest and greatest styles from some of the world’s leading wedding dress designers.

The Harrogate Bridal Show is one of the biggest bridal trade events in Europe and this year’s show certainly didn’t disappoint, with more than 350 collections from over 250 of the finest bridal manufacturers and designers across the world.

Top trends for 2017

This year’s show didn’t disappoint, with some stunning designs and some distinct trends that will be making their way from the catwalks to the bridal shops next season.

Bridal blossoms:  Floral wedding dresses are an amazing spring 2017 bridal trend whether floral prints or embroidered flowers. Our designers had some striking gowns that were bold and perfect for our adventurous and non-traditional bride, as well as more subtle prints for the bride wanting a hint of colour.

Alternative fabrics: Striking stripes can be an amazing addition to your wedding gown. Adding chevron stripes or even beading in linear patterns can really elongate the body and add an extra dimension to the gown. One of the hottest trends that we saw was raised embroidery. Sumptuous lace and heavily embroidered wedding dresses graced many gowns on the catwalk.

catherine_parry_creations_bridal_separatesSeparates: Two piece bridal gowns consisting of crop tops and skirts of all the possible lengths are a clear spring 2017 bridal trend, allowing brides to explore their creative side by mixing and matching tops and skirts to create their own look. Our very own Catherine Parry has just launched a separates collection Creations by Catherine Parry and a number of separate tops and skirts feature in the latest collection from Mikaella.

Plunging necklines: Whilst some bridal designers are trying not to cut the cleavages too deeply, or are overlaying them with sheer fabrics to maintain a degree of modesty, others are bold and perfect for the more courageous and self-confident bride.

Sheer Fabrics: Dare to bare. Well, not fully of course! Such body exposing techniques as sheer inserts or cutouts have been widely used by designers in the past, albeit without any tips on how to carry them from church to wedding dinner under the steadfast gaze of the more conservative guests out there.

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The Bridal File: Top Trends in Wedding Dresses for 2017