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Five Bridal Gown Trends You'll See In 2016

This year's wedding dresses are taking a Boho-inspired turn from the structured, classic dresses that have graced brides for the past few years. Following are five wedding dress trends you'll see this year on ceremonies from casual garden, park, and beach affairs to grand, formal nuptials held in the world's finest churches. 

South-of-the-Border-Inspired Gowns

Major designers such as Oscar de le Renta and Monique Lhuillier have incorporated a Spanish flavor into their fall wedding gown collections. Mantillas, lacy capellas, and skirts featuring multiple tiers are all popular elements of 2016's wedding dresses. Colorful detailing such as red roses embroidered on sashes and trim will also be seen.

Three-Dimensional Floral Detailing

Three dimensional fabric flowers will also be well-represented on wedding gowns this year. Rosettes will embellish waist and necklines and will take the place of flat appliques on skirts and sleeves. Entire bodices studded with small rosettes over big ballroom skirts is a look that will be seen at many formal ceremonies in 2016.

Conversely, some of the year's loveliest gowns feature plain satin bodices over frothy skirts completely covered with stunning fabric flowers. Used sparingly, such as a few flowers at the waist, three-dimensions floral detailing in cotton or muslin creates a shabby chic look that's ideal for garden or beach ceremonies. Crystals, beads, sequins, and semiprecious gemstones embellish woven into silk and satin flowers make glamorous accents for black tie evening weddings. 

Fluid, Soft Silhouettes

This year also sees a shift away from stiffly tailored wedding attire toward movable gowns that feature soft, fluid silhouettes. The Boho look is big this year and goes well with other romantic aspects of 2016 wedding fashion such as plain, beaded, or jeweled fabric flowers and flowing lace mantillas.

Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue

Rose Quartz and Serenity Blue have been named the colors of the year by the Pantone Color Institute. Modern brides are drifting away from the tradition of walking down the aisle dressed in white from head to toe, but they still want to retain the dreamy, ethereal effect created by white wedding dresses. If you're not ready to give up tradition entirely, use these or other colors as detailing on your dress rather than as the main color.

Low Backs and Necklines

Plunging back and necklines are another prevalent 2016 wedding fashion trend. Sometimes revealing gleaming bare skin and sometimes featuring intricate lace overlays, low backs and necks pair perfectly with this year's flowing skirts, beading, and other Boho detailing. Contact a wedding dress supplier like Bridal Extraordinaire for more information.