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The 10 spring 2021 wedding dress trends to take note of

Ready for your bridal fashion update? We've chosen the wedding dress trends you need to know about for 2021. These are the fresh takes on classic styles that will be making their way from catwalk to aisle, including the new hot silhouette and rebooted details.

Introducing… the most beautiful wedding dress trends of 2021! Don’t worry, these styles aren’t going to date – we’ve searched the catwalks for wedding dresses that translate cool, cutting-edge fashion into timeless looks.

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From statement silhouettes to fine details, the styles we’ve chosen are designed to flatter, so you feel your confident best on your wedding day.

That’s the thing about wedding dress trends – they’re all about making classic bridal looks even better. And if you don’t believe it’s possible to improve on the classics, we think our 2021 trends edit will change your mind.

Whether it’s a fresh take on long-sleeve wedding dresses, a fabric update or a new vintage fashion influence, these are our favourite 2021 bridal styles – get ready to make the aisle your catwalk.

1. Statement sleeve wedding dresses

The statement sleeve has been part of the wider fashion conversation for the past year – and if the catwalks are anything to go by, the look is here to stay. In everyday terms, this means serious volume, which is possibly a bit too fashion-led for a timeless style. That’s why clever wedding dress designers have softened the statement sleeve for bridal, adding just enough extra volume to keep the overall look fresh but not so much as to tether it to 2021.

Morilee antonella wedding dress with flared sleeves
Antonella wedding dress by Morilee

Take Antonella by Morilee. The bishop sleeves have a subtle flare, which pairs beautifully with the classic A-line silhouette. The sleeves are detachable, so you can switch up your day-to-night look.

Antoinette wedding dress with short puff sleeves and sweetheart neckline
Antoinette by Madeline Gardner Couture

Remember, statement sleeves don’t have to be long. As Antoinette from the Madeline Gardner Couture Spring 2021 collection shows, short sleeves can have a big impact, too.

2. Jazz Age influences

We’re not talking full-on vintage revival – this trend is more about capturing the mood of the Jazz Age, that 1920s period associated with carefree glamour and exuberance. Think glittering beadwork, notice-me details and soft silhouettes that are made for dancing.

Glittering white wedding dress with plunging back

The Justin Alexander Signature Spring/Summer 2021 collection explicitly references the influence. The Etta gown, for example, has a plunging back and chiffon streamer – 1920s dresses often had backs with as much drama as the fronts – and there’s glamorous sparkle throughout. The fit and flare silhouette keeps it contemporary.

Wedding dress with full-length illusion back
Peters by Pronovias

There’s a similarly glamorous mood in Pronovias’s 2021 Cruise Collection. The Peters dress gives a back view that is simply stunning, with lace inserts designed for maximum impact.

3. Sustainability

Technically, this is a movement rather than a trend, but it’s worth highlighting the fact that wedding dress designers are recognising the importance of making their work as kind to the planet as possible.

Jamie by Sanyukta Shrestha

Sanyukta Shrestha has long been championing sustainable and ethical design practices – all the organic cotton and bamboo fabrics she uses are biodegradable and are created in in Nepal Tulsi Mehar Mahila Ashram, which houses homeless and destitute women. Her beautiful designs include the chic halterneck Jamie dress.

Hollyhock by Reformation
Hollyhock by Reformation

Sustainability is at the heart of what Reformation do – they’ve developed a sustainability framework covering everything from fabric selection to social responsibility. Their wedding dress collection is cool and covetable – we particularly like the clean lines of their Hollyhock dress.

Style 208 by Jesús Peiró
Style 208 by Jesús Peiró

Style 208 from Jesús Peiró’s 2021 collection is made from plastic bottles that were littering the oceans.

READ MORE: Green wedding ideas – make your day more sustainable

4. 3D flowers

3D florals are not unheard of in bridal, but they’re mainly seen on lace. For 2021, get ready to see more wedding dresses of different fabrics enhanced by this type of detail – it gives an overall look that’s pretty but with a fashion edge.

Victor & Rolf Mariage Spring/Summer 2020 collection
Spring Bouquet Cascade by Victor & Rolf Mariage

The Spring Bouquet Cascade gown from Victor & Rolf Mariage is a prime example. The handcrafted blooms flow along the border and hem into a glorious train. The rest of the dress is kept pared-back, a perfect contrast to the frothiness of the flowers.

Gregory by Halfpenny London
Gregory by Halfpenny London

Halfpenny London’s Gregory dress is a delicate, ethereal take on the look, with a light-as-air skirt and bodice.

5. Strong silhouettes

Prepare to let your silhouette do the talking in 2021. We’re seeing some deliciously chic wedding dresses where it’s all about the shape. There may be some detailing, but for the most part this is kept to a minimum.

Jessica by Savannah Miller
Jessica by Savannah Miller

Savannah Miller nails the look in her Spring 2021 collection. The Jessica dress is a favourite of ours – the A-line skirt is universally flattering, and the square neckline feels so fresh with the mid-width strappy sleeves.

Hampton by Justin Alexander Signature
Hampton by Justin Alexander Signature

Justin Alexander Signature’s Hampton ballgown has floral appliqué and a belt, but other than that, it’s the plunge neckline and box-pleat skirt that really draw the eye.

Wedding dress trends Caroline Takvorian
Billie by Caroline Takvorian

The Billie dress by cool French designer Caroline Takvorian is an easy-wearing take on the trend, with just a little embellishment on the sleeves.

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6. Wedding dresses with tiered skirts

A tiered skirt adds a sophisticated boho note to a bridal look, so we were delighted to see carefree tiered wedding dresses throughout the spring 2021 collections.

MJ625 by Madison James
MJ625 by Madison James

That tiered skirt makes Style MJ265 a fashion-forward twist on the classic ballgown wedding dress.

Tulle dream by Victor & Rolf Mariage
Tulle Dream by Victor & Rolf Mariage

A tiered skirt can also lend added opulence to a wedding dress, as seen in Victor & Rolf’s Tulle Dream – now this is how you make an entrance.

Isla by Whistles
Isla by Whistles

The trend has already hit the high street, thanks to quick-off-the-blocks Whistles – the tiers on their Isla dress are finished with lace, which is a lovely touch.

READ MORE: 32 best high street wedding dresses from brands you love

7. Wedding dresses with bows

It was perhaps inevitable that bows would make their way to bridal for 2021 – they’ve been all over the red carpet and the smartest Insta grids, and they’re big news when it comes to shirting. While you’ll find bridal styles with the oversized bows beloved of fashion insiders, some designers have made the detail more delicate to suit a romantic bridal look.

Coleman by Justin Alexander

We love the large detachable bow detail on Justin Alexander Signature’s Coleman dress, which brings a 2021 feel to a timeless silhouette.

Adara by Katya Katya
Adara by Katya Katya

On-trend tiers meet a delicately pretty bow back detail in Katya Katya’s bewitching Adara dress.

Bow spine fit & flare by Victor & Rolf Mariage
Bow spine fit & flare by Victor & Rolf Mariage

Victor & Rolf Mariage’s bow spine dress is a cool and unusual take on the trend.

8. Geometric lace wedding dresses

Pretty floral lace will always have a place in our hearts when it comes to wedding dresses, but for 2021, geometric lace is the headline.

Wedding dress trends Stella York
Geometric lace boho dress by Stella York

All-over geometric lace can look a bit stark for bridal, so what we like about Stella York’s boho design is that the detailed bodice is balanced by a smooth, flowing skirt.

Wedding dress trends Self-Portrait
Lace detail wedding dress by Self-Portrait

Over on the high street, Self-Portrait already have the trend in hand with their lace detail wedding dress.

9. The thigh split is back

Cast your mind back to 2012, when Angelina Jolie broke the internet – we said “break the internet” in 2012 – by striding onto the red carpet in a black gown with a high thigh-split. Well, the look is back on the catwalk, and now it’s bridal – which means softened by sparkle and flowing fabrics, but still very, very sexy.

Style JO6 by Jolie
Style JO6 by jolie bridal

A new line from Berta is something to celebrate, and jolie bridal certainly doesn’t disappoint. Style JO6, for example, is an enchantingly pretty confection, given an edge by that ultra-high thigh split.

READ MORE: The sexiest wedding dresses

10. Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses

Obviously, the look isn’t new, but what’s caught our attention is the sheer number of off-the-shoulder styles in the 2021 collections. The off-the-shoulder wedding dress is poised to take 2021 by storm – and we couldn’t be happier, as this is a chic, subtly sexy look that suits everyone and comes in lots of different permutations.

READ MORE: 45 elegant off the shoulder wedding dresses

Style RPS 160 by Daalarna
Style RPS 160 by Daalarna

Daalarna’s 2021 Rhapsody collection features several shoulder-baring styles, including this illusion-sleeve style that feels delicate and romantic.

Elsa by Savannah Miller
Elsa by Savannah Miller

The Elsa dress from Savannah Miller’s 2021 Aurora collection is another winner, with those capped sleeves flowing into streamers to give a fluid feel.

Justine by Maggie Sottero
Justine by Maggie Sottero

The Justine mermaid gown, from Maggie Sottero’s latest collection, is wonderfully sophisticated – that sculptural ruffle train is perfectly balanced by the off-the-shoulder bodice.

Holly top & Marlow skirt by Katya Katya
Holly top & Marlow skirt by Katya Katya

If bridal separates are your thing, the Holly top and Marlow skirt from Katya Katya’s 2021 Meadow collection could be right up your bridal fashion street, particularly if you want to create a boho look.

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Once you’ve chosen your look, don’t forget those finishing touches that really make an outfit – our guide to the 32 best wedding hair accessories is a must-read.