The venue is important, the flowers have their place and the groom plays somewhat of a role, but every bride knows that, in the end, it all comes down to the wedding dress. The anticipation of every guest, that majestic build up as the bridal march starts to play, everyone stands and turns around to see…the wedding dress. Has she chosen the traditional white or gone for something a bit more risqué? Sleeves or strapless? Full length or unusually short? Every aspect is analysed and appreciated. For the brides of 2017, here are some trends to think about when you pick your dream dress.
Wedding Dress Trends
Certainly not to everybody’s taste and a touch reminiscent of the 1980s, but oversized bows made a huge comeback at the 2017 bridal week with top designers Carolina Herrera, Sachin & Babi and Oscar de la Renta all incorporating this eye-catching detail on the back, waist, sleeves or even added to jewellery. To compensate for this abundance on a wedding dress, try to keep the accessories simple and feminine to not overwhelm the onlookers…or groom.
Time to accessorise
This 2017 trend calls for more than just the wedding dress. Bold accessories in the form of earrings, tiaras and hair pieces are very much a la mode. And don’t forget the plumage. Feathers lightly touching the shoulders, wrist cuffs or necklines for something understated on a wedding dress, or alternatively make a statement with a feathered skirt or high collar with a regal feel. Just remember that an up-do and bold earrings are the perfect match to the high collar wedding dress.
Top it off
If veils aren’t for you then this season’s ‘toppers’ will be the perfect accompaniment to your wedding dress. Capelets, bomber jackets, boleros and ponchos will give your wedding dress some dimension with a modern twist, whilst also completely transform your look when removed later in the evening.
Don’t leave without sleeves
The Duchess has so much influence on modern trends that her sleeved wedding dress is still dominating the catwalks. Look out for the billowing bishop sleeves, flutter sleeves and sheer streamer sleeves…a stunning ethereal finish for that must-have wedding dress.
Off the shoulder
Don’t be concerned that 2017 wedding dress trends are leaning towards the Victorian era, the off-the-shoulder look will bring you right back into the modern era. Every style has incorporated this chic look and ballgowns, bohemian sheaths, modern column and A-line silhouette wedding dresses work with an off-the-shoulder look.
Baring even more skin is the plunging V-neck which proved popular across every wedding dress collection. One of the sexier 2017 trends, the deep V-neckline is flattering for the upper body and elongates the frame. To add an even more feminine look to the wedding dress, include some scalloped lace or floral applique to the neckline.
Skirting the issue
Descending from the shoulders, the wedding dress skirt doesn’t escape attention. If not the feathered then opt for the cascading ruffles; a fully-tiered skirt or beachy waves that lend itself to the romantic bohemian vibe.
Statement of colour
Traditional white or somewhere along that colour spectrum is always a classical choice for a wedding dress, but this year’s bridal runway saw the influence of Pantone’s colours of the year – Rose Quartz and Serenity. For those looking to warm up a winter wedding, Rose Quartz is a comforting and subtle touch while the Serenity hues will make that perfect ‘something blue’ statement for a summer wedding.
To give you some more ideas, read our Top Wedding Trends for 2017
Trendsetting celebrities of 2016
Always the frontrunners of upcoming trends, a number of celebrities waltzed down the aisle in some of 2017’s elegant wedding dress styles.
1. Pitch Perfect co-stars, Anna Camp and Skylar Astin, tied the knot in September after a nine-month engagement. Camp looked glamorous in her off-the-shoulder Reem Acra wedding dress with a ball gown-style tulle skirt and dainty lace detailing. Opting for a trendy ‘second wedding dress’ following the ceremony, Camp then donned a white mini-dress with feathers adorning the skirt and a plunging V-neckline.
2. Olympian swimmer, Michael Phelps, and his bride, Nicole Johnson, got married (after a secret ceremony) in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. Israeli designer, Julie Vino, created a form fitting wedding dress with a deep V-neckline, cap sleeve bodice and silk chiffon skirt.
3. It was a musical masterpiece as former Glee star, Dianna Aglon, married Mumford & Sons banjo player, Winston Marshall, during a three-day wedding extravaganza in Morocco. Her stunning $20 500 Valentino wedding dress was a nude chiffon creation embroidered in gold, rose, gunmetal and mauve. Aglon also replaced the traditional veil with a crown of silver stars.
4. It was a Vera Wang spectacular at the wedding of comedian, Kevin Hart, and wife, Eniko Parrish, which took place in August last year. It was at Hart’s insistence that Wang designed both (yip, two Vera Wang wedding dresses for one bride) of Parrish’s stunning wedding dresses. Using French Chantilly lace for the dress with a plunging V-neck and silk crepe mermaid-style with a French tulle skirt and lace bodice, Wang said the first item took 10 people 150 hours to create. The reception dress was a custom long-sleeved light ivory sheer lace style with hand-placed French Chantilly lace appliqué, contoured along its entirety.
5. Supermodel, Jerry Hall, former spouse of Rolling Stone frontman, Mick Jagger, married media mogul, Rupert Murdoch in a Vivienne Westwood creation. The upper half of the dress had cut chiffon pulled elegantly around the bust and wrapped into soft sleeves. Below the knee, the fine chiffon sat gently against white tinted tights with an overall asymmetrical appearance.
There’s so much to look forward to in the world of wedding dresses this year and hopefully these trends will give some inspiration to the blossoming brides-to-be.
Read 8 Brilliant Wedding Tips when you start your planning.
So with your date sorted, your wedding dress chosen and of course your husband-to-be at your side, it’s time to choose the most romantic wedding venue for your wedding in 2017. Look no further than Waterkloof Wine Estate on the slopes of the majestic Schapenberg outside Somerset West, Western Cape. For a Wedding Day that is truly what dreams are made of, contact Waterkloof today.