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Wedding Dress Trends to Watch in 2022

As we move closer and closer to Spring and that eventual Summer, we thought it’d be fun to chat with you about the summer trends set to blow us away this coming season!
One of the first things a Bride thinks of when that wonderful question is asked, is when can I take the girls dress shopping?! What with all the different styles and options, we thought we’d do a bit of the leg work for you and research the hottest trends set for the summer.

Now of course, a lot of the decisions may be made for you, depending on your theme, colour scheme, time of year, wedding venue it may make it more, or less likely you’ll choose to go for a particular style.
Will it have a stylish square neckline or beautifully exposed shoulders and a low back? Will it have the longest train you’ve ever seen, or will you dare go for a cheeky leg slit? While some things may already be a definite for you, some will of course be determined by the bridal trends of the year. Taking note of the trends is a must for a fashion-conscious Bride, not only do you want to look utterly gorgeous, but those images are going to be displayed in your home for a good long while to come!

Wedding dress with large bow at the back

Image by Heather Sham

If you are currently planning your dream wedding day, well then Congratulations! We, more than most, know that you are just ever so busy, choosing your floral table centrepieces, organising a seating plan to suit *most* of your guests and dealing with the stationery! So, let’s get into it, here are some of the hottest trends of Spring/Summer 2022, take some notes, and keep in mind for the next time you’re sampling fizz at your local bridal dress shop…

The Floral Motif

We simply love a Spring floral and isn’t it about time! This S/S season, floral motifs are sure to dominate, and we just love it! With a style for every aesthetic, we simply adore the beautiful motifs we’ve been seeing, especially those adorned with feathers creating the floral look with an extra dimension. Thanks to Brad Wakefield for the below images of one of our stunning Bride’s last summer who was clearly ahead of the trend!

bride in a floral motif styled gown   Two brides in floral wedding dresses

Images by Brad Wakefield

Veil Capes and Wings

An elegant addition to your gown without the added stress and weight of having your veil fixed to your hair. It is also unsurprisingly, on trend for this coming wedding season. Veil capes are very much a cross between a veil and a cape giving you those gorgeous Elsa from Frozen vibes. Wings are two miniature ‘capes’ attached to each shoulder adding another dimension to your dress. Just the perfect way to add an additional train to your gown, perfect for your walk down the aisle and of course, the photographs. The added benefit of it often being detachable means you are free of your extra train when you are busting moves on the dance floor later in the evening. Credit to Simon Withyman for the images below of one of our gorgeous bride who married in the Watermill gardens in July.

bride and bridesmaids   bride's dress with wings

Images by Simon Withyman

Bridgerton vibes… puff sleeves and frills!

Probably the BIGGEST thing to come out of 2021, the return of Regency. Is it any wonder we are now all obsessed with a puff sleeve? Lucky for you, wedding dress brands across the country seem to be picking up the Bridgerton vibe and there are so many stunning gowns on the market right now just full of frills – the perfect nod to the Regency era in our charming England. Gemma shows off beautifully this fabulous ruffle detail at her wedding – thanks Neil Atkinson for the shot!

bride and bridesmaids in the watermill gardens

Image by Neil Atkinson

90s minimalism

The ‘90s influence appears to be going strong for the year ahead as minimalism, square necklines, and slim silhouettes continue to dominate in bridal dress shops. Just perfect for those of us who don a slip dress at every possible occasion! A simple, yet beautiful pared-back look will simply never look dated in your wedding photos years from now. We thought Leanne looked absolutely stunning in this image captured by Robin Godland.

Sunlight shining through the barn window onto bride in beautiful minimalist wedding dress 

Image by Robin Goodlad

Tied with a bow

We are so excited for this romantic theme we’ve seen adorning backs, shoulders, and waistlines. We just love the bow to be super extra larger-than-life! Although every designer will interpret the bow in a different way – modern – retro – huge or even tiny! We are so here for this ultra-feminine bow detail, ever so romantic. Images by Heather Sham.

Brides dress with a bow

 Bride and groom outside the watermill

Images by Heather Sham

Colours are back

Who says you have to wear white on your wedding day anyway? Top celebrity designers are all incorporating fabulous floral prints and pastel colours into their S/S 22 bridal collections, and we are here for it! Inspired by the likes of Christine Quinn (everyone’s favourite from Selling Sunset!) and her incredible black sequinned dress, 2022 just screams “wear what makes you happy”!! After over a year and a half of uncertainty, lockdowns and wedding day postponements, this season looks set to push the restraints of “your classic” wedding day colour palette and ready to start experimenting! Why not break out of the wedding comfort zone and explore blushes, champagnes and lavender, what about a pistachio or dusky blue?

 Bride's dusky blue evening wedding gown Alternative wedding dress

Images by Heather Sham

We are in love with the above images of Fion from a recent Spring wedding here at Priston Mill in Bath, she chose to go for a fabulous evening outfit change, as did her other half Brian, and my goodness they looked like celebrities! Thanks to Heather Sham for sharing the images, we are OBSESSED!

No matter what style you go for, whether it’s a splash of colour, a HUGE bow detail or a classic 90s slip dress we are so excited for all the beautiful brides of the coming wedding season.

If you are recently engaged and exploring wedding styles and trends, we’d love to chat through all your ideas. Give the office a call on 01225 423894 or send us an email – we can’t wait to hear from you!

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