Our Favorite Wedding Dress Trends of the Year

August 6, 2020
Our Favorite Wedding Dress Trends of the Year

Wedding dress styles have evolved through the years and every year designers find more ways to express the individual bride’s style. Whether you want a traditional white dress or a floral printed dress there is so much out there for you to choose from that it can be overwhelming! Rocky Mountain Bride has narrowed down the top trends of wedding dresses that we love for this year, no matter the type of wedding, we’ve got you covered from black tie events to backyard elopements!


Sleeves are becoming very popular! They can offer a modest yet fashion-forward look and work perfectly if you have a religious ceremony in a church that requires shoulders to be covered. Both Kate Middleton and Meghan Markle chose sleeves for their bridal look and equally made a fashion statement that wowed us all. Sleeves also don’t have to be modest, many brands such as Berta and Galia Lahav have mastered a sexy sleeved dress.


We also loved how this Wyoming-boho bride’s sleeves not only made a statement but also served as a tissue!

Photo by: Liz Osban Photography 

Check out more from this wedding in the Jackson Wedding Guide!

Floral Lace 

Floral lace has always been a staple in the wedding dress world, it’s feminine and soft for either that boho or modern city bride. Here are two brides in the same dress from Grace Loves Lace, the bride on the right had her city wedding at The Maven Hotel, featured in our Denver Wedding Guide, and the bride on the left had her ranch wedding in Big Sky, Montana. Fitting for any setting! 

Left photo by: Katherine Joy Photography Right photo by: Stefanie Keeler Photography

Low-Open Backs 

Low cut backs for dresses are a subtle detail but can make a statement without taking away from the rest of the dress, not to mention they add just the right amount of skin showing. Most bridal styles feature some sort of low or open back. This Utah bride, whose wedding is featured in the Park City Wedding Guide, paired her Theia-Couture low-open back dress from Lovely Bride with a necklace that was laid down her back and spine. 

Photo by: Nicole Aston Photography

Bling it on!

It’s your wedding day…if you want to shine like a diamond do it! Some dresses can tend to lean on a more tacky side with sequins and beading, but when picking your dress be sure to ask how is it made? Is it manufactured or handmade? Where does it come from? The answers to these questions will give you a better idea of the quality to detail the designer of the dress you choose goes by. This showstopper that is sure to turn heads is made by Berta. 


Additional Bling

If you opt-out of a dress with sequins and sparkle but still want something to shine, go for a veil or cape that adds extra sparkle. This Colorado bride, featured in our Telluride Wedding Guide, did with a custom cape adorned with pearls.

Photos by: Preston Utley 

Similar style here.

Plunging Necklines 

A plunging neckline creates a show-stopping focal point for any type of wedding dress whether it’s a ball gown, mermaid, or form-fitting. Dresses with plunging necklines are perfect for any bride, whether you’re going for boho chic or simple and modern. We think this Idaho bride, featured in our McCall Wedding Guide, is rocking it in her form-fitted dress showcasing a plunging neckline.

Photos by: Maggie Grace Photography


If you’re not too excited about a white wedding dress then go the non-traditional route and get a colorful printed dress, Monique Lhuillier is known to make some of the most extravagant floral printed dresses for brides, with flowing silhouettes with voluminous sleeves, deep v-necks, and flamenco-style skirts to dance the night away. Femininity and romance reign supreme in her designs. 


For more bridal inspiration follow our Pinterest and Instagram pages where we post updates weekly and share our top wedding fashion and beauty tips. Also, check out our blog for daily inspiration!

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