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2022 is on the horizon and we hear it’s gonna be a big year for weddings and a year that will change up the traditional wedding dress trends. We have a feeling that we are going to be seeing a lot of alternatives to traditional bridal gowns, think short dresses, jumpsuits, and prints! We’re breaking down our favorite trends that we think are going to be major hits for 2022.
Short or Minimony Dresses
We know that with the crazy year we’ve all experienced, elopements and minimonys are going to be around for a little bit, whether you’ve postponed your big day and just want to get married or if you just plan on having a small intimate ceremony, short and alternative bridal dresses are going to be a popular pick for brides in 2022. Here are a few of our favorites!
Dance all night in this fun and feminine dress! This versatile dress allows you the option to choose between a regular bodice or be a bombshell bride and opt for a push-up with padded cups, as well as the option to add removable spaghetti straps and floral armbands. This dress goes from little white dress to bridal with its tiered skirt that provides a showstopping factor with voluminous layers of lace. Remove the skirt to wear again and again as a ‘little white dress’ after your big day!
If you love sparkle, this one is for you! This gorgeous dress features a strapless neckline and a-line mid length skirt that flows elegantly while you sway away the night. Not to mention its gorgeous unique fabric that makes you shine like a disco ball. Pair this dress with some fun heels since the midi length allows your shoes to shine as well or keep it simple and let the dress speak for itself.
ML Monique Lhuillier | Lace Cocktail Dress
This unique Lhuillier piece features a fitted silhouette with a crew neckline and long sleeves. Featuring a gorgeous floral lace that fades into a chantilly lace on the bottom, this dress is perfect for your minimony or courthouse nuptials. Besides, what’s more bridal than Monique Lhuillier?!
The popularity of two-piece dresses is rising as designers have figured out how to successfully make a two-piece bridal dress that doesn’t read prom or anything distasteful. Here are a few of our favorite takes on the two-piece trend!
This elaborate skirt features asymmetrical layers of pleated tulle throughout the skirt giving it fun, flirty volume. Pair it with a strapless simple top to keep the eyes on the skirt which is the real eye catcher!
This two-piece dress is for those brides that love a statement but also like to keep it simple. We love it paired with a structured mid-drift top that keeps the simplicity of the skirt but still adds a dramatic effect to your bodice.
This two-piece is hand-crafted with two layers of silk and crepe de chine for a relaxed luxury look that is also comfortable. The top includes an elastic lined neckline, hem, and sleeves for an easy and comfortable fit that will keep it placed all night long. The skirt adds drama to the look with its long train flowing behind you. Pair it with a matching cathedral length veil and you are all set!
This crop top is made from sparkly studded tulle & organza ruffles throughout the sleeves that sit perfectly on your shoulders. The low back is another wow factor that is secured with a row of bridal buttons. The top is paired with a high waisted skirt covered in the same sparkly studded tulle and bridal buttons lining down your back. The look is finished with a dramatic train that makes this set such a fun piece. Accessorize with some fun earrings that twinkle with the sparkle studded tulle.
Off The Shoulder
Hailey Bieber took the bridal world by storm in her custom Off White off-the-shoulder dress when she married her husband in 2018. Since then lots of bridal designers are designing off-the-shoulder dresses to keep up with all the fashionista brides going for that look.
This dress imitates Hailey Bieber’s lace look with its fitted bodice, but this gown features a bow at the bottom of the low back. The sleeves steal the show though with the same elegant floral lace featured throughout the dress that fades out down the sleeve.
This Galia Lahav off-the-shoulder tulle ballgown features a sheer scoop neckline with a corset bodice that allows you to show that bridal bode. Glamorous puff sleeves and a voluminous A-line skirt made from an embellished silver beaded fabric give this dress its glamorous look that is perfect for any bride.
Chantel Lauren | Sloane
This textured dress that sits off the shoulder is a classic silhouette made western with its light ivory color and patterned polka dot texture. Style it with a Gigi Pip hat to make the look even more boho bride, turquoise is always a good option too!
Who would’ve thought that feathers and bridal would be oh so chic?! We are absolutely obsessed with this trend and the way bridal designers are incorporating feathers into their bridal designs.
You don’t have to commit fully to the feather look for your dress but if you still want to incorporate this fun and flirty trend, pop this feather topper on top of any bridal gown. The volume the feathers this topper has brings all the drama to your bridal look that you’ll need!
This look combines two of the trends for 2022, short and feathers! This playful dress features a corseted bodice in a mini dress length made of beaded netting lace. The whole look is adorned with fanciful feathers and completed with a floor length overskirt that features an opening to show some leg and a dramatic train to flow with you through your day.
Another bridal look that blends more than one of the trends for 2022! Make an entrance in this strapless fit and flare gown that is filled with elegant beading and down feathers. Change up your look by removing the straps so you can raise the roof without worrying about your straps.
Along with all the non-traditional wedding dresses that are trending for 2022 we are loving the something blue look! The symbolic meaning of blue for a wedding that created the something blue tradition is that blue symbolizes stability, security and lifelong loyalty. Who doesn’t want that good juju for their big day?!
This adorable bride surprised her soon to be hubby in a dress that he bought for her before COVID when she had nowhere to wear it! She wore a blue and white floral print mid length dress that featured cut outs in the bodice. See more of their wedding in our New Mexico print issue here.
This dress is no longer available but shop a similar look here. Or shop, BHLDN’s new Porcelain Collection!
This dress is similar to the first in that it has a blue and white floral print throughout the entire dress. The straps keep it in place all night while you mix and mingle with your friends and family, the cherry on top of this look is the floating tiers that go down the full length of the dress.
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