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2020 proved that love and marriage doesn’t quit in the face of a pandemic. If anything, brides and grooms are getting more creative than ever before, and that will certainly affect fashion trends as we move forward. Because of this surge in couples’ creativity, weddings in 2021 will run the spectrum from larger-than-life, escapist extravaganzas to more modest backyard affairs, all the time leaving no detail unattended to.
Brides are embracing maximalism with showstopping fairytale ball gowns, dramatic silhouettes dripping with glamour, or punchy pops of color. In uncertain times, a wedding is the ultimate celebratory moment, and brides want their look to reflect that jubilation.
Pictured: Nicole + Felicia M1558
With outdoor venues being a hot commodity in 2021, weather is also a fashion consideration. Dresses are designed to be adaptable with detachable shrugs, cropped lace toppers, and capes to bring both warmth and drama. The modern alternative to a traditional veil adds drama and visual interest while providing the benefits of a veil.
Beyond weather, gown details don’t shy away from making a statement. From off-the-shoulder balloon sleeves to high-low hemlines to oversized bows and ruffles, gowns are going big in 2021.
Pictured: Monique Lhuillier Admire
Sexy is back with backless gowns that can be paired with intricate lace backs, hand-beading or buttons.
Pictured: Nektaria Bridal
An unexpected take on the classic floral appliqué, gowns with three-dimensional floral appliqués are romantic and whimsical.
Pictured: Winnie Couture Reign 8512