Ringing in the new year means wedding bells for some, and while the pandemic may have put a damper on the 2020 wedding season, we’re optimistic that 2021 will be much better. What better way to start off your wedding planning process than by doing some dress shopping? Being that we are still in the midst of the pandemic there will be some key things to keep in mind when dress shopping. Having to wear a mask at all times, booking an appointment ahead of time, there being a limit on how many people you can bring to your appointment, and having to answer health screening questions prior or upon arrival to your appointment. And with keeping that in mind we have rounded up a list of some of the top bridal fashion trends you should keep an eye out for when shopping for your big day.

  1. Short Dresses

The current pandemic has certainly changed our expectations of weddings. However, rather than waiting until things get back to “normal”, some couples have opted for more intimate ceremonies. Short wedding dresses are perfect for this. But don’t mistake short for meaning casual. Short wedding dresses come in a variety of modern styles and silhouettes. They range from all over lace minis to sequin and beaded styles. A short dress is also perfect for rehearsal dinners, bridal showers, bachelorette parties, and for tearing it up on the dance floor.

2) Transformative Dresses

What is better than one dress? Two dresses in one! Transformative dresses feature two different styles, usually a sheath or short wedding dress, with an overskirt that turns into a ball gown or A-line dress. Buying a transformative dress will save your budget and you’ll have two different gowns for the best day of your life. Local bridal boutiques such as David’s Bridal, Baba’s Bridal, TDL Styles, Samantha Victoria Bridal, The Bridal Boutique Edmonton and Calgary have many selections of versatile dresses that will have your groom weeping as you walk down the aisle, and transform into the perfect dress for clinking a glass (or two) of champagne with your bridesmaids.

3) Capes

Not a fan of veils? Not a problem. The cape trend started making an appearance back in 2016, and is even more popular now. Bridal capes lend a dramatic element to your gown, but also offer the practical aspect of extra coverage and acting as a train. This is especially ideal for Winter brides.  Designer Haley Paige mixes sweet femininity with a touch of edginess into her cape designs, proving that she is on the cutting edge of bridal fashion.

4) Jumpsuits/ Bridal Suits

Gowns aren’t for everyone, and if you’re a pants girl, then a bridal jumpsuit or full suit is an excellent option! They are modern and comfortable, come in all styles and price points, and are special as any gown. If you are still craving that floor-sweeping effect, try adding a cape! Summer Pardi, wife of singer John Pardi, swapped the traditional gown from she wore in her ceremony to a jumpsuit for her reception, and other celebrities have also started to follow suit.

5) Bows

Every princess bride covets a dramatic ball gown. However, some brides are more drawn to simple silhouettes. Even if you favor a minimalistic look, you can still add a touch of detail with a bow. Bridal lines such as Anne Barge and Elie Saab have incorporated bows at the waist, back and shoulder of wedding dresses. An over the top bow will guarantee a show-stopping bridal moment.

There you have it. Now gather the bridal squad together, book an appointment at your preferred bridal boutique, and find that dress!

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