Bridal Fashion Week

This Bridal Fashion Week we're bringing the most gorgeous designer wedding dresses and wedding gowns from the runways to you. Click through the top wedding dress pictures to find the bridal gown of your dreams, whether you prefer wedding dresses by Vera Wang, J Crew, Monique Lhuillier, Carolina Herrera, Oscar de la Renta or Marchesa. Discover the newest bridal fashion ideas, from the best wedding dress styles for every body type to the newest trends in veils. Plus: Click through photos of the most elegant bridal creations at Couture Fashion Week.

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The Biggest New Bridal Trend Has Nothing To Do With Dresses

Historically, a bride wore a veil to cover her hair and face in reference to her virginity. After walking the aisle, either her father (or whomever else walked her down the aisle) lifts the veil, or the groom does, thus symbolically consummating the marriage. How romantic. Now, most brides wear veils because, well, they're ridiculously chic and glamorous. Think of the veiled wedding moments in history you can recall within seconds: Kate Middleton, Grace Kelly, Kate Moss ... all brides with veils.  While wearing a veil on your wedding day will never get old, we're always reminded during Bridal Fashion Week that, like all things in fashion, trends are constantly evolving, even in a space that tends to skew on the safer side. So what's the 2018 version of the veil? Serena Williams can tell you: It's a cape. From Reem Acra to Elie Saab to Zuhair Murad, we've seen runway after runway featuring bridal capes rather than veils, a dramatic alternative to the traditional standard.  "We're always trying to find new ways to revolutionize bridal wear and the idea of a cape is actually great," bridal designer Rime Arodaky tells InStyle.com. "It can instantly elevate an understated look, give it a majestic aspect all while being detachable. Capes can also be seen as a white canvas that can be personalized, embroidered, structured in a certain way. A great practice for the imagination.” "Brides are craving something different," designer Alexandra Grecco adds. Grecco's collection this season featured a long-sleeve sheer cape over a mini slip dress as one of many standout looks. "Capes are the answer if a bride wants to add a little drama to the ceremony. It's such a statement piece for the independent, fashion-forward woman.” Designer Tadashi Shoji included not one, but two capes in his runway collection. “Capes are an easy way to cover up or show-off.  It can be the finishing touch to your look.” Below, all the capes from Bridal Fashion Week Spring 2019.

David's Bridal's Latest Collection Is Perfect for the Millennial Bride

Out with the old and in with the new, or in millennial speak, new-new. For their just released spring/summer collection during Bridal Fashion Week, in addition to classically pretty gowns, David's Bridal incorporated modern components. Inevitably included: a plethora of shorter length dresses, but other surprise elements: a crop top and pant ensemble, high-low hems, and tinges of millennial pink and powder blue. VIDEO: Taylor Swift was the Cutest Bridesmaid [brightcove:5600086451001 player_1] But our absolute favorite? An embroidered bridal denim jacket that you’ll probably end up wearing more than you think beyond D-day. Scroll down for your newest Pinterest mood board additions.

Show off Your Legs with These Short Dresses from Bridal Fashion Week

As pretty as froufrou gowns that resemble over-frosted cupcakes are, I really can’t wrap my head around wearing one for a full day, let alone one of the most emotional in my adult life. There are a million justifications to why a long, trailing hem won’t work for everyone. Thankfully, designers are picking up on this and creating more variety length-wise. Here’s proof that you shouldn’t dismiss a hem because it’s short for your wedding day – really chic one-pieces at Bridal Fashion Week that don’t sacrifice femininity just because of the vertical. Keeping reading and get ready to be inspired (and practical).

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10 Dreamy Wedding Gowns from Marchesa’s Fall 2018 Collection

For any bride-to-be, a Marchesa wedding dress is the ultimate dream. And as I arrived, newly-engaged, to the brand’s fall 2018 presentation last week in N.Y.C., it was indeed heaven on earth. For their latest collection, Marchesa designers Georgina Chapman and Karen Craig played with elements of the past and present, combining heirloom details with modern, wearable silhouettes. Skin-baring lace, romantic draping, and delicate embroidery combine to create feather-light effects on the 15 gowns. Among the many standouts: A sweeping ballgown that turns into a short dress for after party dancing, a modern mini with billowy sleeves, and an off-the-shoulder number with breathtaking 3D floral detailing. Romantic and ethereal, the collection is sure to inspire all brides, including myself. Now the hard part: choosing “the one.” Keep scrolling to see our favorites from the collection.

13 Romantic Long-Sleeve Wedding Gowns from Bridal Fashion Week

If you’re not tropical paradise bound or getting married during the apex of summer, a long-sleeve dress may be actually be the best choice for your special day. After all, never underestimate the A/C in religious houses of worship and/or grand banquet halls! Other reasons to consider a long-sleeve gown? A possible love/hate relationship with your arms (we get it) or you may not want to present yourself in a bustier top in front of your great-grandparents. Whatever the case is, here are the most sophisticated long-sleeve options to have debuted at Bridal Fashion Week—proof that modesty can go hand-in-hand with style.

The 7 Prettiest Wedding Updos From Bridal Fashion Week

Ready your Pinterest boards, brides-to-be. Following another season of Bridal Fashion Week, chances are, you've probably already started the process of avidly saving each and every dress to your #WeddingInspo board (which may or may not be private), but take a second look and pay closer attention to the gorgeous updos paired with each dress. In lieu of the over-coiffed looks of years past, this season's aesthetic is undone and effortless, with waves, plaits, and half-down styles in abundance. Scroll down to see seven of the prettiest updos and half-updos from Bridal Fashion Week.