5 New Wedding Gown Trends

Check out the trends that sweeped the NYC bridal runway shows this season—perfect for the bride-to-be who is looking to make a statement on her big day!

1. Peplum

One of the hottest looks for fall 2012 is the peplum, an angular ruffle that juts out from the dress, creating a unique and modern look. 


peplum dress alfred angelo

The silver accents on this Angel Sanchez stunner create a show-stopping look. View the entire Angel Sanchez collection here!

junko yoshioka wedding gown

This mermaid gown by Junko Yoshioka adds extra curves where you want them. View the entire Junko Yoshioka collection here!

2. Lace

The go-to fabric this season, lace is ideal for brides with timeless style. Whether you choose an entire gown made from this material or even just some well-placed accents, lace adds loads of texture and romance.

anjolique classic wedding gown

The lace overlay on this Anjolique Classic gown is ultra-feminine, ideal for girlie brides. View the entire Anjolique Classic collection here!

magnolia by marionat wedding dress

Accent a lace bodice with a bejeweled belt, like this Magnolia by Marionat mermaid. View the entire Magnolia by Marionat collection here!

eden bridals wedding gown

Vintage-obsessed? This Eden Bridals gown would look amazing in any decade. View the entire Eden Bridals collection here!

3. Color

Ivory and white will always be mainstays, but pops of bold color reigned supreme this season.

isaac mizrahi pink dress look 13

The wide belt on this pink Isaac Mizrahi gown cinches you in at the waist, creating an ultra-flattering shape. The cotton-candy hue would fit right in at a ballroom. View the entire Isaac Mizrahi collection here!

oscar de la renta wedding dress

This "something blue" Oscar de la Renta gown made waves this season. View the entire Oscar de la Renta collection here!

vera wang red wedding gown

Vera Wang debuted an all-red collection, giving brides everywhere a case of scarlet fever. View the entire Vera Wang collection here!

4. Illusion Detailing

Illusion necklines are demure yet potent—add sparkle or go for a unique shape.

ines di santo wedding gown

No jewelry needed, here—the embroidery on this Ines di Santo gown is stunning on its own. View the entire Ines di Santo collection here!

kelly faetanini wedding gown

Add a 2012 update to a classic dress with sweet shoulder detailing, as shown here on a Kelly Faetanini gown. View the entire Kelly Faetanini collection here!

reem acra wedding gown

Florals are always popular with brides, but this season, it was more about leaf and branch detailing than the blooms themselves, like this Reem Acra gown. View the entire Reem Acra collection here!

5. Unique Necklines

This season marked a dramatic departure from traditional sweetheart and strapless styles.

jenny packham dress

The floral neckline is the pièce de résistance on this effortlessly elegant Jenny Packham dress. View the entire Jenny Packham collection here!

marchesa wedding gown

The regal embroidery on this Marchesa gown is fit for a princess. View the entire Marchesa collection here!

badgely mischka wedding dress

The plunging neckline on this ivory Badgely Mischka gown is coquette-meets-couture. View the enitre Badgley Mischka collection here!


—Christina Hedges and Grace Gavilanes