7 Wedding Dress Trends For The Modern & Non-Traditional Bride


We all love a traditional ball gown, but what type of wedding dress trends would the modern and non-traditional bride rock on her big day?

With so much importance placed on a bride’s look today, we know how overwhelming it can be to find ‘the one’. Maybe you’re looking for something with a little edge to give your style that WOW factor and show off your best assets?

Keep on scrolling for our rundown of the latest wedding dress trends for the modern and non-traditional bride who still wants that feminine bridal look but with a fresh and fashion-forward touch… you might just find what you’ve been looking for 😉

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Corset Bodices

When it comes to wedding dress trends, corset bodices are something you want on your radar – which have made a major return this season! We’ve seen these gracing the runways of several Bridal Fashion Week shows with many labels creating their fresh and modern take on this trending style. The design allows room for creative lacing and intricate beading or sparkle, while the fit can be figure-hugging and flattering.

This image shows the Carrie wedding dress by Madi Lane which relates to the wedding dress trends such as bodice corsets

Callie by Madi Lane stocked at Bridal by Tamem Michael

Carrie by Madi Lane is a perfect example of why corsets are back and here to stay. The beauty of this bodice is the sheer lace detailing paired with the delicate structure which provides and overall feminine yet sexy feel. The A-line silhouette with floaty skirt will have you feeling confident and ready to grace the runway – and the aisle!

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Off-The-Shoulder Necklines

If you’re looking for an alternative to the standard neckline, an off-the-shoulder silhouette could be your answer. This neckline is equal parts modern and elegant, and ideal for almost every body type and shape. This paired with some delicate draped off-the-shoulder sleeve caps provides an overall sweet yet sexy vibe.

This image shows the Daria wedding dress by Justin Alexander and relates to wedding dress trends such as off-the-shoulder necklines

Daria by Justin Alexander stocked at Orchid Bridal Studio

This figure-flattering fit and flare gown by Justin Alexander features a classic sweetheart off-the-shoulder neckline with an illusion bodice that is detailed with beaded lace appliqués that continue onto the crepe skirt. It’s paired with matching detachable off the shoulder straps to create a two-in-one look. For additional structure, this style is also available with a fully lined bodice.

Sexy Silhouettes

Want something a little bold but not too much? If your aesthetic tends to be more fashion-forward and of the moment, we think you’ll love a sexy silhouette which could be anything from mermaid to fit and flare or even a sexy sheath dress. Pair with deep-V necklines or thigh high slits, and you’re sure to stop traffic!

this image shows the Lucia wedding dress by Gaia Bridal which showcases wedding dress trends such as sexy silhouettes

Lucia-461 by Gaia Bridal stocked at Divinity Bridal

This sexy fitted silhouette gown by Gaia Bridal will make your heart skip a beat (and his too!). Imagine walking the aisle in this figure-hugging gown with a strapless bodice and dramatic train is perfect for those who are looking for sex appeal yet want to keep the design stripped back and simple – focusing more on those gorgeous curves!

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Dramatic Trains

Speaking of dramatic trains, this is a huge trend in the world of wedding dresses right now – and we see why! These trains, coupled with body accentuating silhouettes, are the perfect way to add a style statement to your look. Play around with different length, fabrics and designs… the more dramatic, the better!

This image shows the Demi dress by Eddy K which showcases wedding dress trends such as dramatic trains

Demi DR2205 by Eddy K stocked at La Mariée Bridal, Bridal By Tamem Michael & The Bridal Company Northern Ireland

Looking for a dress with a train that’ll stand the test of time? Demi by Eddy K is one of our top favs. I mean, just look at that train. Need we say more? With so many enchanting details from the intricate lace, crepe and tulle finish, this dress will definitely be a head-turner!

Chic Hemlines

Long are the days when brides are required to wear long gowns on their wedding day. This year, we are seeing more and more brides going for chic and short hemlines – and we’re not mad at it! This is giving us major Sex in the City vibes with a modern twist on a simple bridal look, but kicking it up a notch! Would you be daring enough to rock a short chic dress on your day?

this image shows the Nita dress by Adore Justin Alexander which showcases wedding dress trends such as chic hemlines

Nita by Adore Justin Alexander stocked at Orchid Bridal Studio

For the true trend-setter, this Mikado mini dress is a statement maker that your loved ones will obsess over! The modified sweetheart neckline softens the bodice, and the ruching is flattering and feminine in all the right places. It’s paired with off-the-shoulder puff sleeves, which are offered separately as 11202SL. A floor length version of this style if you would prefer a more traditional look for the ceremony.

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Plunging Necklines

What can we say? Plunging necklines have always been a style statement in the bridal world. Yet we’ve seen a huge shift in necklines getting even more deep and daring – if you got it, flaunt it! It’s safe to say plunging V-necklines are not for the faint of heart, and yes your grandmother may not entirely approve. But, one thing is for sure… you’ll look hot AF!

this image shows the 2384 wedding dress by Mikaella which showcases wedding dress trends such as plunging necklines

2384 by Mikaella stocked at Tomorrows BridalPerfect Day & Jenny Lindop Bridal

This crêpe strapless wedding dress with a plunging sweetheart neckline and corset bodice, is everything we love for the modern and non-traditional bride! From the sexy and daring V-neck to the button back detailing paired with the fit and and flare skirt, this dress is a dream come true.

Daring Cut-outs

One trend that’s even making our heads turn, is sexy cut-outs! From the bodice cut-outs which show off the girls, to daring waist cut-outs to show off those abs you’ve been working on, we’re loving this new modern trend to switch up a traditional bridal look and give it that extra edge!

this image shows the floretta wedding dress by ronald joyce which showcases wedding dress trends such as daring cut-outs

Floretta 69678 by Ronald Joyce stocked at McElhinney’s Bridal Rooms & Alexanders Bridal

This striking Mikado fit and flare wedding gown with cuffed bateau neckline, capped sleeves and plunge bodice cut out is the perfect example of sexy and daring! The back features bridal covered buttons and a cuffed back collar. The seam detail adds contour to the body shape which will look amazing on our curvy brides who want a figure-flattering look.

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