If there’s anyone who is an expert on weddings and bridal trends, it’s Alexandra Macon. She's not only a contributing editor for Vogue, where she writes about some of the year’s dreamiest weddings but also covers all things bridal on her website, Over the Moon. With wedding season upon us, I wanted to find out the bridal trends to know about in 2019, according to her expert opinion.
Ahead, Macon is highlighting the key trends that are destined for Vogue and every stylish wedding that will cross your Instagram feed this year. From the unexpected accessories that are about to take off to the cool girl–approved reception dress trend to exactly how Meghan Markle is influencing weddings this year, and more, these are the trends stylish brides will be wearing in the months and year ahead.
Keep reading for Macon's take, in her own words, on about the seven bridal trends that will be taking over 2019. Then, shop our edit of stylish pieces that are fit for the year’s most stylish weddings.
"Exaggerated, puffed-up, off-the-shoulder sleeves have reached the bridal market. I love this princess-y take on a Renaissance-era silhouette, especially Lela Rose’s realization of it."
Feathers for All
"Plumage is everywhere. At the recent spring 2020 bridal shows, designers took a cue from the feathers that fluttered down the spring 2019 RTW runways and decided to make their brides take flight."
Think Beyond the Big Day
"One of the biggest trends in bridal now is the shift from dressing for just the walk down the aisle to dressing and styling a four-day wardrobe that’s Instagram-ready at every turn. Bridal designers are more aware of this than ever now, and as a result, their collections are beginning to include more looks that work for a variety of options, not just that one big dress moment."
Meghan Markle's Influence
"We haven’t seen the last bride walk down the aisle in a minimalist long sleeve dress with a boatneck—that’s for sure, and I for one am okay with it. I hope the beautiful Givenchy dress Clare Weight Keller created for the Duchess of Sussex continues to inspire for generations."
New Bridal Headgear
"When it comes to bridal toppers, it used to be all you had to choose between was a flower crown, a blusher veil, or a Cathedral length showstopper. And while I love a flower child bridal look and a statement veil equally, I’m also into all of the other options out there right now. Headpieces by Magnetic Midnight, pearl-encrusted headbands, and floral and tulle headpieces are just a few of the choices on the table right now."
Tulle Layers for Days
"Tulle in bridal is not novel. But layers upon layers upon layers are very cool. We saw this at Vera Wang, and we love the romantic, whimsical, fashion-forward look of it."
Shorty and Sweet
"Danielle Frankel showed a lacey, double-breasted suit jacket as a dress in her spring 2020 collection, and I loved it. It’s after-party ready and dance floor approved."