Top 10 Wedding Dress Trends for 2017

As we release our 2017 COLLECTION, we want to highlight some our favorite bridal gown trends. We see inspiration from bohemian to vintage to the classics. Beautiful fabrics, playful necklines, and lace details are some of the fun elements that caught our eye. 

1. OPEN BACK

Here at Trish Lee, we are big fans of Rue de Seine. Their boho luxe appeal is just off the charts. Our all-time favorite Rue de Seine gown is the Juno. We love the soft graphic lace and low back detail.

2. THE 70s

We couldn't resist including this 1970's-inspired gown by Rebecca Schoneveld. The Adele gown is subtle with just the right amount of edginess, perfect for the modern woman who wants to finish her look with a small dose of nostalgia.

3. ROMANTIC LACE

From the Romantics Collection by Sarah Seven, we had to include the Hawthorne Gown on our list. This gown is the epitome of romance, from the draping to the lace detail, we die.

4. WHIMSICAL ELEMENTS

We're in love with Love Her Madly by Claire La Faye. This designer sure knows how to tell a whimsical story through her dresses, and we're ready to run away with her. We absolutely love the scalloped lace edge on the hem.

5. COLOR

To add some color to our list, we can't think of a better gown than the Paloma Gown by Elizabeth Dye. The light blush tones of the tulle skirt with the delicate Chantilly-style lace on the bodice is a powerful combo.

6. BACK DETAILS

The femininity and sexiness of the Genevieve Gown by Alexandra Grecco took our breath away. The plunging backless neckline with the delicateness of the lace throughout the gown is a surprising yet lovely contrast.

7. SEPARATES

This year we saw the runway trend of two-piece gowns in bridal as well. We like how Spellbound by Claire La Faye is laid back while having some formal elements like a train and heavy use of lace. 

8. HIGH-LOW

We love Rue de Seine's spin on the high-low hem. Staying true to their boho appeal, the fresh hand-knotted fringe detail is the icing on the cake. 

9. MINIMALIST

For all the brides that love simplicity and clean lines, the Maia Slip Gown by Alexandra Grecco is a must. The silk crepe fabric is just effortless.

10. THE UN-BRIDALED

Lastly we had to include the playful Miranda gown by Houghton. For the daring and fashion-forward bride, this dress is the perfect fit. We love the tiered layers and combination of fabric that make this dress one-of-a-kind.

Beneath the Wedding Veil

We see them take center stage as the bride walks down the aisle, but how much do we know about the veil, its origins, and transformation over time? Today we de-mystify the veil for our brides. 

Historians trace the wedding veil to the Roman Empire. Roman brides wore head-to-toe length veils in colors of fire, called the flammenum. Painted in fire colors and flame designs, the flammenum was meant to frighten away evil spirits who might kidnap the bride before she could be taken to her future husband’s arms. Another concern at the time was runaway brides before the ceremony; the veil and train served to weigh the bride down and prevent her escape.

While the Romans were worried about evil spirits, in Medieval times, the veil was a means of assuring the husband of the bride’s virtue and purity. With this meaning comes the act of revealing for the first time the bride’s face to her husband, at which point he "takes possession” of her. As time goes by and the veil’s meaning changes, its style evolved as well. By the mid-20th Century, the veil (for the most part) become purely ornamental. Here are the different veil styles throughout the decades.

 

 

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    1940s: The “birdcage” veil style becomes popular during this era and again today as the vintage-inspired bridal style experiences a revival of sorts.

1940s: The “birdcage” veil style becomes popular during this era and again today as the vintage-inspired bridal style experiences a revival of sorts.

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    1960s: Lots of fabric and some kind of fascinator becomes de rigueur. 

1960s: Lots of fabric and some kind of fascinator becomes de rigueur. 

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    1970s: During the “flower power” era, veils are a little wider and shorter in length. 

1970s: During the “flower power” era, veils are a little wider and shorter in length. 

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    1980s: No one epitomizes this decade better than Princess Diana’s cathedral style veil. This 24-foot train inspired brides all over the world and is an iconic bridal moment to this day.

1980s: No one epitomizes this decade better than Princess Diana’s cathedral style veil. This 24-foot train inspired brides all over the world and is an iconic bridal moment to this day.

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    20th century: We see minimal elements with classic and traditional detail, such as delicate lace accents and a sparkling headpiece or comb. 

20th century: We see minimal elements with classic and traditional detail, such as delicate lace accents and a sparkling headpiece or comb.