Autumn’s in full swing right now, and so are gorgeous bridal gowns. With every year comes new trends by leading and emerging designers that reflect the overall mood and demeanor of fashion culture.

Here’s a look at what the four biggest trends shaping Fall 2017:

  1. Playing it Cool (and Cooler): Sometimes is pays to pay homage to the season-in a dramatic way. For Fall 2017 and beyond, more and more brides are looking at the cooler months as an opportunity to make a big statement. No matter where you live: even wedding dresses in Sacramento are buying into the trend.


Reem Acra, the designer behind the dramatic and fairy-tale like Reem Acra bridal collections, presented a Fall 2017 collection that plays with snow imagery, with elaborate lace overlays that resemble snowflakes, and icy light and even blush blue undertones. Monique Lhuillier continues the trend with bolder but still-snow flake like lace prints, and cascading layered skirts. For more of an ice-queen, elegant vibe, David Tutera Mon Cheri 2017 collection for fall offers heavily embellished skirts and plunging necklines that mimic icicles at their most elegant.


  1. Feathered Frocks: Who says a bride can’t look beautiful and fun, too? This daring trend shows just how bold brides are feeling this fall. Yasino Makina, Eve of Milady, and Sarah Nouri are among many designers that are continuing a trend that was most recently popularized back in 2016. Why is it still hot? One look at these pictures and you’ll see: feathers add a touch of playfulness to elegant gowns. From full ball gowns to fitted mermaids, feathers add texture to skirts and frame stunning bodices.


  1. Off-the Shoulder Romance: Sometimes showing just a little bit of skin is the best way to make an elegant and alluring statement. Especially for brides who don’t feel drawn towards a plunging neckline, this trend offers a little something extra to a classic gown. Off the shoulder gowns of every silhouette are hot this season, from Tara Keely’s chapel length and long sleeved illusion lace to Maggie Sottero’s princess-like Montgomery gown. Willowby by Watters has a more bohemian vibe, with ethereal shell lace.


  1. Flowing Sleeves: May it’s a trend that never died from Kate Middleton’s 2011 wedding, but sleeves, in general, are still very in for this fall. And what better way to celebrate sleeves than in a dramatic way? Long, flowing, and beautifully constructed sleeves add something iconic to an already stunning dress. Rita Vineris goes bold with her collection, with “Treasure”, featuring billowing “bishop” sleeves. Draped, peasant style sleeves are also in, giving a bride the illusion of longer arms. Julie Vino’s Napoli collection showcases how lengthy sleeves balance a plunging neckline and give and edge to classic lace.

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Photo Credit: Kayla Duffey Photography