A Dress to Impress

Julia Braime, wedding blogger and editor of Brides Up North forecasts next season’s bridal trends

I predicting a bright and beautiful year for brides-to-be in 2015.

I’m not The Wedding Fairs’ new astrologer but – crystal ball or not- I am an award winning wedding blog editor with access to all the info on the hottest trends in bridal design: the wedding gowns about to land in a bridal boutique near you.

Here’s my run down of the forecast for 2015. Ladies, I’ll see you FROW at the designer catwalks at the North West Wedding Fair.

Prepare to get starry eyed…

It’s Looking Rosy
The roses won’t just be in your cheeks on your wedding day if the top designers have anything to do with it. The beautiful trend for blushing brides just refuses to pale, so expect to be in the pink with soft shades of nude, pearl, violet and silver dominating the catwalks. This season it’s all about layers and texture, so watch out for blousy organzas and flouncy chiffons shimmering with ombre effects.
Try: Naomi Neoh, Terry Fox

Paint Job
Art lovers will adore the hand painted bodices on show from UK bridal houses like Alan Hannah this season. Painstakingly daubed blooms and trailing blossoms enliven and brighten the softest silks for a truly bespoke and individual finish.
Try: Alan Hannah

Cheeky Cuts
Daringly low backs, cutaway detailing and sweeping necklines echo the mainstream trend for flashing some flesh. But this is bridal girls, and leading labels keep it tasteful and tasty, with balanced silhouettes that add drama but respect your modesty.
Try: YolanCris

Ruffle It Up
From large cascading layers to small, neatly formed rows of pleated fabrics, the bridal catwalks were awash with ruffles and waves this season. Simple or standout, designs with ruffles demand attention and tick boxes for prettiness, femininity and, of course, romance.
Try: Ian Stuart Bride, Linea Raffaelli

Go With The Flow
In a complete contrast to the heavy embellishment that continues to dominate bridal styling, brides who are looking for fuss free elegance will love the soft structuring and modern simplicity of offerings from some of the UK’s newest and hottest designers. Watch out for glistening silks, ethereal iridescents and fluid lines.
Try: Emma Hunt, Ivory & Co

Flower Power
Flirty and fun, my favourite labels went for a full dose of flower power this season, keeping their lines beautifully feminine and fabulously (florally) on trend. Get ready to bloom!
Try: Charlotte Balbier, Ian Stuart Bride

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Image Credit to: Yolan Cris, Ian Stuart and Alan Hannah