The Best Spring/Summer 2023 Bridal Trends

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Photo credit: Hearst Owned

2022 is turning out to be a banner year for weddings and it's looking like 2023 will be no different. In the midst of this marital boom, there is of course, a bridal trend or two worth anticipating, as one plans for the future festivities. Here, the trends worth keeping in mind for Spring/Summer 2023.

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Turn Up The Volume

Photo credit: Marchesa
Photo credit: Marchesa

Dopamine dressing is always called for, but on one's wedding day? It's essential. And the easiest way to go about that is pump up the volume with super-sized features of your gown. Think: mega-plush sleeves a la Oscar de la Renta or a larger-than-life skirt, courtesy of Ines di Santo.

The Party Dress

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Photo credit: Safiaa

Much like having two weddings and celebrations, it's become customary for the bride to make an outfit change or two. Signal the easing of formality or the kicking-up-of-the-fun by raising your hemline. It's fun, it's flirty—and it's surely easier to cut a rug without your train getting trampled.

Portrait-Worthy Gowns

Photo credit: Houghton
Photo credit: Houghton

Strike a vintage note with puff-sleeves worthy of a princess in a portrait.

The Veil Alternative

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Photo credit: Kim Kassas

Not looking to go classic? We give you the bridal hood. All of the romantic trappings with a bit of woodsy practicality.

Ethereal Sheer

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Photo credit: Reem Acra

Shed a few layers of tulle and opt for a gown that gives more than its fair share of subtle sex appeal. You don't have to go full-on revealing, either. It can just be a hint of leg that peeps through.

Jacket Required

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Photo credit: Amsale

For the bride who doesn't want to go the traditional route, there is nothing chic-er than suiting. Borrowed from the boys brings its own stylish sensibility to a look that will remain timelessly appealing.

Something Blue, Something Pink

Photo credit: Ines de Santo
Photo credit: Ines de Santo

Another way to mix things up? Ditch the white wedding gown in favor of a soft pink or a baby blue confection. Tradition isn't all it's cracked up to be, and besides, it's your day.

Put a Bow On It

Photo credit: Oscar de la Renta
Photo credit: Oscar de la Renta

When in doubt, put a bow on it. It's feminine, it's fabulous, and it's the icing on the cake in terms of fun details.

Fantastic Florals

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Photo credit: Rosie Assoulin

Floral applique is the perfect way to add interest to your bridal look, particularly if you keep it simple with the silhouette. Texture and dimension—not to mention a touch of romance–will ensure that your wedding dress stands apart from the pack in the best way possible.

Body Con

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Photo credit: Rivini by Rita Vinieris

Who says you have to go frilly with your wedding dress? Show off your silhouette with skimming fabrics and peek-a-boo cutouts.

Less Is More

Photo credit: Monique Lhuillier
Photo credit: Monique Lhuillier

One trend that will never date: simple, clean lines with beautiful fabrics that speak for themselves. When in doubt: channel Carolyn Bessette Kennedy.

Corsets

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Photo credit: The Atelier

Intricate corsetry and boning adds gorgeous contrast to layers of tulle and chiffon—and the fullest of skirts. Plus, it is ultra-flattering.

Separates

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Photo credit: Honor

Want to be the ultimate cool-girl bride? Opt for a two-piece look. The bonus here is clear: you can break up the outfit and wear it again.

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