A forward-thinking bride is a smart bride. Knowing what’s around the corner and the best way to approach it will ensure that you come out on top. The same principle applies to the ever-changing landscape of fashion. With the Bridal Spring 2018 fashion shows in full swing, we thought we’d give you a heads-up on the latest trends emerging from the designers’ collections. Below are some of our observations of the hottest styles and where you can get them now:

3D Flower Appliqué:
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While we have seen a sprinkling of 3D lace appliqué before, nothing beats the gorgeous use of fabrics and materials to create flowing, life-like flowers and petals on a wedding gown. For added WOW-factor, colored appliqué makes a stunning impression.

Black Belts:
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The new bold statement seen on the runways is the designers’ unregrettable use of black belts on their gowns. Traditionally, brides and their guests have been been cautioned to steer clear of black. But now, brides can have a little more fun and break the mold with this show-stopping accessory.

Bows:
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Another emerging trend this year is the re-introduction of bows onto wedding dresses. And not little ribbon bows – big, fluffy bows like the ones your mother and her bridesmaids likely wore at her wedding. Except the new approach with bows is a more tasteful and timeless look than in-your-face.

Tiered Layers:
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A new twist on structured dresses is tiered layered skirts with an emphasis on flare. These flowy skirts can be paired with an effortless top or a dazzling bodice, depending on whether the bride wants to go with a more free look or a more dressed-up ensemble.

Patterned Dress:
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While pattern designs on wedding dresses is nothing, what is exciting is how designers have re-imagined this element and made it something completely new. Fully-patterned dresses in not-your-typical lace style look absolutely amazing!

Sleeves:
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Sleeves in the springtime? You betcha! Designers are getting creative with their use and design of sleeves on wedding gowns to offer more versatility. From tight, sleek sleeves to open, boho-chic ones, we’re seeing designers creatively play around with them.

Modest V-neck:
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While plunging V-neck have been around for a while, designers are dialing back the exposure. Instead, they are opting for more modest v-necklines that don’t cut quite so deep on the bride.

Featured Bridal Spring 2018 fashion designers and where to find them:
Gown 1, 11: Emmaline Bridal – Bridal Boutique of Arizona
Gown 2, 7: Marchesa – Schaffer’s
Gown 3, 5: Lauren Elaine – Grace Style & Bridal
Gown 4, 6: Reem Acra – Schaffer’s
Gown 8, 10: Willowby by Watters – Bridal Boutique of Arizona
Gown 9: Lillian West – Grace Style & Bridal
Gown 12, 14: Pronovias – Bridal Boutique of Arizona; Grace Style & Bridal; Schaffer’s
Gown 13: Blue by Enzoani – Uptown Bridal & Boutique