From top trends to bridal silhouettes, read our handy guide for everything you need to know about wedding dresses…
A is for A-line
The traditional A-line dress goes in at the waist then flares out. Timeless style that never goes out of fashion.
B is for Beautiful Backs
For the last few seasons, designers have been paying more attention to the back of their dresses, with some stunning results!
C is for Cowl neckline
A favourite in the fashion world, we’ve seen cowl necks and backs become very popular this year with brides, too.
D is for Diamanté detail
Top-to-toe sparkle never goes out of style. It’s the best way to look instantly glamorous on your day.
E is for empire line
This silhouette is perfect for women with athletic frames. Falling from under the bust, the skirt skims over the hips.
F is for Floral
Flower details add instant elegance – great for spring/summer weddings. Floral prints are popular this year, too.
G is for Grecian
Let out your inner Grecian goddess in a floaty gown with rich embellishments.
H is for halternecks
Sexy for summer, halternecks create a beautiful shape and leave the backs bare.
I is for illusion necklines
Sheer and illusion necklines have been all over catwalks for a couple of years now, but designers have started extending to the sleeves, too.
J is for Jackets
Taking your look from day to night, or just having something extra in case of the cold, lace jackets are hot property right now.
K is for keyhole backs
Framing the centre of the back, keyholes are bang on trend.
L is for layers
This season is all about ruffles and lots of layering on the skirt, teamed with a structured bodice.
M is for mermaid skirts
The most popular styles with mermaid skirts feature a fitted bodice then a mid-thigh flare. So flattering!
N is for neutral hues
White and ivory have always been the number one choices for brides, but neutral hues of nude, champagne and blush are set to take over this year.
O is for off-the-shoulder
If you want something that’s a little bit sexy but still very classy, consider a lacy off-the-shoulder bridal design.
P is for plus size
There are plenty of beautiful collections out there for curvier shapes that have been specially structured for comfort and confidence.
Q is for quality
Designers are focussing on the finer details of their dresses, from intricate backs to delicate beading, using
the best materials.
R is for retro
If you adore the fun styling of icons like Audrey Hepburn and Marilyn Monroe, try a chic, short dress.
S is for separates
One of the big trends of 2016 has been separates, allowing brides to mix and match their look.
T is for tea length
Mid-calf hemlines are perfect for brides that want to show off their shoes without going for a short design.
U is for underlays
Underlays aren’t something we talk about often, but more attention is being paid to them this year, from soft colours to different textures.
V is for v-neckline
Designers are challenging tradition by choosing daring low v-necklines with just the right amount of sultry.
W is for Waistline detail
Always a hit with brides, waistline detail will draw the eye to their smallest part, while looking extra girly, too.
X is for Xtra length
Long trains were a big deal in the 70s and 80s, and it seems that trend has come back around for 2016!
Y is for your design
There are some great new collections that allow brides to choose the details on their dresses.
Z is for Zero detail
Proving sometimes less is more, some designers are letting the silhouette do all the talking by not using any details or embellishments.
See our gallery below for illustrations of each point…