Despite many bridal traditions remaining the same - whether it is the ivory dress or a veil - there are small shifts in trends every 12 months that make weddings look subtly different as time goes by. Every year, global fashion search platform Lyst analyses shopping and search habits to find out what the current crop of brides-to-be are looking for when it comes to their big day and what the biggest new bridal trends are. Here are 2018’s five major takeaways…
More Brides Are Wearing Jumpsuits And Suits
Brides are moving away from the traditional floor-length ivory gown and are instead opting for more modern, functional options, with searches for bridal jumpsuits and bridal suits increasing by 113%. Recent celebrity brides could factor into this, including Emily Ratajkowski, who wed in a mustard-coloured Zara suit last month. One of the most famous brides to wear a suit is of course Bianca Jagger, who wed Rolling Stone Mick in a white skirt suit with nothing underneath, accessorising simply with a white floppy hat and veil.
Dresses Are Getting Cheaper
It is good news if you are still considering a wedding dress though, as Lyst has seen a price drop of 5% in the past year, with the average bride spending £790 on her dress. High street wedding dresses have increased in popularity too, with Topshop, Coast and ASOS dominating the market, as well as Needle & Thread and Reformation. In terms of the kinds of dresses people want, there's a split: some brides are opting for more modest, high-neck designs, while others want backless or nude looks.
And More Colourful
Another move away from tradition is the rise of colourful bridal dresses, with searches for gowns in yellow, red and even black have risen in the past 12 months. Famous brides who have opted for non-classic ivory include Gwen Stefani, who married in dip-dyed pink, and Jessica Biel, who also chose a pale pink gown.
Meghan Markle Is Inspiring Our Bridal Choices
The designers tipped to be in the running to design Meghan Markle's royal wedding dress have been experiencing a boom in popularity, with searches for Erdem, Ralph & Russo, Misha Nonoo and Roland Mouret all up considerably. Are these brides-to-be who want to mimic Ms Markle's style? Almost certainly.
1920s Accessories Are As Popular As Ever
Call it the Simone Rocha effect, but pearl hair clips have been the most in-demand bridal accessory over the past year. Searches for headpieces and other hair clips have also risen by 39%, while 1920s-esque feathered products are also increasing in popularity. Daisy Buchanan eat your heart out.