Bridal trend: Ballroom romance

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
The bridal trend for feminine and flowing gowns is a contemporary update on the classic ballgown. Wedding dress by Suzanne Neville

A key bridal trend for 2019, the new crop of ballgown-inspired shapes offer flowing lines, lavish fabrics and rich textural combinations to create a romantic silhouette with timeless style

The bridal trend for ballgown shapes is always current, but for the new season we have much softer styles in the mix. Classic A-line and fluid and floaty skirts are balanced with structured bodices – many featuring complex embellishment. While strapless shapes remain popular in new-season collections, so too are plunge bodices and wide bateau necklines. Whichever you choose, there is a strong focus on shoulders and a romantic nipped in waist. Perhaps the best thing about this bridal trend is its lightness of touch. This means there is a look to suit all styles of wedding – from a classic ballroom affair to a destination celebration.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
This Alma Novia gown features delicate flower embellishment. UK stockist is BOA Boutique in Richmond

Flower maiden – Alma Novia

Exclusive to Boa Boutique in the UK, the Alma Novia collection created by Rosa Clará features fine fabrics and exquisite tailoring. Taya has a split-front bodice with flattering wide straps and floral embellishment. It’s available in ice white and natural tulle.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
This soft and feminine gown from Sassi Holford features a flattering tailored bodice and lightweight tulle shirt

Dream dressing – Sassi Holford

The new Enchanted collection from Sassi Holford is full of glamorous gowns for the ballroom, and we love Polly for its soft silhouette. Featuring a fitted panelled v-neck bodice, it has a pearl-dusted tulle skirt – perfect for the destination or high-summer bride.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
Lillian is a full silk gown from Amanda Wakeley with scroll illusion panel at the front and back of the bodice

Fine cut – Amanda Wakeley

Lillian is a full silk gown with train from Amanda Wakeley. It features a fine textured scroll illusion panel, cut away at the front of the bodice to flatter the waist and continuing to the back of the gown and sleeves for a glittering effect.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
Loxley from Enzoani is a relaxed take on the ballgown shape and is made of lovely Alençon lace

Lace heaven – Enzoani Blue

This Loxley gown from the Enzoani Blue collection is an A-line strapless design with sweetheart neckline and slouch pockets. Fine Alençon lace is used along the length of the gown and train, softening and updating a classic formal silhouette.


Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
Lavish silk fabric and a structured off-the-shoulder bodice make Montreal a classic for the ballroom

Silk elegance – Stephanie Allin

With a structured off-the-shoulder neckline, fitted bodice and lavish train, Montreal is from the new Love Stories collection by British designer Stephanie Allin. The refined silhouette and lavish silk fabric make this a timeless and flattering choice.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
A fluid A-line shape and crossover bodice with illusion panel make this a flattering design from Ellis Bridals

Crystal edge – Ellis Bridals

This pure white gown has a flattering crossover pleated bodice and fluid A-line shape with train. We love the illusion-panel back dressed with crystals and beads, matched to a slimline crystal-trimmed belt.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
This fairytale Lucille gown from Temperley is dressed with flowers

Colour story – Temperley Bride

Colour continues as a key 2019 trend and this Lucille gown from Temperley London offers the best of both worlds. In floaty white tulle with ribbon-tied open back, it has dainty floral motifs on bodice and skirt in sequins, mother of pearl and silver crystals.

Bridal trend: Ballroom romance
On-trend wide shoulders and intricate floral decoration add up to a contemporary classic from Suzanne Neville

Petal dressed – Suzanne Neville

With on-trend wide neckline to reveal the shoulders, Floriana has a flattering fitted bodice defined by a slim silk belt and embellished with intricate flowerheads that continue onto the flowing silk skirt.


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