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Top, from left, Venus Bridal, Forever Yours, Casablanca, Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo. Bottom, from left, Jordan Fashions, Bari Jay, Jordan Fashions

I attended National Bridal Market in Chicago this past weekend, where I saw so many fabulous (and surprisingly affordable!) new dresses. Here's a quick rundown of the major trends.

Simplicity Designers executed beading, embroidery, and sparkle with a lighter hand, and focused more on draping and fabric treatments.

Beaded belts When designers did incorporate beading, it was often in the form of a simple jeweled band at the waist. Flattering, just the right amount of glitter, and clearly inspired by Chelsea Clinton's wildly popular Vera Wang gown.

Ruffled skirts Again, inspired by Chelsea Clinton's gown, I saw a ton of big ballgowns featuring gorgeous ruffles, light-as-air tiers, and the like. A modern spin on the classic grand silhouette.

Coverage Removable jackets, capes, and boleros were an important component of almost every single new collection. Great for cold-weather weddings or those sensitive about their arms.

Vintage-inspired shorties Reception dresses, cake-cutting dresses, after-party dresses, call them what you will, but short styles were featured prominently on nearly every runway.

Bright bridesmaids Sure, there were tons of neutrals, but bright, tropical hues like mango and flamingo are making a comeback.

Next up: Breaking bridal fashion news from the runways in New York. Visit next week for trends, reviews, and photos of the best new dresses. —Kim Forrest

You can check out our current favorites in our Wedding Dresses gallery.

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