The 9 Fall 2018 Wedding Dress Trends Brides Need to Know

Jackets, capes, sleeves, oh my!

Updated 10/09/17

Listen up, fall 2018 brides! Bridal Fashion Week has come and gone, and we've poured over every wedding dress to make your search for the One as easy as possible. Want to know the latest wedding-dress trends before you kick off a season of wedding-dress shopping? We're here for you, always. While last season's wedding-dress trends aren't going anywhere (off-the-shoulder, blue, lace!), this season saw a new take on some of our favorites. Capes are still going strong, but this season they've been upgraded from capelet to full-on princess cape. Off-the-shoulder dresses are still everywhere and ultraflattering, but designers put a new spin on sleeves for them. And ladylike mid-length dresses have us all seeing visions of Audrey Hepburn in Funny Face.

From princess-inspired capes to cool moto jackets, detachable sleeves, tea-length ladylike frocks, and even shorts, these are the wedding-dress trends we're loving for 2018.

Princess Capes

Courtesy of Elie Saab

Designers are trusting you to channel your inner Snow White on "I do" day. Skip the train or veil and top your wedding dress off with an utterly too chic cape. Whether they were long, mid, or mini, capes were all over the Bridal Fashion Week runways, and we're betting next year's winter brides will be loving this trend. (Wedding dress by Elie Saab)

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Wedding dress by Zuhair Murad

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Wedding dress by Melissa Sweet for David's Bridal

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Wedding dress by Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld

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Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Wedding dress by Lazaro

Courtesy of Ivy & Aster

Wedding dress by Ivy & Aster

Courtesy of Allison Webb

Wedding dress by Allison Webb

Greg Finck

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

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Wedding dress by Idan Cohen

Mike Colón

Wedding dress by Berta

Wedding Jackets

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Not feeling like going full-on Disney? No problem! There were plenty of cool wedding-ready moto jackets, topping off beautiful lace wedding dresses, to pick from. We guarantee this is one wedding-day piece you'll wear again and again. (Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier)

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Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini

DAN LECCA

Wedding dress by Gracy Accad

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Justin Alexander

Courtesy of Allison Webb

Wedding dress by Allison Webb

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Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

Detached Sleeves

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Call it the evolution of the off-the-shoulder wedding-dress trend. Designers are still intent on showing off brides' shoulders, but this season that trend comes on and off! Detached sleeves were one of the big wedding-dress trends we spotted—from bouffant to slinky and lacy, they create the look of an off-the-shoulder dress while actually being a strapless dress. (Wedding dress by Monique Lhuillier)

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Wedding dress by Victoria Kyriakides

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Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini

Courtesy of Mark Zunino

Wedding dress by Mark Zunino

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Wedding dress by Idan Cohen

Mid-Length

Courtesy of Elie Saab

Calling all Audrey Hepburn enthusiasts! The latest wedding-dress length trend feels pulled straight out of a 1950s screen goddess's wardrobe. Designers are feeling modest for next fall, and mid-calf-length wedding dresses were all over the runways. This sweet trend feels reinvented and yet whimsically vintage for the bride-to-be looking for fashion yet wanting a classic look. (Wedding dress by Elie Saab)

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

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Wedding dress by Ivy & Aster

Thomas Concordia

Wedding dress by Galia Lahav

DAN LECCA

Wedding dress by Gracy Accad

DAN LECCA

Wedding dress by Gracy Accad

Wedding dress by Laure de Sagazan

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Oleg Cassini

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

Wedding dress by Savannah Miller

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

Shades of Pink and Nude

Dan Lecca

The blush trend is getting a new take in varying shades of pink and nude. From hot pink and peach at Naeem Khan to soft shades of nude at Elie Saab, Alexandra Grecco, Inbal Dror, and more, this romantic wedding-dress trend is here to stay. (Wedding dress by Naeem Khan)

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Wedding dress by Lazaro

Wedding dress by Lazaro

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Wedding dress by Hayley Paige

Greg Finck

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Greg Finck

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Liancarlo

Wedding dress by Liancarlo

Courtesy of Elie Saab

Wedding dress by Elie Saab

© DAN AND CORINA LECCA

Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

Mini Everything

Yvonne Tnt

Legs out, fall 2018 brides! While there were plenty of demure mid-length looks, that doesn't mean designers didn't go for broke when it came to mini wedding dresses—and shorts. Whether in full miniskirts, modern high-low, or even short suiting, next year's brides should dare to go bare. (Wedding dress by Marchesa)

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Wedding dress by Rime Arodaky

Courtesy of Rime Arodaky

Wedding dress by Rime Arodaky

DAN LECCA

Wedding short jumpsuit by Gracy Accad

Courtesy of Mark Zunino

Wedding short jumpsuit by Mark Zunino

Wedding dress by Romona by Romona Keveza

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Wedding dress by Viktor & Rolf Mariage

Courtesy of Viktor&Rolf

Wedding dress by Viktor & Rolf Mariage

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Wedding short jumpsuit by Viktor & Rolf Mariage

Wedding Pants

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Who wears the pants? The bride does! Most designers showed at least one jumpsuit or pants separates this season, and we couldn't love this trend more. Though they've usually been reserved for chic city-hall weddings, we're hoping this trend really takes over down the aisle. The wedding world really needs more Bianca Jagger–inspired style! (Wedding jumpsuit by Sachin & Babi)

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Wedding suit by Galina by David's Bridal

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Wedding suit by Monique Lhuillier

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Wedding suit by Rime Arodaky

Courtesy of Rime Arodaky

Wedding suit by Rime Arodaky

DAN LECCA

Wedding jumpsuit by Gracy Accad

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Wedding jumpsuit by Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld

Dan Lecca

Wedding jumpsuit by Justin Alexander

Dan Lecca

Wedding jumpsuit by Naeem Khan

Courtesy of Viktor&Rolf

Wedding jumpsuit by Viktor & Rolf Mariage

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

Wedding jumpsuit by Lihi Hod

Courtesy of Francesca Miranda

Wedding jumpsuit by Francesca Miranda

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Wedding suit by Lela Rose

Shoulder Bows

Yvonne Tnt

Bows are no strangers to the wedding-dress trend circuit, but this season there's a new take on a classic. Bows showed up on the shoulders of wedding dresses across the Bridal Fashion Week runways. (Wedding dress by Marchesa)

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Wedding dress by Elie Saab

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Naeem Khan

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

Wedding dress by Savannah Miller

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Wedding dress by Inbal Dror

Matthew Johnson

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Dan Lecca

Courtesy of Amsale

Courtesy of Amsale

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Clean and Modern

Greg Finck

Sometimes simple is best! And that's certainly the case for these gorgeous wedding dresses. No muss, no fuss for these clean and modern looks, which have us all yearning for '90s minimalism. (Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco)

Greg Finck

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Greg Finck

Wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

Wedding dress by Lihi Hod

Courtesy of Rime Arodaky

Wedding dress by Rime Arodaky

Dan Lecca

Wedding dress by Pronovias

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

Wedding dress by Savannah Miller

Courtesy of Reem Acra

Wedding dress by Reem Acra

Courtesy of Lela Rose

Wedding dress by Lela Rose

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