2021 brings in beautiful wedding dress trends

Weddings looked a bit different in 2020. Due to pandemic guidelines limiting gatherings, many brides found themselves having to reschedule their weddings to a later date. Other brides got creative and held their ceremonies over Zoom or transformed their wedding into a small, intimate backyard gathering. Elopements we’re definitely the trend for 2020 brides. Turns out getting eloped was intimate and just pure joy! As we move into 2021, brides across the world are hoping for things to go back to normal. Whether a wedding is held over Zoom or in a grand cathedral, one thing is certain: The wedding gown always steals the show! 2021 brings in beautiful wedding dress trends like sparkles, ruffles, and many kinds of lace. At Unique Bridal we have every style to help you decide on the perfect dress! 


Lace is a bridal dress trend that truly never goes out of style. There are many options when it comes to placement of lace. Some dresses are simple and only have lace embellishments on the top of the dress. Others are full-length lace. Lace is simple yet sophisticated. Modern yet vintage. Casual yet classy. Timeless. I always say having a lace dress you can look back years from now and it never goes out of style. 


According to Harper’s Bazaar, “Gatsby-era” styles are predicted to be a bridal gown trend of 2021. These vintage-style sheath dresses can be spiced up with pearls, headbands, and fun vintage jewelry. This trend is fun for a bride who isn’t afraid to try something bold. In fact, some brides take the vintage theme beyond their dress and spread it to all the other details of their big day, like the food and décor.


Subtle sparkle is another popular wedding dress trend. (My absolute favorite) Often, dresses will contain subtle beading with sparkles throughout the dress. Others have dramatic sparkle on only the bodice. Sparkles add a sense of beauty to any dress. Outdoor with all the natural lighting makes these gowns  just glisten. And are especially fun when the sun goes down and you are dancing away under twinkle lights and the moon. I believe every bride should have a little bit of sparkle on her wedding day 


Wedding dresses with sleeves continue to be a popular wedding trend, especially with brides who get married during colder months. The sleeves are typically fairly sheer and may have a lace pattern. A popular style is the plunging neckline with a sheer sleeve. There is something so beautiful and elegant about a sleeved wedding dress.


The Knot named dresses with ruffles as one of the top 2021 wedding dress trends. Here’s what they have to say about this beautiful style: “A ruffle skirt adds dimension to a mermaid silhouette, while a full skirt of frothy, cascading ruffles is equal parts whimsical and fashion-forward.” The ruffle style is versatile and works well on many different styles of gowns. A gown with ruffles is perfect for the bride who loves to dance. You can’t go wrong with ruffles! When else in your life can you wear a dress cascading with gorgeous ruffles?

Unique Backs

The backs of wedding dresses are truly our most asked for. Wedding gowns often have very simple fronts and then a gorgeous design on the back. A plunging back or a keyhole are two popular styles for wedding dresses. Some dresses have a illusion back with a beautiful appliqué lace that pops! Keep in mind when you are dress shopping that the back is just as important as the front! 

How to decide which gown is right for you?

Brides love tapping on all the Instagram stories and pinning dresses and inspirations to their Pinterest boards. While it’s a good start to have ideas about what you like, make sure you are open to styles when you go to try on dresses. Sometimes a dress that you would never think to try on is the one that you end up falling in love with. At Unique Bridal we are here to help you pick out a variety of styles to try on. Through the process of elimination, you will end up finding the perfect dress for your big day. I think the best part of wedding planning can be picking out your dress. Maybe you have a style in mind that you have loved for years. Or maybe you are interested in picking a dress with one of the trendy qualities listed above. Whatever you decide on, one thing is for sure: you will look stunning! And here at Unique Bridal we would love to help you have the experience to remember!