Much like fashion, wedding dress trends also come and go.
Bridal trends tend to be less variant than other fashion trends, as more often than not, brides want a dress that's timeless and classic.
It's not often that you go to a wedding and the bride is wearing a hot pink ruffled gown or a jewel-encrusted jumpsuit, right? That being said, there are some key trends even the most classic of brides might be tempted by this season.
While volume in bridal is nothing new, this season saw a return to a texture of wedding dresses past: ruffles."Forget the ra-ra skirts of the '80s, this time it has a much more grown-up feel," says Leese. "From skirts to sleeves the ruffle is back."
We're seeing a resurgence in 1920s fashion in the bridal market with designers offering modern takes on fringed formalwear. "Nothing says rock'n'roll like some fringing, for the low-key alternative brides," says Leese.
Something old, something new. With 10% of all wedding food ending up in the bin and an average couple’s day creating more carbon emissions than one person produces in an entire year, it’s no wonder that more brides and grooms are looking for ways to curb the environmental impact of their big day. "From ethically made gowns you can wear again to vegan-friendly fabrics, the rise of sustainable wedding dresses is a welcome and necessary trend that will only continue to grow," says Leese.
Archive 12 is a modern bridal store in Belfast, offering low-key, high fashion wedding dresses for the cool bride. Opened in 2014, it has established itself as the go-to store in Ireland for the style-led, insta-generation of brides. Founded by ex-fashion and costume stylist Claire Leese, a self-confessed sucker for a strong brand with an eye for the hottest bridal fashion in the game.
Main image by Archive 12 on Instagram