All Dressed Up (With Somewhere To Go): 2017 Wedding Dress Trends You Should Know About

As the wintertime holidays get closer and closer on your desk calendar, so too does the possibility of a 2017 wedding. Already, major fashion designers from Justin Alexander to Madison James to Vera Wang are releasing their wedding dress designs for the coming year – and the results are beautiful, elegant, and eye-catching. So if you're dreaming of a wedding this coming year – or if you're engaged and trying to come up with a dress to fit your date – then here are a few runway predictions of what the trends in 2017 bridal wear will be.

Bows Aplenty

Subtle, gem encrusted bows are one of the bigger trends for 2017 engagement and wedding rings, so it makes sense that this trend would be bountifully represented in wedding dresses as well. But the bows on dresses this season are anything but subtle, however – bows on the runway followed the code of 'the bigger, the better', and usually acted as a focal point for an otherwise simple dress. The key to this trend is managing your bow placement; places like your back, lower back, and at the bottom of a mermaid-style dress are hot, while front bows, bows on the chest, and bows as straps are less represented this season.

Make It Pink! Make It Blue!

The age-old quandary between pink and blue dresses so expertly rendered in Disney's Sleeping Beauty has come to the forefront of the runways this season. While blush dresses (a favorite of last year) are back in full force, they've found a challenger in blue-tinted gowns from designers like J. Mendel and Jenny Packham. These dueling colors are both gorgeous, and both could complete your wedding's theme – so long as you can choose between them, that is.

Cover Ups

While sleeveless dresses have dominated the first bit of the 21st Century, sleeves (and other shoulder and arm coverings) are making a comeback this coming season, with boleros, bomber jackets, ponchos, shawls, and other coverings being shown at the front of the runway. Not only are these coverings great for the more conservative bride (or the bride with more conservative family and/or in-laws), allowing her to be trendy as well as comfortable, they're sure to make a huge fashion splash at your wedding. As an added bonus, these cover ups can be shucked off for the more party-like aura of the reception, giving you two looks for the price of one.

Keep these trends in mind as you hit bridal stores