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Find Your Dream Dress: The Latest Trends and Styles for 2023 Weddings

When it comes to planning your dream wedding, finding the perfect wedding dress (or wedding dresses!) is an important moment. This year brides-to-be have a range of stunning options to choose from, with new trends and styles constantly emerging it would be hard not to find ‘The One’. Whether you’re envisioning a modern and sleek look, a romantic vibe, an art deco glam ensemble, or a playful and unique look, there’s a wedding dress trend to suit everyone in 2023.


Jennifer wears the Denisa & Jules bridal Gown by Karen Willis Holmes to her Lake Como wedding styled shoot. Photographed by Pearce Brennan photography.


Modern Elegance 


Traditional modern elegance never goes out of style and will forever be a timeless trend. Brides are loving clean designs that exude luxury and elegance. Clean lines, heavy rich fabrics, and understated accessories are key elements of this timeless trend. Wedding dresses in Mikado and heavy crepe fabrics remain popular choices for creating a smooth and polished look. These fabrics are usually heavier than most and because of this they drape beautifully and brides feel confident and comfortable wearing them, not worrying about any lumps and bumps being on display. To add a contemporary touch to their gown brides have also been loving adding fun details to a more traditional gown such as oversized bows, asymmetrical necklines and especially some dramatic sleeves as it makes your shoulders and collarbones appear daintier by comparison and is a great contrast with a beautiful ballgown. 

Check out our Bespoke Collection for a modern elegant wedding dress.

Jennifer wears the Denisa & Jules bridal Gown by Karen Willis Holmes to her Lake Como wedding styled shoot. Photographed by Pearce Brennan photography.


         Romantic Vibes 


The romantic boho style continues to allure brides in 2023. Flowing or fitted silhouettes, made from either delicate lace or stretch crepes, these types of gowns are not only beautiful to wear but so comfortable which is why this trend will always circle back. Soft light fabrics such as chiffon and organza can help create a sense of effortless beauty in a wedding dress. The Transparency and softness of these fabrics is what creates this dreamlike romantic quality that brides just fall in love with. This style will work with any venue of choice whether you’re having a casual beach wedding and need something weather appropriate or planning your ceremony and reception in a ballroom, this trend will take on whatever tone you plan for your special day.Check out our Wild Hearts Collection for a romantic wedding dress. The collection encapsulates the essence of romance and effortless beauty whilst simultaneously showcasing an underlying boho tone. The gowns carry a unique relaxed elegant appeal, from elegant high necklines to lunging Vs and open backs.

The Olive gown by Karen Willis Holmes, a V-Neck wedding dress with a wrap shape.


Vintage Glam 


For those who desire a touch of vintage opulence on their wedding day, beaded Intricate wedding gowns are back.There has been several seasons of minimalist wedding gown designs, and now some brides are opting for minimal silhouettes but with dramatic detail and interesting textures on their gown. Brides are becoming more and more confident in being experimental with textures and challenging the normalities of the traditional wedding dress. Luxurious fabrics like silk satin are popular for providing a rich backdrop for the intricate detailing.To complete a look this glamorous, accessories such as statement earrings, sparkling tiaras, and embellished veils are just some great options to enhance the overall look. A bejewelled belt or sash can also define the waistline and add extra detail.

Check out our LUXE Collection for vintage opulent wedding dresses.

Karrie is a long sleeve hand beaded wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes


Playful and Unique 


In 2023, brides are embracing their unique styles through unconventional wedding dress choices. Fun colours for instance, colours that are adjacent to ivory such as blush pink, even vibrant hues of blue are making their way into bridal fashion, offering a fresh and modern take on traditional white or ivory. Interesting fabrics, and personal details are what also makes this trend.Patterns and unconventional materials like feathers and fringe. These choices add unique visual interest, creating a truly one-of-a-kind look. Details too such as detachable trains or capes are also becoming quite popular as a replacement for the traditional veil. Shorter Hem lengths are another fun trend that is getting drastically more popular especially with elopements and micro wedding ceremonies. A wedding dress no longer needs to be long to make an impact or even a dress! Brides are also loving wearing pant suits as a statement for their day or as a change for their reception.

            Check out our Elope Collection for playful unique wedding dresses.

The Shelby wedding dress is a timeless versatile crepe gown featuring a centre split and bubble sleeves for a modern twist and our Erin pearl gloves. by Karen Willis Holmes 2023 Bridal Campaign.


Sustainable and Ethical Choices – Preloved KWH 


Brides of today are making more of an effort when it comes to being environmentally conscious. We have created a Preloved marketplace platform Preloved by KWH where all of our past brides are able to sell their gowns which allows brides to not only save money, but make a positive impact on the environment on their special day and also contribute to a more sustainable fashion industry. This community includes thousands of brides who share the same values of sustainability and timeless elegance. 

Ultimately, the wedding dress trends for 2023 are endless and there is something to suit every bride’s style. Whether you gravitate more towards modern elegance, romantic vibes,Vintage Glam, playful uniqueness, or sustainable choices, there is a style trend that will align with your heart’s desire. Remember to choose a gown that makes you feel confident, beautiful and yourself, as the dress should be a reflection of your unique love story and personal taste.

Pre loved by Karen Willis Holmes - second hand Taryn & Elizabeth gown

Additional Resources that you will find useful:

Best Princess & Ball Gown Wedding Dresses for 2022

Ultimate Guide to the Perfect Wedding Dress Shopping Experience

How to Choose a Wedding Dress – A Complete Guide

Ultimate Guide to Wedding Dress Styles & Silhouettes for Your Shape

Off the Rack, Bespoke, & Couture Wedding Dresses: Which is for you?

Best Wedding Dresses with Pockets for 2022

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