2018 bridalwear predictions from four top Scottish boutiques

We’ve compiled future-proof trend advice from the country’s top bridal boutiques to keep you on track

[From left to right] Elbeth Gillis’ Louise, Karen Willis Holmes’ Anya and Mikaella’s style 2105, all available at Olive Jones Bridal

There has been a move away from lace to luxurious satins that create a smoother, streamlined silhouette. Elbeth Gillis, in particular, uses these as the basis for her figure-hugging styles. 2018 brides who want to make a statement should be looking to capes. From the mini variety to full length, Karen Willis Holmes is one of the designers leading the trend. Her brand celebrates texture in many forms – another key trend next year – with all-over beading and tulle trains part of her aesthetic this season. Put 3D floral appliqué and cascading ruffles on your radar too.
Rachel Irivani, Olive Jones Bridal 

Luna Novias’ Habana, available at Sarah Louise Bridal

What we have noticed over the past few weeks is that a lot of our brides are asking for soft and floaty skirts and a romantic look, with fabrics like tulle or chiffon, but with a slight hint of glamour. Crêpe and mikado seem to have been very popular of late and, of course, a detailed back is still very much in vogue. Keep your eye on fit-and-flare shapes with intricate lace bodices and consider accessorising with an embellished belt, like this Luna Novias style
Lorraine MacLennan, Sarah Louise Bridal

Katya gown and Sharmaine train by Anny Lin, available at Whimsical Bride

I foresee 2018 being about shoe-string straps, transparent lace and, most of all, women feeling that their chosen gown is soft and enchanting. My boutique offers an array of varying fabrics and finishes, which is sought after by the modern bride, and the utterly gorgeous detailing adds to the overall, romantic-inspired look that’s happening right now.
Ali Allan, Whimsical Bride

Watters’ Asa gown, available at Anne Priscilla Bridal

Next season, we predict that there will be a rise in contemporary takes on classic structures, with sharp, geometric lines and impeccable tailoring. One of our ultimate favourite trends has to be the bridal cape. Anne Priscilla has embraced this add-on for the past year already and the team is delighted it’s here to stay. The bow has also been reinvented for 2018, coming in all shapes and sizes. Use it to accessorise and jazz up a simple dress.
Karen Madden, Anne Priscilla Bridal