Can you believe there’s only a fortnight left of this decade? Wow. While we’re teetering into the 2020s (the jury’s out on what to call the last epoch – personally I like the tenners…), I’m still here thinking it’s 1999. Save me.
We may not be zipping around on hover-boards and holidaying on Mars quite yet, much to the disappointment of sci-fi-cinema fans, but the future’s bright nonetheless. And by bright, I actually do mean bright. In bridal, get used to shiny everything, as gleaming embellishments and glittery tulle grace nearly every gown in 2020. Elsewhere, expect puffed sleeves and waterfall hemlines to make an appearance. Three of Scotland’s top boutiques give us the scoop:
“Harrogate Bridal Show showcased a lot of sparkle. Shimmer was woven through lace, tulle and, of course, the embellishments. I am loving this trend. It’s perfect for summer weddings when the dress catches the sunlight, as well as snowy, winter nuptials. It can be subtle too, so will suit all brides. Colour is another trend I’m noticing: nudes, blush, lilac and pink. However, it does take a certain kind of gal to pull it off. Although many will stick to more traditional tones, I adore a brave bride who wants to tear up the rule book. Be unapologetically you on your big day – if that means wearing a pink gown, then go for it.”
Amy King, Amy King Bridal and Beauty
“Lace and sparkle are starting to make a resurgence! They are looks that we can guarantee our brides will get on board with. Last year, plainer styles reigned supreme, so it’s fabulous to be presented with something a little different. Many of our designers are making use of glitter tulle under-layering to add a gentle sheen, and are combining this with 3D-lace elements or beadwork to create intricately detailed masterpieces. On the other hand, we’ve also noticed puffball sleeves on the runway. It’s one trend that we don’t imagine will be too popular. That’s not to say that there aren’t some gorgeous options available – they just aren’t for everyone!”
Megan Carberry, Kudos Bridal Boutiques (Dunfermline)
“It seems that while the more simple, classic bridal aesthetic remains top of the requests in our boutique, up-and-coming trends seem to feature more detailing. At Harrogate Bridal Show this year, we spotted waterfall skirts, sparkle, and off-the-shoulder necklines, all of which we absolutely adore in store. It is refreshing to see some variations appearing and for brides to be a touch more daring in their choices for their big day. Veils are also becoming more ornate and are a prerequisite for brides wanting to add a showstopping edge to their gown.”
Jennifer Gilbert, The Bridal Courtyard