There’s something magical about bridal dresses with age-old charm. Wedding gown trends are constantly evolving, but marriage is that once-in-a-lifetime walk down the aisle, with all eyes trained on the big bridal gown reveal. In your mission to dress the part for the big day, it’s important to pick a dress reflecting the modern era yet evergreen for your wedding album. These dresses are a modern update of retro styles, but are thoughtfully designed with heirloom value. From regal capes to flapper-style feathers, here are 15 new bridal dresses to love for eternity.

Look 1: Capes

They go way back to the time queens got married, so a little regal help to your big day will go a long way.

Seen at Galia Lahav.

 

Look 1: Capes

Since you’re royalty for the day, channel your inner queen or superhero by emerging in a sweeping gown that’s effectively a makeover bridal accessory.

Seen at Elie Saab.

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Look 1: Capes

Ornate, modern, or mesmerisingly detailed, not only do capes or capelets add more drama than a veil, they make for an impressive march down the aisle, too.

Seen at Francesca Miranda.

Look 2: Black & White

The graphic black and white look evokes the mono-crazy Sixties, when monochrome minimalism was en vogue. Today, the modish black-and-white has been adapted into chic and ritzy wedding dresses.

Seen at Vera Wang.

Look 2: Black & White

Monochrome endows a sophisticated strength to the bride. With the simple combination of black and white, she’s making a bold statement through a classy and edgy choice.

Seen at Marchesa.

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Look 2: Black & White

To rock the trend, let your dress retain its white authenticity and play up the focus with a slim black belt or a strategic ribbon.

Seen at Justin Alexander.

Look 3: Bell sleeves

Sleeves are one easy way to play up a bridal gown, and bell sleeves; with its long and flowing design, are a nod to the free-spirited bride.

Seen at Theia.

Look 3: Bell sleeves

This retro trend has been reincarnated in several variations, from a balloon style and a 1930s-inspired, right down to a lacy romantic feel.

Seen at Justin Alexander.

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Look 3: Bell sleeves

Bell sleeves especially accentuate the figure and stand out on slim-fitting dresses, among others. Judging by the many illusions this versatile sleeves is capable of, this trend is here to stay.

Seen at Francesca Miranda.

 

Look 4: Ruffles

A super ladylike trend that brings to mind the flapper era, ruffles permeate modern bridal gowns as cascading visions, or textured throughout the dress with feathers.

Seen at Mira Zwillinger.

Look 4: Ruffles 

Ruffles add a whimsical essence to the dress too. When gathered in the right places, they add dimension to the bride’s frame.

Seen at Naeem Khan.

Look 4: Ruffles

They’re also used as alternative embellishment when added to sleeves or sparsely through the skirt, complementing floral appliques or lacy embroidery.

Seen at Reem Acra.

See also: Wedding Of Lee Yin Yen & Andrew Kwan

Look 5: Pearly white

There’s an unmistakable Victorian feel about the pearlescent embellishment, combined with lace, high collars, and even satin fabric.

Seen at Theia.

Look 5: Pearly white

Beads get a dramatic upgrade, leaving the grandmother jewellery box and put on full display, decorating gowns in all-over beading or clustered to a certain body feature.

Seen at Houghton.

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Look 5: Pearly white 

Additionally, pearly whites add a wedding-worthy touch to any lavish, floor-sweeping gowns.

Seen at Lela Rose.

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