Bridal styles have seen some marked changes in recent years. A few years ago, the most popular bridal style seemed to be the simple strapless A-line satin dress as pioneered by Victoria Beckham in 1999. This style has enjoyed a long reign as the classic 'go to' wedding dress shape until things started to change a few years ago. But what have been our major influences?
Kate Middleton - Royal Wedding (2011)
In my opinion, Kate brought lace back in a big way. This dress kick-started a trend which has been going strong ever since, and one that I expect to continue for the next few years.
Downton Abbey (2010 - 2015)
The Downton influence has become evident in all kinds of fashion including bridal and accessories, particularly with recent series moving into the 1920s era. A move towards unstructured column silhouettes, luxuriant beading and illusion sleeves / necklines have all, I believe, enjoyed growing popularity in the wake of this popular TV series. Is it here to stay? Yes I think so, for at least a couple more years yet.
Elsa - Frozen (2013)
Elsa has a lot to answer for in bridal fashion, such as a trend for off-the-shoulder necklines, pale blue or grey gowns and an overall fairytale feel.
Daenerys Targaryen - Game of Thrones (2011 - Now)
The Mother of Dragons has brought a few trends into our bridal preferences, namely, capes, feathers and heavier fitted fabrics. However, since these elements are quite daring, I'm not sure whether these trends will stick around for too long.