The 4 Major Wedding Dress Trends for 2019

Top bridal designers tell MarieClaire.com which gorgeous details will be on their gowns next year.

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He or she proposed, you said yes, and now it's time to choose The Dress. For some brides, they find the perfect strapless, tulle ball gown in a matter of weeks. For others, it's only after months and months of Pinterest deep dives and shopping trips that they finally nail their ideal look. The journey to buying your dream dress can be difficult and, often times, emotional. (At least from the tears I've witnessed on Say Yes to the Dress.)

To make your search less stressful, start by ID'ing the latest bridal trends. Checking out what went down the runway can give you a good idea of designs you definitely want and details you can possibly do without for your walk down the aisle. (Heavy crystal beading not for you? That's okay!) In order to give you a better idea of what you can expect to see in bridal salons across the country last year, I went straight to the source: top bridal designers themselves, including the creatives at Monique Lhullier, Lela Rose, and more. Ahead, they share their predictions for the hottest wedding dress trends of spring 2019. Oh, and congrats!

Trend: The Royal Effect

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"The Duchess of Sussex has long been a source of inspiration. Her classic, effortless, and chic style coupled with all the excitement leading up to her wedding day inspired my spring 2019 bridal collection. The body-hugging silhouettes dripping with ornate crystal beadwork were inspired by tiaras and crown jewels while baroque scroll work informed the rich and opulent embroideries and gilded tapestry brocades. I felt capes were a regal alternative to the traditional veil." — Don O'Neill, Theia creative director

Trend: Off the Shoulder

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"You will see more and more dress designs emphasizing the collar bones. Romantic off-the-shoulder necklines, off-the-shoulder sleeves, and detailed straps will be the dominant neckline trend." — Sharon Sever, Galia Lahav head designer

Trend: Clean, Minimalist Vibes

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"Spring 2019 is about clean, minimal embellishments with a focus on new silhouettes. From a sleek silk crepe column gown with voluminous sleeves to natural waists, sculpted necklines, and structured skirts, to a show-stopping v-neck lace open back with cathedral length train." — Monique Lhuillier, Creative director and designer

Trend: Detailed Sleeves and Backs

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"Long sleeve dresses are feminine and traditional, but also elegant and simple. It's a classic silhouette that will never go out of style. As for the backs, a dramatic watteau design adds a surprise element to your gown." — Lela Rose, designer

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Marina Liao is the former fashion news editor at MarieClaire.com, where she covered celebrity style (from Meghan Markle to Katie Holmes), fashion trends, and shopping advice, plus conducted original interviews with industry insiders. She's also had many opportunities to write content in other areas such as beauty, food, tech, and even home. Her previous fashion stints include POPSUGAR and Cosmopolitan.