Bridal trends are a lot like home decor. Sure, traditional styles are still available in some stores, but contemporary and transitional furnishings are where it’s at for 2017. This is a movement that has been percolating just under the surface for some time now, and it crosses over into other style-centric industries. After all, what modern woman wants her kitchen mucked up with hunter green and burgundy wallpaper, when she could have cadet grey paint with a white subway tile backsplash?

And, so it goes for bridal fashion. Sure, most stores still stock the classic heavily-layered white ballgown or body con mermaid-style fit and flair, but (if there’s one bridal trend to rule them all for 2017) traditional norms have been tossed out that old kitchen window in lieu of transitional and contemporary looks for the modern woman. Today, brides-to-be aren’t expected to conform to conventional nuptial ideals and instead are encouraged to let their authentic and beautiful selves shine through.

As ever more brides connect with this new and genuine personalized standard for their big day, ever more innovative wedding dress styles also become available. Some simply are elevated classics boasting embellishments with a bit of flair, while others play on cutting-edge color combinations. Still others experiment with fit and cut, while some use popular trends in fabric to make bold statements. Bridal jewelry has followed suit.

Some of our favorite 2017 bridal trends gracing the runways this season are 3D floral and bow embellishments, racer and halter backs, daring plunge necklines, off-the-shoulder and long sleeve looks, high-lows and tiered skirts, pants, boudoir lace and (you guessed it) more color than you can shake a stick at, including metallic, blush and a plethora of other Pantone-inspired hues. We’ve paired our faves with a bit of sparkle courtesy of Cumberland Diamond Exchange (CDE), and one thing’s for sure — no matter which of this season’s fashion-forward looks strike your fancy, you’re sure to find something uniquely you!


One of the hottest new fabrics for spring 2017 is boudoir lace (a lace overlay in a contrasting color to the fabric underneath). This Maggie Sottero lace and Santorini chiffon A-line dress (style Diedre Marie shown in ivory over nude Inessa jersey lining) is a great example of just how alluring boudoir lace can be even when offering the full coverage of long sleeves and a bateau neckline. CDE paired this subtly sexy look with an 18K white gold round halo engagement ring ($3,320*) and 18K white gold waterfall drop earrings ($2,830). Maggie Sottero gowns all are priced under $2,500 and are available at Bravura, CTO Bridal and A Formal Occasion.


Another take on the boudoir lace trend, this crocheted lace A-line Lillian West gown (style 6468 in ivory/nude; about $1,500-$1,999) with chapel train ups the fashion ante with its super chic racer back and geometric patterning. Racer and halter backs are all the rage this season, and they aren’t just for outdoor or destination weddings. The team at CDE added a bit of accessorized va-va-voom to the gown with an 18K white gold round halo engagement ring ($1,825*), 18K white gold Allure drop earrings ($4,885) and 18K white gold Allure fashion necklace ($3,915). Lillian West gowns are available at Adore: A Bridal Boutique.


Tiered skirts come in all varieties, and this sleeveless Sophia Tolli misty tulle ballgown plays on convention with a bit of asymmetry, a chapel train and a high illusion jewel neckline with plunging V. The hand-beaded lace appliqués also come in both pewter and black for the more daring bride who wants a pop of color on her big day. The formal feeling of this dress lends itself to some serious (yet subtle) frenzy, so the pros at CDE paired it with an 18K white gold round halo engagement ring ($6,070*), 14K white gold Demure bangle bracelet ($2,320) and 18K white gold waterfall drop earrings ($4,575). Sophia Tolli gowns are available at Bravura and Encore. This dress (style Dolce Vita) retails between $1,300 and $2,000. 


There’s just something about daring to bare a bit of décolletage that makes this otherwise quite modest Duchess A-line gown by Casablanca Bridal (style Viola; about $1,000-$1,499) super sophisticated and graceful a la Audrey Hepburn. The neckline plunges to the waist but features an illusion panel, so there’s no need to worry about any wardrobe malfunctions. The back also features V illusion and beading. This is one look where you’ll definitely want to make a statement, so the pros at CDE complimented this sleek gown with a 14K white gold road solitaire two-tone engagement ring ($690*), 18K white gold Kaslique bangle statement bracelet ($10,420) and 18K white gold Kaslique drop earrings ($4,655). Casablanca gowns are available at Bravura, Encore and A Formal Occasion.


Although some tiered skirts (like the Amare Couture gown) are flowy, flouncy and fun, others find their pleasure in a more form-fitting style. This white Chantilly lace off-the-shoulder beauty by Theia Couture (style Erin) is a perfect example of a classic whimsical romantic look made du jour for the modern bride. It’s also one of those dresses you have to try on to fully appreciate. Even romantics need a bit of ice, so the CDE team paired this look with an 18K white gold Marquise three-stone engagement ring ($10,175*), 14K white gold Grace peekaboo earrings ($725) and 14K white gold Grace fashion right-hand ring ($680). Theia gowns are priced below $2,500 and are available online at theiacouture.com with free shipping and returns.


Ohh la la. C’est magnifique. There’s just something about this plunging illusion neckline that screams haute fashion and Parisian shopping. Sottero & Midgley’s Dione organza ballgown (style Amelié in champagne) with lightweight horsehair (a type of netting) layered skirt and Swarovski crystal and pearl embellished bodice looks like it just stepped off the runway, and you’ll certainly feel like a million bucks when you wear it on your big day. Such a stunning gown deserves some equally jaw-dropping jewelry, so the CDE team added an 18K white gold halo engagement ring ($2,410*) and statement 18K white gold waterfall drop earrings ($5,435) that simply call for an updo. Sottero & Midgley gowns are priced between $1,100 and $4,000 and are available at Bravura, CTO Bridal and A Formal Occasion.


It may be a ballgown, but this Maggie Sottero (style Bianca) Shavon organza dress with a strapless scoop neck and handmade rosettes with pearl detailing is anything but dated. Perfect for the lady who grew up wanting to be a 21st century Cinderella, this 3D floral style is light, comfortable and sure to make you feel like the belle of the ball. When you wear a statement gown like this one, you want your jewelry to compliment not compete. CDE selected a Lyla 14K pink gold round halo engagement ring ($1,715*), 18K white and pink gold Allure fashion necklace ($3,055) and 14K white gold clustered diamond stud earrings ($1,010) to complete the look. Maggie Sottero gowns all are priced under $2,500 and are available at Bravura, CTO Bridal and A Formal Occasion.


Another illusion plunge neckline featuring open illusion back and beaded embroidery with lace appliqués, this Maggie Sottero (style Avery) dress also rocks a light and shimmery tulle skirt that simply screams airy romance. With its restrained lines and amorous vibe, this gown needs some statement jewelry, and CDE delivered with an 18K white gold oval halo engagement ring ($2,815*), 18K white gold contemporary bangle ($17,645) and 18K white gold Art Moderne stud earrings ($6,570) Talk about timeless classics modernized! Maggie Sottero gowns all are priced under $2,500 and are available at Bravura, CTO Bridal and A Formal Occasion.


This two piece racer back gown by Amare Couture by Casablanca (style Isabella; about $1,500-$1,999) kicks it up a notch with the addition of a keyhole back with lace illusion jewel neckline and tiered organza skirt. Talk about ticking a lot of trendy boxes without going overboard! The understated, yet contemporary, style of this dress calls for a matching style in jewelry, and the pros at CDE did not disappoint. They paired it with a 14K white gold vintage style round halo engagement ring ($1,475*), 14K white gold Demure bangle bracelet and a stunning pair of 14K white gold clustered diamond stud earrings ($1,010). Amare Couture gowns by Casablanca are available at Bravura.


Walk into most bridal boutiques today, and you’re likely to see some color. This metallic Sophia Tolli gown (style Emeline) in alabaster and pewter is a great example of adding a bit of color without jumping in the paint pool with both feet. It’s a lovely strapless organza ballgown with a plunging sweetheart neckline concealed by peekaboo lace. The dress is completed with hand-beaded lace appliqués, back corset and a chapel train and also comes in an alabaster and black version. When your gown rocks the bling, you may want to keep jewelry simple yet elegant. CDE paired this look with a Sadie 14K white gold round straight engagement ring ($775*), 14K white gold Grace drop pearl earrings ($520) and 14K white gold Grace pearl fashion necklace ($560). Sophia Tolli gowns are available at Bravura and Encore and range from about $1,300-$2,000.


You can’t tell simply by looking, but this splendid Justin Alexander (style 8888) illusion lace bodice with deep V neckline and tiered ruffle skirt with horsehair trim are actually separates, making this lovely style as easy to wear as it is to look at. We’re showing the gown in sand/ivory and nude, which plays to this season’s love affair with blush tones, but it is available in other color combinations. To stay with the blush theme, CDE paired this stunner with Lyla 14K pink gold round halo engagement ring ($1,715*), 14K pink gold stackable bangle bracelet ($5,840) and 14K white gold clustered diamond stud earrings ($1,450). The bouquet pictured here is by Broach Bouquets by Mayra. Justin Alexander gowns are available at Adore and CTO Bridal, and this dress retails between $1,500 and $1,999.


Party in the front and business in the back, this sleek high-low style sleeveless Mikado A-line gown by Enchanting by Mon Cheri (style 215101) boasts a modest scoop neck with an almost architectural V and cool structural double X back softened with the addition of a feminine bow. Not only is this dress both comfortable and adorable, the side pockets are perfect for storing some lip gloss and the sweep train in back is the ideal length to shake your groove thing at the reception. With such a formidable gown, it’s cool to have some fun with your jewelry, and CDE did not disappoint with a 14K white gold round three-stone halo engagement ring with sapphires ($3,650*), 14K white gold Demure bangle ($2,320) and 18K white gold waterfall peekaboo sapphire and diamond earrings ($5,805). Enchanting by Mon Cheri dresses all are priced between $550 and $999 and are available at Bravura and Encore.


Last year, we featured a well-tailored pant suit and touted the loveliness of the trend toward separates. This year, separates are still all the rage but pants are also here to stay. This strapless, wide-leg chiffon jumpsuit with semi sweetheart neckline, hand-beaded bodice and wrap belt by Enchanting by Mon Cheri (style 215103) is perhaps the most comfortable wedding attire we’ve ever shown yet still manages to pull all eyes to the bride. Such a subtle look deserves a little bling, so the CDE team dressed it up with an Aurora 14K white gold round halo engagement ring ($2,925*), 18K white gold waterfall diamond choker featuring asymmetric diamond cascades ($12,320) and 18K white gold waterfall drop earrings ($4,575). The bouquet is by Broach Bouquets by Mayra and adds even more sparkle to the look’s muted elegance. Enchanting by Mon Cheri dresses all are priced between $550 and $999 and are available at Bravura and Encore.


Thank you to ...

All jewelry provided by Cumberland Diamond Exchange and designer Gabriel & Co. | *Please note the cost of the center stone is NOT included in the engagement ring prices.

Flowers provided by Gold & Bloom Floral Design. Broach bouquet provided by Broach Bouquets by Mayra.

Models: Marjolie Barboza and Brittney Crowell provided by JK Model & Talent.

Hair and makeup: Susan Gramling Artistry.

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