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Image for Weddings: the 2016 style report Angel Sanchez Fall 2016 - Photo Credit: Courtesy of Angel Sanchez

Bridal style is evolving. Almost five years after the Royal Wedding, the trend for lace gowns and long sleeves is finally starting to wane, and wedding dresses are becoming more couture and edgy than ever before. Our 2016 style report tells you everything you need to know about the latest wedding style...

The bride

This year’s bridal fashion is breaking all the rules. White dresses have been replaced with the palest of pastels, and shimmering silvers, and there has never been a wider choice of hemlines and silhouettes. Naeem Khan and Theia have been showing off some seriously chic mini dresses, and at Marchesa, Lela Rose and Carolina Herrera, volume is added with white feather skirts and razor-cut tulle, which creates a modern silhouette that is still feminine and flattering.

Naeem Khan Fall 2016      Photo Credit: Courtesy of Naeem Khan 

Marchessa Spring 2016     Photo credit: Courtesy of Marchessa 

      Caroline Herrera Spring 2016    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Caroline Herrera 2016 

The ‘full skirt and cropped top’ look is quickly becoming a bridal classic, with beautiful versions available from Justin Alexander, Vera Wang and Theia.

Theia Spring 2016     Photo Credit: Courtesy of Theia 

Vera Wang Fall 2016     Photo Credit: Courtesy of Vera Wang 

Meanwhile, sheer panelling and unexpected cut-outs are the perfect foil for the thick lace and long sleeves which flooded the market post-Royal Wedding. Galia Lahav is the queen of the elegant cut-out dress, and her new Ivory Tower collection features some stunning examples, while Angel Sanchez is the go-to brand for brides who want to channel a red carpet look.

    Gala Lahav - Ivory Tower - Spring 2016     Photo Credit: Courtesy of Gala Lehav 

Angel Sanchez Fall 2016     Photo Credit: Courtesy of Angel Sanchez

The Groom

The ubiquitous blue suit has run its course, and all the most stylish grooms are now wearing dark grey in fine fabrics such as cashmere, wool, silk and tweed. Dolce and Gabbana have some beautiful three-piece suits which can be altered to fit, and Tiger of Sweden is great for off-the-rack options in a variety of modern cuts and colours.

Dolce and Gabanna Summer 2016    Photo Credit: Courtesy of Dolce and Gabanna 

For bespoke suits, you can’t beat Savile Row stalwarts Gieves and Hawkes or William Hunt, who can also source the perfect shoes, coat, and watch to match your perfect suit.

The Bridesmaids

Like bridal fashion, bridesmaids’ dresses are gradually becoming less and less traditional. Pastel palettes are still very much in favour, with blush pink, taupe and dove grey replacing the lilacs and rose colours of 2015.

This year, Monique Lhullier and Ruche have started experimenting with ankle-length hemlines, so your bridesmaids can show off their shoes and dance all night without tripping!

Monique Lhuillier Spring 2016     Photo Credit: Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

The guests 

The only rule that guests need to obey is ‘no white dresses’ (unless, of course, it’s an all-white dress code). High neck dresses are hitting the mainstream again this year, and they look particularly great with stacks of bracelets and contrasting heels. But the most stylish guests will opt for a statement jumpsuit – Paper London’s Estrella jumpsuit and Diane von Furstenberg’s designs will turn heads at any wedding, and are surprisingly comfortable to wear. Just add confidence.