If prince charming finally popped the question and you’re on the hunt for your perfect wedding gown, White Lily Couture Style Director and seasoned wedding expert, Alera Kingham has exciting news for you!

Alera advises that next year’s brides-to-be will be spoilt for choice as stunning trends are headed to Australia from the Europe’s bridal runways as early as August this year.

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Structured softness

International designer’s 2016 collections heavily feature gowns with structured bodices made from soft, floaty fabrics. The return of fabrics such as crepe and georgette bring a soft, romantic look to a classic fit and flair and ball gown wedding gown.

For a structured gown with a difference, Pronovias has released a beautiful collection channelling this trend.

Runway To Aisle: 5 Emerging Trends For 2016 Brides

Party at the back

Sexy backless gowns are making a comeback! Brides looking for a sultry yet wedding-worthy gown should check out Enzoani – their simple gowns with stunning embellished details draw attention to a curvy bride’s best assets.

Enzoani’s beautiful beading and lace finishes make for simple gowns perfect for a modern, sexy bride.

Runway To Aisle: 5 Emerging Trends For 2016 Brides

Nice neutrals

In addition to classic ivory and off-white hues, designers for 2016 are playing with soft, neutral shades. Colours like caramel, nude and cocoa are a sophisticated and contemporary way to wear colour with a bridal edge.

Mori Lee has released a beautiful new selection of neutral tones in bridal-wear for this coming season.

Runway To Aisle: 5 Emerging Trends For 2016 Brides

Layer love

From a dreamy tulle train to a dramatic detachable over-skirt, designers are loving layers! Adding extra material turns a simple gown into a statement and creates an angelic bridal look.

Augusta Jones’ collection features a number of dresses that can be transformed by adding a beautiful skirt.

Runway To Aisle: 5 Emerging Trends For 2016 Brides

Floral embellishments

This is such a delicate and feminine trend. While dainty floral embroidery has come around in waves, 2016 will see no restraint, with three-dimensional embellishments adorning bridal gowns. This trend is perfect for brides chasing a bohemian look.

Runway To Aisle: 5 Emerging Trends For 2016 Brides

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