Rule sequins, crop tops and halters

Wedding dress designers just dropped their Fall 2023 collections and they brought the drama. The minimalism we’ve seen in recent seasons is still there, but the real story is the return of embellishments. Crystals, pearls and three-dimensional floral accents are making headlines. Luxe fabrics like satin, jacquard and pleated tulle are ubiquitous, while the appeal of on-trend lace continues.

In the era of multiple wedding looks, the diversity of styles makes it possible to create a totally bespoke wedding wardrobe. Below is our oversized list of the top 17 wedding dress trends for fall 2023.

Trend: jeweled backs

Dress, Claire Pettibone, clairepettibone.com. Photo: Claire Pettibone

The love affair with wedding dress backs continues with designers taking the dramatic level with jewels – think delicate shimmering strings draped over plunging V-shaped, scalloped backs.

Trend: creative layering

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Dana Harel, danaharel.com. Photo: Dana Harel

Instead of covering up with a cape or veil, consider wearing a sheer layer under your dress, like this illusion blouse paired with designer Dana Harel’s sweetheart neckline ball gown.

Trend: twirling tulle skirting boards

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Halfpenny London, halfpennylondon.com. Photo: Halfpenny London

Big skirts are the best skirts! London designer Kate Halfpenny of Halfpenny London creates the perfect voluminous dress by pairing an elegant and simple bodice with layers of frothy tulle that ruffle and wave as you walk. Note: the gloves are the bridal accessory of the moment.

Trend: butterfly sleeves

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Alexandra Grecco, alexandragréco.com. Photo: Alexandra Grecco

For Fall 2023, we’re moving away from big pouf sleeves and into a more understated yet still dramatic era of arm coverage. Alexandra Grecco’s Gemma dress exemplifies this perfectly – it has just one fluttering sleeve that adds softness to this elegant column dress.

Trending: 50s silhouettes

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Hermione de Paula, hermionedepaula.com. Photo: Hermione de Paule

A fitted bodice, a cinched waist, a perfectly flared skirt: this retro-classic dress shape has been reinvented for brides this season by British designer Hermoine de Paula. Crystal beads and tulle mittens make this look extra but amazing.

Trend: Nice plumage

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Liz Martinez, lizmartinez.com. Photo: Liz Martinez

Is there anything more glamorous on the red carpet than a wedding dress trimmed with marabou feathers? One of the best looks we’ve spotted this season is designer Liz Martinez’s Judie dress. It’s the ultimate cool wedding dress choice.

Trend: The corset bodice

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Lihi Hod, lihihod.com. Photo: Lihi Hod

Channel your inner ’80s glamazon by picking a dress with an impeccably fitted corset bodice, one of Fall 2023’s top wedding trends. This look by Lihi Hod is especially chic when paired with a belted waist and skirt. pleated in tulle.

Trend: square necklines

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Sophie et Voila, sophieetvoila.com. Photo: Sophie and Voila

Earlier this year, Nicola Peltz Beckham kicked off this Fall 2023 wedding trend with her minimalist Valentino Couture wedding dress. It’s now become the neckline of choice for the upcoming wedding style season – it’s a universally flattering look for all body shapes. We love the effortless ease of this lace dress (with pockets!) from Sophie et Voilà.

Trending: bold floral prints

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Ines Di Santo Couture, inesdienso.com. Photo: Ines Di Santo

The floral wedding dress continues to grab headlines, but we’re seeing a bolder version this season. This asymmetrical goddess dress from Ines Di Santo Couture exemplifies the new mood beautifully, with a high-impact colorful print.

Trend: The mini coat dress

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Stefania Everenn, stefaniaeverenn.com. Photo: Stefania Everenn

Think of this dress as two fabulous trends in one: the mini dress and the tuxedo-inspired dress. This design by Stefania Everenn is perfect for a city-centric wedding or destination wedding (it reminds us of Lily Allen’s vintage Dior wedding dress!). Bonus: This is a piece you will wear again.

Trend: The open back dress

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Reem Acra, reemacra.com. Photo: Reem Acra

Many would say that Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress – Stella McCartney’s lace halter dress – was the stronger of her two looks. Four years later, the trend is still going strong, as evidenced by this elaborate lace dress from Reem Acra’s new Sweet Dreams collection.

Trend: The slip dress 2.0

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Grace Loves Lace, graceloveslace.com. Photo: Grace loves lace

The silhouette made famous by Carolyn Bessette has achieved timeless status, but this season the slip dress has been reinvented with creative ruching and delicate draped jewel detailing. This bodycon satin wedding dress from Grace Loves Lace is our favorite jumpsuit of the season.

Trend: Micro sequins

fall wedding dress trends
Dress up, and for love, andforlove.com. Photo: & For Love

This season, glitter is everywhere. The Eclipse dress from Canadian brand & For Love’s new Lune 1860 collection (inspired by Ontario’s architectural marvel Lune, which we’ve featured in this article) is a stunning embodiment of the trend.

Trend: Jacquard

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Andrew Kwon, andrewkwon.com. Photo: Andrew Kwon

Texture is everything, especially in a wedding dress. Jacquard creates an instant air of luxury. Metallic lurex threads create an incredible effect on this draped mini dress from New York designer Andrew Kwon.

Trend: bell sleeves

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Mark Ingram, markingramatelier.com. Photo: Mark Ingram

Think of it as a voluminous sleeve option: a long, thin sleeve that flares out in a dramatic trumpet at the wrist. This otherworldly lace dress from designer Mark Ingram is all about flowing lines.

Trend: crop tops

wedding dress trends fall 2023
Dress, Rivini by Rita Vinieris, ritavinieris.com. Photo: Rivini

Calling all 90s nostalgia obsessives: this year, Canadian designer Rita Vinieris offers the ultimate throwback with a super sleek two-piece wedding ensemble with a crop top.

Trending: Extra Bling

This Atelier Couture dress from Professor Jimmy Choo embodies the ‘more is more’ aesthetic of the moment with sequins, crystals and pearls woven together in a dazzling gown.