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Spring 2016 Wedding Dress Trends (and Rings to Match)

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Summer wedding season is here, but if you’re planning (or dreaming of) a wedding next summer then you’ll be happy to see that the recent Spring 2016 Bridal Fashion Week brought a diverse selection of to-die-for dresses. We picked five of our favorite wedding dress trends from the new collections and paired each with a Brilliant Earth ring that coordinates beautifully.

Luxurious Layers

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Layer upon layer of taffeta, organza, or tulle graced many of the gowns on the 2016 runways, giving them an unabashedly romantic effect. The combination of a layered gauze skirt and beaded sleeves on this Angel Sanchez dress creates a look that’s both very sophisticated and a little bit dreamy.  With three bands of diamonds on each side and double claw prongs, the Riviera Engagement Ring from the new Monaco Collection has a similarly stand-out elegance.

Vintage Victorian


Dresses with demure elements like high necklines and long sleeves as well as lots of ladylike lace evoked the prim but beautiful aesthetic of the Victorian era.  This gown from Sottero Midgley embodies the trend, and would make the perfect pairing with an authentic Victorian engagement ring, like the Jaela Ring from the 1880s.

90’s Modern


While some designers were drawn to the 1890s others were inspired by the designs of a more recent decade: The 1990s, with its clean lines and elegantly minimalist looks. Evoking athletic wear, this sexy and streamlined Vera Wang gown would be beautifully complemented by our new Entwined Bisou Ring, which can be worn as an engagement or a wedding ring, or as a combination of the two in one design.

Floral Prints

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At once unique and traditional in feel, floral prints were one of the loveliest new looks to emerge during the 2016 collections. The florals often have a soft, watercolor appearance, as in this dreamy blue gown by Naeem Khan. If you’re drawn to flower-inspired designs then you’ll also adore the Lily Engagement Ring from our new Monaco Collection.

Detachable Skirts 


Many brides want to switch up their looks between the wedding and the reception, and this season designers are offering the easy, chic option of a detachable skirt. This Monique Lhuillier dress features a romantic overskirt to wear during the ceremony, which you can then remove to transform it to a dance floor-ready look later.  Brides who are drawn to these two-looks-in-one designs will also love the elegant harmony of a matching engagement ring and wedding ring, such as the Willow Matched Set with Sapphire Accents.

Final Thoughts

Which of these wedding dress trends and rings is your favorite?  Let us know on Facebook or Twitter, or in the comments section!

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Comments (29)

Cavylon Says:
October 24th, 2016 at 11:38 am

Beautiful dresses. I would love to have them all.

Kayla Says:
October 17th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

Vintage Victorian dress is very pretty. Did not like the hat. All of the dresses are beautiful.

Kate Says:
August 19th, 2016 at 7:03 am

Somethings to think about.

Tashia Green Says:
March 5th, 2016 at 2:14 pm

Beautiful dresses!

Laura Says:
November 13th, 2015 at 3:44 pm

One more thing, I just noticed a few comments up there that said what I said. I agree with DJ and some others. And Mary said exactly what I think would be pretty on a larger bride with large arms…sheer sleeves are very nice.

Robyn Says:
October 30th, 2015 at 9:02 pm

I’m very glad to see the diminished presence of the ‘mermaid’ bell bottomed wedding dress. So many brides wore that style and it flattered so few of them. These dresses offer a variety that will more likely look good on women in the 4-14 size range. I found Kate Middleton’s dress and veil too austere for her long, tall drip of a body. As long as she was happy with it, good, but the young woman could wear anything. Bare backs and midriffs for brides? Enhh. Sometimes more is a better unless he reception is a quick ceremony with cocktails and hors d’oevres. Nice rings for the cocktail party.

judith mignacca Says:
October 24th, 2015 at 12:36 pm

Frankly I am sick to death of the sleeveless look in wedding gowns. Rarely have I seen a wedding gown that was sleeveless that truly flattered a woman, but this seems to be 90% of wedding gowns these days. If a woman is anything but flat-chested a sleeveless gown looks sloppy. If it is not a late-afternoon or evening wedding, a sleeveless gown is tacky. But everyone and their sister is wearing them! After Princess Kate’s lovely sleeved gown with the lace bodice detailing I thought gowns would finally ‘class it up’….sadly, no. And the rings were nothing special either. Give me a platinum 2 ct. princess cut any day.

kendy Says:
October 17th, 2015 at 2:58 pm


Tricia Says:
October 14th, 2015 at 4:43 pm

I loved the first and fifth gown! Absolutely beautiful I would definitely wear both. I’m getting married in 12/2016 and as a designer I’ll be designing my own gown to fit my body:-)

Lorry Says:
October 11th, 2015 at 6:29 pm

Calling somebody fat is not nice, and neither is calling somebody skinny. Get a perspective- just because you’re chubbier than the models doesn’t mean these girls aren’t average– they’re actually bigger than me and I’m one of the healthiest people I know. Also, they are modeling, not showing “I’m getting married!” grins because they’re modeling, not at their wedding. I would like to read actual comments on the article, critiques of the clothing and accessories, not more model bashing. Silly trolls. Oh, and if you haven’t worked out in over a week (cardio AND weights) then you have NO room to talk about somebodies size, because we should first be talking about YOUR health.

Kristen Adamson Says:
October 11th, 2015 at 12:04 am

Very few women can pull off a strapless wedding dress. You HAVE to be a size 2 with no breasts. Please stop this trend that is less than flattering on most woman. The Victorian dress was much favorite.

Jan Says:
October 3rd, 2015 at 10:06 am

I fully agree with Pamela. Those who are larger than a size 2 are not necessarily fat. My Mother taught me that if you can’t say something nice then do not say anything at all. Being a larger women does not necessarily mean that the lady is FAT. There are many genetic and/or medical reasons for being a “FULL FIGURED WOMAN”. Stick thin does not constitute true beauty. The full figured woman deserves to feel beautiful anytime especially on her wedding day. Designers need to look at the total population and stop making women feel like less than they are. Many slim/thin women are not healthy and tend to starvation diets which tear they metabolism down. Remember, “PRETTY IS AS PRETTY DOES”, both in looks and how they treat others. The only dress I thought was truly beautiful is the one with the detachable skirt. All models need to smile

Andres.K.Seaton Says:
October 1st, 2015 at 9:58 am

very eligant bridal wear ,coming from a male who yearns to get married.I would love to have a young lady wearing your designs holding my hand in matrimony truly.

Mary Says:
September 26th, 2015 at 10:31 am

My goodness some of you people have serious issues. Loved all the dresses. LOVED all the rings. Would be hard to choose. Have always thought Brilliant Earth has some wonderful designs. I’m a plus sized woman and I could easily see the last dress looking lovely on me. I think I might add shear sleeves to that one. To each their own.

Mary Says:
September 26th, 2015 at 5:12 am

When I married (mid 60’s), I was 5’7″ and 127 lbs…retail size 12. None of these dresses seem designed for what was then “average.” Dress sizes have changed, of course, as have styles and concepts of modesty (no one would have purchased a “prom” dress for a wedding). Women have breasts and hips, which designers took into consideration.

These are lovely creations, yet they hardly would have sold to the average woman, especially for a wedding.

Helen Quigley Says:
September 25th, 2015 at 7:37 am

The the last dress and the ring to go with it. I like them both. The the diamond id my birth stone, so would definitely would keep it and blue is my favorite color.

Krista W Says:
September 19th, 2015 at 10:09 pm

Love the vintage victorian dress! I’m getting married this fall and found that I really loved the look. I had no idea it was trending. Managed to find a gorgeous dress a lot like the vintage victorian one featured here but with longer sleeves and champagne in color. I love it and can’t wait to wear it down the aisle! Also, they’re models people. They almost never smile (more than likely because of being poked at, yelled at by photographers and stuffed into a dress they may or may not be able to fit while being insulted for not being able to fit it perfectly) especially when modeling designer clothing. You’re supposed to be looking at the dresses anyway.

Pam Says:
September 17th, 2015 at 7:32 am

I agree none of the models look happy so that takes away from the dresses. They are figure flattering for the 0-2 size woman. But they are not impressive at all. I truly expect more from Monique Lhuillier it looks like a remake of something she’s done before. The blue dress looks like a summer format event, the hat on the first one blew the effect of the dress and whimsical hair did not work and dress #2 was for the boob-less the bottom of it was fabulous, the cut of the skirt as it lay on the floor was truly bridal. All the rings were nice but the Jaela stood out and the last one would look well on someone with a shy character it said” I am married” I’m not pretentious. The first and third rings held their own. A full-figured woman is not necessarily Fat and them finding a dress that looks good on them no matter the size only accomplishes her JOY her BLISS when she feels it in her heart and if loosing weight wasn’t complicated anybody could do it anytime and the weight loss industry would be no more. Being nice cost nothing and remember regardless of their size some man decided she’s just his type!

michele Says:
September 13th, 2015 at 9:42 pm

i would love the willow set, with emeralds. a truly romantic look.

Julie Says:
September 13th, 2015 at 8:03 am

“Not one would look good on a larger than average woman.” So what? Maybe the bride should lose some of that poundage before she marches down the aisle. Do you really think brides-to-be are going to be enchanted by pictures of fat women in wedding gowns?

Give it a rest. Fat brides need to 1) Find a dress that DOES look good on them or 2) Lose weight. Not real complicated.

Christina Says:
September 10th, 2015 at 3:50 pm

I love sleeveless… but after photographing weddings for 10 years I’m excited to see some variety with sleeves, straps and other things that flatter women who might not be able to carry off the sleeveless look.

Lin from NJ Says:
September 9th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

My favorite dress was the Vintage Victorian My favorite ring was the one with the sapphires, partly because that’s my birthstone. I liked most of the dresses and all the rings.

Nic Says:
September 8th, 2015 at 10:17 pm

I thought all of the dresses had something to offer. My favorite dress was the Monique Lhuillier dress. Jaela ring from the 1880’s and the Lily Ring was exceptional. Really enjoyed reviewing them all. Thanks for the viewing.

Denise Says:
September 4th, 2015 at 5:29 am

Beautiful wedding gowns

sandra Says:
August 18th, 2015 at 10:21 am

What a great idea to feature rings to love. First and last one diffrent

CJ Says:
August 15th, 2015 at 12:41 pm

Not one would look good on a larger than average woman. The rings with tiny stones all around have a risk of losing a stone and it hard to find a match to replace the stone. Just a nice size solitaire would work in a nice setting w/o all the tiny stones that are useless and add no value to the ring. The dress should be comfortable- not too heavy or so wide the groom steps all over the bottom…nor too see thru.. these dresses look like night people can do better than this..

Yonald Geffen Says:
August 9th, 2015 at 9:07 pm

I agree with Donald. They should be happy.

donald griffin Says:
July 24th, 2015 at 5:33 am

these young lady look in anything
they should smile. those are great rings

donald griffin Says:
July 24th, 2015 at 5:28 am

Love the rings . these young lady look in anything dress .

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