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We just returned from New York Bridal Market, and we’re both exhausted and exhilarated. As a team, we viewed over 70 collections, thousands of dresses (nearly 1,125 by our estimate!) and hundreds of accessories, and spotted some very clear wedding dress trends. So what was the biggest trend of the season? We’re calling it now…

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Wedding Gowns by (from left): Olia Zavozina, photo by Todd Matarazzo; Claire Pettibone, photo by Dan Lecca

Gold, silver, and everything in between! We loved the glamorous and regal, yet still totally wedding-appropriate and flattering look of metallic wedding gowns (and some bridesmaid styles too!). From grand ballgowns to slinky lace sheaths, rich golds and luminous silvers were shown on all silhouettes and gown styles. Check out our favorite metallic styles from the Fall 2014 New York Bridal Market in our special bridal market section, and be sure to check out all of the brand-new, hot-off-the-runway designer collections.

new wedding dresses 1, wedding dress ideas and trends events bridal market events navigation Dresses by (from left): Olia Zavozina, Berta. Photos by Robert Mitra

Well, it’s that time of year again! In just a few short days, we’ll be heading up to New York City to see the newest designer wedding dresses at Bridal Market. So to get ready for the biggest event in bridal fashion, we thought it would be wise to take a look back at our favorite wedding dresses from last season – the styles that really wowed us. Two of our editors’ personal faves are pictured above: a pink textured rosette A-line gown by Olia Zavozina, and a romantic long-sleeved gown with a plunging neckline and body-hugging silhouette by Berta. Both of these gorgeous gowns were photographed at Pier 94, the hub of New York Bridal Market. Be sure you’re following us on Twitter, Facebook, Pinterest, and Instagram to get inside scoop on what’s new in bridal fashion. See you on the runway!

We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Susu commented with the following request:

My fiance’s dream was to be married on a beach, but we sadly can’t make that happen. I think I like the trumpet style dresses. Is there a wedding dress that falls somewhere in the middle? It’s been a challenge trying to find something!

It seems that Susu is looking for a combination of a beach wedding dress and something that’s more fitted and appropriate for an indoor wedding. We suggest she look for trumpet wedding dresses in lightweight fabrics, like tulle or organza. These dresses feel ethereal and beachy, but are still formal enough for an indoor wedding. If Susu wants something a bit more glamorous, she can easily add a beaded sash to any of these styles.

trumpet beach wedding dresses 1, wedding dress ideas and trends Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Liancarlo; Watters; Jane Wang; Christos. Liancarlo courtesy of Liancarlo; Watters and Wang photos by Robert Mitra; Christos photo by Dan Lecca

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.

We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. BellaKFaye commented with the following request:

I would love to see some asymmetrical, A-line gowns with totally unique details that don’t include feathers! Maybe strapless with a sweetheart neckline, or something with straps and a gorgeous back. I’ve been looking for dresses since my engagement and have yet to find something that’s both unique and show-stopping without being gaudy or too couture. Please help!

Well, BellaKFaye, there weren’t as many asymmetrical hemlines this season as we saw during October Bridal Market, there were several styles that we can point you to. All of these feature unique details (and no feathers!) – the Jenny Lee has a feminine ruffled skirt, the Rafael Cennamo features an exaggerated bow detail and gorgeous draped back, the Reem Acra has stunning sparkle on the bodice, and the Carolina Herrera’s scalloped skirt is a sweet touch.

asymmetric aline wedding dresses 1, wedding dress ideas and trends Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Jenny Lee; Rafael Cennamo; Carolina Herrera; Reem Acra. Lee, Herrera, and Acra photos by Dan Lecca, Cennamo photo by Robert Mitra

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.

We asked our readers to submit their “wedding dress wish lists” and we went on the hunt at New York Bridal Market to find their dream dress. Kara-Marie wrote in with the following request:

I’m looking for a 1950’s inspired strapless multi-layered lace gown with matching jacket…I dream of looking like my grandmother did on her wedding day, If I had the money I would recreate her dress specifically!

Luckily for Kara-Marie, many designers created gowns with retro-inspired flair this season. While she didn’t mention if she’s looking for a tea-length style (typical for 1950s wedding dresses) or not, we included some here. And you’ll notice that not all of these styles are strapless – we thought an illusion neckline might be a good (and era-appropriate!) coverage option, as well.

1950s style wedding dresses retro wedding dresses 1, wedding dress ideas and trends Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Marchesa; Angel Sanchez; Carolina Herrera; Watters; Oscar de la Renta; Monique Lhuillier. Marchesa, Sanchez, Herrera, de la Renta, Lhuillier photos by Dan Lecca; Watters photo by Robert Mitra

Are you having trouble finding your wedding gown? Give us a description of your dream dress in the comments and we’ll do our best to help you find it.

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