Best of 2020: Bridal Gowns

Words by Lucy Wright
January 5, 2021

Usually when we round up the year’s best bridal, it’s easy to see the top trends shine through. But 2020 was, of course, a little different. Downsized weddings saw many brides opt for simpler, not-so-bridal designs, while pre-COVID brides sported the structural styles and lace-driven numbers popular in 2019.

We loved seeing savvy brides think a little laterally in 2020, swapping out the dream dress for a smaller purchase, like dream shoes or a killer hat. Some of our favourite looks included high street styles dialled up with high fashion accessories and some statement blooms.

That’s not to say that there weren’t some seriously stunning bridal gowns from the year that was. Continuing our best of 2020 series, here are the top gowns, jumpsuits and skirt-top combos that you guys loved the most!

Jemma’s lace gown with separate sleeves

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Image by Kelly Harwood.

With it’s structured bodice and billowing separate lace sleeves Jemma’s Rue de Seine gown from Fremantle boutique Through the White Door got a whole lotta love on the blog and socials. See Jemma and Garry’s Margaret River wedding here.

Alex’s gown to jumpsuit

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Images by Jess Nicholls.

Alex wore a gorgeous Georgia Young Couture gown for the ceremony, then swapped her tulle skirt for lace pants for the reception. We can’t decide which look we love more! You make the call – catch Alex and Ian’s day here.

Natasha’s sequinned gown

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Image by Matt Godkin.

Natasha found her dream dress – a glittering Chosen by Kyha gown – from Sydney boutique Love Marie Bridal. She paired it with Aquazzura heels and a celestial velvet bag by I’mmany London. Take a closer look here.

Cass’s blazer mini

Cass paired things right back for her elopement with Luke. She went for a short blazer dress (ASOS) with a felt hat (Smoky Mountain), pearl veil (Blue Sky Horizons) and gorgeous Loeffler Randall shoes. Catch the style savvy duo here.

Megan’s pink and red combo

Wanting to look and feel comfortable, Megan designed her dream skirt with Ginger and Gold and paired it with a simple pink sweater from Trenery and a gold headpiece from Morgan and Taylor. See Megan and Mark’s pink and red wedding here.

Steph’s statement sleeves

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Image by Rolan John.

With its statement sleeves and asymmetrical design, Steph’s contemporary Self Portrait gown was chic to a tee. The bride switched it up for the reception, changing into a Paris Georgia slip dress with a low back. See it here.

Ash’s glittering gown

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Image by Sandie Bertrand.

Ash wore a glittering open back Willowby Watters gown from Dion for Brides, and paired it perfectly with a floral-adorned hat. Grab a closer look here.

Suzie’s minimal silk gown

With its open midriff and minimal design, the Prea James ‘Cara’ gown was a popular one for Aussie brides in 2020. Suzie found hers at the Hope x Page boutique in Sydney and wore it beautifully with loose locks and a floor-length pearl veil. See Suzie and James’ day here.

Georgia’s modern gown with floral print

Georgia wore the ‘Splendid’ gown by Suzanne Harward and we’re obsessed with that oversize floral print. The modern design tied in seamlessly with Georgia and Adam’s urban rooftop wedding, which you can catch in full here.

April’s polka dot dress

Best bridal gowns of 2020

Image by Long Way Home.

Can you believe that April’s stunning polka dot Delphine Manivet wedding dress was sourced second-hand? She found the beauty at Still White and had a slip made by a local dressmaker, which she wore by itself for the reception. Catch a closer look here.


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