Best of 2019: Wedding Dresses (and Jumpsuits!)

Words by Tamarin Morley
January 2, 2020

If we were to sum up 2019’s bridal vibe in three words, it would be ‘minimal, structural, modern.’ In fact, ‘minimal wedding dress’ was one of Pinterest’s most searched terms by Australian brides over the last year! And from where we sit, it appears that local designers are leading the way with contemporary looks for the modern bride. Georgia Young Couture, One Day Bridal and Lola Varma are just a few Australian designers that spring to mind when it comes to fashion forward bridal.

Even labels known for their lace-driven, boho or ethereal styles, pared things right back with some of their pieces in 2019. Grace Loves Lace released a handful of silky satin numbers, alongside their signature lace designs. Similarly, Anna Campbell – known for embellished, romantic styles – designed a number of simple, stylish gowns for the modern 2019 bride.

And as for the Nouba bride? As always, it was a mixed bag, just how we like it. Structural, architecturally-inspired gowns sat alongside dreamy lace numbers, non-bridal dresses and the occasional jumpsuit. Asymmetrical and off-shoulder designs were big in 2019, and sequins (massive in 2018) were still making plenty of appearances.

We could show you many, MANY more gorgeous bridal styles from the year that was, but here are the 10 standouts that you loved the most.

Jacinta’s slinky silk slip

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - simple silk slip gown

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - simple silk slip gown

Images by Rebecca Smith.

Making a statement with patent silver boots, Jacinta pared it back with a simple, slinky gown by Chosen by One Day. A lesson in understated style! Catch Jacinta and Daniel’s day in full here.

Sam’s modern bridal jumpsuit

Best bridal styles of 2019 - modern wedding jumpsuit

Sam’s asymmetrical bridal jumpsuit by Tony Maticevski was pure drama with that off-shoulder fold and bold train that gathers up to a bustle. Catch Sam and Reggie’s day in full here.

Rachel’s bell-sleeve sequin wedding dress

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - bell-sleeve sequin wedding dress

Best wedding dresses of 2019 -bell-sleeve sequin wedding dress

Images by Daniel Chafer.

Rach worked with Kara Jade Designs to create her dream sequin wedding dress, which featured a low-slung back and long bell-sleeves. See Rach and Jesse’s day in full here.

Erin’s crop top and tulle skirt combo

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - crop top and tulle skirt

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - crop top and tulle skirt

Images by Miranda Stokkel.

Erin’s two-piece was a custom creation of her own design. “The skirt was from Sweet Caroline Styles (Etsy), and I designed the top with help from a local tailor,” she explains. See Erin and Shaun’s day in full here.

Bel’s blush and blue floral number

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - blush dress with blue floral applique

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - blush dress with blue floral applique

Images by It’s Beautiful Here.

Bel’s A-line number by Claire Home Designs featured a blush tulle base and blue floral applique across the bodice and skirt. A blush tulle veil completed her non-traditional look! See Bel and Ed’s wedding in full here.

Jess’ off-shoulder gown with cape

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - modern off-shoulder gown by Mariana Hardwick

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - modern off-shoulder gown by Mariana Hardwick

Images by Nikki McCrone.

You guys went crazy for Jess’ stunning Marianna Hardwick gown with off-shoulder cape detail and crossover split skirt. And seriously, didn’t she wear it well?! Catch Jess and Andrew’s day in full here.

Alita’s tiered lace gown

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - boho tiered lace dress by Nevenka

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - boho tiered lace dress by Nevenka

Images by Matt Godkin.

Alita wore a gorgeous custom Nevenka gown which featured delicate tiers of polka dot tulle and lace with a tiered veil by Lola Varma. See Alita and Nathaniel’s day in full here.

Holly’s short and sweet mini

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - simple long sleeve short wedding dress

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - simple long sleeve short wedding dress

Images by Jason Corroto.

Holly worked with Marry Me Bridal to create the perfect low-key bridal number. They paired a lace Pronovias blouse with a custom structural mini skirt by Wendy Makin for some sweet 60s vibes. See Holly and Brads day in full here.

Brigette’s modern, structural gown

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - modern structural gown by Georgia Young Couture

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - modern structural gown by Georgia Young Couture

Images by Jonathan Ong.

Brigette wore the dramatic Amalfi gown by Melbourne designer, Georgia Young Couture. Catch Brigette and Tyson’s wedding in full here.

Nikki’s backless lace gown

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - high neck backless lace gown by Claire Pettibone

Best wedding dresses of 2019 - high neck backless lace gown by Claire Pettibone

Images by Mallory Sparkles.

Nikki’s Claire Pettibone dress featured a high ruche neck and low back with delicate lace fringing. She ordered her dream dress from Love Marie Bridal Boutique. See Nikki and Dave’s day in full here.

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