In the realm of luxury bridal fashion – which is often dominated by dramatic silhouettes, intricate details, and jaw-dropping embellishments – designers are seemingly embracing femininity in their bridal collections for 2024.

Femininity, of course, may be expressed in a multitude of ways based on varying perspectives; and it’s those different expressions that make this year an exciting forecast for what brides will be wearing down the aisle.

Recent years have seen a growing movement within the bridal fashion world, with designers redefining beauty standards and challenging traditional notions of what constitutes a “perfect” wedding dress.

This shift has been influenced by several factors including evolving social norms, blurring traditions, increased diversity in bridal fashion, and the rise of social media as a platform for self-expression and inspiration.

As a result, bridal designers this year are celebrating femininity in all its forms. Inspiration is also being drawn from numerous sources, from nature and art, to literature and pop culture, to create collections dedicated to countless aspects of feminine expression.

Cascades of ruffles are tempered by crafting them from soft fabrics and pairing them with sleek, slinky materials and silhouettes. Tulle and chiffon take center stage with ethereal overlays and peek-a-boo cutouts; and transparent layers offer 2024 brides a bold way to express the sensual side of their femininity.

Playing with color is another way to explore the ultra-feminine aspect of bridal fashion, with designers like Wona Concept and Tony Maticevski offering alternatives to traditional white wedding dresses.

With sculpted bodices and dramatic skirts that mimic the texture of seafoam, their gowns have a goddess-like quality to them, bridging the gap between luxury bridal fashion and art.

Prim and proper floral decals are on display for Viktor&Rolf’s 2024 bridal collections. Bordering on traditional, these wedding dresses take on a contemporary flair with “little white dresses” featuring mini hemlines, and plunging necklines that are beautifully balanced with full-length sleeves.

Wedding dresses by Liz Martinez are unabashedly feminine with barely there fabrics, delicate appliques, seductively sculpted bodices, and deep-v necklines. In contrast, Georges Hobeika offers a more regal expression of femininity with off-shoulder ballgowns and a deceptively sweet mini dress that would be a sexy afterparty bridal number.

Rather than using embellishments, designers like Alon Livne, Rivini, Costarellos, and Yolancris excel in the art of modern minimalism.

With meticulously draped skirts, sharp edges, stark shades of white, and unexpected layers (we love the bridal tights and ultra-high slit skirt combo from Costarellos), these wedding gowns are a stunning example of how luxury and femininity are often conveyed in the most subtle ways.