Expected Wedding Attire Trends for 2021

Revised 12/23/2020

At a wedding, everyone’s eyes will be on the bride, groom, and the rest of the wedding party. It’s important for them to look their best. Here are some expected wedding attire trends for 2021 to help make this happen.


The 2021 wedding attire trends still include ball gowns, dresses with at least a touch of color, dresses with high-low hems, one-shoulder dresses, bridal separates, and jumpsuits that were popular in 2020. Long puffy sleeves, cap sleeves, bishop sleeves, exaggerated ruffles, lace, sparkle, large bows, square necklines, low or non-existent backs, and floral patterns are among the wedding attire trends for 2021. Some women are even choosing mini-dresses or shorter tea-length dresses, while others are choosing more sleek and minimalist designs, including slip dresses, in luxurious fabrics. Brides are more likely to wear capes or shoulder veils than in the past. Many designers now offer 2-in-1 dresses that give brides multiple looks by removing sleeves, capes, or overskirts. This is great for brides having multiple wedding events due to COVID-19 restrictions that want to be able to change up their look slightly without having multiple dresses.


Grooms are choosing slightly more tailored suits. They’re more likely to choose a more informal suit that could later be worn to work or other events. They may include pieces with different patterns or fabrics to add interest to their attire. Grooms are increasingly opting for blue suits over black, and some are even choosing jewel tones in the fall or pastels for spring weddings. There’s also a focus on accessories, including ties, cufflinks, and socks.

The Wedding Party

Couples are choosing their favorite people of either sex to stand up with them. They are having gender-neutral wedding parties, instead of sticking with the more traditional bridesmaids and groomsmen. They are also considering less traditional wedding party members, sometimes including parents, grandparents, children, and pets in the wedding party. Wedding parties are likely to be smaller. Whatever the size and composition of your wedding party, both men and women are choosing a more mix-and-match look. Couples are allowing their wedding party to choose from a variety of options within a  color palette. The wedding party need not wear outfits that match exactly. As with bridal wear, bridesmaids are starting to wear more gender-neutral outfits like pantsuits and jumpsuits. Colors gaining in popularity for bridesmaids include white, jewel tones, and sunset colors, such as terracotta and rust. Expect to see more cowl necklines, halter or other higher necklines like mock turtlenecks, lace gowns, satin dresses, empire waists, wrap dresses, and midi-length gowns.