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Princess Wedding Dresses You'll Want to Live In

There's a special place in our hearts for ballgowns.
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by Andrea Fowler
andrea fowler the knot wedding planning expert
Andrea Fowler
Wedding Planning Expert
  • Andrea Fowler is an Editorial Content Manager at Sony Music Entertainment.
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  • Andrea worked as an Assistant Editor for The Knot from 2015 to 2017.

There's just something about a ballgown that transports you to a magical land of Swarovski crystals, Italian tulle and rainbows. If you can't imagine getting married in anything other than a voluminous dress that deserves its own hashtag, you're in need of a ballgown.

Ballgown styles can range from crystal-clad glam to ethereal elegance and everywhere in between. When you're shopping for a dress, keep in mind that with everything that goes into making this kind of gown (think: layers of fabric, boning, embellishments) they can be a bit heavy, so make sure you pick a dress you can wear comfortably all night long. 

Crystal Bodice With A-Line Tulle Skirt

Haley Paige light blue wedding gown
Artistrie Co.

Gown by Haley Paige

From: A Romantic, Modern Wedding at Hotel Arista in Chicago, Illinois

Strapless Sweetheart Neckline With a Peplum Skirt

Wedding ballgown by Lazaro
822 Weddings

Gown by Lazaro

From: A Romantic Barn Wedding at The West Monitor Barn in Richmond, Vermont

Strapless Lace Ballgown With Tulle Overlay

Vera Wang bridal ballgown
Ira Lippke Studios

Gown by Vera Wang

Lace Bodice With a Crystal Belt

Theia Couture tulle wedding gown
Loren Routhier

Gown by Theia Couture

Ivory Stripped Organza

Hayley Paige wedding gown
Laura Murray Photography

Gown by Hayley Paige

From: A Plaid Mountain Wedding at Beano's Cabin in Avon, Colorado

Strapless Sweetheart Gown With a Textured Skirt

Oscar de la Renta sweetheart strapless wedding ballgown
Robert and Kathleen Photographers​​

Gown by Oscar de la Renta

A-Line Ballgown With DIY Straps

Boho ballgown with DIY beaded straps
Robyn Van Dyke Photography

Dress from David's Bridal

From: A Colorful, DIY Wedding at the Barn at Valhalla in Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Dramatic A-Line Ballgown

A-line Ines de Santo wedding ballgown
Annamarie Akins Photography

Gown by Ines de Santo

From: A Romantic, Love-Inspired Wedding at the Jefferson in Richmond, Virginia

Strapless Ballgown With an Off-the-Shoulder Bolero

Jinwang A-line wedding ballgown with an off-the-shoulder bolero
Clane Gessel Photography

Gown from Jinwang

From: A Romantic Indoor Wedding at James Leary Flood Mansion in San Francisco, California

Lace and Tulle Layers

Stella York bridal ballgown with tulle and lace overlay
Audrey Rose Photography

Gown by Stella York

Strapless Sweetheart With a Textured Bodice

Wedding gown by Vera Wang​
Dana Goodson Photography

Gown by Vera Wang

From: A Classic, Romantic Wedding at The River House in St. Augustine, Florida

Ruched Bodice Detail

Strapless sweetheart wedding ballgown by Amsale
Paige Jones Photography

Gown by Amsale

Embellished Bodice With Fill A-Line Tulle Skirt

Dennis Basso wedding gown
Jessica Maida Photography

Gown by Dennis Basso

From: A Glam, Modern Wedding at The Gramercy in Hazlet, New Jersey

Beach Ballgown

Custom Reem Acra wedding gown
Ron B. Willson Photography

Custom gown by Reem Acra

Sweetheart Neckline With Detachable Straps

Wedding ballgown with a sweetheart neckline and detachable straps
Graham Terhune Photography

Dress from The Inspired Bride

From: A Romantic Wedding at Cobblestone Hall in Raleigh, North Carolina

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