22 Romantic Wedding Dresses
Romantic wedding dresses are one of the most popular styles for a reason. After all, your wedding day is all about celebrating romance.
But, what is a romantic wedding dress exactly? "A romantic wedding dress has an ethereal lightness based on the fabrics, lace and other embellishments used in its design. There is a flow and movement that makes the gown seem effortless to wear," says Denise Buzy-Pucheu, Owner of The Persnickety Bride in Newtown, Connecticut. As a result, they tend to photograph beautifully.
As Buzy-Pucheu explains, romantic wedding dresses are typically made of fabrics like tulle, organza, chiffon and are embellished with charming touches like delicate beading, sequins and 3D floral appliqué. She also points out, "in the past few years the addition of 'swag' shoulder drapes and detached balloon sleeves have become very popular for flowy romantic dresses."
When it comes to romantic silhouettes, "many consider A-line dresses or fuller ball gown styles with longer trains to be the standard, due to their volume," says Buzy-Pucheu. Although, she says fit and flare dresses made of tulle and gowns with intricate lace trains are also becoming very popular.
Lastly, another reason romantic wedding dresses are so popular is because they are incredibly versatile and work in nearly every setting. As Buzy-Pucheu points out, "today's couples are creating their wedding vision in so many types of interesting venues (barns, ocean and lake venues and tented weddings in fields). Having all of these unique ceremonies and venue options, a bride can create a vision of romance and drama with her dress."
Whether you're looking for a boho wedding gown for destination nuptials or a princess ball gown made for a fairytale wedding, there's a romantic wedding dress for every kind of bride and bridal style. We've rounded up some of our favorites below.
Riki Dalal Beatrix Gown
Brides shopping for a romantic wedding dress can't go wrong with this strapless A-line gown that has a lace corset and floaty ultra-soft tulle skirt. A sweeping train finishes this effortlessly gorgeous bridal look.
Grace Loves Lace Monet Gown
The 3D floral details of this long-sleeve lace wedding dress take its whimsical feel to the next level. A sultry low back paired with a voluminous A-line skirt complete this ethereal bridal gown.
Willowby by Watters Lilia Gown
We can't get enough of this dreamy A-line romantic wedding dress with delicate allover florals. Available in standard and plus sizes, this wedding gown has puff sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulder, making it a super versatile choice.
Yolancris Edith Gown
Live out your fairytale fantasies in this princess wedding dress that features a lingerie-inspired hip-length bustier and layers upon layers of tulle ruffles. A sultry plunging V-neck and low back play up the lingerie-inspired feel of this A-line wedding dress.
Oleg Cassini Cap Sleeve Pearly Low Back Plus Size Wedding Dress
We love this plus-size gown with delicate cap sleeves and pearl-encrusted tulle. A flowy A-line skirt and a daring low-back complete this romantic wedding dress.
Martina Liana Luxe Handcrafted Organza Lace Tulle Ballgown
Fashion-forward style meets sweet romance with this breathtaking ball gown that pairs a sweetheart neckline bustier with a tiered tulle skirt. Puff sleeves made of sheer lace add a maximalist touch to this long-sleeved wedding dress.
Maggie Sottero Mindel Dress
Brides in search of a more effortless look will be drawn to this dreamy lace wedding gown. Featuring a fitted lace bodice with alluring illusion cutouts and a flowy tulle A-line skirt that moves with you, this romantic lace dress is sure to make an impression on your big day.
Marchesa Notte Greer Gown
Easy and breezy, this tulle wedding gown has stunning dimensional ruffles that cascade down the full tulle skirt. Delicate spaghetti straps and lace-trimmed edges add a pretty, vintage-inspired feel.
Casablanca Myla Gown
Shopping for a wedding dress that will make you feel like royalty on your wedding day? This beautiful ball gown has an intricate lace bodice that flows seamlessly into a full tulle skirt accented with shimmering sequins. Ultra-feminine and versatile, the off-the-shoulder lace sleeves can be removed to reveal a strapless sweetheart neckline.
Grace Loves Lace Menha Gown
Shine bright on your big day with this ethereal wedding gown that features shimmering blush-tone embroidery and delicate beaded straps. Made for comfort and movement in mind, this stunning gown has an elastic waistband that falls effortlessly into a full A-line tulle skirt.
Galina Signature Long Sleeve Floral Plus Size Wedding Dress
Make an entrance with this alluring long-sleeve wedding dress with a plunging V-neckline and a sexy sheer overlay embellished with beaded floral blooms. A show-stopping tulle overskirt adds a serious dose of drama to this bridal dress.
WTOO Somerset Gown
You can't go wrong with a classic ball gown on your big day. This dreamy wedding gown offers an alluring spin on a timeless strapless silhouette with hand-placed lace details, a low back and a plunging illusion V-neckline.
Maggie Sottero Valetta Dress
Fall in love with this strapless wedding dress that has a beautifully beaded bodice and a dreamy tulle A-line skirt that ends in a puddle train. Removable off-the-shoulder bishop sleeves give this stunning dress a fashion-forward feel.
Casablanca Bridal Macy Gown
Channel your inner Meghan Markle in this gorgeous wedding gown made of beautiful Mikado. Bold with clean lines, this showstopper of a gown has off-the-shoulder sleeves, a sweetheart neckline and a voluminous ballgown skirt fit for a princess wedding.
Willowby Simone Gown
Looking for a fairytale dress that also doesn't feel stuffy? This romantic wedding dress features an elongated empire waist and an open back that flows effortlessly into a tulle A-line skirt. Vinya lace and subtly puffed sleeves put the finishing touch on this ethereal dress.
Yolancris Raicho Wedding Gown
Calling all fashionistas. This floor-skimming dress combines the sweetness of the cottagecore trend with a lingerie-inspired bodice. A full tulle A-line skirt and charming bows at the shoulders add romance to this chic wedding dress.
Martina Liana Luxe 3D Floral Lace Gown with Sleeves
This unforgettable gown takes a classic bridal silhouette and gives in a modern update with an alluring open back and deep V-neckline. Available with or without sleeves, this head-turning bridal look has 3D floral lace that cascades from the bodice down to the hemline of the extended train, creating a sense of depth, texture and movement.
Watters Nevoa Dress
Equal parts sweet and sexy, this goddess-worthy wedding gown is made of crinkle pleated netting and sheer lace. A plunging neckline and back show just enough skin.
Essense of Australia Romantic Wedding Dress
Perfect for a boho bride, this romantic wedding gown has a gorgeous leaf-inspired lace that starts at the sweetheart neckline and flows all the way to the hem. Exposed boning adds a flattering structure to the bodice, while a layered tulle skirt creates a dreamy effect.
All Who Wander Raine Dress
This boho wedding gown gives you the best of both worlds: Wear the sheer jacket with statement balloon sleeves for your ceremony, then whisk it away to reveal a gorgeous strapless dress with a sweetheart neckline for your reception.
Willowby by Watters Plus Size Jura Gown
We adore this plus-size ball gown that offers delicate beading, a deep V-neckline and a sultry open-back. A delicate tie at the back and flutter sleeves that can be worn on or off the shoulders finish this swoon-worthy look.
Galia Lahav Cherie Dress
Sweet yet dramatic, this stunning princess wedding dress is fit for royalty. Hand-embroidered blooms, a corset bodice with a subtle V-neckline and barely-there spaghetti straps are the makings of one show-stopping ball gown.