Lace Up in the Best 15 Corset Wedding Dress Picks For Every Bridal Style

Get ready to fall in love with these eye-catching bustier wedding dresses.
Three corset wedding dresses
Photos: Galia Lahav, Hera Couture, Enaura Bridal,Design: Tiana Crispino
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Lauren Whalley
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Lauren Whalley
Fashion Editor, Beauty & Inclusivity
  • Lauren writes and edits articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a specialty in fashion, beauty and size inclusivity.
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Lauren worked in wedding editorial for Brides, Style Me Pretty and Enaura Bridal.
  • Lauren studied public relations and advertising at the University of Central Florida.
Updated Oct 31, 2023
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Corset wedding dresses are making a grand comeback, dominating the bridal fashion scene with their timeless charm and regencycore-inspired flattering silhouette. This classic style has reappeared on runways in recent years, capturing the hearts of brides-to-be worldwide (including myself!) and is set to become a major trend in 2024.

In fact, corsets in general have heavily evolved since the classic 16th-century Victorian corset wedding dress, which was originally created to "help" women create unattainable silhouettes to fit into fashionable clothing. As fashion evolved over the centuries, so did the corset, which is not only much more comfortable but also a symbol of femininity and empowerment. To learn more about the corset wedding dress trend, we tapped Terry Hall, the newest Director of Galia Lahav's NYC Flagship store, with over 20 years of experience in bridal fashion (an industry icon, if you will).

"Corsets are interesting as they actually work well for every shape! Often, when you think of a corset, you think of support and structure, which is very true," says Hall. "That being said, in addition to structure, corsets enhance and define shape. They offer great structure for the curvy bride while also defining shape for brides who have a less curvy silhouette, making them ideal for any bride."

With its structured bodice and lace-up back, the corset dress not only accentuates your curves but also adds a touch of romance to your wedding-day look. Designers like Galia Lahav have embraced the corset wedding dress trend, showcasing stunning collections that cater to every bride's dream. And let's not forget the A-list celebrities like Hailey Bieber, Victoria Beckham and Barbara Palvin who have donned gorgeous bustier wedding dresses on their special days, further popularizing the style.

From sleeves to strapless, sheer to embroidered, you'll find a wide range of corset wedding dress styles to choose from. Whether you prefer a vintage-inspired corset-back wedding dress or something more modern and structured, you can explore The Knot Vendor Marketplace. With its extensive directory of bridal salons and boutiques, you can easily find the best places to shop this trend and try on various styles.

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Shop The Best Corset Wedding Dresses for 2024

When it comes to corset wedding dresses, the options are endless. From a corset ball gown wedding dress to a sleek mermaid corset-style wedding dress, you'll find a variety of styles that suit your personal taste and wedding theme. Embrace the elegance of a lace-up corset-back wedding dress, or go for a contemporary strapless bustier wedding dress with a voluminous tulle skirt. Sheer corset wedding dresses are also gaining popularity, offering a touch of sensuality while maintaining a sophisticated look. Whatever your preference, these carefully curated picks of corset wedding dresses for 2024 are sure to inspire and help you find your perfect gown.

Enaura Bridal Chardonnay Gown

Enaura Bridal strapless corset wedding dress
Photo: Enaura Bridal

Chardonnay is the absolute "it girl" of ballgowns. The corset wedding dress takes a classic silhouette and makes it structured and modern thanks to the luxurious shantung fabric and asymmetrical fabric draping on the bodice. And let's not forget that subtle side slit to make your walk down the aisle a breeze.

Silhouette: Ballgown | Fabric: Shantung | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Galia Lahav Elysee Gown

Galia Lahav lace corset wedding dress
Photo: Galia Lahav

Is Hailey Bieber's wedding dress your inspiration? Well, I have the dress for you. This corset top wedding dress from Galia Lahav features allover embroidered French lace inspired by the wrought iron gates of the Elysee Palace in Paris. Hall notes the dress has "the perfect balance between romance, sparkle, structure and flexibility, while still being tastefully sexy." Bring the drama to the ceremony with a voluminous tulle skirt overlay and high-neck, long-fitted top, then remove the pieces to reveal a sexy corset mermaid dress for your reception. "The detachable bolero with a high neck and long sleeves makes it perfect for the most sophisticated wedding, while transforming into a sultry bejeweled spaghetti strap gown for the party," Hall explains. "The built-in corset is essentially a second skin."

Silhouette: Mermaid | Fabric: Embroidered French Lace | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

V. Chapman Violet Corset Ruffled Tiered Hem Midi Dress

V. Chapman ruffled corset midi wedding dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Perfect for an elopement or courthouse ceremony, this satin corset wedding dress is nothing short of fabulous. Delicate ruffles and a tiered ruffle skirt make this midi stand out, while a bustier-style bodice and body-skimming silhouette keep everything in place, so you're ready for wherever your wedding day brings you.

Silhouette: Fitted Tiered | Fabric: Polyester Satin | Length: Midi
Size range: 0-18
Price at time of publish: $445

Ines Di Santo Arch Gown

Ines Di Santo corset wedding gown
Photo: Ines Di Santo

Made from a whimsical combination of hand-draped silk tulle and blush silk organza, this Ines Di Santo gown is soft, feminine and oh-so-dreamy. This satin corset wedding dress is taken to the next level with handdraping, a bustle bow and artistic pastel feathers and beading that trickle down throughout the bodice and bustle.

Silhouette: Trumpet | Fabric: Satin | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Hera Couture Ella Gown

Hera Couture strapless corset wedding gown
Photo: Hera Couture

Crafted from abstract floral organza, this plus-size corset wedding dress from Hera Couture is a classic yet totally chic take on a corset wedding dress. The clean lines and lightweight fabric make it the ideal choice, whether you're having a city celebration or a garden party soirée.

Silhouette: Ballgown | Fabric: Floral Organza | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Martina Liana 1571 Dress

Martina Liana puff sleeve corset wedding dress
Photo: Martina Liana/Essense Brands

With detachable sheer short puff sleeves, this strapless A-line corset wedding dress would be perfect for a cottagecore-inspired wedding. The back bodice wraps into a princess-worthy corset tie-back detail, which coordinates beautifully for a whimsical, fairy corset wedding dress-type look.

Silhouette: A-line | Fabric: Lace, Tulle and Royal Organza over Georgette | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

By Watters Whirl Dress

By Watters strapless corset mini dress
Photo: Watters

There's nothing quite like a short corset wedding dress moment. With a structured bustier top draped with soft netting and an A-line ruffled mini skirt, this playful dress makes for a great mini moment for your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or wedding after party.

Silhouette: A-line | Fabric: Soft Netting | Length: Mini
Size range: 0-14; 0-24W Made to Order
Price at time of publish: $675

Galia Lahav Onyx Dress

Galia Lahav black corset wedding dress
Photo: Galia Lahav

Let me introduce to you the crème de la crème of gothic corset wedding dresses: Onyx by Galia Lahav. If you couldn't already tell, this dress brings all the drama (and then some). "Onyx is in a class of her own," Hall says. "The delicate and linear pearl detailing that delineates the bones of the corset are striking and unique." The addition of the pearls to the corset paired with a voluminous black tulle skirt proves that sometimes more is, in fact, more.

Silhouette: Ballgown | Fabric: Tulle | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

BHLDN Marguerite Peplum Corset Lace Wedding Gown

BHLDN peplum corset wedding dress
Photo: Anthropologie

This corset bodice wedding dress marries vintage style with a sultry fitted silhouette for a one-of-a-kind wedding day look. Flirty ruffle sleeves and a tiered lace peplum detail on a sheer corset bodice give a glamorous nod to a bygone era.

Silhouette: Trumpet | Fabric: Lace | Length: Floor
Size range: 0-16
Price at time of publish: $975

Ines Di Santo Star Grown

Ines Di Santo strapless corset wedding dress
Photo: Ines Di Santo

The name speaks for itself. Star is the queen of princess corset wedding dresses. This breathtaking ball gown is all of your fairytale fantasies come true. A traditional (and timeless) take on a corset wedding dress, it features a strapless basque waist, an inverted pleated skirt and delicate detachable sleeves for a look that will truly wow.

Silhouette: Ballgown | Fabric: Satin | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Arava Polak Nelia Gown

Arava Polak corset wedding gown
Photo: Arava Polak

It's all in the details with this Arava Polak lace corset wedding dress. Delicate beaded lace cascades down the entirety of the gown, while a soft layer of tulle and a dainty ivory belt add a hint of romance. It even has a detachable long sleeve beaded lace collar bolero if you want to add additional coverage for the ceremony.

Silhouette: Fit and Flare | Fabric: Beaded Lace, Tulle | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Galia Lahav Perla Gown

Galia Lahav off-shoulder corset wedding dress
Photo: Galia Lahav

Seeing stars? Your eyes aren't deceiving you. This gorgeous A-line corset wedding dress from Galia Lahave is made up of star-inspired floral lace. "Perla's boned bodice has beautiful intentionally curved lines that draw a more narrow and delicate waist," says Hall. "The soft, curved lines of the corseted bodice offer such dainty lines while simultaneously offering great structure." It also features a strapless neckline with a soft plunge and off-the-shoulder straps that give this romantic gown plenty of dreamy texture.

Silhouette: A-line | Fabric: Floral Lace | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Watters Tilly Strapless Corset Front-Slit Wedding Gown

Watters strapless corset wedding dress
Photo: Anthropologie

Can't get enough of the Pearlcore trend? This corset style wedding dress from Watters is perfect for the modern bride who wants to keep their look simple but impactful. Designed with pearl embellishments on the bodice, it features a faux wrap skirt and a high slit for a silhouette that is sleek and oh-so-chic.

Silhouette: Fitted Faux Wrap | Fabric: Polyester | Length: Floor
Size range: 0-16
Price at time of publish: $1,895

Hera Couture Isabella Gown

Hera Couture off-shoulder corset wedding dress
Photo: Hera Couture

Simple and sweet, this plus-size corset wedding dress will have you exuding princess bride energy. Pleated off-the-shoulder sleeves support a corseted bodice, while the box pleated skirt features an elegant line of faux pearls cascading down the stunning train, so you'll look good coming and going.

Silhouette: A-line | Fabric: Matte Rose Brocade | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

Galia Lahav Tulip Gown

Galia Lahav corset wedding dress with side cutouts
Photo: Galia Lahav

If you're a bride-to-be who loves classic with a twist, this Galia Lahav corset dress was made for you. Perfect for a variety of settings, from museum nuptials to estate gardens, "Tulip has a gorgeous square neckline with lace-up cutouts on the sides," Hall explains. "The corset offers structure and a defined waist, while side cutouts with delicate lacing have a very light and feminine appeal." It's an unconventional—and unforgettable—way to embrace modern elegance.

Silhouette: A-line | Fabric: Silk | Length: Floor
Size range: Made to Order
Price at time of publish: Contact Retailer

What to Look For In a Corset Wedding Dress

Choosing a corset-style wedding dress is always a good idea. Not only have they been around for centuries, but they provide a truly feminine and elegant silhouette. Since corset wedding dresses are experiencing a huge resurgence in popularity, designers and retailers are offering them now more than ever. Before you head to the boutique, here's the scoop on what you need to know to help you find the perfect corset wedding dress.

Look for Quality

When shopping for corset wedding dresses, it's essential to keep an eye out for quality. A well-constructed corset will have sturdy boning and quality fabric that won't easily fray or wear down. A high-quality corset will also provide support, making you feel confident and comfortable.

Keep an Open Mind

When it comes to trying on corset wedding dresses, Hall advises brides to keep an open mind and venture outside their comfort zone. With endless shapes and designs available, corsets can be incorporated seamlessly into a gown without giving the impression of lingerie. The real magic lies in how these corsets make the bride feel, exuding confidence and beauty. Even for those who have previously dismissed the idea of a corseted bodice, Terry suggests giving it a try. The surprise may be delightful, as corsets can come in all forms, from revealing to discrete, offering structure and enhancement for any body type. Ultimately, he says, it's about finding a gown that makes the bride feel her most gorgeous self on her special day.

Be Sure To Take Accurate Measurements

When it comes to corset dresses, it's critical to have accurate measurements. A properly fitting corset will provide ample support and accentuate your curves while remaining comfortable. A well-trained bridal stylist should be able to take your measurements to ensure that the corset will fit you flawlessly.

Think About Your Comfort

While corsets are known to be comfortable, they can also be quite restrictive. Keep in mind that you'll be wearing the dress for an extended period, so it's essential to consider your comfort when selecting a corset dress. Look for dresses with breathable fabrics, and if you're opting for a corset back wedding dress, choose one with an adjustable lace-up back that allows you to make adjustments for easy movement and flexibility.

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