23 Stunning Backless Wedding Dresses

These backless styles offer the perfect peek of skin on your wedding day.
Full feather skirt and asymmetrical long sleeve
Simone Paget - The Knot Contributor.
Simone Paget
Simone Paget - The Knot Contributor.
Simone Paget
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  • Simone writes shoppable e-commerce articles for The Knot Worldwide, where she covers everything from bridal fashion to where to find the perfect Star-Wars-themed wedding gift.
  • Based on the West coast of Canada, Simone is the nationally syndicated relationship columnist for the Toronto Sun.
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Updated Jan 13, 2022
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If you want to turn heads on your wedding day, a backless wedding dress is a stunning option. Sophisticated yet completely unexpected, an open-back is a beautiful choice for brides who don't necessarily want to show cleavage but still want an alluring pop of skin on their big day.

So, what qualifies as a backless wedding dress exactly? A backless or open-back wedding dress is any bridal dress that has an opening in the back. This includes everything from keyhole back details to daring halter and deep V-back styles where the entire back is bare. That's the beauty of the open-back wedding dress—there's a design out there for every bridal style.

Whether you're looking for a flirty midi-length party dress for a civil ceremony or a dramatic wedding gown worthy of an Old Hollywood starlet, below you'll find some of the best backless wedding dresses we've come across.

Allure Bridals Backless Beaded Gown

V-shaped beading and illusion floral lace straps

We love this backless wedding gown that features stunning Art Deco-inspired beading. A deep V-neckline and beautiful scalloped lace edges give this open-back wedding dress a sultry yet romantic appeal.

Galina Soft Lace Sheath Wedding Dress

Sheath lace dress with spaghetti straps

Shopping for a backless dress with spaghetti straps? Look no further. Perfect for a beach wedding, this sheath wedding dress features beautiful eyelash lace, a curve-hugging fit and an open back.

Amsale Kier Gown

Illusion long sleeves with floral lace details and keyhole back

With sheer boho-inspired tulle long sleeves, a high neck and a dramatic keyhole back, this wedding gown is sure to make a statement. Covered buttons and an extended train finish this utterly unique bridal look.

Jenny Yoo Marciana With Applique Wedding Gown

Floral lace illusion back and covered buttons on back of skirt

Slip dresses are currently trending, thanks in large part to their modern, understated appeal. This gorgeous bridal dress takes a classic silhouette and adds a modern twist, with delicate appliqué that wraps around the sides and fall into a dramatic illusion back.

Kelly Faetanini Isadora Gown

Full feather skirt and asymmetrical long sleeve

Jaws will drop at this stunning ball gown wedding dress that features a sleek asymmetrical low-back crepe bodice paired with a full feather skirt. Delicate covered buttons and a slight train complete this bold backless dress.

Lela Rose Belfast Dress

Strapless floral lace dress with oversized satin bow on back

A strapless lace wedding dress that also has an open back? Yes, please! This gorgeous strapless A-line dress features floral lace and a low-back with an unforgettable oversized satin bow.

Galina Floral Applique Open Back Tulle Wedding Gown

Keyhole back and crystal beading with full tulle skirt

Brides looking to add a bit of shimmer to their big day will love this wedding gown that boasts a halter neckline and swooping open back. The crystal-encrusted bodice paired with a dreamy tulle A-line skirt adorned in lace appliqué adds just the right amount of sparkle.

Essense of Australia Mermaid Gown With Plunging Neckline

Mermaid gown and tulle skirt train with floral lace

Jaws will drop when you make your entrance in this backless mermaid gown with a plunging neckline and beaded shoestring straps that form a delicate, ultra-low keyhole back. Adorned with plenty of lace details, the curve-hugging silhouette flows into a voluminous tulle skirt with a shaped train.

Jenny Yoo Octavia Wedding Gown

Deep V-neck back tafetta dress with pockets

Modern and minimalist, this A-line wedding dress features a plunging neckline and deep V-back with angular illusion panels. The full skirt flows into a beautiful sweeping train—and yes, it has pockets!

Morilee By Madeline Gardner Colleen Dress

Illusion back and long sleeves with floral lace and A-line skirt

If you're shopping for a backless wedding dress but want a bit of extra coverage (like if you're planning a winter wedding day), this long-sleeve bridal gown is a gorgeous option. It features a plunging sweetheart neckline and full illusion back with floating covered buttons that are adorned in beaded and embroidered appliqué.

Claire Pettibone Saratoga Gown

Floral lace mermaid dress with cross back straps and chiffon streamers

Channel your inner goddess in this dreamy backless wedding dress that showcases delicate appliqué at the shoulder and across the back. The open-back silhouette paired with detachable chiffon streamers adds drama to this gorgeous design.

Theia Bella Donna Dress

Satin mermaid dress with tie halter neck

Look red-carpet ready in this sleek satin mermaid wedding dress that exudes Old Hollywood glamor. Featuring a high-neck and a halter silhouette that ties dramatically in the back, this backless wedding dress flows seamlessly into a puddle train.

Essense of Australia Mixed Pattern Lace Wedding Gown

Mermaid beaded skirt with keyhole back and lace long sleeves

Looking for a long sleeve wedding gown with a keyhole back? This form-hugging backless dress features mixed pattern lace, delicate beading and sequins. A deep V-neckline and covered buttons below the low-back create points of interest while flattering your curves.

Jenny Yoo Michaela Wedding Gown

Deep V illusion panels on back and covered buttons

Minimalist brides will love this sleek and modern wedding gown. The open back is paired with deep-V illusion panels and a slim belt that creates an alluring keyhole detail. Covered buttons flow into a beautiful train to complete this timeless bridal look.

Danielle Frankel Simone Dress

Satin draped low back and long sleeves

This backless gown pays homage to Old Hollywood glamour with its sleek satin silhouette and daring open back. However, the slit sleeves and scarf draped accent at the back make this long-sleeve wedding dress feel fresh and modern.

Claire Pettibone Chloris Wedding Gown

Illusion neckline and tulle puff sleeves with appliqué on skirt

Brides on the hunt for a bohemian wedding dress will love this ethereal A-line wedding gown with an illusion neckline, daring open back and fluttery silk flowers that form dainty cap-sleeves. This dreamy bridal look is finished with shimmery appliqué and a flowy skirt that ends in a lace embellished train.

Kelly Faetanini Renata Gown

Floral and vine design lace illusion long sleeves with tulle A-line skirt

This fairytale-worthy ball gown wedding dress features voluminous long sleeves and a floaty, full skirt. A deep V-neckline and open-back add a touch of flirtiness to this statement-making bridal look.

Lulus Wonderstruck Dress

Lace dress with cross straps on back and V-neck

Perfect for a beach wedding, this lace wedding dress has a plunging neckline, dainty spaghetti straps and a lace-up open-back. Made with hidden boning and supportive cups to flatter your curves, this sultry backless dress flows into a shimmering floor-length skirt with a slight train.

Rosa Clara Oren Gown

Fitted beaded skirt with scoop back and feather straps

Feel like a star on your wedding day in this low-back wedding dress that features a plunging V-neck and scooped low back. Elegant beading and feather details on the shoulders add a touch of vintage glamour.

Theia Agnetha Dress

Crepe V neck back and front panels with slit

Feel like a Grecian goddess in this sleeveless wedding gown that boasts a deep V-neck front and back made of pleated crepe panels connected with nude illusion tulle. Perfect for minimalist brides, a high slit in the front finishes this daring yet elegant bridal gown.

Lela Rose Capri Dress

Off the shoulder sleeves and scoop back with bow

You can't go wrong with this chic and classic dress that has an off-the-shoulder neckline and elegant low-scoop back. Sweet yet statement-making, a flowy A-line skirt is capped off with a breathtaking bow-back train.

Katharine Polk Korie Gown

Spaghetti straps and beading on bodice with flowy train

This spaghetti strap bridal gown from wedding dress designer Katharine Polk exudes laid-back glamor and would be perfect for a beach wedding. The bodice features a V-neckline and shimmering sequins that flow into an elegant skirt with a small train.

Watters Kai Dress

Illusion sleeves and low V back with beading and puddle train

Make an entrance in this timeless wedding gown that includes a sheer illusion back and straps embellished with pearls and beads. Delicate covered buttons lead to an A-line skirt that ends in an elegant puddle train.

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