23 Wedding Dresses With Pearls for the Modern Bride

The pearlcore trend is only getting started.
Slip midi dress with pearl cluster beading
Dobrina Zhekova - The Knot Contributor.
Dobrina Zhekova
Dobrina Zhekova - The Knot Contributor.
Dobrina Zhekova
The Knot Contributor
  • Dobrina writes about all things fashion, wedding attire and style for The Knot.
  • Dobrina has over a decade of editorial experience in print and digital media in Europe and the U.S.
  • Dobrina has an M.A. in Journalism from Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at CUNY.
Updated Feb 07, 2022
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Pearls sometimes get a bad rep for being outdated or too traditional, but we beg to differ. In the bridal fashion world, pearl wedding dresses are just one of the latest trends we love. These iridescent, dainty embellishments add so much character, texture and depth to your wedding dress, and they're ideal if you're going for a classic but whimsical look.

Bridal designers continue to re-invent all the ways these lustrous gems can be incorporated into the attire for your special day. They adorn sleeves, belts, skirts, backs and hemlines, exuding an understated sense of luxury and sophistication. Pearls can be modern when used sparingly as accents, or playful when styled with lace and tulle. When mixed with other beads, crystals and sequins, they add a glamorous vibe.

Ready to peruse some seriously chic pearl wedding dresses? We hand-picked 23 bridal gowns from recent designer collections that you can shop for 2022 and 2023 weddings.

Lee Petra Grebenau Kelly Wedding Dress

Fit and flare gown with corset top, tulle off the shoulder sleeves and pearls all over

Encrusted with allover pearl beading, this mermaid gown will instantly turn heads. The luxe design has a trendy corset bodice, chapel train and subtle off-the-shoulder tulle sleeves that offset the embellished silhouette.

BHLDN Isla Gown

Long illusion sleeve and deep V-neck with pearl embellishments

This long-sleeve wedding dress has a plunging V-neckline and pearl beading throughout, making it both sweet and sexy. We immediately envision this tulle gown being worn for a flower-filled garden wedding ceremony.

Temperley London Serayha Dress

Open back and puff sleeves with pearl detailing and chiffon skirt

Featuring on-trend puff sleeves, an open back and flowy silk chiffon skirt, this pearl wedding dress is a boho dream. The bodice is beautifully adorned with intricate embroidery, scallop details and rows of pearl beads to create an Art Nouveau-inspired vibe. Pair it with long, loose wavy hair to complete your laid-back wedding day look.

Anne Barge Perola Wedding Dress

Minimalist A-line dress with off the shoulder sleeves and pearl detailing

Sleek and timeless, this minimalist A-line wedding dress has a strapless sweetheart neckline and a gorgeous train. It's paired with the Perola shawl, which is lined with dainty pearls along the edges for a barely-there detail.

Savannah Miller Justine Wedding Dress

Minimalist gown with pearl spaghetti straps and neckline

Clusters of pearls and ivory seed beads line the square neckline on this sleeveless stretch crepe wedding dress, adding a mesmerizing effect to the simple bodice. A Chantilly lace lining on the A-line skirt adds detail and structure underneath the airy chiffon overlay, making this style even more romantic and ethereal.

Maggie Sottero Rosette Wedding Dress

Long illusion sleeves and A-line skirt with pearl beading

Elaborate beading transforms the classic ball gown silhouette of this pearl wedding dress into an even bigger showstopper. The illusion bateau neckline, long sleeves and V-back beautifully showcase the beading and pearl artwork on this formal dress.

GALA by Galia Lahav Jay Wedding Dress

Fitted gown with pearl embellishments and sequins

Covered in tiny pearl beads and silver sequins, this wedding dress is a must-see if you want a head-to-toe glam look. The bustier-inspired bodice has illusion side cutouts that extend around to the sheer low back.

Pronovias Kerr Wedding Dress

Crepe sleeveless gown with pearl and rhinestone high neckline

Looking for a modern and sophisticated pearl wedding dress for your special day? This crepe number by Pronovias features padded cap sleeves and a pearl, rhinestone and crystal-embellished high neckline.

Alexandra Grecco Ruffle Tulle with Pearls Jacket

Tulle flutter sleeve jacket with pearl embellishments

If you want super-subtle pearl details, consider wearing an embellished topper or jacket instead of an actual pearl wedding dress. Pearl accents are scattered throughout this floaty tulle jacket, which adds just the right amount of pizzazz to a simple crepe gown or slip dress.

Ines Di Santo Rebecca Wedding Dress

Illusion off the shoulder neckline and sleeves on A-line dress with pearls

Say yes to this dreamy pearl bridal gown. It has detachable long sleeves, a cathedral train and delicate beading throughout the illusion bodice.

Essense of Australia Sheer Hand-Beaded Wedding Dress with Voluminous Sleeves

Illusion long sleeves and tulle skirt with pearl detailing

The V-neckline of this long-sleeve wedding dress beautifully highlights the shoulders, while the rich mix of sequins and pearls along the bodice and skirt adds texture and plenty of sparkle.

Elizabeth Fillmore Lotus Wedding Dress

Slip midi dress with pearl cluster beading

Shorter bridal hemlines are trending, and this pearl wedding dress is a stunning example. The midi style, made from satin crepe, features a tulle overlay adorned with sparkling beaded pearl clusters. It would also make an extremely chic cocktail dress for an engagement party, rehearsal dinner or after party.

DB Studio Pleated Bodice Tulle Strapless Wedding Dress

Tulle dress with pearls on neckline and spaghetti straps

All eyes will be on you in this jaw-dropping strapless ball gown wedding dress. It features a flattering ruched bodice with visible corset boning, a sweep train, beaded waistline and a classic sweetheart neckline highlighted by opals, pearly beads and rhinestones.

Allison Webb Sleeveless V-Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress

Plunging neckline with pearl detailing and lace A-line skirt

Cut from textured floral jacquard, this dress is all about the details—namely the pearls that line the V-neck, sleeves and waistline. The low scoop back is highlighted with an oversized bow.

Marchesa Notte Callie Wedding Dress

Strapless corset beaded bodice with tulle skirt

The strapless beaded bodice of the Callie dress is the star of the show on this pearl wedding dress. The ultra-feminine silhouette is complemented by a draped tulle skirt.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Briony Gown

Silk dress with V-neck, cap sleeves and floral applique with pearls

If a subtle pearl wedding dress is more your speed, look closely at this simple satin gown and you'll see floral lace appliqué embroidered with tiny pearl beads. The cap-sleeve design reminds us of 1930s glamour, making it an elegant pick if you love vintage-inspired style.

Martina Liana Romantic Sweetheart Neckline Wedding Dress with Floral Details

Sweetheart neckline and tulle skirt with floral applique

Decadently embellished with floral appliqué, pearls and beading, this strapless wedding dress is the epitome of romance. The skirt is designed from layers of tulle with a hint of glitter for a sparkly update.

Temperley London Bella Dress

Illusion sleeves and high neckline with pearls and beading

Inspired by Edwardian-era gowns, the elaborate beading and lace appliqué on this pearl wedding dress are absolutely stunning. Tiny pearls fan out from the high neckline and continue to the bodice, A-line skirt and train, creating an eye-catching pattern.

Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Platinum Collection Strapless Sweetheart Neckline Mermaid Wedding Dress

Strapless fit and flare gown with all over pearl detail

Your most special day calls for an equally unique wedding day look. Enter this stunning Ariel-inspired gown adorned with pearls, crystals, glass beads, sequins and pearl buttons.

Pnina Tornai Sleeveless Satin Square Neck Mermaid Wedding Dress with Pearl Belt

Satin strapless fit and flare dress with pearl belt

Sometimes less is more. The minimalist silhouette of this satin mermaid wedding dress is accented with a statement pearl belt giving off a sophisticated vibe.

Martina Liana V-Neckline Fit and Flare Wedding Dress

Fit and flare gown with plunging neckline, tulle skirt and floral applique with pearls

A classic mermaid silhouette is revamped with a plunging V-neckline, 3D flowers and plenty of beads and sparkling accents for a dazzling look.

Azazie Armadan BG Wedding Dress

Floral applique tulle gown with spaghetti straps

Delicate spaghetti straps complement this bridal gown that features floral lace appliqué, silver sequins and pearly beads. The scoop back enhances the elegant tulle skirt and cathedral train.

Essense of Australia Asymmetrical Wedding Gown with Beaded Tulle

Tulle asymmetrical sleeves and skirt with pearl beading on bodice

Channel your inner Greek goddess with this dazzling A-line tulle wedding gown. Tiny seed pearls and beads cover the off-the-shoulder neckline, then trail down the bodice and skirt, giving this eye-catching silhouette a romantic update.

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