Victorian-Inspired Wedding Dresses To Obsess Over

​Every love story deserves some old-fashioned romance. Look to the Victorian era for breathtaking bridal style that will stand the test of time.
The Knot
Updated Jul 15, 2020

Victorian Wedding Dress Details to Look For

Gothic Inspiration

No one ever said you had to stick to the color white. It's your wedding day. You get to call the shots--including what color you want to rock. A striking black Victorian-style wedding dress can make a big impression. Bold and dramatic, these black gowns are absolutely stunning. Choose one with a flattering mermaid silhouette or go with one that has black lace and tulle detailing.

Chic Corsets

If you really want to look like you've stepped back in time, go for a Victorian wedding dress with a corset. A tight-laced bodice form will show off your figure while exuding feminine charm.

Long-Sleeved Wonders

Some of the most enchanting Victorian-inspired wedding dresses feature whimsical long-sleeve styles. You'll find ones boasting sheer poet sleeves, while others have lace or embroidered angel-style sleeves. Whether you want tight-fitting sleeves or ones that loosely flow to your sides, they are certain to bring the style up a notch.

Gilded Heirlooms

Theia wedding dress and cape with a vintage Chanel necklace
Bettina Lewin

If you're the kind of bride who loves scouring antique shops and finding treasures from the past, then a Victorian-style wedding dress may be right up your alley. Victorian-inspired wedding dresses exude charm and elegance while harkening back to a romantic era. These lovely and whimsical gowns are ideal for the bride who likes one-of-kind pieces. They're perfect for showing off your sense of style while veering away from more contemporary and modern looks.

Whether you're searching for Victorian wedding dresses with high necklines and long sleeves or billowing tiers and lace embellishments, we have the ultimate dress inspiration. Explore some of our favorite Victorian-inspired wedding dresses and styles and you're certain to fall in love with the gown of your dreams.

Vintage gold jewelry is a luxe take on the "something old" tradition. Drape a thick chain over a high collar to make a stunning regal statement. Visit local antique shops to find real Victorian gems that will perfectly match the style of your wedding gown.

Dress, $1,295, Cape, $4,500,; Necklace, vintage Chanel,

Fanciful Frock

Houghton floral-print gown
Bettina Lewin

Your second dress is the perfect opportunity to show off your whimsical side. A floral-print gown with cascading ruffles of silk flowers is pure festive fun. Light and breezy, a style like this will look magical on the dance floor.

Dress, $16,500,; Choker, $4,710,

Lovely Laces

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress with lace-up boots
Bettina Lewin

Who says boots can't be bridal? Traditional lace-ups add some rustic flair to a dainty shorter number.

Dress, $3,400, Monique Lhuillier; Engagement ring, $6,150,; Hat, $250,; Boots, stylist's own

Monique Lhuillier strapless wedding dress with lace-up boots
Bettina Lewin

Inspiration from another era can lend romance and elegance to a 21st century wedding. From striking silhouettes to opulent accessories, velvet sashes to lace capes, it all adds a touch of old world sophistication. Check out these looks from our "Great Expectations" shoot (featured in our Winter 2015 issue) and prepare to be transported.

Fluttery Frills

Twigs and Honey organza wedding dress
Bettina Lewin

If you're planning to dance the night away, consider a gown with billowy tiers. A lightweight fabric like organza is structured but still twirl worthy.

Dress, $2,450,; Engagement ring, $6,500,; Earrings, $2,970,

Want more wedding dress inspo? Shop more gowns here!

Buttoned Up

Watters blush wedding dress with a white blouse
Bettina Lewin

Layer a crisp white blouse over a blush ball gown for a ladylike look that's simple and oh so chic.

Dress, $2,475, Watters Brides; Shirt, $150,; Hat, $295,; Belt, stylist's own

Dreamy Ending

Eugenia wedding dress with an open back
Bettina Lewin

Open backs have been big for a few seasons, but an intricate combination of antique buttons, flowy chiffon and lace appliqué leaves a lasting impression.

Dress, $4,250, Eugenia; Engagement ring, $6,380 (not including center stone, band not pictured) Simon G. Jewelry

Classic Revival

Rosa Clará wedding dress with a sweater and black velvet sash
Bettina Lewin

Formal pieces like a ball gown and velvet sash give a cozy, bridal-worthy sweater serious black tie appeal.

Dress, from $5,000, Rosa Clará; Engagement ring, $4,550 (not including center stone), Kirk Kara; Necklace, $2,380,

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