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.
by the knot
  1. Gilded Heirlooms

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

    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.

    Dress, $1,295, Cape, $4,500, TheiaCouture.com; Necklace, vintage Chanel, WhatGoesAroundNYC.com

  2. 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.

    Dress, $16,500, HoughtonNYC.com; Choker, $4,710, AmedeoNYC.com

  3. 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, Leibish.com; Hat, $250, EricJavits.com; Boots, stylist's own

  4. 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.

  5. 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, TwingsAndHoney.com; Engagement ring, $6,500, AnnaSheffield.com; Earrings, $2,970, AmedeoNYC.com


    Want more wedding dress inspo? Shop more gowns here!

  6. 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, TheTailoryNYC.com; Hat, $295, BijouVanNess.com; Belt, stylist's own

  7. 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

  8. 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, AmedeoNYC.com

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