18 Vintage Wedding Dresses to Inspire Your Bridal Style

Beaded embellishments, sassy hemlines and sultry satin silhouettes are are the foundation of this old school era of bridal gowns.
by Andrea Fowler

"Vintage" is a word that people sometimes throw around without really knowing which decade they're referring to. For brides looking for that old school "of a different era" wedding gown vibe, you can definitely refer to the style as vintage as long as the time period falls roughly between the 1920s and 1980s. 

You can get into decade-specifics to really nail down what you're looking for, like the art deco style of the roaring 20s or the free-spirited bohemian charm of the 70s. To help you find the perfect dress, here are some of our favorite vintage-style wedding dresses from real brides. 

  1. Flowing Half-Length Sleeves

    Vintage-style wedding dress by Mike Benet
    NBarrett Photography
  2. '20s Art Deco Embellishments

    Art deco inspired beading and embellished Sue Wong wedding gown
    Emma Clearly Photo and Video
  3. Modern Vintage Style

    Elopment wedding dress from Nordstrom with a vintage vibe
    Kiel Rucker Photography
  4. Lace Fabric Inspiration

    Vintage-inspired handmade lace wedding dress
    Addison Studios

    Gown designed by the bride (Using a vintage lace tablecloth!)

    From: A Vintage, Springtime Outdoor Wedding at Mercury Hall in Austin, Texas

  5. '40s Tea-Length Gown

    Vintage-style Justin Alexander tea-length wedding gown
    Nicole Sarah Photography
  6. Beaded Capelet

    Vintage-inspired bridal look and BHLDN wedding gown
    Sarah Rose Burns Photography
  7. Long-Sleeved Lace

    Long sleeved lace Anne Barge wedding gown
    Brandon Kidd Photography
  8. Sheer Lace Details

    Fitted wedding gown by Pronovias with sheer lace details
    Jono & Laynie
  9. Eclectic Beading

    Jenny Packham vintage-style wedding gown
    Benji Haisch
  10. Sexy Satin

    Form Fitting satin wedding gown by Maggie Sottero
    Leah Barry Photography
  11. Cap Sleeve Details

    Jenny Packham bead embellished wedding gown
    Imagen Photos
  12. '70s Style Beading and Headpiece

    Vintage '70s style wedding dress by Amanda Wakeley
    Imagen Photography
  13. Collar Neckline

    Vintage-inspired wedding gown with a high lace collar
    Lauren Schwarz Photography
  14. Golden Age Gown With a Detachable Train

    Vintage-inspired detatchable wedding gown by Claire Pettibone
    Laura Ford
  15. Satin and Lace Capelet

    Vintage bridal look with a handmade champagne-colored dress
    Emma Freeman Photography
  16. Off-the-Shoulder Glam

    Vintage-inspired wedding gown by Justin Alexander
    Michelle Lange Photography
  17. Tea-Length Tulle

    Vintage-style Demetrios wedding gown with tea-length hemline
    Ryan Price Photography
  18. '70s Something Old

    Vintage heirloom wedding gown
    Lightbloom Photography

    Vintage 1979 wedding dress from the bride's mother

    From: A Garden-Style, DIY Wedding at Anthony Wayne House in Paoli, Pennsylvania

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