Make a Statement in These Bow Wedding Dresses

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Dobrina Zhekova - The Knot Contributor.
by 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 Oct 29, 2021
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Bow details are a sophisticated and versatile way to fancy up your wedding day look and add a touch of playfulness to your vibe. While you may associate bows with a prim and proper (or preppy) aesthetic, a bow wedding dress can just as easily skew modern, boho or minimalist, depending on how its most notable feature is incorporated into the design.

A gown with a large back bow that cascades down the skirt and transforms into a sweep train is ideal for a formal look, while a delicate front bow belt is a great way to highlight your waist. Shoulder straps that tie into bows add a whimsical element, while brides looking to make a statement will heart a bow in a contrasting color like black. Below, peruse 21 gorgeous ways to wear a bow on your big day.

ML Monique Lhuillier Lionel One-Shoulder

bhldn plain white wedding dress with one shoulder sleeve with bow flowy skirt and slit

A sleek bow and a sexy slit enhance the modern look of this one-shoulder column gown. You could wear it to your rehearsal dinner or after party if you've planned for more formal wedding weekend celebrations.

Oleg Cassini Lace Removable Bow Train Plus Size Wedding Dress

david's bridal off white wedding dress with bow back train allover lace and flowy skirt

The detachable vertical bow—which cascades into a sweep train—is the star of this lace wedding dress. The rest of the dress is kept timelessly simple, with a sheath silhouette, exaggerated sweetheart neckline and scalloped trim train.

Naeem Khan Sanibel Wedding Dress

naeem khan plain white wedding dress with bow waistline and bow trimmed short sleeves v-neckline and pleated flowy skirt

Why go for one when you can have three bow details? Naeem Khan's Sanibel short sleeve silk gazar wrap gown features puff sleeves and a tie belt, all accented with elegant bows. The breezy style has a casual air about it, making it perfect for a City Hall celebration or beachside bash.

Morilee by Madeleine Gardner Brinkley Wedding Dress

morilee white wedding dress with small bow belt deep v allover lace cap sleeves and form fitting skirt

If you're not into statement bows, then you're going to love this romantic and incredibly chic embroidered lace appliqué wedding dress. An oh-so-delicate bow belt beautifully highlights the waist, while the illusion open back—adorned with covered buttons and floral lace appliqué motifs—looks mesmerizing.

Viktor&Rolf VRM290 Plunging Bow Back Mermaid Wedding Gown

viktor and rolf plain white mikado wedding dress with oversized bow back train deep v-back long button lined sleeves and pleated flowy skirt

This chic Mikado mermaid wedding dress features a bateau neckline that transforms into a plunging V-back accented by a large bow. Covered buttons cascade down the long sleeves and add an element of surprise to this sleek and sophisticated number.

Anne Barge Celine Wedding Dress

anne barge white wedding dress with oversize bow back train scoop back thick lace straps lace chest and plain flowy skirt

The statuesque silhouette of this mermaid wedding dress oozes class and timeless appeal. The large bow on the back extends to the train, giving off major regal vibes, making the silhouette an ideal option for a black tie wedding.

Oscar de la Renta Look 9 Wedding Dress

oscar de la renta white wedding mini dress with one shoulder sleeve with oversized bow ruching and short skirt

An oversized bow tops off this one-shoulder wedding dress, transforming it into a complete showstopper. The mini silhouette and allover ruched detailing make it the perfect after-party dress—literally, can you imagine the amazing Instagrams you'd take in this baby?

Lela Rose The Waverly Wedding Dress

lela rose white wedding dress with oversized bow back v back allover lace spaghetti straps and pleated ball gown skirt

Effortlessly sophisticated, this timeless gown is probably what comes to mind when we mention bow wedding dresses. In the back, a detachable bow belt highlights the fitted waist of this gorgeous ball gown (made from beautiful daisy jacquard), while the classic silhouette features spaghetti straps and a plunging V-neck.

Allison Webb Sleeveless V-Neckline A-Line Wedding Dress

kleinfeld bridal plain white wedding dress with oversized bow back train thick straps scoop back and pleated ball gown skirt

Describing this dress as sophisticated would be an understatement. The super-stylish A-line gown features a skirt with pleats, a plunging V-neck and a low scoop back that finishes with a large bow, resulting in a truly impressive ball gown. The attention to detail here is also extraordinary—check out the pearl trim on the bodice and the elaborate floral print on the Italian jacquard fabric.

Stella York Romantic Boho Wedding Dress With Tulle Bow Straps

essence of australia white wedding dress with bow tie straps v-neckline lace chest and plain pleated ball gown skirt

Bows don't necessarily have to be bold. In this case, delicate tulle straps tie into charming bows at the shoulders, enhancing this ball gown's romantic, fairy tale-worthy silhouette.

Vera Wang Helen Wedding Dress

vera wang plain white wedding dress with black bow back deep v back long mesh sleeves form fitting pleated flowy skirt and love lower back wording

Talk about making a statement—literally. Not only does this mermaid wedding dress feature the word "love" written on the lower back, but it also has a large black back bow. While we can admit this style probably isn't for everyone, it's a great option for a high-fashion bride looking for something that will make jaws drop.

Sareh Nouri Cecilia Wedding Dress

sareh nouri plain white strapless wedding dress with oversized side bow sweetheart neckline pleated chest and waistline and pleated flowy skirt

A romantic sweetheart neckline, cathedral train, elegant drapery and statement bow elevate the classic strapless silhouette of this ball gown. Wear it with a classy chignon and drop earrings for a sophisticated wedding day look that will remain timeless for decades to come.

Ines di Santo Beau Wedding Dress

ines di santo white wedding dress with open back with rose spaghetti strap and lower back bow and plain skirt with flowy tulle train

This modern plunging halter neckline sheath has a dramatic backless silhouette complemented by a rose accent and a statement bow train. The sleek shape would be the ideal accompaniment to a modern museum or art gallery wedding.

Amsale Bow Back Shift Dress

amsale plain white mikado wedding shift dress with off the shoulder sleeves with bow back and short skirt

This structured knee-length ivory wedding dress is made from weighted Mikado fabric and cuts a sleek and modern silhouette. The off-the-shoulder shift wraps around the arms and ties in a pretty back bow. Bonus: It boasts side pockets, which we know you'll find a use for.

Rime Arodaky Lennon Dress

rime arodaky plain white wedding mini dress with detachable oversized back bow train long puffy sleeves deep v back and short skirt

Long bell sleeves—designed for extra drama—and a plunging back with a detachable bow train jazz up this mini dress made for the modern bride. Wear it with a pair of gorgeous stilettos and a clutch bag for the perfect '70s-inspired after-party look.

Twigs & Honey Opal Silk Tulle Bow Sleeve Gown

twigs and honey white wedding dress with bow tie straps light beading allover tulle with pleated ball gown skirt

This ethereal gown was made for twisting and twirling on the dance floor. Silk tulle shoulder bows and beaded embroidery embellish the romantic silhouette, which includes a full skirt and a deep V-back.

Sachin & Babi Archie Dress

bhldn plain off white wedding mini dress with oversized back bow train v back thick straps and short skirt

This minimalist little white dress transforms into a gorgeous statement maker, thanks to a large detachable bow with trailing streamers. Another bonus? You can easily re-wear it postwedding since it has such a classic look.

Elie Saab Spring 2022 Look 11 Wedding Dress

elie saab white strapless wedding dress with bow chest and pleated tulle ball gown skirt

This classic ball gown—which made its debut at Spring 2022 Bridal Fashion Week—takes the bow motif to a whole new level. The signature accent is incorporated into the sweetheart-shaped crepe bodice for a subtle but eye-catching look.

Carolina Herrera Rachael Wedding Dress

carolina herra plain white wedding dress with oversized back bow train v back thick straps floral embroidery and pleated flowy skirt

The exquisite beaded floral embroidery and big bow on the back are enough to put this bridal gown into greatest hits territory. We also love the drama and playfulness of the deep V-neckline—it's a great way to show a little skin without feeling super exposed on your big day.

Amsale Rachel Wedding Dress

amsale plain white strapless wedding dress with double back bows and form fitting flowy skirt

Two pretty draped taffeta bows ensure this sleek and classy bridal dress is just as Instagram-worthy from the back as it is from the front. It also has a classic straight, sleeveless neckline and fit-and-flare silhouette cut from silk faille that has a subtle sheen to it.

Sareh Nouri Daisy Wedding Dress

sareh nouri white wedding midi dress with ribbon bow back neckline allover embroidered flowers and flowy tea length skirt

Show up for your City Hall nuptials in this gorgeous Sareh Nouri knee-length number that is a true work of art. It is made from allover embroidered floral petals and boasts a pretty swingy skirt and darling back bow.

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