Wedding Dresses That Wow

What makes a single wedding dress stand out on a rack of 10 other wedding gowns? Take a look.
by Heather Levine
  1. Flawless Fit

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    What separates this style? Its ultra-slimming details -- a corset bodice and jeweled belt.

    Tulle gown by Lazaro, $3,960; feather hairpin by CastleBride Couture, $140; diamond earrings by Van Cleef & Arpels, $29,600; diamond necklace by Cartier, price upon request


  2. Divine Details

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    It's the oversize bloom that makes this sophisticated trumpet silhouette feel so special.

    Taffeta gown by Judd Waddell, $4,000; birdcage veil by CastleBride Couture, $336; diamond drop earrings, $4,850, and three layered necklaces, from $1,925, all by Me&Ro

  3. Top-notch Texture

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    Tucks and folds with a touch of wispy fringe; now that's our idea of a ball gown that's simple but not boring.

    Organza gown by Rivini, $4,100; veil by Sara Gabriel, $226; pearl and crystal earrings by MEG Jewelry LLC, $62; crystal necklace by Ashley Darryl Designs, $325

  4. Perfect Pickups

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    Bustles in all the right places add volume without overwhelming a petite frame.

    Silk taffeta gown by Watters Brides, $2,800; hoop earrings by Me&Ro, $4,350; bracelet by MEG Jewelry LLC, $375; diamond ring by Tacori, $7,960 (not including center stone)

  5. Supreme Shimmer

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    A sprinkling of glitter and suddenly this princess gown is even more romantic.

    Tulle gown by Disney Fairy Tale Weddings by Alfred Angelo, $899; vintage crystal necklace by Ashley Darryl Designs, $580; diamond engagement ring by Cartier, starting at $3,975; lemon quartz ring by Vanna K, $4,220

  6. Sheer Glamour

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    See-through straps and head-to-toe sequins are proof that a sheath can be downright enchanting.

    Tulle gown, $5,400, belt, $700, and gloves, $990, all by Reem Acra; headband by Sara Gabriel, starting at $279; platinum earrings by Stephen Russell, $90,000 (Expensive? Yes. Gorgeous? Definitely.); engagement ring by Cartier, starting at $3,975

  7. Ideal Volume

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    These tiny layers are the ultimate way to add texture with very little bulk.

    Silk gown by Ann Taylor, $495; hair band with beadwork and French netting by Laura Jayne Bridal Design, $225; earrings by Cartier, $23,800; platinum and pearl tassel necklace by Stephen Russell, $65,000; gold ring by Shaesby, $3,290; platform sandals by Stuart Weitzman, $498

  8. Great Lengths

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    At first glance, the white sequin blooms seem most striking, but it's the hi-low hemline (and an excuse to splurge on new shoes) that makes this gown unique.

    Silk Mikado gown by Carolina Herrera, $13,490; filigree leaf comb by Tigerlilly Jewelry, $120; platinum earrings by Stephen Russell, $30,000; platinum engagement ring by J.Birnbach, $52,375; satin pumps by Sergio Rossi, $505

  9. Impeccable Shape

    photo by Sandi Fellman / The Knot

    If you think ruching is slimming, you're in for a treat. Diagonal pleating takes figure flattery to a whole new level.

    Tulle gown by Melissa Sweet, $3,375; diamond necklace by Van Cleef & Arpels, $143,000; diamond earrings, $12,453, and engagement ring, $4,086 (not including center stone), both by Vanna K; headpiece by Laura Jayne Bridal Design, $130; clutch by Judith Leiber, $1,995


    Photography: Sandi Fellman
    Fashion Stylist: Annabet Duvall
    Set Stylist: Sara Foldenauer
    Hair: Noah Hatton for Cutler/Redken
    Makeup: Wei Lang for Sarah Laird
    Flowers: Chestnuts in the Tuillieries

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