Although elegant wedding dresses can be found across all silhouettes, one common thread that each shape has in common is that they shun sparkle and striking details, favouring understated features. This stunning style also ignores bridal fashion and stays true to classic, timeless looks as seen on Pippa Middleton and Ellie Goulding.
With elegant wedding dresses expect cap sleeves, off-the-shoulder bateau necklines, minimal detail and good tailoring. High necklines also fit the style’s stringent criteria.
10 elegant dresses we love are styles 18318, 18322, 18353, 18401 and 18604 from our Victoria Jane collection and styles 69501, 69553, 69656, 69570 and 69702 from our Ronald Joyce collection. Let us talk you through each one in detail…
Ballgown fans could be mistaken in thinking the voluminous silhouette is too extravagant to exude elegance, but three classic Mikado satin ballgowns deliver just that. India, style 18318 is a strapless ballgown wedding dress with a matching waistband, open back and cascading bridal buttons that delivers the perfect simple style for spring and summer weddings.
More suited to older brides and winter nuptials, Devan, style 69553 is a ¾ sleeve ballgown with a beautiful off-the-shoulder lapel neckline, flattering pleated waistband, closed back and cascading bridal buttons to the hemline. Similarly, Doliana, style 69570 is a sophisticated off-the-shoulder ballgown wedding dress with a bold collar, delicate beaded belt and cascading bridal buttons to the hemline.
If you’re a tall bride, styles 18604 and 69702 offer elegant silhouettes without a continuous line thanks to subtly detailed bodices and contrasting plain fit and flare skirts. We love the sweetheart beaded lace bodice in style 18604 and feminine 3D floral appliques and shoulder straps in style 69702.
Cap sleeve fans who seek elegant bead detailing will love Farah, style 69656, a Mikado fit and flare wedding dress with exquisitely beaded capped sleeves and a matching beaded neckline and delicate waist belt. Despite its detail, its classic tailoring, capped sleeves and high neckline exude elegance. Cascading bridal covered buttons and a puddle train also add to the sophisticated style.
For a modern, flattering neckline, Walker, style 18401, is a backless A-line Mikado wedding dress with a sophisticated halter neckline, matching beaded feature straps and a delicate bow belt detail on an otherwise understated silhouette. We think it’s picture-perfect from all angles and suited to a younger bride.
If you like the elegant look of off-the-shoulder style wedding dresses, two timeless styles that won’t disappoint are 18353 and 69501. Ivana, style 18353 is a plain Mikado fit and flare featuring a statement collar and cascading bridal buttons while Dafne, style 69501 is an elegant Mikado satin off-the-shoulder A-line wedding dress with a subtle lace applique bodice and contrasting plain skirt.
Our final pick is perfect for brides seeking a modern style and less structured fabric. Made from plain chiffon and crepe, Inna style 18322 exudes modern elegance thanks to its simple A-line silhouette, v-neckline, pleated bodice and plunging v-shaped back.
We hope you found this blog on elegant wedding dresses informative and inspiring.
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Written by Lucinda Bell.