Ever since we watched Cinderella as children, we’ve been huge fans of the princess ballgown wedding dress. In fact, it’s one of our favourite silhouettes.

When they first became popular seventy years ago, ballgowns dominated 1950s bridal couture thanks to their show-stopping ability and fashion icons such as Grace Kelly and Audrey Hepburn wearing them on their wedding days. Since then, the ballgown wedding dress has remained a popular choice among brides who want to wow as they walk down the aisle.

Whether you’re looking for a strapless style, off-the-shoulder look or long sleeve gown, our award-winning wedding dress designer Veni Infantino has created a princess ballgown wedding dress for every season and bride.

In this blog, we take a look at 10 contrasting styles from our Ronald Joyce and Victoria Jane collections to help inspire and inform you when choosing your perfect slim waist and huge skirt silhouette. First stop - the strapless ballgown.

Strapless princess ballgown wedding dresses

Particularly suited to petite brides, the strapless ballgown is as iconic as the silhouette itself. With so many beautiful styles to choose from, we’ve selected two firm favourites to showcase.

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First in focus is Davina, style 69538, a romantic strapless ballgown wedding dress featuring exquisite 3D floral appliques, a touch of subtle sparkle, a sweetheart neckline and detachable off-the-shoulder tulle cap sleeves. An open back and sweeping train complete the stunning style which is available in three colours - blush, ivory and white.

Brunette lady standing in front of white house background wearing strapless, beaded ballgown wedding dress Brunette woman standing in front of light windows wearing strapless wedding ballgown dress with  cropped lace jacket cover up

For the understated, glamorous bride we recommend Hope, style 69201, a beautiful ballgown featuring a pearl-beaded bodice, contrasting plain tulle skirt, ruched tulle waistband and v-cut open back. A 3/4 sleeve lace illusion jacket with matching pearl beaded collar is available for a sophisticated cover-up for church ceremonies (sold separately as style 69226).

Strappy princess ballgown wedding dresses 

Whether you’re seeking a supportive shoulder strap or delicate and detachable design, ballgowns with straps are huge right now. Despite so many delectable choices, we’ve whittled down our favourites to three styles - 18463, 69426 and 69559.

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For the modern bridal princess we have Welrose, style 18463, an understated on-trend plain Mikado ballgown with delicate beaded straps, a plunging v-neckline and striking open back complete with cascading bridal buttons to the hem.

Woman standing in front of sea landscape wearing blush pink wedding dress decorated with colourful 3D floral detail Blonde lady standing in front of scenic landscape garden wearing pink ballgown wedding dress with brightly coloured flower details

If you dream of wearing something non-traditional with a touch of colour then you’ll appreciate Celestina, style 69426, a bold ballgown wedding dress featuring beautiful 3D floral appliques, delicate straps, a fitted v-neck bodice and voluptuous skirt. We think it's picture-perfect for brides who want to wow available in blush, claret, navy and ivory, or for the more traditional bride in plain white or ivory.

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If you loved Hope (69201) but were looking for a strappy option, then you’ll love Dulia, style 69559 which is perfect for petite princesses who want to exude elegance thanks to a pearl beaded sweetheart bodice, contrasting plain organdie skirt, open buttoned back and sweeping train. Delicate beaded detachable straps complete the silhouette, providing two effortless looks. 

Long sleeve ballgown wedding dresses 

Long sleeve fans are spoilt for choice with styles 18572, 69717 and 69726.

Man and woman embracing on wedding day while woman wears strappy ballgown wedding dress with beaded bodice Woman standing in front of scenic church and tree wearing princess ball gown wedding dress with beaded bodice and long sleeves

Modern day princesses wanting full on glamour and the ability to switch sleeve styles will love Vally, style 18572 thanks to its beaded tulle bodice, matching detachable sheer sleeves and contrasting satin ballgown skirt complete with concealed pockets. An on-trend Bridgerton inspired scoop neckline and back conclude the stunning contemporary look. This dress has been a huge hit with our stockists!

Brunette lady standing in front of ornate cast iron gates wearing princess ballgown style wedding dress with full sleeves and 3D floral detail Back image of woman standing in front of decorative gates wearing ballgown wedding dress with long tulle train and lace embroidered  bodice

69717 is our next style suited to brides planning a church ceremony and seeking a romantic dress to suit. This exquisite lace applique A-line wedding dress has a stunning illusion high neckline, matching long sheer applique sleeves and fabulous 3D floral detailing. An organza and tulle skirt and integrated sweeping cathedral train help create a memorable silhouette. We think this dress is going to be huge thanks for celebrities such as Paris Hilton and Lily Colins recently opting for high necklines for their nuptials.

Brown haired lady standing on street in Barcelona wearing long lace sleeved ballgown wedding dress and veil Brunette woman sitting on decorative street bench in Barcelona wearing princess style ballgown wedding dress with lace applique straps

Our final favourite, style 69726, is also suited to both full and cap sleeve fans and features exquisite floral embroidered detail, a plunging v-neckline and glitter and lace tulle skirt complete with a sweeping cathedral-length train.  Detachable illusion sleeves provide the option for an off-the-shoulder cap sleeve or full-length, depending on your personal preference, season and venue – of to change up your look from day to night.

Off-the-shoulder princess ballgown wedding dresses

Brides seeking an off-the-shoulder princess ballgown will delight in styles 69551 and 69553.

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Dawn, style 69551 is a romantic off-the-shoulder organdie ballgown wedding dress with a ruched bodice, gentle v-neckline, floaty voluminous skirt and open back while Devan, style 69553 is a structured Mikado ballgown with off-the-shoulder 3/4 sleeves, a striking lapel collar v-neckline, closed back, cascading bridal buttons and a sweeping train. We think style 69553 would look fabulous on older brides who want to wear a flattering big wedding dress that’s age-appropriate and not too fussy.

Woman standing in front of gates and garden wearing mikado ballgown wedding dress with distinctive collar detail  Back image of blonde lady standing in front of ornate gates and garden wearing ballgown wedding dress with keyhole back detail

And, for brides who regard themselves as bridal queens, these regal style ballgowns may be more fitting – Inma, style 18359, Harmony, style 69212 and Florence, style 69617. We particularly love the distinctive high collar and blouson sleeves of style 69627 and the plunging halter neck, delicate bow waist detail and striking open back in style 18359.

Brunette woman standing in garden in warm and sunny climate wearing off the shoulder ballgown wedding dress with delicate bow detail Woman stood in villa garden on sunny day wearing off the shoulder princess style ballgown wedding dress with embellished waist belt detail

If you need a dress quickly, we also have a range of ballgown wedding dresses available on quick delivery with shorter lead times of approximately 8-10 weeks. These popular picks are perfect for bridal princesses with looming nuptials and include style 18407 from our Victoria Jane collection and styles Robyn, style 68060, Nora, style 69326, Dafne, style 69501, Deliza, style 69507, Dawn, style 69551 and Flora, style 69611 from our Ronald Joyce collection. 

We hope you found this blog on princess ballgown wedding dresses informative and inspiring.

If you’d like to view more ballgowns, you can browse our entire wedding dress collection and filter by silhouette.

You can also find our latest ballgown wedding dress styles and real bride photos on Instagram and Facebook pages.

Written by Lucinda Bell.