50 Real Brides' Stunning Wedding Gowns

Wedding dress shopping can be completely overwhelming — how can a bride-to-be be expected to narrow down her taste and pick just one dress out of the plethora of styles and options? Luckily, we love staring at wedding dresses all day. So, we’ve rounded up some favorite stunning real bride looks to help you figure out what you want in your own wedding dress. From lace and satin to voluminous ball-gowns and minimalist sheath silhouettes, you’re bound to find one that inspires you.

By: Hillary Hoffower

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  • Beaded Beauty

    Beaded Beauty

    We’re loving this slip dress-inspired Eddy K look embellished with sequins for a little dazzle.

    Photo Credit: Alexandra Vonk

  • Sweet & Simple

    Sweet & Simple

    With cap sleeves, a lace bodice, and simple elegant train, this Lillian West gown is pure sweetness.

    Photo Credit: Aria Photography

  • Flower Power

    Flower Power

    We’re feeling all the whimsy in this delicate Needle & Thread gown, with colorful floral embroidery that creates a decadent bodice.

    Photo Credit: Janneke Storm

  • Mauve Magic

    Mauve Magic

    A mauve mermaid Vera Wang erupts in cascading ruffles for some refined drama.

  • Marvelous Mermaid

    Marvelous Mermaid

    Accented with a long, gorgeous veil, this strapless lace Madison James mermaid is seriously flattering.

  • Beautiful Ball Gown

    Beautiful Ball Gown

    How spectacular is this Anne Barge ball gown? A deep V and statement pleats come together for a clean look that puts a modern spin on tradition.

    Photo Credit: Photography Anthology

  • Classic Romance

    Classic Romance

    This ethereal A-line by Allure Bridals is classic and timeless, perfect for polished romance.

  • Glamorous Gown

    Glamorous Gown

    Rich in crystal and beaded embroidery, this curve-hugging Berta screams glam sophistication.

  • Princess Worthy

    Princess Worthy

    Bride Haylee looks like a total princess in this Maggie Sottero confection with a stunning lace halter bodice.

  • Two-Piece Perfection

    Two-Piece Perfection

    We can’t get enough of these stunning Kate Middleton-inspired lace sleeves in this Martina Liana bodysuit, paired with a Mori Lee tiered skirt.

    Photo Credit: Ken Viale Photography

  • Vintage Charm

    Vintage Charm

    Anna Campbell never disappoints — this gown is all feminine elegance with a hint of vintage, thanks to a scalloped bodice heavy in lace and beading.

    Photo Credit: Raconteur Photography

  • Modern Twist

    Modern Twist

    A sophisticated Justin Alexander gown has a bit of a modern flair, ideal for brides whose hearts vibe with the past.

  • Easy and Breezy

    Easy and Breezy

    Effortless and beautiful, this Stone Cold Fox dress is a dream for the laidback bride.

    Photo Credit: Jenn Emerling Weddings

  • Classic Beauty

    Classic Beauty

    This Maggie Sottero dream is pure feminine elegance, complete with lace off-the-shoulder sleeves and a tulle skirt.

  • Romantic Ball Gown

    Romantic Ball Gown

    Don't let this ball gown from Still White fool you — it's actually two pieces! A full tulle skirt and lace boatneck crop top are pure romance, perfect for this bride's Parisian elopement.

  • Train for Days

    Train for Days

    Would you look at that train!? This bride looked like she stepped straight out of a magazine editorial in a cascading WTC Studio dress, an airy and dreamy lace and tulle confection.

    Photo Credit: Lara Hotz Photography

  • Bejeweled


    A silver bejeweled bodice adds a subtle regal touch to this breathtaking gown by Casablanca Bridal.

    Photo Credit: Radion Photography 

  • Minimalist Beauty

    Minimalist Beauty

    Ravishing in all its minimalist glory, this understated Rachel Gilbert gown is striking with simplicity.

    Photo Credit: Lilli Waters

  • Lovely Lace

    Lovely Lace

    Modest, but flattering, this Calla Blanche lace wedding gown is every rustic bride’s dream. Just look at how good it looks in this gorgeous barn venue!

  • Sweet Romance

    Sweet Romance

    With a tulle skirt, sweetheart neckline, and draped off-shoulder sleeves, this Sarah Seven gown sings a romantic tune.

    Photo Credit: Someplace Wild

  • Light as a Feather

    Light as a Feather

    This bride dares to be different in an eye catching feathered ball gown skirt by Kelly Faetanini.

  • A-Line Shine

    A-Line Shine

    This masterpiece by Monique Lhuillier features a dazzling bodice embroidered with crystals and a simple A-line skirt for a look of subtle and stately glam.

    Photo Credit: Trynh Photo

  • Splash of Gold

    Splash of Gold

    Not your traditional dress, this Truvelle piece has subtle beauty with flittering gold sequins and pastel tones.

  • Silver Goddess

    Silver Goddess

    From a foggy gray skirt of ruffled layers to a silvery bodice in a cut-out floral design, this Hayley Paige dress is absolutely everything.

    Photo Credit: Scissortail Stories

  • Statement Bodice

    Statement Bodice

    A bodice with crystal beading, illusion fabric, and cap sleeves makes a statement with a billowing lace skirt in this Ines di Santo gown.

    Photo Credit: Betsi Ewing Studio

  • Spanish Flair

    Spanish Flair

    A strapless mermaid Lis Simon gown is full of flair and fun with a twirl-worthy silhouette. We love how it’s paired with a colorful embroidered shawl for some Spanish vibes.

    Photo Credit: Sara Lynn

  • Blushing Beauty

    Blushing Beauty

    This bride is a blushing beauty in a millennial pink gown by Crystal Design that’s both delicate and dramatic thanks to a frothy skirt, illusion fabric, and cascading white floral appliques.

  • Princess Dreams

    Princess Dreams

    This Lazaro ball gown is every princess bride’s fantasy, complete with voluminous skirt and illusion bodice for a look that is utterly magical.

  • Bold Blooms

    Bold Blooms

    It's all bold elegance in this strapless nude Jim Hjelm ball gown with a large embroidered rose print.

    Photo Credit: Art is for Lovers

  • Vintage Capelet

    Vintage Capelet

    A silk slip Jenny Yoo dress with sheer embroidered capelet combines ‘90s minimalism and ‘20s romance.

  • Whimsical Waterfall

    Whimsical Waterfall

    A waterfall hemline, crystal clusters that resemble polka dots, and lace trim gives this Madeleine Fig dress a whimsical feel.

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa

  • Classic Ball Gown

    Classic Ball Gown

    A timeless beauty, this classic and unadorned Lazaro will never go out of style.

    Photo Credit: Shannon Moffit

  • Queenly Cape

    Queenly Cape

    This bride is an absolute vision in a softly pleated Odylyne the Ceremony dress paired with a lace cape fit for a queen.

    Photo Credit: Jenny Smith & Co.

  • Rosy Whimsy

    Rosy Whimsy

    We're utterly in love with this blush Costarellos gown, from its pleated tiers and whimsical tulle overlay to its ruffled bodice for an ethereal and playful effect.

    Photo Credit: Egor Zhelov

  • Jane Austen Inspiration

    Jane Austen Inspiration

    Can you believe this beautiful ball gown was designed by the bride herself, in conjunction with New York Bride & Groom? Inspired by Pride & Prejudice, it would definitely get Jane Austen’s nod of approval.

  • Vintage Classic

    Vintage Classic

    How beautiful is this Alon Livné creation? With a silver beaded bodice and simple white skirt and train, it’s the perfect marriage of vintage and classic.

    Photo Credit: Tiffani Jones

  • Detailed Stunner

    Detailed Stunner

    Rich in detail and volume, this decadent dress from The White Room Salon is an absolute masterpiece.

    Photo Credit: Laura Rae Photography

  • '70s Vibes

    This '70s inspired silky Houghton gown is a '70s-loving bride's dream, with a deep V-neck, pockets, and Swarovski crystals. This bride paired it with a pendant necklace and glittering headpiece for a disco meets indie feel.

  • Modern Minimalism

    Modern Minimalism

    A little bit sassy, a little bit sweet, this custom Erin Grey Couture two-piece is completely original, with subtle statement blooms and a modern look.

  • Satin Sophistication

    Satin Sophistication

    This refined Suzanne Neville satin gown is perfect for the sophisticated bride. Just look at those shiny layers, flattering neckline, and crystal belt!

    Photo Credit: Kristian Leven

  • Two Piece Lace

    Two Piece Lace

    Nothing compares to the stunning lace in this two-piece Prada gown. An absolute work of art if we ever saw one!

    Photo Credit: Marina Koslow

  • Glam Sequins

    Glam Sequins

    Sequined and silver, this glam dress by One Day Bridal is a showstopper. We’re loving a sexy front slit with modest long sleeves!

  • Princess Dreams

    Princess Dreams

    A ball gown silhouette, illusion lace, and matching tulle veil lend this Watters bridal look a fairytale charm.

  • Clean and Simple

    Clean and Simple

    Crisp and clean with a statement cape and structured silhouette that fits like a glove, this Caroline Hayden gown proves the power of less is more.

    Photo Credit: Almond Leaf Studios 

  • Old World Romance

    Old World Romance

    This beautiful Marchesa gown emits old world romance vibes, thanks to an ornately embroidered bodice and gold tones.

    Photo Credit: Sposto Photography

  • Victorian Romance

    Victorian Romance

    A high collar and buttoned front lend this Maria Lluisa Rabell gown Victorian vibes.

  • Vintage Pink

    Vintage Pink

    Soft pink hues, flutter sleeves, floral adornments, and sparkling accents in an Art Deco design — we're loving the modern 1920s inspiration behind this Rachel Gilbert gown.

  • Garden Vibes

    Garden Vibes

    Custom-made by Sarah Janks, this delicate and romantic gown has a dreamy botanical feel with floral appliques and godet pleats.

    Photo Credit: Jose Villa

  • Classic A-Line

    Classic A-Line

    A lace Pronovias A-line keeps things classic and sweet, coupled with a lace trimmed veil for a final touch — a perfect look for the traditional bride.

    Photo Credit: Julia Kaptelova

  • Romantic Cascades

    Romantic Cascades

    Just look at that statement train of cascading ruffles! It’s safe to say Winston Yeh of Kenneth Winston outdid himself with his bride Jenny's custom-made gown (it was designed by his mother!).

50 Real Brides' Stunning Wedding Gowns

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