Lace wedding dresses are some of the most beautiful, and lace remains one of the most popular wedding dress fabrics. It’s held in very high regard due to its fine craftsmanship, and it’s used by the biggest designers across the world.
Featured above: Elmina by Pronovias
Lace is a very traditional, flattering material and has been a strong and steady wedding dress trend for many years due to its elegant and timeless appeal. While it’s commonly associated with the vintage look and style and makes for some gorgeous vintage wedding dresses, designers have been experimenting for years with this feminine fabric to come up with unique, stylish, innovative designs to suit a range of personalities, personal styles, and wedding themes. Whether you’re looking for a wedding dress that’s classic and simple or dramatic and modern, leading bridalwear designers boast comprehensive collections of stunning lace bridal gowns. Check out eleven of our favourite styles below.
11 Phenomenal Lace Wedding Dresses
1) Vintage Glamour
Lace is a classic option for brides who love the vintage look, and lace wedding dresses can be decorated with beads and sequins, crystals, gems, and pearls to echo vintage styles such as Victorian- or Roaring-Twenties-inspired designs. For example, this modest fit and flare gown features beaded lace and tulle topped with Swarovski crystals, a stunning illusion neckline, cap-sleeves, and scoop back, and pretty crystal buttons.
Featured above: Rosanna from the “Lucienne Collection” by Maggie Sottero Designs
2) Slinky and Sassy
Fancy something sassy and sophisticated? This sleek, strapless fit and flare gown features a plunging neckline and back that fits the bill! Made from stretch Georgette and beaded lace, this figure hugging dress creates a stunning bride.
Featured above: Marnie by Enzoani
3) Designer Elegance
One of the biggest trends is illusion lace. Lace appliqués are applied to a very sheer and soft net, giving the illusion that the lace has been applied to the skin as opposed to being part of the dress. Notice how the illusion lace on this beautiful ballgown wedding dress goes from the collar to the shoulders and down the arms to create an elegant cuff. Gorgeous!
Featured above: PH6028 Ballgown by Phoenix Gowns
4) Simple and Classic
Although lace is intricate and detailed, it doesn’t have to be fussy. This stunning, classic A-line dress is the perfect example of “less is more” as the lace work fades out below the hips in a sophisticated, subtle ball gown style.
Featured above: Style 8835 by Justin Alexander
5) Statement Modern
Make a statement with a bold high-low dress! Bang on trend, this modern design is for a bride who wants a contemporary look that makes an impact. The hemline is accentuated with a dramatic embroidered lace trim which has also been used to frame the illusion neckline. Accessorise with a fantastic pair of shoes and opt for an up-do to create a very striking look.
Featured above: Style 879 from the Demetrios Collection
6) All-Over Lace
Lace comes in many forms and gives a huge range of stunning effects—some lace is denser and heavier with ornate designs dancing right across the material. For example, this beautiful long-sleeved wedding dress from Maggie Sottero features pretty lace motifs atop netting and tulle, dramatic lace trims, and a subtle V-back. It would be an especially perfect wedding dress for an autumn or winter wedding!
Featured above: Hailey Lynette from the “Lucienne Collection” by Maggie Sottero Designs
7) Bohemian Beauty
Lace wedding dresses can be soft, light and floaty with more delicate designs to make a very beautiful bohemian wedding dress. As proven with the below French- and Japanese-lace gown, open backs look especially fantastic.
Featured above: Inca Gown by Grace Loves Lace
8) Lace Appliqué
Lace appliqué is where pieces of handmade lace are stitched to parts of the dress to create a truly breathtaking effect. You can get simple and sweet appliqués on the cuffs of your sleeves, intricate appliqués across the entire bodice and down the arms, and glamorous, beaded appliqués that cascade across the entire gown.
Featured above: Elmina by Pronovias
9) Colourful Lace
Lace wedding dresses look stunning in all manner of shades, so don’t be afraid to try out different colours. For example, white lace over ivory satin, pale pink tulle or blue-silver silk looks extraordinary and black lace over a white gown to create a monochrome wedding is exquisite. And pastel-coloured lace is so, so lovely.
10) The Best of Both Worlds
Some brides love the idea of a plainer wedding dress like Meghan Markle’s but still want a touch of lace. Get the best of both worlds with a wedding dress like the below from Justin Alexander. It’s a gorgeous silk Dupion ball gown with an unadorned skirt but a stunning, high-necked lace bodice that looks phenomenal.
Featured above: Style 88001 by Justin Alexander
11) Antique Vintage
Vintage wedding dresses are stunning, and while you can buy a brand new one made in the vintage style (such as the beautiful gown shown below complete with long lace sleeves, sash belt, and Swarovski and crystal embellishments), some brides decide to wear a dress full of history and sentimental value—one that their mother or even their grandmother wore for her wedding day.
Featured above: Camilla by Katya Katya
Unfortunately, many brides find that these vintage wedding dresses have stained with age or just been generally spoiled after so many years sitting in a box (these days, wedding dresses can be professionally stored to minimise this kind of damage). Ideally, you should seek professional advice on how to treat older materials like lace when both preserving your wedding dress and when bringing an older dress out of its box. There are special tricks and techniques to cleaning a wedding dress that a professional will know, but if you attempt it yourself you run the risk of ruining the dress and any delicate materials. (You do have other options too: you could have a dress custom-made using the same or a similar design as the older dress. Or, if you really want to, you could have the original retouched—e.g. you could take parts of the original dress and put them with something newer. Some brides even make their own dress from scratch or have it tailor-made.)
Completing Your Wedding Look with Lace
Lace adds a pretty elegance to the wearer, but it doesn’t have to be through your wedding dress. For example, lace accessories include wedding shoes, sleeves or gloves, veils and other wedding hair accessories—even beautiful cloaks, jackets, boleros, or even belts.
Featured above: Style 8961G Lace Bridal Gloves and Style 8920C Lace Wedding Cape by Justin Alexander
Aren’t lace wedding dresses beautiful? Keep your wedding dress in top condition after your big day with a special storage case or acid-free box (or even a specialty frame!)