"Sheer backs with embroideries and appliqués are sexy, but still modest," says Brides Fashion Director Rachel Leonard. "I love that look." You'll love it too in our lineup of the season's smoldering open-back wedding gowns—because, after all, the recessional is just as dramatic of a moment on your wedding day as the grand entrance. Make every angle count with a dress that's both flattering from the front and behind, if not more so.
Lace-trimmed keyholes, for example, felt fresh for 2013 as an updated outlook on showing off a little skin, while most designers seemed to agree that romantic back details, like silk-covered buttons and beaded embellishments, elevate a wedding gown from simple to sizzling.
—Phillip B. Crook