One of Our Favorite Bridal Looks of the Moment? The Sexy Bride

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Sexy Wedding Dress Ideas

Photo: Courtesy of Berta; Elie Saab; Zuhair Murad

Long gone are the days when the traditional wedding dress reigned supreme. While it still has its devoted followers, a classic wedding gown also faces competition in the rising gown dubbed the "sexy dress." Known to make grooms do a double take and cause your grandma to blush, these daring dresses are marked by plunging necklines and backlines, snug silhouettes, and sheer (and sometimes translucent) fabric. The look has become a popular emerging trend among brides looking to go off the beaten path in search of the bold — thanks in large part to Mediterranean designers whose striking designs have really made a worldwide splash on the bridal scene within the past few years.

Israeli designers Galia Lahav, Inbal Dror, Mira Zwillinger, Berta Balilti, and Alon Livné and Lebanese evening-wear designers Elie Saab and Zuhair Murad are just a few of the standouts whose Mediterranean flair can be spotted in their namesake dresses a mile away. Besides imbuing a barer look into the bridal market, these more than talented designers have something else in common: they all take care to focus on flattering the shape of the bride's body to truly enhance her wedding day style — whether through nude lining and a special blending of fabrics or hidden corsets and customization.

This risqué aesthetic is ideal for the bride who wants to be hugged in all the right places and flaunt her figure. And while some dresses are a little more "scandalous," than others, there are options aplenty for brides who want to look appropriate while having a hint of sexiness. See for yourself — take a look at our favorite dresses from some of the Mediterranean designers' latest collections.

Sexy Mira Zwillinger Wedding Dress

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Mira Zwillinger
Delicate floral embellishments adorn an illusionary fabric in Mira Zwillinger's beautifully revealing Noelle dress, complete with a navel-baring neckline.

Sexy Galia Lahav Wedding Dress

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Galia Lahav
A grand trumpet skirt further accents an otherwise form-fitting silhouette donned with beading and appliqué in the front and an illusion back in this Galia Lahav design.

Sexy Zuhair Murad

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Zuhair Murad
Baroque-inspired embroidery and crystals make Zuhair Murad's Lucinda gown a work of art, with a fitted nude-lined bodice and see through skirt.

Sexy Alon Livne Wedding Dress

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Alon Livne
This sparkling Alon Livne dress couldn't be more glamorous. A see-through bodice with a plunging sweetheart neckline and spaghetti straps lend just the right amount of sexiness.

Sexy Elie Saab Wedding Dress

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Elie Saab
Body-hugging lace in this Elie Saab number is perfect for the bride looking to merge sexy and traditional in her wedding day style.

Sexy Berta Wedding Dress

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This dazzling number by Berta is rich in texture, with a streamlined silhouette, transparent and flowy skirt, and romantic embellishments brought together from top to bottom.

Sexy Inbal Dror Wedding Dress

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Inbal Dror
A baring V-neckline and fitted bodice make way for cascading ruffles that lend an ethereal and whimsical touch to this Inbal Dror gown.

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