24 Alluring Backless Wedding Dresses for the Bold-Inclined

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There are few dress designs quite as alluring as an open back. It's a detail that's impossible to ignore and even more impossible to resist. If you're looking to create a memorable style moment for your wedding day that feels slightly nuanced, a backless bridal gown ought to check off that box. 

What Is a Backless Wedding Dress?

A backless wedding dress is any bridal gown that features an opening in the back—whether it’s a keyhole, interesting cutout, or an entirely exposed, low back.

The beauty of a backless wedding dress is that it works with a diverse array of silhouettes. Regardless if it's a minimalist long-sleeve mini for courthouse nuptials or a full-skirted organza gown for a black-tie ceremony, an open back translates to each and every style seamlessly. If you've pondered over the idea of a plunging neckline but can't find the perfect match, consider switching over to a piece that shows off your back for an exquisitely enticing alternative.

Ahead, discover 24 breathtaking backless wedding dress options from designers like Danielle Frankel, Galia Lahav, and more.

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For the Romantic Bride: Les Reveries Open-Back Gown

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With two front thigh slits, flutter sleeves, and a romantic open-back detail, this bohemian wedding dress is idyllic. Wear for an outdoor garden ceremony with simple strappy sandals.

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For a Hint of Old Hollywood: Reformation Geranium Dress

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This backless delight with a fitted bodice and relaxed skirt oozes Old Hollywood vibes with its off-white hue and silky texture. You'll be looking for excuses to wear it over and over again.

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For the Sleek Minimalist: Stella McCartney Open-Back Stretch-Crepe Gown

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This stretch-crepe number from Stella McCartney exudes a sleek, minimalist aesthetic with long sleeves and an open back. This particular gown was inspired by Rihanna's Met Gala appearance in 2014—sold.

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Best Sleeves: Emilia Wickstead Sharonella Open-Back Dress

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The wool-crepe fabric of this gorgeous white dress lends a flattering, figure-defining silhouette that drapes perfectly. The high neckline and ruched sleeves contrast the open-back for a stylishly balanced silhouette.

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For the Low-Key Outdoor Ceremony: Loannes Camilla Open-Back Maxi Dress

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The dramatic open-back and statement-making ruching in the front lend this dress a decidedly cool aesthetic. The cotton poplin fabric feels right for a ceremony in the sun.

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Most Sparkly: Jean-Ralph Thurin Shimmer Dress

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The embroidered illusion sleeves and backless detail on this sparkling gown is a perfect match for the bride who wants something festive. Add in your favorite diamond earrings.

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Best Embellishments: Elizabeth Fillmore Bridal Empress Embroidered Backless Gown

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Stunning tulle and 'vine and butterfly' embroidery make the dramatic open back on this gown all the more beautiful. Wear with a soft pink lip and natural hair.

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For the Relaxed Bride: Christopher Esber Open-Back Crystal-Tie Dress

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The relaxed, slouchy fit on this open-back dress from design darling Christopher Esber would be perfect for a beach ceremony or even a rehearsal dinner. For a hint of glam, don't miss the crystals on the ties in the back.

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Best ‘90s Nod: Carolina Herrera Harrison Open-Back Gown

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The slim t-shaped straps in the back of this white slip dress feel like a chic nod to the '90s. The whole look is perfect for a minimalist bride. 

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Best Strap Detailing: Danielle Frankel Ava Open-Back Wool-Silk Gown

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Danielle Frankel is a favorite for modern backless wedding dresses and this wool-silk satin dress speaks to a high-fashion aesthetic while still feeling wearable and comfortable. The 'self-tying' straps and dramatic open back are sure to leave an impression.

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Most Fashion-Forward: Loewe Embroidered Pleated-Sleeve Open-Back Crepe Dress

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A Loewe creation is for a very specific bride: The kind who eschews tradition and embraces a unique, stylish direction. This embroidered pleated-sleeve open-back crepe dress is inspired by the romantic silhouettes of the 16th and 17th centuries but still manages to feel quite modern.

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For the Sweet-and-Simple Bride: Violette Tannenbaum Luella Dress

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The lace trim around the open back on this simple, sweet wedding dress is understated romance at its finest. Plus, the two-piece set gives off a modern vibe.

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Most Modern: Self-Portrait Broderie Midi Dress

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The intricate detailing of this white midi dress is playful and fresh. The backless detail also lends a modern finish that would look gorgeous with a pair of 90s-inspired heeled sandals. 

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For Asymmetrical Details: Fame & Partners Francois Dress

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The asymmetrical open back on this unique dress is unexpected and exciting. For a hint of Grecian charm, go for this number.

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For a Micro Wedding: Valentine Avoh Lena Dress

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If you're opting for a micro wedding or an elopement, you might be searching for a simple white dress as opposed to a full gown. Enter this backless number—it's charming, a little bit sexy, and ideal for a low-key ceremony.

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For the Boho Bride: Jenny Yoo Beale Dress

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An empire waist and flutter sleeves come together for a romantic, feminine gown that's made alluring by the open-back detail. A relaxed up-do and strappy sandals will make for a strong finish.

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For the Ultra-Feminine Bride: Amsale Billie Dress

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If you don't want an entirely backless dress but want a peek of skin, try this number from Amsale featuring a bow detail—it strikes the perfect balance.

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Best Lace Trim: Nouvelle Amsale Lucine Gown

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The only thing better than a backless dress is a backless dress with delicate lace trimming, as evidenced by this halter-neck gown. The covered buttons trailing down the seam make this number a classic choice.

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Most Striking Keyhole: Grace + Ivory Elle Dress

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The peach-champagne underlay on this striking lace dress is a good fit for the bride who doesn't want an entirely white gown. The dramatic keyhole in the back also offers an unexpected element.

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Most Ornate: Kim Kassas Prima Ballerina Style 87 Dress

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It doesn't get more intricate than a bridal creation from Kim Kassas, and this backless number is the ultimate showstopper. Italian swan embroidery and a pearl-adorned bodice make the textural quality of this gown especially heavenly.

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Lowest Back: Galia Lahav G-512 Dress

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Be bold in this ultra-low backless gown that features a lace overcoat and textured sheer pink petal 3D embellishments. Ethereal and sexy in one!

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Most Beautiful Ruffle Detailing: Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress

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Floral-shaped ruffles line this off-the-shoulder gown, giving the back an open, bold quality that's well-suited for the romantic bride-to-be. Stick with an up-do to let the backless detail shine.

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For the Refined and Elegant Bride: Lela Rose The Adelaide Dress

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A smart pick for the sleek minimalist, this high-neck silk crepe dress featuring long sleeves and a column gown is beautifully punctuated by the inset pearl details and open back.

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For a Garden Ceremony: Monique Lhuillier Roxy Dress

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A long-sleeve wedding dress is an especially strong pick for a backless detail because it contrasts with the more conservative detailing in the front. Balanced and beautiful!

FAQ
  • Is there a time of year that’s best to wear a backless wedding dress?

    No, backless wedding dresses are appropriate for all seasons. However, if you’re getting married during the colder months, consider choosing a wedding dress with long sleeves to offset the opening in the back.

  • What should I wear under a backless wedding dress?

    There are plenty of shapewear solutions and undergarments that are suitable for a backless dress. Depending on the structure of your gown, a seamstress may be able to sew cups into the bodice of the dress, too.

  • Is there a hairstyle that works best with a backless wedding dress?

    Some brides opt to put their hair up with an open-back dress so you can see the detail unobstructed. However, if you want a laid-back look, you can leave your hair down so it casually drapes over the back—the choice is yours.

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