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 21 breathtaking backless wedding dress options from designers like Danielle Frankel, Galia Lahav, and more.
For Asymmetrical Details: Fame & Partners Francois Dress
Size range: Custom sizing | Length: Floor-length | Material: Matte satin
The asymmetrical open back on this unique dress is unexpected and exciting. For a hint of Grecian charm, go for this number.
For a Micro Wedding: Valentine Avoh Lena Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Midi | Material: N/A
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.
For the Boho Bride: Jenny Yoo Beale Dress
Size range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Satin
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.
For the Ultra-Feminine Bride: Amsale Billie Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Crepe
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.
Most Striking Keyhole: Grace + Ivory Elle Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Cotton lace
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.
Most Ornate: Kim Kassas Prima Ballerina Style 87 Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Silk chiffon
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.
Lowest Back: Galia Lahav G-512 Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Lace
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!
Most Beautiful Ruffle Detailing: Oscar de la Renta Wedding Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: N/A
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.
For a Garden Ceremony: Monique Lhuillier Roxy Dress
Size range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: N/A
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!
For a Hint of Old Hollywood: Shona Joy La Lune Balloon Sleeve Open Back Maxi Dress
Size range: 0-12 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Lenzing ecovero, viscose
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.
Most Elegant: Shona Joy La Lune Circle Sleeve Backless Maxi Dress
Size range: 2-10 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Lenzing ecovero, viscose
This graceful gown is perfect if you're searching for a backless dress for your winter wedding. We love the elegant circle long sleeves and the tie detailing on the back.
Best Sparkle: Katie May All aDream Micro Sequin Gown
Size range: XXS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Nylon, Poly
This glittering gown is perfect for the bride who isn't afraid to make a statement. In addition, the cowl neckline and cowl back are incredibly luxe.
For the Edgy Bride: Retrofête Valentina Dress
Size range: XXS-XXL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester
Calling all edgy brides! We are in love with the gold chain detail, which adds a modern and unexpected element to this otherwise classic gown.
For the Minimalist Bride: Olivia von Halle Issa Ivory Slip
Size range: XXS-L | Length: Midi | Material: Silk charmeuse
Simple and timeless, this midi dress is a stunning choice for a second look (or even first) bridal look. Style with glittering heels or a statement clutch.
Most Romantic: Danielle Frankel Charlie Gown
Size range: 0-12 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Silk wool
This dreamy number from Danielle Frankel features soft draping and a raised cowl neck. Bring this look to the next level with a pair of opera gloves.
For the Classic Bride: Sophie et Voilà Bhristy Dress
Size range: 34-46 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Polyester
Less is more with this simple gown from Sophie Et Voila. Pair with soft waves and glowy makeup.
For the Boho Bride: Grace Loves Lace Inca Gown
Size range: XS-XL | Length: Floor-length | Material: Nylon, silk
We can't help but dream of this dress at a rustic barn wedding. Style with a wildflower bouquet and a tousled updo.
Best Sleeves: Anne Barge Alys Gown
Size range: 0-24SP | Length: Floor-length | Material: Mikado, silk chiffon
While the striking train is certainly eye-catching, the true star of this gown is the statement bishop sleeves. The cuffs are embellished with pearls and sequins.
For the Glam Bride: ASOS Edition Genevieve Linear Sequin Wedding Dress
Size range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Sequin mesh
The sequin embellishments and backless detail on this sparkling gown is a perfect match for the bride who wants something festive. Add in your favorite diamond earrings.
Most Unique: Rotate Miley Open Back Long Dress
Size range: 0-8 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Faux feather
Make a grand entrance in this dramatic feather number, which features a chapel train and a deep V-neck.
What to Consider When Shopping For a Backless Wedding Dress
When shopping for a backless wedding dress, you should keep a few important factors in mind. For example, a backless dress doesn't provide as much bust support compared to other wedding dresses with a higher or more structured backline. If you are worried about the lack of support, consider a backless dress with a t-strap detail or another clasp that will provide additional structure. Comfort is key—it's important for feeling your most confident self in your bridal gown. With that being said, there are also an array of advanced undergarments on the market that will keep you looking and feeling your best. From backless bras, sewn in cups to uniquely cut shape wear and tape specifically intended for bust support, there is a vast selection of options to choose from. We recommend speaking with your bridal consultant or alterations specialist to inquire about the best products for your specific dress, body type, and desired look.
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.