Ballet-Inspired Wedding Dresses That Are Totally En Pointe

Dance your way down the aisle in these looks

Updated 03/03/17

Birds of a Feather

This season's feminine wedding dresses introduce a new plot twist: ballet influences. Lending a bevy of details like laced-up backs and cascading ruffles, the ballet world inspired designers who used it to reinvent the definition of romanticism in all things bridal.

There is certainly something delicate and beautiful in the effortless grace of a ballerina, an aspect that didn't go unnoticed in the details and fluidity of these latest wedding dresses. Think satin ribbon, soft layers of tulle, and breezy silhouettes.

No matter which way you look, there's no denying that ballet style has danced its way from the barre to the wedding aisle for a look that is utterly en pointe.

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Dresses With Lots of Movement

Christos Bridal Wedding Dress

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Floaty and lightweight, billowing shapes mimic the flowing elegance of a pointelle skirt as a ballerina twirls, as seen in Christos Bridal's airy chiffon "Mara" gown. Flutter sleeves and a cascading skirt are soft and romantic.

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Ruffles

Marchesa Wedding Dress

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Whether subtly gracing hemlines or taking over skirts in frothy layers, ruffles showed up in all shapes, sizes, and styles. This Marchesa stunner takes a larger-than-life approach, with floaty but structured asymmetrical tiers.

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Tutus

Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld Wedding Dress

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Tulle has always been a bridal-dress favorite, but never has it looked more ballet beautiful than when used in a tea-length wedding dress for a tutu-esque effect. This mini showstopper by Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld features a dropped waist, tulle, and lace—perfectly Swan Lake.

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Laced-Up Backs

Anne Barge Wedding Dress

Photo by Dan Lecca, courtesy of Anne Barge

Pointe-shoe detailing finds a new home on the backs of wedding dresses. Crisscrossed ribbon sweetly pairs with an embroidered lace back, creating a subtle statement above a flowing chiffon skirt in Anne Barge's "Marnie" dress.

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Flirty Bows

Sachin & Babi Wedding Dress

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There's nothing more feminine than pretty bows, the staple accessories for any ballerina. They turned up in droves on this season's runways, artfully designed into the most surprising of places. Just look at Sachin & Babi's chic cold-shoulder bows, artfully combined with another ballet trend, ruffles, in a slightly minimalistic look.

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Pink

Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Ballerina pink has fought its way past the wedding dress's classic color, emitting a soft, rosy-hued vibe. Monique Lhuillier's "Ballad" dress couldn't be more aptly named, as its whole design screams ballerina, from the wrap bodice with flutter sleeves to a rosette and ruffled skirt, all in an ethereal blush.

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