When it comes to big day decisions, picking the perfect dress is right up there with the venue and the groom (of course). But before you say “yes to the dress,” there’s a lot to consider. For starters, you’re going to be photographed from every conceivable angle, so you want something that wows from all directions.
Which brings us to the backless gown. For brides looking to turn heads, this sexy silhouette is guaranteed to do just that. (Besides, why should your front get to have all the fun?) Imagine the gorgeous photos of you walking down the aisle or your first dance as a married couple.
Backless gowns are nothing short of show-stopping. And whether your sartorial sensibility skews more classic or contemporary, there’s a style that’s sublime for you. Need some inspiration? Scroll through for 17 stunning real brides who brought sexy back on their big day.
Blair and Cale’s wedding at The Peninsula Chicago exuded timeless elegance—from the white floral-clad grand ballroom to the bride’s crêpe fit and flare gown from Mikaella Bridal. We love the open back, bow sash, and long train!
Arielle and Tim exchanged vows in an oceanfront ceremony at the historic Adamson House in Malibu, California. The bride radiated boho allure in an Essense of Australia dress.
Meghann knew that if there’s one day to step into the limelight, it was her wedding. She looked absolutely breathtaking in a low-backed Ines Di Santo dress when she married Andrew at Rancho Las Lomas in Silverado, California.
Desert elegance defined the esthetic of Shelley and Blake’s nuptials at Troon North Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. The bride wore the first gown she tried on—a corded lace confection by Katie May—and skipped the veil, allowing the beauty of the dress to shine.
We don’t know what’s more stunning, the Gothic-style architecture of Bryn Athyn Church—where Erin and John exchanged vows—or the bride’s exquisite Katie May gown, replete with a sweetheart neckline, open-back and illusion tulle skirt with ruched detail.
While every detail of Jean and Eric’s outdoor wedding at Hummingbird Nest Ranch was flawlessly executed, the bride’s lace applique Watters Wtoo dress was the real show-stopper.
Katie and Brandt said “I do” at the Santa Barbara courthouse. The bride looked like a vision in her Martina Liana dress as she ascended the staircase hand-in-hand with her groom.
Move over Elsa! Bess donned a dreamy Jin Wang design when she wed Austin in a serendipitous golden winter-themed ceremony at Union Hill Inn in Sonora, California.
Colette and Payam threw a black-tie bash on New Year’s Eve. “I chose a backless style because I felt like it added that wow factor without being over the top. I didn't want too many embellishments on my dress, but I knew I still needed to stand out.” Her glamorous Willowby by Watters gown was certainly worth celebrating!
Lauren looked like a modern-day princess in an ivory, Alençon lace, and tulle Morilee dress when she married Reid in June 2017. “The dress was everything I imaged—the right combination of sophistication and sex appeal.”
Carmini and Troy’s garden-inspired, summer ceremony took place in Wangaratta, Australia. The bride’s champagne sequined White Runway frock set the tone for the festivities.
Laura and Derek said “aloha” to tropical chic. The bride sported a Watters lace dress and flower crown befitting of the island-inspired soiree in Kona, Hawaii.
Gabriella and Eric tied the knot at The Winfield Inn in her home state of Texas. The bride looked every bit the Southern belle in her graceful Pronovias gown.
Alison and Tyler wed at Willow Lane Barn in Alberta, Canada. The rustic setting beautifully juxtaposed the refinement of her Mikaella Bridal dress.
The lush foliage and towering palm trees of Fort Lauderdale served as the backdrop for Yoko and Regis’s entrance into matrimonial bliss. The bride’s low-back dress struck the balance between tropical and timeless.
Mandy and Will wed at Villa Montalvo, a private estate-turned-park in Saratoga, California. “When it came to my dress, I wanted to look back in 20 years and still love the way I looked.” Her ivory English net over champagne charmeuse Alvina Valenta gown emanated eternal appeal. Mission accomplished!
Shelby married Ragan in an outdoor ceremony at his family’s estate in Georgetown, Texas. Her Moroccan silk Martina Liana dress—at once elegant and easy to wear—reflected the spirit of the backyard bash.