There are traditional, minimal, ultra-feminine, bohemian, and vintage-inspired wedding dresses to fit a range of bridal aesthetics. And then, there are the spectacular, over-the-top, super-glitzy gowns fit for the most glamorous (and maybe even extra) of brides. What the red carpet is for celebrities is what a wedding day if for any bride-to-be, so why not go all out and really shine on your big day? Or, perhaps you’re getting married around the holidays and feel like a fanciful wedding dress would be a whimsical way to tie your wedding in with the festive season—especially for a New Year’s Eve wedding where the occasion unquestionably calls for all the sparkle and shine. A glitzy wedding gown is flawless for a holiday-themed wedding whether you already subscribe to a glamorous aesthetic or are planning a festive, winter affair.
If you’re all about the opulence with your wedding dress but want to stick with to white or ivory palette, sequins are a spectacular choice. From simple slip silhouettes to plunging V-neck designs and long sleeves, glittering paillettes are fanciful and fun without straying too far from a traditional bridal look. If you’re unabashed by color, blush, gold, or silver shades are dazzling and still feel decidedly bridal. Plus, if you’re the type of bride who's looking to get more wear out of your wedding gown, a sequin dress can easily be worn again for a New Year’s Eve party or black tie event down the road.
For more traditional brides craving glamour but find all-over sequins to be a little too flashy for a wedding dress, elaborate beading, pearl detailing, and rhinestones make for an ultra-glitzy gown from bridal white shades to shimmering silver and gold hues. Head-to-toe adornment is just right for scene-stealing brides from fringe-beaded column silhouettes with vintage appeal to flouncy tiers of chiffon with glittering beadwork. For just a skosh of sparkle and shine, a wedding dress with an embellished bodice or sleeves will make a simpler statement.
If you’re the type of bride to make a quick change for the reception or after party, a glitzy gown is a perfect second look, especially if you think a super sparkly gown would be overkill for the ceremony or you simply want to wear a more traditional gown when saying ‘I do’.
From simple sequins to elaborate beading, ahead scroll through our edit of 70 glitzy wedding gowns for a glamorous bridal moment.