50 Wedding Dresses With Gorgeous Back Details

Pretty in the front, party in the back

Courtesy of Victor & Rolf Marriage

Some brides are all about the drama. While there are plenty of over-the-top gowns on the market, we’re for choosing a design that’s all about the back if you’re looking to turn heads. It’s all about that unexpected quality of a gown when you turn around to take the breath away from your fiancé, wedding party, and guests.

Design details like intricate lace panels, voluminous bows, cut outs, artfully placed straps, and built-in trains make for a striking back whether you go for a mermaid, A-line, or ball gown silhouette. Even minimal shapes like a column gown or slip dress can come with an attention-grabbing back—it only takes a few considered accents to give a subtler dress outstanding quality.

For the bride looking to have her fairytale moment, Pronovias delivers on high-octane glamour. The Niara Wedding Dress from their Atelier Collection appears so simple in front, cut with a high bateau neckline and made from crisp crepe. Then, from the back, the gown opens up into sheer tulle, adorned with gemstones and thread embroidery appliqué that extends into a dramatic train. A wow-moment to a T!

For the city bride, we love Oscar de la Renta’s floral lace Lola gown with an oversize silk-faille obi bow. Talk about jaw-dropping. Carolina Herrera’s Fernanda gown is likewise a sophisticated choice, skimming the body just so with a large bow fixed to the one-shoulder strap. Lela Rose delivers on unexpected drama, too. Dimensional flowers adorn a sheer back panel to perfectly set off the sleek and subtly flared design.

Minimalists can get in on the back action, too. Sophie et Voila, Victor&Rolf Marrige, Amsale, Jenny Yoo, and Temperly London each have crafted perfectly simple shapes with cut-out backs that make for a chic and dramatic reveal of skin.

In the mood for something sexy? Look no further than French bridal designer, Rime Arodaky’s Aston wedding dress with a low back, sheer panels, and dainty floral appliqués. Inbal Dror offers va-va-voom, too, with a strapless tulle gown complete with a sheer corset-style back that gives the effect of lingerie. Oh, la, la!

Ultra-feminine brides-to-be will appreciate frilled designs like Johanna Ortiz’s tiered gown with ruffled sleeves and a cut-out back or Mira Zwillinger’s romantic Florence gown with a high Victorian-style neck and wispy tulle down the center of the back.

Feeling a bit extra? Zuhair Murad’s Cydni dress with an exceptionally ornate cape is unbelievably striking.

Whatever your bridal aesthetic, we’ve culled 52 wedding dresses that are all about the back. Scroll through for inspiration ahead.

Courtesy of Dany Mizrachi

Wedding Gown, price upon request, Dany Mizrachi

Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Crepe Long Sleeved Wedding Dress with Beaded Illusion Back, price upon request, Justin Alexander

Courtesy of Rime Arodaky

Aston Wedding Dress, price upon request, Rime Arodaky


Celine Gown, price upon request, Anne Barge

Courtesy of Foxiedox

Chiffon Sash Scalloped Lace Gown, $595, Foxiedox available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Crepe Long Sleeved Wedding Dress with Beaded Illusion Back, price upon request, Justin Alexander

Courtesy of Zuhair Murad

Cydni Dress With Cape, price upon request, Zuhair Murad

Courtesy of Maggie Sottero

Evangelina Gown, price upon request, Maggie Sottero

Courtesy of Amsale

Dillon Gown, $2,475, Amsale

Courtesy of Sabrina Dahan

Corinne Gown, price upon request, Sabrina Dahan

Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

Fernanda Bridal Gown, price upon request, Carolina Herrera

Courtesy of Mira Zwillinger

Florence Gown, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger

Courtesy of Sophie et Voila

Gown, price upon request, Sophie et Voila

Courtesy of Laure de Sagazan

Garbo Top and Drieu Undercover, price upon request, Laure de Sagazan

Courtesy of Hayley Paige

Gwen Sleeveless Grecian Draped Bodice Chiffon Gown, $3,960, Hayley Paige available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of White by Vera Wang

High Neck Halter Wedding Dress, $798 - $848, White by Vera Wang available at David's Bridal

Courtesy of Elise Hameau

Jim Calais Lace Top and Neal Calais Lace Skirt, price upon request, Elise Hameau

Courtesy of Whistles

Juliet Wedding Dress, $1,399, Whistles

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

Janey Gown, $878, Tadashi Shoji

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Kennedy Silk 4 Ply Crepe Gown, $3,200, Jenny Yoo


Koko Wedding Dress, price upon request, Morilee

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

Melissa Gown, price upon request, Lihi Hod

Courtesy of Atelier Pronovias

Niara Wedding Dress, price upon request, Atelier Pronovias

Courtesy of Temperly London

Octavia Dress, price upon request, Temperly London

Courtesy of Jewel

Jewel Cap Sleeve Satin Plus Size Wedding Dress, $499.99, Jewel available at David's Bridal

Courtesy of Victor & Rolf Marriage

Open Back Tulle Gown, price upon request, Victor&Rolf Marriage

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

Promise Silk Satin Gown, $4,790, Ines Di Santo available at Nordstrom

Courtesy of Katie May

Noel and Jean Camilla Gown, $1,001, Katie May available at Shopbop

Courtesy of Sachin & Babi

Strapless Dress, price upon request, Sachin & Babi

Courtesy of Berta

Style 18-124 Wedding Dress, price upon request, Berta

Courtesy of Allure Bridals

Style: 9306 Fit-And-Flare Gown, price upon request, Allure Bridals

Courtesy of Inbal Dror

Style BR-18-15-C Wedding Gown, price upon request, Inbal Dror

Courtesy of Honor

The Kitty Gown, $10,795, Honor

Courtesy of Odylyne The Ceremony

The Lilith Gown, price upon request, Odylyne The Ceremony

Courtesy of Lela Rose

The Notting Hill, price upon request, Lela Rose

Courtesy of Alon Livné

Tilda Gown, price upon request, Alon Livné

Courtesy of Galia Lahav

Zenia Gown from the Florence By Night Collection, price upon request, Galia Lahav

Courtesy of Johanna Ortiz

El Arte De Amar Dress, $6,500, Johanna Ortiz available exclusively at Moda Operandi

Courtesy of J. Mendel

The Aria, $4,990, J. Mendel available at Moda Operandi

Courtesy of Liancarlo

Style 7806 Alencon Lace on French Tulle Over Sequins Sleeveless Mermaid Gown with Illusion Neckline, price upon request, Liancarlo

Courtesy of Anya Fleet

Sophie Bridal Dress, price upon request, Anya Fleet

Courtesy of Wtoo by Watters

Telvanise Dress, $1,595 - $2,324, Wtoo by Watters

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