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.