21 Wedding Dresses With Bows

From dramatic to understated

Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

Most brides-to-be strive for an ultra-stylish moment on their wedding day—after all, it’s the moment where you get to live out your fashion fantasies. Since it’s such a special and momentous occasion, you may be of the mind to try a silhouette or detail that you wouldn’t normally don in your everyday life whether that’s a unique silhouette, fanciful flourish or an elegant train. A wedding dress with a bow is a great style to consider if you're aiming for a bit of whimsy whilst you say ‘I do’. The look is fanciful and feminine but not so over the top that you’ll feel totally extra. Bows are incredibly classic, especially in the bridal world and myriad options are on offer from dramatic to understated.

A voluminous sash is a classic way to wear a bow on your wedding day—a signature style by Oscar de la Renta. Often done in a structured fabric like silk Mikado or taffeta, an ample bow can cinch your waist like a belt to create a flattering shape and come together in the back to flow into an extended train or simply fasten along your spine. You can also opt for a bow that ties along your side, centered at your middle or off-kilter in the front. Another theatrical way to wear a bow is as a cape-style train that fixes at your shoulders and flows down the back of your gown just so.

Straps with bows are stunning and typically a more subtle way to wear them. A one-shoulder style formed into a bow is super elegant. Likewise for a modern version fixed to the bustier of a strapless silhouette or a smaller, refined bow that’s worked into the shape of the dress along the bust. A halter neck gown á la the newly minted Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle is a striking way to wear a bow, too. Simply tied at the neck, the accent appears refined but fashion forward.

Whatever style of bow you like, ahead, we’ve culled an edit of 21 romantic styles for you to consider for your wedding day. Get inspired.

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David's Bridal Faille Mermaid Petite Wedding Dress with Bow Back

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David's Bridal Collection Satin Mermaid Plus Size Wedding Dress with Bow

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Tadashi Shoji 'Marietta' Halter Neck Bow Gown

Courtesy of Tadashi Shoji

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $648

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Oleg Cassini Bow-Shoulder Mikado Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Oleg Cassini

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $658

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Truly Zac Posen Seamed Satin Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Truly Zac Posen

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Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Bow Detail Sleeveless Gown

Courtesy of Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $995

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White by Vera Wang Bow-Back Petite Wedding Dress

Courtesy of White by Vera Wang

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Watters 'Delphine' Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Watters


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Sachin & Babi 'Emma' Gown

Sachin & Babi

Sachin & Babi

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Ines Di Santo 'Promise' Silk Satin Gown

Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

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Amsale 'Elona' Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Amsale

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Carolina Herrera 'Harley' Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

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Isabelle Armstrong 'Renata' Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Isabelle Armstrong

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Kaviar Gauche Vivienne's Lace Dress Deluxe

Courtesy of Kaviar Gauche

Kaviar Gauche

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Inbal Dror Wedding Dress

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Lakum Collection 'Monica' Bustier and 'Mae' Skirt

Courtesy of Lakum


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Livné 'Tilda' Wedding Gown

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Lela Rose 'The Barrone' Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Lela Rose

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Temperley London 'Octavia' Dress

Courtesy of Temperley London

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Viktor & Rolf Mariage Dramatic Bow Bach Column

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf

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Monique Lhuillier Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

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