33 Wedding Dresses With Pearl Detailing, From Minimal to Glamorous

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Wedding dress embellishments run the gamut from intricate beading to shimmering crystals and lace appliqués. But for a look that's a little less glitzy, a tad more classic, and utterly elegant just the same, look no further than wedding dresses with pearls. Like a timeless pearl strand or pair of stud earrings, a wedding dress with pretty pearl detailing equates to total sophistication, whether you choose a voluminous ball gown, minimal sheath, or spirited mini

All-over pearl detailing makes a stunning statement, and a trending design feature we love for any venue or celebration. Lately, designers are all about subtle pearl touches for a unique feel, in combination with tea-length and mini dress silhouettes. These styles work well–and are a playful option for virtual nuptials–as a unique look for a second wedding celebration after an intimate affair, a secondary reception, or a late-night look. 

Meet the Expert

  • Andrea Louie Brown is a divisional merchandise manager at BHLDN and is based in San Francisco, CA. She oversees buying for all categories at the brand, working with internal and external teams to curate BHLDN’s full product assortment–from wedding gowns to accessories and lingerie.
  • Pia Panaligan is the director of styling and visual design at David’s Bridal and is based in Philadelphia, PA. With a thorough knowledge of bridal fashion, current trends, and an acute eye for fit and detail, she articulates the brand's voice each season by styling their digital and print fashion editorials and brand visuals.

“Pearls are a great, modern update to traditional beading,” says Andrea Louie BrownBHLDN’s divisional merchandise manager. “They look great sprinkled throughout a gown or delicately trimmed.” Pia Panaligan, the director of styling and visual design at David’s Bridal, tells Brides, “Whether all over or lightly splattered, [pearls are] such an elegant and classic accent.” Noting their versatility, she adds, “They go with every dress, lace or silk.” 

If a wedding dress with pearls isn’t quite your taste, there’s another option: accenting a bridal look with pearls, whether it be a veil or a dramatic cape. Louie Brown notes, “Pearls look great on a layering piece, to add extra dimension to your look!”

Wherever you are on the pearl spectrum, ahead, scroll through our edit of 33 styles for every taste and budget.

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For the Minimalist Bride: Imad Eduso Bridal Lucy Dress

Imad Eduso Bridal

Courtesy of Imad Eduso Bridal 

Featuring delicate pearl detailing along the square neckline, this dress is minimalist in the front and statement-making in the back! The oversize bow acts as a train for a dash of drama that we love for “I do’s.”

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Best Illusion Detailing: Watters Kai Wedding Gown

Watters Kai Wedding Gown

 Courtesy of Watters

If you’re here for illusion detailing, look no further than this beautiful crepe gown. It’s encrusted with delicate beads and pearls to emphasize the V-back and sweeping train.

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Best Vintage-Inspired Design: Catherine Deane Kellyn Gown

Catherine Deane Kellyn Gown

Courtesy of BHLDN 

Channel the mood of the 1920s in this stunning gown by Catherine Deane. This showstopping gown features an intricate pearl back and cap sleeves—perfect for vintage-loving brides.

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Best Pearl Clustered Embroidery: Savannah Miller Amber Wedding Gown

Savannah Miller Amber Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Savannah Miller 

Savannah Miller’s minimal gown including clustered pearl embroidery is utterly modern, with a romantic touch of pearls along the neckline and straps. We can picture this on a bride at a sleek city venue. 

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Best Budget: Lulus True Love White Beaded Rhinestone Maxi Dress

Lulus True Love White Beaded Rhinestone Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Lulus 

A pearl wedding dress under $300 does exist! And it’s sexy to boot, featuring a plunging neckline and sheer mesh bodice ornately detailed with faux pearls and rhinestones. 

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Best A-Line: Oleg Cassini Large Floral Applique Beaded Strap Wedding Dress

David's Bridal

Courtesy of David's Bridal 

This quintessential bridal gown epitomizes romance, featuring a full A-line skirt and waist-accentuating bodice. For a modern touch, delicate pearls line the criss-cross straps as a beautiful counterbalance to the voluminous silhouette. 

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Best Cape: Amsale Jay Wedding Gown

Amsale Jay Wedding Gown

 Courtesy of Amsale

Capes continue to trend in the bridal space, and this pearl-adorned version is a masterful approach to the look. The detailing feels perfectly whimsical and stands out against the otherwise minimal design. 

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Danielle Frankel Sloane Wedding Gown

Danielle Frankel Sloane Wedding Gown

 Courtesy of Danielle Frankel 

Danielle Frankel’s wedding dresses perfectly suit a fashion-forward bride with a taste for trends. Case in point: this ultra-sleek off-the-shoulder design with bold baroque pearls. 

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Best Under-$250: Azazie Cersei Bridal Gown

Azazie Cersei Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Azazie

Flapper-inspired glamour might seem expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! Enter: this gorgeous vintage-inspired wedding gown to suit any pearl-loving bride on a budget. 

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Best Long-Sleeve: Lela Rose The Adelaide Wedding Gown

Lela Rose The Adelaide Wedding Gown

 Courtesy of Lela Rose

Though this minimalist long-sleeve gown is already modern, inset pearl detailing gives it an extra-special touch that we love for classic brides. Enhance the effect with a pair of pearl earrings on the big day, be it a classic stud or modern design. 

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Best Mermaid: Kosibah Imogen Wedding Gown

Kosibah Imogen Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Kosibah 

This pearl-adorned gown hits a high note for the bride in the mood for a mermaid silhouette. With an otherwise minimal design, the classic adornment is beautifully in focus. 

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Best Halter: Markarian A Fight for Love and Glory White Pearl-Embellished Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Dress with Sash

Markarian A Fight for Love and Glory White Pearl-Embellished Broderie Anglaise Cotton Midi Dress with Sash

 Courtesy of Markarian

If you’re not a gown gal, or if you're looking for a second-wedding dress with an elegant but relaxed feel, this Markarian gown is sublime. Cut from broderie Anglaise cotton, it’s perfect for warm weather “I do’s,” with a flattering halter neckline and dramatic sash. 

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For the Fanciful Bride: Maggie Sottero Rosette Pearl Long Sleeve Ball Gown Wedding Dress

Maggie Sottero Rosette Pearl Long Sleeve Ball Gown Wedding Dress

 Courtesy of Maggie Sottero

This pearl long sleeve ball gown is the dream dress for a fanciful bride and pearl lovers–providing full-on glamour via exquisite beading and an illusion neckline. We can picture it at a dreamy countryside venue abroad for a modern, fairytale feel. 

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Best One-Shoulder: Hayley Paige Pearl Gown

Hayley Paige Pearl Gown

 Courtesy of BHLDN

Strapless gowns may be the go-to for brides aiming to highlight their decolletage but consider a one-shoulder silhouette, like this striking A-line style, for a similar effect. With pearl detailing in the mix, this look is as timeless and romantic as ever. 

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For the Glamorous Bride: Esé Azénabor Dress

Esé Azénabor Dress Style #4010

Courtesy of Esé Azénabor

This ornate pearl gown is an actual work of art and perfect for maximalists tastes. Swarovski crystals, sequins, and sparkle tulle are in the mix for over-the-top shine—and opt for the detachable train with beaded lace trim to take it to the next level.

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For a City Bride: White by Vera Wang Crepe-Back Satin Encrusted Bandeau Plus Size Gown

White by Vera Wang Crepe-Back Satin Encrusted Bandeau Plus Size Gown

Courtesy of David's Bridal 

Minimal and sleek, this satin gown is perfect for an elegant city bride in the mood for a touch of sparkle. Intensifying the pearls are sequins and rhinestones for added shine.  

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Best Under-$100: Little Mistress Bridesmaid Chiffon Maxi Dress With Pearl Embellishment

Little Mistress Bridesmaid Chiffon Maxi Dress With Pearl Embellishment

Courtesy of ASOS 

This chiffon gown is technically a bridesmaid dress, but for the bride craving subtle color on her wedding day, it’s incredibly chic. Even better? It’s under $100!

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Best Overall Pearl: Madison James Wedding Gown

Madison James Style: MJ671 Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Allure Bridals 

We can’t think of a better wedding gown for pearl lovers than this beautifully bedecked ballgown. As if pearls covering the entire bodice and extending on the skirt weren’t captivating enough, the sweet sleeve detailing is breathtaking. 

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Most Decorative: Temperley London Mirabelle Dress

Temperley London Mirabelle Dress

Courtesy of Temperley London 

From the three-dimensional tulle flowers to the dotty tulle, this decorative gown comes scattered with iridescent sequins and pearls for an unforgettable bridal moment. We can picture it at a lush outdoor venue for a magical look amid nature.  

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Best Pearl Veil: Pantora Bridal Pearl Veil

Pantora Bridal Pearl Veil

Courtesy of Pantora Bridal

For brides set on an unadorned wedding gown, a veil is a perfect way to incorporate pearls on your special day. This cathedral style features scattered pearl embellishments that will stand out beautifully during photos and your ceremony.

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Best Color: Needle & Thread Pearl Rose Embellished Embroidered Tulle Gown

Needle & Thread Pearl Rose Embellished Embroidered Tulle Gown

 Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

If you’re all about color on your wedding day, this ombré gown is utterly scene-stealing. The dainty embroidered flowers, inspired by Victorian lace, feature intricate pearl detailing throughout for a fanciful and vintage-inspired feel.

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Most Enchanting: Lihi Hod Saryn Bridal Gown

Lihi Hod

 Courtesy of Lihi Hod

With an enchanting feel to it, this pearl-adorned wedding dress is easy-to-wear yet whimsical. We love it for brides getting married in the woods at dusk.  

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Best Mid-Length: Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl and Crystal-Embellished Cotton Dress

Simone Rocha Faux-Pearl and Crystal-Embellished Cotton Dress

 Courtesy of MATCHESFASHION

This cotton-adorned dress is spot-on for the vintage-loving bride craving a mid-length dress. Lean into the retro elegance by accessorizing with a pearl choker, stud earrings, and sweet tea gloves.  

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Best "All About the Back": Ines di Santo Nepeta Wedding Dress

Ines di Santo Nepeta Wedding Dress

 Courtesy of Ines di Santo

If you’re here for a classic in the front, party in the back kind of pearl wedding dress, look no further than this halter design by Ines Di Santo. To accentuate the brand’s signature low back is a bedecked strap for modern drama.

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Best Sweetheart Neckline: Ariel-Inspired Wedding Gown

Ariel Style: DP270 Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Allure Bridals 

Sweetheart necklines are popular for a reason; they’re incredibly flattering! If this neckline speaks to you, how about one entirely covered in pearls? 

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Best Mini: Elliatt Rosay Pearl Mini Dress

BHLDN

Courtesy of BHLDN 

Whether for a secondary party look, or you’re simply a mini-dress kind of bride, this pearl design is festive and sweet. It comes with a ’60s feel that we love for summertime weddings. 

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Best High-Neck: Christopher Kane Pearl-Button High-Neck Satin Gown

Christopher Kane Pearl-Button High-Neck Satin Gown

Courtesy of MATCHESFASHION 

There’s nothing like a high-neck silk gown to capture an elegant vintage mood on your wedding day. The oversize pearl detailing adds a modern touch and is fresh as ever. 

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Best Designer Pearl Veil: Monique Lhuillier Bliss Fall 2021 Wedding Gown With Pearl Veil

Monique Lhuillier

 Courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

For the designer-loving bride searching for a pearl veil, look no further than this Monique Lhuillier design. It’s classic as ever and will beautifully accentuate any hairstyle.

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Best Bohemian: Willowby Pisces Fully Lined Wedding Gown

Willowby Pisces Fully Lined Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Willowby 

Billowing long sleeves give this pearl wedding dress a bohemian feel, though not without a daring plunge neckline as an alluring touch. For an unexpected finish, style yours with bridal booties for a fall or winter wedding, indoors or out. 

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Best Embellishment: Dana Harel Madeline Wedding Gown

Dana Harel Madeline Wedding Gown

 Courtesy of Dana Harel 

For the bride all about the spotlight, this shimmering gown is perfect for her big day. It features thousands of Swarovski crystals and pearls that beautifully glimmer as they catch the light.

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Best Cocktail Dress: Miu Miu Pearl and Crystal Embellished Crepe Mini Dress

Miu Miu Pearl and Crystal Embellished Crepe Mini Dress

Courtesy of Moda Operandi 

This dazzling pearl mini is party-perfect, whether for the festive bride sidestepping tradition for her “I do’s” or as a late-night after-party dress. Give this look the moment it deserves and opt for simple accessories like a minimal sandal and stud earrings.  

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Best Cap-Sleeve: Pronovias Reed Wedding Dress

Pronovias Reed Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Pronovias

For the bride seeking a dress with sleeves, this pearl-adorned style makes for an ultra-fresh and modern look. Play up the sparkle factor by styling yours with a glitzy pair of heels. 

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Best Pearl Layer: Alexandra Grecco Quinn Jacket

Alexandra Grecco

 Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

As Louie Brown and Panaligan advised, a pearl layer makes for a unique bridal moment, and this jacket by Alexandra Grecco is perfection. We love it most for fall brides craving that extra-special touch for photos and later into the evening.  

Shopping FAQs

Considering a pearl wedding dress? We’ve answered three common questions when shopping for this wedding dress style.

  • Should I buy a pearl wedding dress? Pearl wedding dresses are perfect for any bride craving adornment with a timeless feel. They range from minimal to ornate, so there’s a style to suit every bridal aesthetic.
  • Where and when can you wear a pearl wedding dress? You can wear a pearl wedding dress any time of year and at any venue. Formal designs with a lot of detail, or those cut from fanciful fabrics, are best for black-tie or city weddings. Pearl wedding dresses with long sleeves or those made from heavier weight fabrics, work best for the fall and winter. And cotton fabrics with shoulder or arm-baring silhouettes would be the most comfortable in warm weather.
  • How do you style a pearl wedding dress? The pearl wedding dress you choose will dictate the best accessory choice. But a general rule of thumb: for highly decorative pearl dresses, simple shoes, veils, and minimal jewelry are best. If you choose a simpler wedding dress design, consider a pearl veil or embrace statement shoes and jewelry.  

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