18 Wedding Dresses With Elegant Pearl Detailing

Who says pearls are exclusive to jewelry?

Updated 01/30/19

Courtesy of Isabelle Armstrong

When shopping for a wedding dress, every bride-to-be will hit a crossroads where she must decide if a wedding dress with embellishments is right for her or if she’s the pared-back type with a preference for clean, minimalist gowns. If the former speaks to you, wedding dresses with gorgeous flourishes can range from subtle and demure to over the top and fantastical. Glamorous types will certainly fancy sparkling sequins, rhinestones, and beads, while more traditional tastes will appreciate delicate lace appliqués, intricate embroidery, and floral detailing. But one trending embellishment sure to catch the eye of any bride-to-be is pretty pearl detailing—an elegant and unexpected way to stand out on your wedding day!

In the jewelry market, pearls have become increasingly trendy, from ultramodern pieces that are both delicate and sculptural all the way to reworked classics like necklaces, studs, and rings. (Speaking of rings, you may be the type of bride that’s jonesing for a pearl engagement ring, which is a popular and affordable trend too!) While pearl jewelry is timeless and reads as perfectly bridal on your big day, a wedding dress with pearl detailing is a unique and modern way to wear this sophisticated gemstone whether you’re going for a classic wedding dress or a silhouette that feels more fashion-forward.

Bridal designers such as Naeem Khan, Lela Rose, Danielle Frankel, Isabelle Armstrong, and Lihi Hod have all debuted elegant wedding dresses with beautiful pearl detailing in recent seasons, from all-over pearl confections, to sleek gowns with pearl buttons, to silhouettes with delicately placed pearl accents along necklines, waists, and hems. For a more intricate and glitzy take on pearls, exquisitely beaded gowns with a mix of rhinestones, sequins, and pearls are spectacular for glam brides, while minimalist aesthetics will appreciate a simple slip dress with a pearl-adorned overlay such as a sheer cape or a structured jacket festooned with clusters of pearls on the sleeves.

Wherever you are on the pearl spectrum, there is undoubtedly a wedding dress for you. Ahead, scroll through our edit of 18 styles for every taste and budget.

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Azazie Abril Bridal Gown

Courtesy of Azazie

SHOP NOW: Azazie, $199

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White by Vera Wang Plunging Sheath Wedding Dress

Courtesy of White by Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, was $1,098, now $900

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Jenny by Jenny Yoo Maynard Gown

Courtesy of Jenny by Jenny Yoo

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $1,250

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Watters Kodi Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Watters

SHOP NOW: Watters, $2,250–$2,925

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Amsale Nicolette Gown

SHOP NOW: Amsale, $3,295

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Naeem Khan Pearl Embellished V-Neck Gown with Cowl Back

Courtesy of Naeem Khan

SHOP NOW: Naeem Khan, $7,995

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Dana Harel Pearl Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Dana Harel

SHOP NOW: Dana Harel, price upon request

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Lihi Hod Saryn Wedding Gown with Topper

Courtesy of Lihi Hod

SHOP NOW: Lihi Hod, price upon request

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Maggie Sotero Mylene Marie Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Maggie Sotero

SHOP NOW: Maggie Sotero, price upon request

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Allure Bridals Style MJ465

Courtesy of Allure Bridals

SHOP NOW: Allure Bridals, price upon request

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Temperley London Cosima Top & Castilia Trousers

Courtesy of Temperley London

SHOP NOW: Temperley London, price upon request

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Catherine Kowalski Bridal Chloe Gown

Courtesy of Catherine Kowalski

SHOP NOW: Catherine Kowalaski, price upon request

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Houghton Iris EMB Wedding Dress

Courtesy of Houghton

SHOP NOW: Houghton, price upon request

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Savannah Miller Lucinda Silk Crepe Gown with Pearl Tulle Overlay

Courtesy of Savannah Miller

SHOP NOW: Savannah Miller, price upon request

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Isabelle Armstrong Camille Jacket & Diana Gown

Courtesy of Isabelle Armstrong

SHOP NOW: Isabelle Armstrong, price upon request

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Lela Rose the Sands Wedding Gown

Courtesy of Lela Rose

SHOP NOW: Lela Rose, price upon request

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Alexandra Grecco Quinn Jacket and Astrid Slip Gown

SHOP NOW: Alexandra Grecco, jacket, price upon request; gown, price upon request

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Danielle Frankel Sloane Gown

Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

SHOP NOW: Danielle Frankel, price upon request

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