20 Wedding Dresses With Pockets That Are Effortlessly Beautiful

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bridal portrait with bride wearing a wedding dress with pockets

Photo by Adriana Rivera

There's nothing more exciting than receiving a compliment on a dress, then revealing that it also secretly has pockets! This trending design is not only stylish and chic, but it's also convenient. When it comes to your wedding dress, this is especially true, as it eliminates the need to store your essentials in a bridal suite all night long. So, more and more wedding dress designers have introduced sleek pockets into their collections.

"Pockets are the icing on the cake to a wedding dress," says bridal stylist April Molina Garcia. "Every bride has the same reaction when they discover pockets: 'OMG, and it has pockets!' Pockets give an effortless look and feel to a wedding dress," she adds. "They allow for really fun pictures and are perfect to store lipgloss for easy touch-ups!"

Worried about the pockets being bulky and unflattering? No need—many gowns are created to seamlessly blend this design element into the fabric, whether it's a full skirt or a structured silhouette. Another plus: If you're not quite sure what to do with your arms or hands when taking a photo, you can use your pockets to help you pose casually and confidently.

You should, however, be very careful not to spill any makeup you may keep in the pockets of your dress, and also be mindful of how much you choose to carry around. If you fill your pockets with too much, they can begin to bulge and can damage the delicate fabric of your gown. To help you find your dream dress, we researched the best options available, keeping materials, style, cost, and overall quality in mind.

Read on for the best wedding dresses with pockets.

Best Ball Gown

Amsale Rainey Dress

Rainey Dress

Amsale

Size: 0-24, Made to order | Material: Mikado | Length: Floor-length

This ball gown with pockets has a lovely Mikado pleated skirt with a chic strapless neckline. We especially love the structure back detailing on the bodice. In classic ivory, this stunner offers a modern take on a traditional silhouette with a few standout details.

Price at time of publish: $2,495

Best Little White Dress

Amsale Little White Dress Guipure Lace Dress

Model in midi length white wedding dress with pockets

Photo by Janice Yim

Size: 00-28 | Material: Guipure lace | Length: Midi

The little black dress has met its match—meet the LWD! From Amsale's Little White Dress collection, this fun and flirty midi features daisy guipure lace and a camisole neckline with a pocketed circle skirt. This design is the perfect combination of modern and sweet, and we can picture it at a pretty garden wedding in the spring.

Price at time of publish: $495

Most Classic

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Ashton Dress

Model in high neck white wedding gown with pockets

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Size: Made to order | Material: Luxe taffeta | Length: Floor-length

Brides with timeless tastes will love this option from Jenny Yoo. This classic white gown features a boat neck in the front and a plunging V in the back. The illusion sides highlight the smallest part of the waist, and the circle skirt offers both drama and utility with its functional pockets.

Price at time of publish: $1,100

Best A-Line

Amsale Connor Dress

Model in V-neck white wedding gown with tiered skirt and pockets

Courtesy of Amsale

Size: Made to order | Material: Faille | Length: Floor-length

Looking for an ultra-flattering fit? You can't go wrong with a classic A-line silhouette. Gathered tiers and side pockets make the skirt of this A-line wedding gown extra unique. The faille notched V-neck is perfect for the bride who wants to show some skin, but not too much. Wear it in silk white or ivory.

Price at time of publish: $5,995

For a Formal Wedding

Rebecca Ingram Valerie Dress

Model in long A-line wedding gown with pockets

Courtesy of Rebecca Ingram

Size: 0-28 | Material: Mikado | Length: Floor-length

This Mikado ball gown is simply timeless. Featuring a deep V-neckline, a beaded lace motif bodice, illusion side panels, and pockets, you'll feel regal walking down the aisle. It's also available in plus sizes, and you can add an extra detail with the detachable Mikado belt.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Best Lace

Markarian Bridal Apple White Lace Dress with Bow

Markarian Bridal Apple White Lace Dress with Bow

Markarian

Size: 0-16 | Material: Lace | Length: Tea-length

Are you a bride who loves lace? Opt for this ankle-length dress that is full of gorgeous details. Between the floral lace, the side pockets, and belted bow waistline, there's so much to love about this beautiful ensemble. Pair it with dainty accessories for a sweet and feminine look.

Price at time of publish: $4,795

Best Blush Hue

Anne Barge Nantucket Dress

Courtesy of Anne Barge

Courtesy of Anne Barge

Size: 0-22, 16SP-24SP | Material: Silk faille | Length: Floor-length

Bring a super romantic vibe to your wedding day with a blush-colored wedding dress. We love this silk faille gown with pockets as it is simple elegance at its finest. The detachable asymmetric bow belt and corset bodice add lovely details, and the blush hue is a modern touch for unique brides.

Price at time of publish: $6,590

Best Long-Sleeve Option

Justin Alexander Signature Elizabeth Gown

SATIN WEDDING BALL GOWN WITH EXPOSED BONING AND SEQUINED LACE APPLIQUÉS

Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Satin, lace | Length: Floor-length

Getting married in the winter or tying the knot at a regal cathedral? This satin and lace ball gown is fit for a princess. The removable long-sleeve overlay and sequined lace appliqués on the skirt add a glamorous aspect to the otherwise clean and modern gown.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Most Contemporary

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 Bridal Collection Look 4

Model in white wedding gown with pockets

Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Mikado | Length: Floor-length

Oscar de la Renta is a popular and well-respected wedding dress designer for a reason! This bridal ball gown features an asymmetrical hemline and a plunging neckline with gathered fabric at the side. The wide skirt includes pockets that add modernity to this chic-as-could-be dress.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Best With Sleeves

Jesús Peiró Amalia Collection Style 204

Model in high-neck white wedding gown with pockets

Courtesy of Jesús Peiró

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Mikado, floral mesh | Length: Floor-length

Unique with a vintage flair, this mock-neck, short-sleeve ball gown has gorgeous lace detailing along the bodice and sleeves, and features a pocketed skirt. This dress is perfect for the bride seeking something classic yet stylish.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Best Bodice

Justin Alexander Signature Inez Gown

MODERN CLEAN WEDDING BALL GOWN WITH PLEATED BODICE

Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Butter satin, stretch Mikado | Length: Floor-length

The pleated, asymmetrical bodice on this Justin Alexander Signature dress redefines understated elegance. A bikini neckline complements a full skirt silhouette, perfect for a bride seeking a beautiful and detailed pared-back design.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Best Neckline

Halfpenny London Dahlia Dress

wedding dress with pockets

Courtesy of Halfpenny London

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Mikado | Length: Floor-length

This silky Mikado ball gown, with a scoop neckline, features side pockets and pleating at the hips for a flattering silhouette. The pared-back train also adds elegance to this simple and classic style. We can picture this at a black-tie ceremony at a chic city venue.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Best Plus-Size

Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

ELOQUII 

Size: 14-28 | Material: Crepe | Length: Mini

This trendy mini dress features a strapless silhouette, side pockets, and a removable puff sleeve cape. It's made of crepe and has boning in the bodice for a sexy yet comfortable fit. We love the idea of this for a courthouse wedding or for your reception outfit change. And at under $200, this dress is an excellent option for brides on a budget.

Price at time of publish: $159

For the Minimalist Bride

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Thalia Dress

Model in scoop back white wedding gown with pockets

Courtesy of Jenny by Jenny Yoo

Size: Made to order | Material: Mikado | Length: Floor-length

This free-flowing white dress is for the bride who prioritizes comfort and utility. You'll have no problem going from table to table at your reception or enjoying your first dance in this minimal, but elegant, ball gown. Plus, we absolutely adore the low scooped-back detail that adds some modern flair.

Price at time of publish: $1,395

Best Ruffles

Christian Siriano Sculpted Off-the-Shoulder Organza Crepe, Organza, and Tulle Ball Gown

Sculpted Crepe Off the Shoulder Bodice with Organza and Tulle Rosette Skirt

Courtesy of Christian Siriano

Size: 0-28 | Material: Crepe, organza, tulle | Length: Floor-length

If there is any time to splurge on a beautiful dress, your wedding day is certainly it—and this dress is worth it! The ruffled skirt is the star of this bold and dramatic wedding dress. It also features a sculpted crepe bodice, which adds a modern and unexpected touch for extra drama.

Price at time of publish: $11,900

For a Garden Wedding

GALA by Galia Lahav Style G - 210

Model in deep V all-over lace bridal gown with pockets

Courtesy of Galia Lahav 

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Embroidered tulle and lace | Length: Floor-length

A plunging neckline with embroidered lace trimming and intricate floral details add dimension to this tulle gown. Its airy texture makes it perfect for a wedding in nature, and the hidden pockets are great for posing for photos.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

For a Courthouse Wedding

Amsale Little White Dress Rose Fil-Coupé Dress

Model in short strapless white floral dress with pockets

Courtesy of Amsale Little White Dress

Size: 00-28 | Material: Fil-coupé | Length: Knee

Chic and affordable, this rose fil-coupé strapless dress has a box pleated skirt with perfect side pockets. It's dainty and casual yet elegant and bridal, proving you don't have to sacrifice mobility to look gorgeous on your big day. Pair it with pretty pearl accessories to complement the final look.

Price at time of publish: $495

Best Strapless

Watters Vrai Gown

Model in strapless ball gown wedding dress with pockets

Courtesy of Watters 

Size: 00-24W | Material: Jewel satin | Length: Floor

Buttons flow from the back bodice to the hemline of this jewel satin, strapless ball gown. The extended train and corseted bodice create a classic, timeless look, while pockets and neat lines add modern flair.

Price at time of publish: Contact retailer for pricing

Most Color Options

Mac Duggal V-Neck Crepe Ball Gown

V-Neck Crepe Ballgown with pockets

Courtesy of Nordstrom

Size: 0-16 | Material: Polyester | Length: Floor-length

Here's a dress that's both chic and affordable. Available in white or powder blue, this elegant Mikado wedding gown is perfect for a bride who is considering wearing a non-traditional bridal white.

Price at time of publish: $398

Best Midi

Lulus Divine Beauty White Lace Midi Dress With Pockets

Divine Beauty White Lace Midi Dress With Pockets

Size: XS-XL | Material: Polyester | Length: Midi

Looking for a simple midi rather than an extravagant floor-length gown? Look no further than this pretty pick from Lulus. It features beautiful all-over lace, a flattering waistband, and a romantic sweetheart neckline. The best part, of course, is the pockets!

Price at time of publish: $76

What to Look for When Shopping for a Wedding Dress With Pockets

Season and Venue

The good news is that there aren't many differences between a regular wedding dress and a gown with pockets. Pockets are simply an added design element that contributes to the functionality of an ensemble, as they're great for carrying small items like lipstick, lip gloss, bobby pins, and even your vows. So, when shopping for any bridal gown, the most important factors to consider are the season and venue of your big day. Choose styles that match the overall formality and aesthetic of your wedding.

Materials and Silhouette

Additionally, choose a wedding dress silhouette that you feel comfortable wearing, and always be sure to stick to your personal style for a look that truly reflects who you are as a bride. If you're looking for a feminine and romantic feel, consider pretty lace gowns, such as the Markarian Apple White Lace Dress With Bow. If you're a minimalist bride with traditional tastes, go for gowns made in classic crepe fabrics, like the Mac Duggal V-Neck Crepe Ballgown.

FAQ
  • What silhouette is best for a wedding dress with pockets?

    "Pockets complete an A-line dress and flow perfectly with the silhouette," Molina Garcia recommends. "I always encourage brides to try the dress on in natural sunlight. A lot of times, because of the material, you can see pocket seams through the dress, and you definitely want to stay away from that!"

  • Do all wedding dresses have pockets?

    No, not every wedding dress is designed with pockets. Many designers do incorporate this element into the construction of their gowns, but it really depends on the style of the dress. If you solely want a look that has pockets, brands like Amsale and Jenny Yoo are known to regularly have this design element in many of their collections.

  • Do I need to buy a wedding dress with pockets to feel comfortable?

    Absolutely not! Typically, it's the silhouette and fabric composition that contributes to making a gown feel comfortable. Pockets are only added to elevate an already gorgeous look.

Meet the Expert

April Molina Garcia is a bridal stylist and the founder of The CT Bride, a styling service for fashion-obsessed and unconventional brides.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, bridal parties, and more.

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