20 Wedding Dresses With Pockets That Are Effortlessly Beautiful

To have and to hold...your lipstick and cellphone!

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bridal portrait with bride wearing a wedding dress with pockets

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There's nothing more exciting than receiving a compliment on a dress, then revealing that it also secretly has pockets. So, when it comes to wedding dresses today, it's truly amazing that more and more designers have introduced sleek pockets into their collections, eliminating the need to store your essentials in a bridal suite all night long.

Worried about the pockets being bulky and unflattering? No need, as many gowns are created to seamlessly blend this design element into the fabric of 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.

If you're a bride seeking an effortlessly beautiful gown, that also comes with a bit of utility, keep scrolling to browse through our favorite wedding dresses with pockets.

Best Ball Gown

Amsale Ailey Dress

Model in long white wedding ball gown with skirt pockets

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Size: Made to order | Material: Stretch illusion tulle, silk faille | Length: Floor

This ball gown with pockets has a lovely silk-faille pleated skirt, with a sheer illusion back and long sleeves. In classic ivory, it's a modern take on a traditional silhouette with a few standout details.

Best Little White Dress

Amsale Little White Dress Guipure Lace Dress

Model in midi length white wedding dress with pockets

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

The little black dress has met its match. 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.

Most Classic

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Ashton Dress

Model in high neck white wedding gown with pockets

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Size: Contact retailer | Material: Luxe taffeta | Length: Floor

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.

Best A-Line

Amsale Connor Dress

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

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

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.

For a Formal Wedding

Rebecca Ingram Valerie Dress

Model in long A-line wedding gown with pockets

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

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.

Best Lace

Markarian Bridal Apple White Lace Dress with Bow

Apple White Lace Dress with Bow

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Size: 0-16 | Material: Lace | Length: Ankle

This ankle-length dress 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.

Best Blush Hue

Anne Barge Nantucket Dress

Courtesy of Anne Barge

Courtesy of Anne Barge

Size: Contact retailer | Material: Silk faille | Length: Floor

This silk faille gown with pockets 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.

Best Long-Sleeve Option

Justin Alexander Signature Elizabeth Gown

SATIN WEDDING BALL GOWN WITH EXPOSED BONING AND SEQUINED LACE APPLIQUÉS

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

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.

Most Contemporary

Oscar de la Renta Fall 2019 Bridal Collection Look 4

Model in white wedding gown with pockets

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

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.

Best With Sleeves

Jesús Peiró Amalia Collection Style 204

Model in high-neck white wedding gown with pockets

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

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.

Best Bodice

Justin Alexander Signature Inez Gown

MODERN CLEAN WEDDING BALL GOWN WITH PLEATED BODICE

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

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.

Best Neckline

Halfpenny London Dahlia Dress

wedding dress with pockets

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

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, classic style.

Best Plus-Size

Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape

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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 comfortable fit.

Most Affordable

Lulus Wedded Bliss A-Line Gown with Pockets

White Sleeveless A-Line Gown with Pockets

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Size: 2-10 | Material: Woven mikado | Length: Floor

This ultra-modern A-line ball gown features a V-neckline and a pleated pattern on the bodice. Side pockets add an extra flair to this statement-making number, which is also priced at under $500.

For the Minimalist Bride

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Thalia Dress

Model in scoop back white wedding gown with pockets

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

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.

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

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

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.

For a Garden Wedding

GALA by Galia Lahav Style G - 210

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

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

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.

For a Courthouse Wedding

Amsale Little White Dress Rose Fil-Coupé Dress

Model in short strapless white floral dress with pockets

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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.

Best Strapless

Watters Vrai Gown

Model in strapless ball gown wedding dress with pockets

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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.

Most Color Options

Mac Duggal V-Neck Crepe Ball Gown

V-Neck Crepe Ballgown with pockets

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

Here's a dress that's both chic and affordable. Available in white, red, black, powder blue, and royal blue, this elegant Mikado wedding gown is perfect for a bride who is considering wearing a bold and colorful dress.

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

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. Also, choose a 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.

FAQ
  • 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.

  • How can I find a wedding dress with pockets?

    If you strictly want a dress with pockets, be sure to let your bridal salon stylist know when trying on dresses. They will be able to ensure you get exactly what you want.

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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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