25 Modern Lace Dresses for Every Bridal Event

Shop our favorites for your engagement party, bridal shower, rehearsal dinner, and beyond

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Whether you’re newly engaged or planning your bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or honeymoon, white dresses are probably feeling super irresistible right now. When shopping for your bridal wardrobe, your wedding dress is, of course, the most important style on your shopping list. But before you walk down the aisle in a beautiful gown, you’ll definitely want a few casual-chic or cocktail-style dresses to celebrate your upcoming marriage from your engagement party to your bridal shower and rehearsal dinner and maybe even for an after-hours celebration following your reception or a post-wedding brunch. For a classic look that feels feminine and fresh, modern lace dresses are one of our favorite styles for a quintessential bridal look from figure-flattering wraps to modern midis and simple sheaths.

For your bridal shower or post-wedding brunch, a daytime look that’s feminine is perfect from sweet eyelets to trendy puffy-sleeve shapes and styles with delicate embroidery or in a floral print. If you’re hosting a bachelorette getaway, relaxed vacation styles with a bohemian feel are on point from lace-trimmed midis to asymmetrical hemlines and breathable cotton styles that can stand up to the heat. Your engagement party, rehearsal dinner, and late-night celebrations are an opportunity to dial it up with a dressier look such as a fitted lace sheath with a sexy low-back, a figure-flattering mini with a sheer lace overlay, or a silhouette with a bustier-style top to highlight your neckline and arms. If a modern lace dress with a little more edge sounds appealing, try an illusion-style dress with nude lining and a see-through hemline or an ultra-feminine style with black detailing for contrast. You can even wear a modern lace dress for your actual wedding if you’re looking for a low-key look, having an intimate ceremony, or saying “I do” at city hall.

Whatever your bridal style, a modern lace dress is the perfect addition to every bridal wardrobe from classic-with-a-twist shapes to distinctively romantic styles. Ahead, shop our edit of gorgeous options that are perfect for engagement parties, bridal showers, bachelorette getaways, rehearsal dinners, and beyond. With options for every price point, you can get the look for under $50 or splurge for a designer style. Your perfect modern lace dress awaits.

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Astr The label Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $89

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LOFT Floral Lace Flare Dress

Courtesy of LOFT

SHOP NOW: LOFT, $89.99, was $99.50

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AQUA Floral Eyelet & Lace Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdale's

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdale's, $94.40, was $118

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Embroidered Ruffled Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $49.99 from $99

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French Connection Alicia Lace Strappy Midi Dress

Courtesy of French Connection

SHOP NOW: French Connection, $169.99, was $218

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Ann Taylor Lace Strap Eyelet Flare Dress

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $179

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Charo Ruiz Corazon Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $334

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Alice McCall After Dark Lace Mini Dress

Courtesy of Intermix

SHOP NOW: Intermix, $345

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Sézane Maria Dress

Courtesy of Sézane

SHOP NOW: Sézane, $355

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MISA Marieta Dress

Courtesy of MISA


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Shoshanna Abella Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Shoshanna, $398

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Sea Laurel Lace Tiered Mini Dress

Courtesy of Saks Fifth Avenue

SHOP NOW: Saks Fifth Avenue, $445

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Place Nationale Le Castel Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $449

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Self-Portrait Azalea Hibiscus Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $485

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Allen Schwartz Raine Bustier Dress

Courtesy of Allen Schwartz

SHOP NOW: Allen Schwartz, $485

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Love Sam Chateau Beaded Lace Midi Dress

Courtesy of Nordstrom

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $485

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Saloni Ella Cotton Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $495

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