Whether you're a bride-to-be with conservative tastes or your wedding venue calls for traditional attire, modest wedding dresses are a sophisticated choice for brides looking for coverage on their wedding day. Since no two brides are alike, conservative wedding dresses come in varying degrees of modesty to suit all bridal styles. For brides seeking full-coverage gowns, styles with high necklines, long sleeves, and floor-length silhouettes are traditional and timeless. If your aesthetic is modest and minimal, opt for simple gowns with clean lines and fluid silhouettes. And when it comes to modest wedding dresses that are true to form and statement-making, you can't go wrong with dramatic cape gowns and dresses with eye-catching embellishments
Whether your aesthetic leans traditional, modern, or bohemian, read on for the best modest wedding dresses for every type of bride.
Galvan Praiano Beaded Silk Maxi Dress
For those looking for extra coverage, a high-neck wedding dress is a great option. This style from Galvan is seriously show-stopping and offers complete coverage from the neck downwards. As an unexpected touch, the cuffs are finished with shimmering imitation pearl beads.
Price at time of publish: $2,595
Best Tulle Sleeves
Amsale Kier Gown
We love a gown with long sleeves, and this style from Amsale is no exception. The sleek silhouette coupled with delicate sleeves strikes the perfect balance between modern and romantic. We recommend this look for the bride-to-be who is looking for sheer coverage on top.
Price at time of publish: $4,850
DB Studio Low Back Mid-Sleeve Crepe and Satin Wedding Dress
A classic bride's dream, this minimalist wedding dress is the epitome of timeless. The dramatic ball gown skirt is perfect for making a grand entrance while the seamless pockets are ideal for stashing your cell phone and lipstick. Note that while the neckline is modest, this gown does feature a low back.
Price at time of publish: $699
For the Traditional Bride
Sachin & Babi Marist Embellished Lace Column Gown
Classic with a twist, Sachin & Babi's Marist gown is perfect for the traditional bride. While the draped skirt is simple, the bodice features 3D floral lace embellished with faux pearls and beads for a look that's both polished and playful.
Price at time of publish: $1,225
Tom Ford Twist-Front Long-Sleeved Jersey Gown
This striking gown from Tom Ford is a stunning choice for the fashion-forward bride. Crafted from soft jersey fabric, this dress was not only designed to be sleek and architectural but comfortable, too.
Price at time of publish: $4,650
Roksanda Adyn Tulle-Trimmed Silk-Crepe Gown
Elegant and sophisticated, this lightweight gown oozes Old Hollywood glamour. Details like oversized cuffs and a banded waist make this style all the more flattering and sophisticated.
Price at time of publish: $2,375
Best Chiffon Sleeves
Pion Dress Bridal Aina Long Sleeve Modest Wedding Dress
This simple gown is a winning choice for brides who gravitate towards clean and classic silhouettes. Covered buttons line the back for an elegant touch. Wear yours with delicate personal jewelry for an utterly timeless look.
Price at time of publish: $549
For a City Hall Wedding
Roksanda Aylin Tulle-Trimmed Cady Midi Dress
We can't think of a more perfect pick for a city hall wedding than this midi dress from Roksanda. The puff sleeves and tulle-trimmed neckline are fashion-forward and unexpected.
Price at time of publish: $2,225
Best Puff Sleeves
Reformation Stars Dress
Cottagecore enthusiasts rejoice! This gown is full of sweet details like puff sleeves and feminine ruffles and is begging to be worn to your romantic and rural wedding.
Price at time of publish: $428
Erdem Alvaro Belted Ruffled Tiered Embroidered Silk-Organza Gown
For the modest bride with a penchant for vintage-inspired dresses, this Erdem number is your dream wedding dress. It's cut from silk organza and features dream sheer sleeves and romantic ruffled cuffs. Wear yours with pearl earrings and a pillbox clutch.
Price at time of publish: $7,495
Rosa Clará Couture Electo Gown
Brides coveting a princess or Duchess of Hastings moment will love this undeniably romantic gown from Rosa Clará featuring a modest but alluring neckline and feminine ruffled sleeves.
Best All-Over Lace
Watters Ruby Gown
Allover lace adds dimension and texture to a modest wedding gown. The slightly sheer bodice strikes the perfect balance between sexy and conservative.
Valentino Cady Couture Cape-Overlay Silk Gown
Donning a modest wedding dress doesn't mean you can't bring the drama! Not only will this statement-making cape dress leave a lasting impression but it will make for some seriously stunning wedding photos.
Price at time of publish: $9,825
ASOS EDITION Camilla Satin Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
For a modest wedding dress that doesn't break the bank, you can't go wrong with this sleek ASOS gown. Since this style features an open back, you may opt to accessorize with a shawl or bolero–especially if you're looking for slightly more coverage.
Price at time of publish: $225
Best Wedding Suit
Daughters of Simone X BHLDN Margaux Suit
Looking to wear anything but a wedding dress? Modern and modest this bridal suit from Daughters of Simone is perfect for the bride who appreciates clean lines and architectural details.
Price at time of publish: $530
ASOS EDITION Ava All-Over Embellished and Embroidered Wedding Dress
Featuring an illusion neckline and sheer sleeves adorned with floral embellishments, this lighter-than-air gown is a particularly striking choice for a summer or destination wedding. Complete your look with barely-there makeup and sweep your hair up to showcase the pretty round neckline and keyhole back.
Price at time of publish: $375
Best Ball Gown
Amsale Saida Gown
If you're throwing a black-tie wedding, look no further than the 'Saida' gown from Amsale. The combination of a delicate lace bodice and silk wool skirt set this ball gown apart from the rest. Wear with pearl drop earrings and a classic tennis bracelet.
Price at time of publish: $6,995
What to Look for in a Modest Wedding Dress
Since every bride's definition of modest may vary, there are many different styles of conservative wedding dresses to suit every bride's needs. If you're looking for a full coverage wedding gown opt for floor-length silhouettes with long sleeves, high necklines, and covered backs. For brides seeking out a modest yet modern dress, select styles crafted from sleek materials like structured crepe or liquid silk. Looking for something a little more dramatic? Go for a statement-making ball gown with striking embellishments like shimmering beadwork, intricate lace, and even colorful floral prints.
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