20 Wedding Dresses Inspired by Princess Beatrice's Vintage Wedding Gown

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ICYMI: Princess Beatrice wed Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi during a secret, intimate wedding in Windsor on July 17, 2020. But instead of commissioning a renowned designer to create her wedding gown, the royal bride turned to her grandmother, Queen Elizabeth's closet instead, wearing a vintage wedding dress from the 1960s.

Designed by Norman Hartnell (the same designer who created Queen Elizabeth's wedding gown!), the dress was originally worn by the Queen during the 1962 premiere of Lawrence of Arabia. Yet, Princess Beatrice made a few changes to the vintage look when it came time to wear it down the aisle, adding puffed organza sleeves and altering the hem.

But even though Bea's wedding dress is one-of-a-kind, brides can still recreate the regal look on their own wedding day by focusing on elements like the unique fabric and traditional silhouette. "It's a very classic design, a classic shape," explains Julie Sabatino of The Stylish Bride. "If you start there, then consider what embellishments you would put on top of it. You can look for an embellished bodice and a silk skirt [when] recreating the look."

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And while we love a sleek, simple and minimal gown, we appreciate that the princess went with the opposite of recent royal brides and opted for an old-school regal look.

Ready to wear an ultra-royal wedding gown of your own? Ahead, 20 wedding dresses inspired by Princess Beatrice's vintage look—with options for the glamorous bride, the casual bride and every bride in between!

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Parlor Sleeveless Flared Dress

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If the royal bride's gown proves one thing it's that statement sleeves are back. Here, organza sleeves are traded in for something even more dramatic: oversized bows.

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Amsale Maya Gown

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Courtesy of Amsale

If the princess's gown was originally designed in 2020 (and not the 1960s!), we imagine it would probably look something like Amsale's Maya gown. In both white and ivory, the square sweetheart neckline and hand-embroidered crystal detailing are fit for a queen. We recommend wearing an overskirt down the aisle for some drama then removing it for dancing!

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LoveShackFancy Norma Dress

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Like Bea's vintage gown, this pink dress from LoveShackFancy is completely unexpected. The floral details are also reminiscent of the royal wedding's garden party theme.

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Needle & Thread Ruffled Embellished Tulle Gown

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One of our favorite elements of Princess Bea's gown is the bold diamantes. This ruffled tulle gown by Needle & Thread creates a more romantic version of her look. Plus, the floral details remind us of her dreamy wedding day flowers!

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Safiyaa Dara Crepe Bridal Gown

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Another take on statement sleeves, this crepe sheath was made for the understated, yet fashionable bride. The slimmer skirt also modernizes the look.

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Violette Tannenbaum Eula Dress

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Courtesy of Violette Tannenbaum

Here, the princess's voluminous sleeves are exchanged for fluttering tulle and the beaded bodice is replaced by embroidery.

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Oleg Cassini Off the Shoulder Tulle Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Look every bit the classic princess bride in Oleg Cassini's off-the-shoulder tulle wedding dress. We particularly love the ornate beading on the bodice, much like Princess Beatrice's very own gown!

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Wtoo by Watters Hinson Dress

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Courtesy of Watters

Although this Wtoo by Watters gown has the same A-line silhouette as Princess Beatrice's, we love how this dress has a softer skirt. Regal and romantic mixed in one!

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Rodarte Tulle Sleeve Crop Top

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For a modern take on the royal bride's vintage gown, wear this Rodarte crop top down the aisle—or at the after-party. Pair with a beaded belt to mimic Beatrice's bling and a full floor-length skirt.

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Markarian Persephone Embellished Midi Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

This midi dress is proof that embellishments can be casual! Here, gold details replace Bea's silver jewels—great for the bride who loves gold accessories!

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Theia Hermosa Dress

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Courtesy of Theia

Statement sleeves are taken to the next level with off-the-shoulder gown by Theia. Plus, the floral print is guaranteed to turn heads.

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endless rose Puff Sleeve Organza Dress

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Courtesy of Shopbop

What's a wedding weekend without a party dress? The voluminous organza sleeves on this affordable mini dress are just like Bea's.

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LoveShackFancy Viviana Dress

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Exchanging embellishments for lace and a ball gown for a flowing skirt, this is a romantic interpretation of Princess Beatrice's look. But just because it lacks bling doesn't mean it lacks detail! Intricate embroidery makes this airy gown just as eye-catching as Bea's!

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Odylyne the Ceremony Olivia Gown

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Love her gown's silhouette but not a fan of sparkle? With a form-fitting bodice and scoop neckline, this dress by Odylyne the Ceremony strips Princess Beatrice's look down to the basics, making it the perfect option for a minimalist bride.

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Viktor & Rolf Iced Flower Sculptural Slip Dress

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A delicate interpretation of the royal gown, this slip dress features iced flowers—"a modern take on classic lace made out of plexiglass and crystals"—on the bodice.

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Carolina Herrera Hyacinth Embellished Column Dress

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Courtesy of Carolina Herrera

For a modern moment at your bridal shower, rehearsal dinner or the altar, try this sophisticated column dress from Carolina Herrera. It gives you all the bold details of Beatrice's gown like the unique sleeves and embellished bodice in a more figure-hugging shape.

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Sottero and Midgley Phoenix Ball Gown

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The strapless neckline and crystal beaded bodice of this ball gown creates a more glamourous version of the princess's wedding dress. Paired with a full satin skirt, the gown is a great balance between simple and bold.

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Anna October Asymmetric Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Anna October

A casual take on the royal bride's vintage silhouette, Anna October's asymmetric maxi gives all the bounce of a ball gown in a no-fuss way. Perfect for summertime nuptials!

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Cucculelli Shaheen Constellation White Platinum Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

If your favorite detail of Bea's gown was the bling, then look no further than this shimmering strapless gown from Cucculelli Shaheen. Inspired by the constellations, this dress features all-over silver and gold embroidery.

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Amsale Ingrid Dress

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Courtesy of Amsale

Don't want a beaded bodice like Bea? Go for all-over embroidery instead! With a ball gown silhouette, this Amsale dress is truly fit for a queen.

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