Who doesn't want to feel like royalty on their big day? While we may not be fairy godmothers per se, we've got a few princess-worthy gowns that should do the trick. Cue the fanfare.
What Is a Princess Wedding Dress?
A princess wedding dress is a full-skirted ball gown typically featuring embellishments, sparkles, and beading.
Princess wedding dresses are making a serious comeback. While always romantic, feminine, and a guaranteed show-stopping entrance, modern updates to the princess wedding gown bring on some refreshing edge. From blush tones and unexpected hues to clean architectural lines and oversized bows, there's a perfect style for every bride. With a fitted bodice and full skirt, we love how universally flattering this style is. Not to mention, twirl-worthy for sure.
Princess vibes are all about romance and whimsy. Keep in mind that the fabrics that usually lend themselves to these styles, like tulle or lace, are often quite delicate and prone to snagging or pulling.
Below, we've rounded up 61 gowns for the modern princess bride that will have you giving any real-life princess a run for her money.
For the Glam Bride: Monique Lhuillier "Sparkle" Shimmering Ball Gown
This luminous creation beckons our inner princess hearts. Seemingly made of fairy dust, this stunner glimmers in the sunlight thanks to an allover sparkle. An alluringly simple, strappy bodice and voluminous skirt pair perfectly with the eye-catching fabric.
Most Sculptural: Viktor&Rolf Tiered Gown
Reminiscent of freshly whipped meringue, this gown's voluminous folded tiers are crafted out of soft mikado. A clean halter and inverted triangle strap showcase a signature bow at the back.
Best A-Line Silhouette: Pronovias "Dietrich" Dress
Positively stately. A uniquely scalloped illusion neckline, long sleeves, and softly flared skirt will have you looking ever the noble bride. Embroidery and intricate beading add a touch of glamorous detail to the bodice.
For a Garden Wedding: Monique Lhuillier "Valencia" Floral-Printed Gown
Perfect for the free-spirited princess in you, this delicately printed dress features a flowing, flamenco-style skirt and ruffled hem. A gown fit for an enchanted garden wedding, if you ask us.
Best Beaded Bodice: Justin Alexander Signature "Carter" Embellished Ball Gown
Like morning dew drops on flora, this sheer illusion bodice glimmers with embellished beadwork. The constructed Mikado ball gown features a V-back and intricate covered buttons that flow into a chapel length train. An option to line the bodice for a more demure look is available.
Most Unique: Viktor&Rolf "Spring Dream" Tulle Gown
Effortless and flirty, this delicately draped bodice is framed with handmade, oversized blooms. A generous tulle skirt is a fitting end to this breezy, youthful style.
For the Classic Bride: Justin Alexander Signature "Davis" Fit and Flare Dress
This sculpted fit and flare gown in luxurious Mikado boasts a classic neckline and an ultra-sexy open back. This style comes with a stunning detachable train.
Most Statement-Making: Viktor&Rolf "Tulle Dream" Tiered Gown
Choose between flat or ruffled tiers on this Viktor&Rolf princess gown. The voluminous bottom is offset by a clean sweetheart bodice and low back, adorned with a signature bow detail.
Best Blush Style: Monique Lhuillier "Secret Garden" Gown
Princess fantasies come to life in the form of blush tones and a plethora of feminine frills. With a gathered, off-the-shoulder bodice and indulgent textured skirt, this look is sweet as can be.
Best Sexy Back: Pronovias "Lollobrigida" Ball Gown With Illusion Back
This dress is the epitome of a princess bride. The classic ball gown is revived with the addition of waterfall layers of tulle, sexy illusion bodice, and barely-there back.
Most Unexpected: Monique Lhuillier "Hydrangea" Printed Gown
This gown was custom made for a grand, garden-wedding affair fit for a princess. The draped, off-the-shoulder silhouette is covered in a bold, allover botanical print of pastel greens and pinks straight out of a Monet painting. A full skirt and flowing train ensure the look lives up to the regal hype.
Best Overskirt: Zuhair Murad "Brenda" Off-The-Shoulder Gown
Organic pastoral charm collides with luscious bridal couture in this dazzling design. A fitted bodice with off-the-shoulder sleeves pairs perfectly with a slim sheath and generous overskirt. The pastel-hued canvas comes to life with a covering of off-white embroidery and appliqués inspired by foraged wildflowers.
Most Playful: Lazaro "Grace" Tulle Ball Gown
A confectionary creation bursting in saccharine layers of sherbet-colored tulle. The sweetly embroidered bodice bleeds into the top of the bodacious high-low skirt, perfect for a flirty peek at those legs (and shoes!).
Best Sleeves: Maggie Sottero "Stevie" A-Line Gown
Poetic elegance is all in a tender bishop sleeve. The beautiful cold-shoulder creation is an idyllic concoction of sheer organza, sparkling tulle, horsehair trim, and ornate beaded lace.
For the Traditional Bride: Monique Lhuillier "Emilia" Lace Gown
This masterpiece checks off all the royal dress codes and expectations of sartorial propriety. Constructed from luxurious lace and finished with a stately train, an open back adds a coy little peek-a-boo effect to this gown.
Most Dramatic: Zuhair Murad "Britney" Ruffled Gown
Why not treat your processional down the aisle like a debut down the catwalk? With layers upon layers of ruffled tulle, this glamorous design is sure to serve some major looks. In a gentle smoke gray-hue, the textured gown is runway-ready without losing an ounce of bridal bliss.
Best 3D Florals: Rivini by Rita Vinieris "Reagan" Floral Embroidered Ball Gown
Hand-appliquéd embellishments completely engulf this stunning floral creation. A plunging neckline delicately spreads into a ball gown shape before descending into a chapel train.
Modern Meets Classic: Isabelle Armstrong "Freddie" Laser-Cut Ball Gown
All the romance and drama of a fabled, fairytale love story swept up into one decadent design. An allover, laser-cut organza print hugs the body before flooding into a spectacular skirt and train. The matching veil was created in collaboration with Leah C. Couture Millinery.
Best Plunging Neckline: Marchesa "Chelsea" A-Line Dress With Organza Petals
An enchanted garden of floral embroidery and 3D organza petals comes to life atop this tulle creation, culminating in a gathered heap about the base of the skirt.
For the Unconventional Bride: Vera Wang "Delphinium" Dress
Unconventional brides, we've got a princess moment for you! Sage macramé lace and overlays of nude tulle come together in this unexpectedly dreamy creation. For a high-fashion finish, oversized organza flowers of sage and smoke coloring accent the shoulder.
Most Clean and Classic: Alyne by Rita Vinieris "Kelsey" Ball Gown
A sensual interpretation of a traditional silhouette, satin cascades down this ball gown with a pleated skirt and functional pockets. A sleek, deep V-neckline mirrors an ultra-low back. Elegant covered buttons harmoniously flow into an exaggerated train, making any recessional just as grand as the entrance.
Most Ethereal: Ines Di Santo "Flora" Embroidered Gown
Go off-white with this cappuccino-toned creation. The majestic ball gown is masterfully embroidered but paired with a lingerie bodice and open V-back for a bit of contrasting levity. Topped with a matching cathedral cape, the look is absolutely heaven-sent.
Most Artistic: Isabelle Armstrong "Josefina" Organza Dress
Like a flower in bloom, this pleated organza peplum ball gown is artistic beauty. The strapless design is accented with oversized petals of sheer organza that fan out across the neckline.
For the Feminine Bride: Sottero & Midgley "Thatcher" Sparkle Tulle Wedding Dress
Pure, unadulterated effervescence. Inspired by champagne bubbles and pretty, pearlescent finishes, this dress was created for fabulous festivities. Glittering tulle, chandelier patterns, horsehair hemming, and a flowy skirt are princess-party perfection.
Most Romantic: Ines Di Santo "Lark" Dress
Dainty double-lingerie straps support an alluring Chantilly lace corset before flaring into a handkerchief peplum and full organza skirt in this creation.
Most Vintage-Inspired: Naeem Khan "Arcadia" Dress With Overskirt
Modern yet classic, this dress is where the old world and new collide. Beautiful beaded pattern-work adds visual dimension to the stark overskirt.
Best Beadwork: Lazaro "Amira" Beaded Ball Gown
Dripping in crystal beading and embroidery, this bateau-necklined bodice has a luxuriously armored "warrior princess" look. In contrast, the gentle dove-gray hue and soft tulle skirt with horsehair trim are sumptuous and airy.
Best Topper: Allison Webb "Sutton" Gown With Lace Topper
Can it get any more romantic than French lace? This strapless A-line style features a molded bodice, hand-appliquéd skirt, and glorious chapel train. A dainty lace topper adds some high-fashion flair.
Most Dramatic Neckline: Ines Di Santo "Blu" Gown
Inspired by the celestial heavens, with an A-line shape, floral appliqués and cap sleeves that just kiss the top of the shoulders, the silhouette is pretty on-point with royal fashion. A sliced, plunging bateau neckline and sheer back add some visual interest to the otherwise demure design.
Best Cap Sleeves: Isabelle Armstrong "Q" Ball Gown
We'll let the "q" stand for quintessential princess dress in this case. Shimmering sequins and dainty floral embroidery pair perfectly with a plunging neckline and sweet cap sleeves.
Most Dramatic Slit: Reem Acra "Material Girl" Slit Ball Gown
This seemingly traditional ball gown showcases a rich overlay of beaded, metallic embroidery in floral motifs. Where's the departure from the expected, you ask? An unprecedented high slit offering a scintillating display of leg.
For the Elegant Bride: Sareh Nouri "Eugenie" Satin Ball Gown
With an off-the-shoulder diagonally-draped bodice, this design is truly distinguished. The matte finish is seriously sophisticated, made even more so by the addition of covered buttons at the back. And while you can't see it in this photo, rest assured that this cathedral train is no joke.
While a sizable train makes for stunning photos and an ever-so-grand ceremony, it's not ideal for moving about your reception. Ensure that both you and some handpicked 'maids are well-practiced in bustling the style beforehand.
For the Stylish Bride: Naeem Khan "New Haven" Embellished Dress
Fringe, beading, and pleating lend an opulent, Art-Deco flair here. A lush accordion skirt and fringed bust are sure to add some panache as you bust out those signature dance moves.
For a Summer Wedding: Ines Di Santo "Sunshine" Illusion Dress
A garden of lace appliqués seemingly flourishes from the base of this A-line skirt to hug the waist and mold to the chest. A sheer back and plunging neckline continue the design's captivating illusory quality.
Most Poetic: Lazaro "Juliet" Cold-Shoulder Organza Dress
You'll be shimmying the night away with these jeweled straps and fringed, off-the-shoulder cap sleeves. A crystal-embroidered, corseted bodice gracefully falls into a flounced, A-line skirt for a silhouette as poetic as its name.
Best Pink Dress: Lazaro "Jade" Tulle A-Line Gown
Blushing brides, this sherbet-pink gown is for you. A corseted bodice dripping in Alençon lace and dainty off-the-shoulder sleeves is picture-perfect. The lace-appliquéd skirt in bountiful proportions makes for a fitting end to this honeyed look.
Best Sweetheart Neckline: Sophia Tolli "Prinia" A-Line Gown
This traditional A-line silhouette has a sexy twist with a narrower fit through the hips before spreading into a generous skirt. Layers of decadent tulle and a hand-appliquéd bodice complete the sweetheart look.
For the Girly Bride: Blush by Hayley Paige "Phoenix" Dress
This design ascends in a whirlwind of cascading organza and tulle. The fitted bodice is intricately beaded and dips into a deep sweetheart neckline and matching low back.
For the Modern Bride: Monique Lhuillier "Kingsley" Satin Dress
Silky constructed satin, drop waist, and slim silhouette introduce an unexpectedly modern take on the traditional style. Sleek and modern, an origami draped neckline and precise tailoring finish off the minimal look.
Best Lace: Isabelle Armstrong "Amparo" Lace Gown
Don't worry winter brides, princess-quality gowns aren't only conducive to the warm-weather months. This sophisticated, lace A-line gown is absolutely imperial. With a runway-ready high neckline, sheer plunging back, and long sleeves we can already hear the cathedral bells ringing.
For the Edgy Bride: Naeem Khan "Astor" Embroidered Ball Gown
Simultaneously whimsical and edgy, this gown is fit for the outdoor-loving princess. A protective thicket of thorny embroidery and 3D floral motifs magically circle the arms and torso, wrapping around sheer sleeves and a barely-there bodice.
Best Tiered Skirt: Carolina Herrera Ball Gown
Why have just one bell-shaped skirt, when you can have three? This tiered silhouette offers a playful departure from the traditional ball gown shape. Fluttery flower cut-outs add dimension to the strapless bodice.
Best Sexy Silhouette: Francesca Miranda "Magdalena" Gown
Inspired by the Golden Age and the ever-iconic royal fashions that came with it, this design couldn't be a more perfect princess style. Here, a curve-skimming beaded silhouette is adorned with a dramatic tulle overskirt.
Best Structure: Monique Lhuillier "Barron" Satin Gown
Structured Duchess satin effortlessly wraps around the body like a creamy, confectionary dream. Decadent pleating and an architectural cascade of fabric provide curvaceous femininity and volume to this otherwise simple silhouette.
For the Minimalist Bride: Naeem Khan "Bahamas" Blush Tulle Gown
Simple and refined, this minimalist design still packs a voluptuous punch. Hand-pleated tulle softens up a plunging neckline before falling into sugary, blush-toned tiers.
Best Fabric: Sareh Nouri "Elle" Organza Ball Gown
Printed organza gives a liquid finish to this classic ball gown. The streamlined straight neckline and chapel train are offset by a tender bow at the waist.
For a Spring Wedding: Rivini by Rita Vinieris "Natalie" Lace Ball Gown
This gown is a head-to-toe floral dream. The design features a corsetted strapless bodice, organza wrap, and is positively dripping in floral lace.
Most Versatile: Allison Webb "Clara" Floral Jacquard Gown
There's something eternally regal about a jacquard gown. This sexy ball gown boasts a button-detailed bustier bodice, grandiose chapel train, and a flirty rolled neckline. Bonus: This dress has pockets!
Best Pastels: Lazaro Style 3804 Gown
Sweet candy-colored hues of pastel pinks and yellows create a whimsical display of color throughout this voluminous tulle skirt. Allover crystal embroidery lends the look of a sugared confectionary treat.
For the Romantic Bride: Maggie Sottero "Anastasia" Tiered Gown
A princess wedding gown by all accounts, this design fuses romance and elegance with soft lace motifs and a dramatic tiered skirt. Crystal buttons, shimmering horsehair, and sequined embroidery add dimension and texture.
For the Contemporary Bride: Nouvelle Amsale "Hart" V-Neck Ball Gown
Silky satin injects this streamlined style with all the richness of a royal celebration. A cumberbund-like waistband, covered buttons, and exquisite seaming provide a smart, tailored look to anchor the otherwise lithe silhouette.
Best Ball Gown: Watters "Sunday Bouquet" Lace Ball Gown
Vintage lace inspirations abound in this deliciously dramatic design that we wouldn't hesitate to call our very Sunday best. With a sweetheart neckline and oh-so full skirt, the allover bodacious blooms and thicket lace feel right at home.
Best Bateau Neckline: Amsale "Emery" Dress With Long Sleeves
Lace is the physical embodiment of majestic grace. This silk faille composition gets a romantic touch with a lace bateau neckline and long sleeves.
For an Ethereal Wedding: Galia Lahav "Chelsea" Blush Ball Gown
With a bewitching glow and otherworldly sparkle, this gown just might have been created from fairy dust. A sheer corset, delicate blush tone, and scattering of 3D floral motifs give an air of romance to this voluminous silhouette. This dress is only available as part of Galia Lahav's exclusive online collection.
For a Mermaid Princess Bride: Maggie Sottero "Nina" Off-the-Shoulder A-Line Dress
Inspired by the sea and all things aquatic, this dress is begging to be "part of our world." With a bodice encrusted in seashell-like textures and tulle skirt that glimmers like sunshine on undulating waves, this design is custom made for a mermaid princess.
Most Regal: Wtoo "Montgomery" Tull Ball Gown
With a multitude of tulle layers, you can definitely consider this diaphanous design to be one of regal proportions. The whimsical style is available in several colors, though we might be partial to this delicious, blush-toned moscato.
For a Regal Bride: Maggie Sottero "Terry" Lace Ball Gown
Classic and sophisticated, this traditional silhouette is the very definition of regal. We're totally swooning over the dreamy allover lace and feminine silhouette. Not to mention those hidden pockets.
Best Tulle Skirt: Wtoo "Bessette" Tulle Ball Gown
Sweet and romantic, this frothy tulle ball gown has all the makings of a heartwarming fairytale. An intricately beaded bodice with a sweetheart neckline molds to your curves before transitioning into the fullness of the high-waisted skirt.
Most Simplistic: Nouvelle Amsale "Mac" Strapless A-Line Dress
A classic princess silhouette of timeless elegance and grace. This silk faille piece features a flattering sweetheart neckline and 3D embroidery.
Best Sparkle: Willowby "Larimar" Beaded A-Line Dress
Shimmer your way onto the scene with a magical creation that's dripping in sparkling beads. The delicate design beautifully hangs off the torso with a strappy illusion bodice and flirty peplum.
For a Traditional Wedding: Amsale "Iris" Ball Gown
Where airy femininity meets refined structure. A boned bodice and asymmetrical, envelope neckline are juxtaposed against a frothy skirt of layered tulle. Not to be outdone, the button-detailed V-back makes for a striking display.