21 Rhinestone Wedding Dresses for the Radiant Bride

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From the engagement ring to the perfect bridal shoes, there are plenty of opportunities to shimmer and shine throughout the wedding process. If you’re a big fan of bling, though, there’s no better way to showcase your sparkling style than with a rhinestone wedding dress. The vice president and general merchandising manager at David’s Bridal, Heather McReynolds, says this scintillating option is having a big moment in bridal fashion, so if you’ve ever dreamed of being draped in diamonds (or at least accents that look like diamonds) on your big day, now’s the time!

Meet the Expert

  • Heather McReynolds is the vice president and general merchandising manager at David’s Bridal, one of the most popular online and in-person bridal salons in the country.

A rhinestone is a man-made stone that’s created and cut to look similar to a diamond. While they used to be made from rock crystal, now, many of the rhinestones you see are made from acrylic or crystal glass; and these shimmering stones are featured in many modern-day accessories and formalwear. “Rhinestones are quite versatile and can be conveyed in a variety of looks—modern, classic, glamorous, and more—as well as seasons,” McReynolds shares. Some gowns feature all-over rhinestone detailing while others have just a touch to give a dusting of effervescence.

Whatever your wedding vision, chances are there’s a rhinestone gown fit for the occasion. Sourced from the most reputable sellers with the best customer reviews, these 21 rhinestone gowns will make you feel like a star on your special day. 

Best All-Over Sparkle: Galina Signature Floral Applique Open Back Tulle Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, lace, tulle | Length: Floor-length

As McReynolds’ favorite rhinestone gown, this A-line halter is hard to top. “I love the femininity of the floral applique juxtaposed with the glam of the crystal embellishment and the sultriness of the sheer bodice,” she says. The skirt features glitter tulle and additional sequins for extra added shine.

Best Boho Gown: BHLDN Belize Dress

BHLDN Belize Dress

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Size: 0-18 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length

Understated yet seriously stylish, BHLDN’s Belize is perfect for a bohemian celebration with its fitted waist, plunge neckline, and off-white oyster hue. The soft flower embroidery is accented with subtle beads and rhinestones that add a shimmer without detracting.

For the Modern Bride: Amsale Ellory Gown

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Courtesy of Amsale

Size: 00-28, custom sizing | Materials: Silk faille | Length: Floor-length

It doesn’t get chicer than the Ellory gown from Amsale. The sleek white, silk strapless bodice and column silhouette gives an unparalleled air of contemporary elegance. Paired with a dramatic tiered streamer and rhinestone floral embellishments, this is one wedding dress that’s sure to wow. 

For a Courthouse Wedding: Phase Eight Annie Embellished Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of Phase Eight

Size: 2-14 | Materials: Polyester, mesh tulle | Length: Midi

Micro weddings and courthouse “I dos” usually call for shorter-length gowns, and this Phase Eight midi makes an impression no matter where you host your wedding. The sweetheart neckline feels more covered with a mesh panel, while the floral vine design made of beads and rhinestones glimmers down the gown.

Best Back Detail: Justin Alexander Style #8799

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Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Size: 4-32 | Materials: Chiffon | Length: Floor-length

The sweetheart neckline, portrait illusion, and soft chiffon of this Justin Alexander original exude romance all on its own, but when you add in the rhinestone details, you’ll officially be in love. Dazzling gems dance along the waist while extensive rhinestones and beadwork create a lace-line pattern along the back and bodice.

Strapless Favorite: Galina Signature Beaded Brocade Embellished Mermaid Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, tulle | Length: Floor-length

Sexy and sparkling, this Galina Signature gown turns heads with its trumpet silhouette, brocade appliques, and diamond-patterned tulle. Visible boning adds a touch of sultriness while sequins and rhinestones decorate the design. McReynolds especially loves the dramatic cathedral train for grand entrances and exits.

Best Bateau Neckline: Grace + Ivory Elise Gown Elise Gown

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Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Polyester, tulle | Length: Floor-length

The Elise gown from Grace + Ivory is the definition of ethereal elegance. The Japanese crepe fabric, bateau neckline, and sheath silhouette give a refined look, while the hand-beaded, wing-inspired rhinestone design along the shoulders and back expertly define your curves.

For Illusion Lovers: Wtoo Damali Gown

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Courtesy of Watters

Size: 00-32W | Materials: Organza, poly lining, tulle, netting | Length: Floor-length

While the light-as-air tulle skirt and sweep train of this Wtoo wedding gown might pull you in, it’s the dimension detailing that’ll make you say “I do.” The opulent bodice features all-over beading and sparkle while rhinestones decorate the illusion neckline, giving the appearance of dancing jewels decorating your skin.

For the Romantic Bride: Wtoo Hampton Gown

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Courtesy of Watters

Size: 00-32W | Materials: Georgette, tulle, Stretch poly charmeuse | Length: Floor-length

Contemporary romance has met its match with Wtoo’s Hampton gown. The sleek column silhouette and square neckline are taken to the next level by sheer, floral embellished sleeves that are dotted with rhinestones and pearls. 

Best Budget: Lulus True Love White Beaded Rhinestone Maxi Dress

rhinestone wedding dress

Courtesy of Lulus

Size: 0-10 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length

There’s no reason you can’t have glitz and glamor on a budget. This gorgeous Lulus gown boasts a flowy floor-length skirt and a sheer mesh bodice fit for any bride. We especially love the plunging bodice adorned with light-catching rhinestones, sequins, and beads.

For the Sophisticated Bride: Amsale Jay Dress

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Courtesy of Amsale

Size: 00-28, custom sizing | Materials: Crepe, tulle | Length: Floor-length

At first glance, this crepe gown from Amsale looks simplistic in its beauty with a V-neckline and fit-and-flare silhouette. Another look, though, shows a touch of glam on the timeless style thanks to sheer flutter sleeves and a sheer back, both covered in rhinestone and pearls.

Cap Sleeve Favorite: Galina Signature Cap Sleeve Lace Appliqued Plus Size Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of David's Bridal

Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, lace, tulle | Length: Floor-length

Get a little arm coverage with your rhinestones in this cap sleeve Galina Signature gown. McReynolds especially loves the glam rhinestone and lace bodice paired with the plain, double slit diaphanous skirt. Choose from multiple illusion options to find your perfect skin tone match.

Best Mermaid: Pantora Bridal Naomi Mermaid Gown

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Size: 0-32 | Materials: Crepe, mesh | Length: Floor-length

Mermaid gowns were made to turn heads, so when you add in hand-applied rhinestones and a plunging neckline, you get a dress that demands attention. The Naomi from Pantora comes in diamond white and is complete with a billowing tulle skirt that flares below the knee.

Favorite Jewel Detailing: Morilee by Madeline Gardner Drita Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of Morilee by Madeline Gardner

Size: 0-28 | Materials: Net, satin | Length: Floor-length

A sheer boned bodice and rhinestone straps give the Drita from Morilee by Madeline Gardner an undeniably alluring aesthetic, especially when paired with the thigh-high slit skirt. It’s the wrap-style silhouette, though, that truly takes this gown to the next level.

Asymmetrical Favorite: Essense of Australia Style #D3195XS

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Courtesy of Essence of Australia

Size: 2-34 | Materials: Tulle | Length: Floor-length

This universally flattering A-line gown from Essense of Australia is an easy choice for any bride, thanks to its glitter tulle skirt, sweetheart bodice, and subtle train. What sets this gown apart is the sheer asymmetrical neckline and plethora of beads, pearls, and rhinestones. Skip the necklace and rock statement earrings to really compliment this style.

Most Regal: Jenny Packham Elspeth Gown

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Size: 0-18 | Materials: Crepe | Length: Floor-length

Elegant in its simplicity but bold in its bling, this Jenny Packham fit-and-flare crepe gown elongates your body and adheres to the most luxurious tastes. Rhinestone embellishments decorate the top of the sleeves while the luscious crepe descents to the floor, creating a cape-like effect.

For the Non-Traditional Bride: Retrofete Margot Dress

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Courtesy of Revolve

Size: XS-XL | Materials: Silk | Length: Floor-length 

This open-back number, featuring a rhinestone chain detail and front split hems, is a standout for the most extravagant of affairs. Complete the look with heeled sandals, hoop earrings, and a slick low bun for an effortless and modern bridal look.

For the Rehearsal Dinner: Zhivago White Rabbit Dress

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Courtesy of Revolve

Size: 0-14 | Materials: Poly | Length: Midi

A long-sleeve mesh overlay covered in rhinestone embellishments and floral embroidery? Zhivago delivers with the White Rabbit dress. We absolutely see this stunning ensemble being worn during an elegant rehearsal dinner at any destination.

Vintage Inspired: BHLDN Laurel Gown

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Courtesy of BHLDN

Size: 0-18 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length

Art deco meets boho in BHLDN’s Laurel gown. The flattering silhouette features a deep, elongating V-neckline and plunging back, and an empire waist that compliments every shape. The neutral almond shade is elevated by silver and pink crystals and beadwork for an all-over vintage vibe. 

For the After-Party: Mac Duggal Rhinestone Strap Satin Mini Dress

rhinestone mini dress

Courtesy of Mac Duggal

Size: 0-12 | Materials: Satin | Length: Mini

Sexy and chic all at once, this Mac Duggal dress will captivate any dance floor or after-party. The rhinestone straps add a bit of texture and shine while the mini hemline makes the final statement.

For a Touch of Sparkle: Justin Alexander Style #9878

rhinestone wedding dress

Courtesy of Justin Alexander

Size: 4-32 | Materials: Faille | Length: Floor-length

Clean lines and a plunging neckline make this Justin Alexander ballgown a contemporary favorite. The debonair dress features convenient pockets, a cathedral train, and couture knife pleats, while the natural waist is accentuated by a shimmering, hand-beaded rhinestone belt.

What to Look for in a Rhinestone Wedding Dress

Before saying “yes” to an ultra sparkly dress, take a look at how well the rhinestones are secured, what they look like in different lighting, and how they pair with any accessories you already have or dream of wearing. While rhinestones are a detail that’s made to help you shine, sometimes more isn’t always better, especially if they’re scattered in extra sensitive areas. “You want to ensure the rhinestone placement doesn’t create irritation at high friction points like along the neckline edge, back around the armhole, and at sides of the gown under the arm,” McReynolds notes. She adds that it’s also a good idea to try sitting down in any potential rhinestone gown to ensure the embellishments don’t dig into your skin. You’ll also want to store your rhinestone dress in a cool, dark place before and after the wedding to help prevent discoloration of the gems.

FAQ
  • Where can you find rhinestone wedding dresses?

    While many retailers carry rhinestone dresses, some specialize in this type of embellishment over others. Check out David’s Bridal, Justin Alexander, Essense of Australia, and Amsale for plenty of sparkling styles.

  • What type of weddings do rhinestone dresses work best for?

    Rhinestones complement many venues, but McReynolds notes they’re especially popular at holiday weddings and glamorous celebrations. “A few of my favorite [venues] for this detail include regal ballrooms, ornate churches (especially lit by candlelight), or outdoor settings where they catch the light and create a beautiful sparkle,” she says.

  • Are rhinestone dresses expensive?

    While rhinestone dresses come in a wide price range, typically the more embellishments and hand-beadwork required, the more a gown will cost. If you have your eyes set on rhinestone styles that are out of your budget, consider buying a dress at consignment to get a glittering look at a discounted cost. 

About the Author

Rachel Varina is a social media, digital marketing, and editorial expert with over seven years of professional writing experience. Her work has appeared on sites such as Betches, Cosmopolitan, and Elite Daily.

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