26 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides That Prove Age Is Just a Number

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Spoiler alert: There is no perfect age to get married. Whether you found your soulmate early on or later in life, all that matters is you get to say "I do!" But, if you do consider yourself an older bride, you may be wondering what you should (or shouldn't!) wear down the aisle.

Yet, the wedding dress options for older brides are endless! Regardless of age, style is personal and unique to everyone, and therefore what might be a perfect match for some, feels off for others. In other words, just because you're not in your twenties anymore doesn't mean a stiff, ultra-conservative gown is in order. Au contraire! Feel free to incorporate design elements into your bridal look that you've always gravitated toward.

Be bold with a unique neckline, go classic with a simple silhouette, or have some fun with a mini—because age means nothing when it comes to bridal fashion. It is your big day, after all!

Ahead, 26 stunning wedding dresses for older brides that prove age is just a number.

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Best Budget: BHLDN Belize Dress

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For the free-spirited bride, this long-sleeve dress with voluminous sleeves and delicate embroidery is a perfect pick.

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For a Winter Wedding: Deveaux New York Yvette Midi Dress

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The elegant draping in the front of this dress from New York-based Deveaux is well-suited for a woman who has her personal style down pat. Accessories with a pair of minimalist mules.

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For the Classic Bride: Roland Mouret Ella Wool-Crepe Gown

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A classic, streamlined silhouette—this long-sleeve gown featuring a front slit is timeless and elegant. Wear with a simple hair moment and soft lipstick.

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Best Long-Sleeved Gown: Johanna Ortiz The Real Truth Draped Dress

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This maxi dress is taken up a notch (or twelve) with the draped panel. It’s subtly sexy and oh-so-stylish.

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For the Fashion-Forward Bride: Halston One-Shoulder Asymmetric Gown

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A fresh take on the one-shoulder silhouette, this striking gown offers fluidity and ease. Style with strappy sandals. 

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Most Unique: Elie Saab Feather-Trimmed Gown

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If you’re never one to shy away from a bold moment, don’t let a walk down the aisle change that! This feather-trim dress is fun and eccentric, in the best way possible.

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Best Slip Dress: Georgia Alice Butter Satin Maxi Dress

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A sleek and simple dress that feels classic and alluring. Perfect for courthouse nuptials or a casual ceremony.

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For the Vintage-Inspired Bride: Khaite The Nanna Dress

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If you live for a nostalgic fashion moment, this breathtaking pleated and ruched dress is calling out for you.

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Best Lace Look: Tadashi Shoji Placid Gown

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You can never wear too much lace on your wedding day, as proven by this head-to-toe lacy gown that’s ideal for any bride.

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For a Courthouse Wedding: Giambattista Valli Twist-Detailed Crepe Maxi Dress

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The flutter sleeves on this tea-length dress are romantic and exquisitely-crafted; perfect for the dance floor, you might say.

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For the Modern Bride: Proenza Schouler One-Shoulder Midi Dress

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Not into a full skirt moment but still want something special? Voila! This asymmetric dress from Proenza is a no-brainer.

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For a Garden Wedding: Borgo de Nor Constance Broderie Anglaise Maxi Dress

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A delicate lace dress is lovely for a quiet garden wedding. Wear with espadrilles for an especially charming touch.

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For the Casual Bride: Loewe Gathered Tie-Detailed Satin Midi Dress

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A silky dress that gives off elegant boudoir vibes, you’ll feel confident and comfortable all day long in this number.

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Best Sleeves: Ulla Johnson Daphne Dress

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From the puff sleeves to the neck tie to the tiered silhouette, this long-sleeve frock has it going on. A unique pick for your wedding day, indeed.

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For the Retro Bride: Self Portrait Cream Chiffon Tiered Midi Dress

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If your style is decidedly retro, this textural pick from Self Portrait might just be up your alley. 

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Best Details: Amy Kuschel Keely Gown

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The wide sleeves on this stunning gown feel reminiscent of the 1920s. Might as well add a sparkly bag while you’re at it.

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Best Short Dress: Amsale Crepe V-Neck Shift Dress

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Eschew a long hemline altogether and try this long-sleeve number from Amsale. It’s effortlessly cool in every sense of the term.

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For the Sophisticated Bride: Lela Rose The Stratford

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This asymmetric gown offers a fresh approach to showing off a little shoulder while still feeling pared-back.

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Best Wrap Dress: Temperley London Garance Dress

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Another unexpected choice, opt for this wrap number by Temperley London. We can see Diane Keaton in this structured white dress—can you?

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Best Pantsuit: Oleg Cassini Billie Jacket and Blake Pants

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Not a dress person? Make it a pantsuit, then!

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Best Skirt: Carolina Herrera Bridal Crepe Gown

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The kind of skirt that’s perfect for a spin on the dancefloor, you won’t regret making this your frock of choice for the big day.

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For the Minimalist Bride: Savannah Miller Darcie Dress

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A bateau neckline is enduringly elegant and universally flattering. Accessorize this gown with an embellished hair pin.

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Best Neckline: Valentine Avoh Marlene Dress

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Sweet, romantic, feminine—we’re all in for this pretty white dress.

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For the Non-Traditional Bride: Markarian A Fight for Love and Glory Dress

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A non-traditional gown that’ll make everyone do a double take, coming right up!

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For the Romantic Bride: Galia Lahav G-511 With Coat

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If you’re searching for a dress that has a jacket but also doesn’t cover up too much, this lace iteration is a gorgeous choice.

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For an At-Home Wedding: Fame and Partners Gathered Belted Gown

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A tiered, belted dress that feels absolutely perfect for a spring or summer wedding outdoors. Add statement earrings for a personalized touch.

Shopping FAQs

Are you wedding dress shopping as an older bride? We've answered three common questions you may have.

  • Can I wear white to my second wedding? Of course! A bride traditionally wears white to the wedding, however, some brides choose to wear colored dresses down the aisle.
  • Should older brides wear veils? As with any bridal fashion choice, the decision whether or not to wear a veil is entirely up to the bride. If a bride doesn't want to wear a veil, she can wear a fascinator, headband, or other accessory down the aisle—or nothing at all!
  • Can I wear a wedding dress to a vow renewal? Yes, brides can wear wedding dresses to renew their vows. Before choosing a wedding dress to renew your vows, consider the style, venue and dress code for the event.

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