Brides, your wedding day is a momentous one, so you’re allowed to feel like princess (and dress like one, too)! And what comes to mind when you think of princess frocks? A ball gown, of course! Below, we’ve rounded up 15 dreamy ball gown designs that'll have you looking like a royal on your special day.
1. Minimal Femininity
This gown is where minimalism and femininity meet. Perhaps taking notes from Kate Middleton’s iconic wedding dress, this ball gown bears a long sleeved bodice with a full skirt and a modest train. If you're a modern bride who wants the ball gown silhouette without going overboard, this is definitely for you!
2. Grand Romance
The basic silhouette of a ball gown may seem intimidating, but don't worry! Your wedding gown doesn't need to be enormous. You can opt for a less pouffy gown by choosing a clean A-line silhouette with a full skirt. Up the romance by choosing an off-shoulder sleeve, coupled with a sweetheart neckline. Don't forget the floral lace detail to make your frock extra dreamy.
If you plan on dancing your wedding night away, be sure to do it in a gown that moves with you! A ball gown with layered ruffles, fluttering sleeves, and layers upon layers of tulle is the perfect choice for sure.
4. A Grand Exit
What’s the best way to follow a dramatic entrance? Well, an equally grand exit of course! Do it in the best way by choosing a ball gown that’s as spectacular from the back view as it is from the front. The presence of a large bow at the back leading towards a long train is just such a commanding sight, wouldn't you agree? Swipe right to see Mark Bumgarner's gorgeous bridal gown and see what we mean!
5. Light as a Feather
A show stopping ball gown has a lot to do with volume. However, that may end up looking quite bulky, and not to mention, heavy. If you want a lighter feel, while staying true to your princess reference, pull your inspo from little details instead. For example, we're swooning over Vania Romoff's bridal frock creation here which gives a nod to Princess Diana's iconic taffeta dress! This one distributes the volume between the puffy sleeves and the full, but lightweight skirt. So pretty!
6. Major Movement
Here's another way to cheat heavy gowns: Opt for tulle! This fabric doesn't restrict movement. In fact, you've got more room to dance the night away in a full tulle skirt. Instead of train, try a pseudo-cape made from the same material that starts at your shoulders and cascades down your back.
Looking for a gown that's unique and eye-catching? Then you better get your hands on this Michael Leyva creation that boasts of a wispy and feathery feel that reveals a shimmery layer underneath as you move. Delete that Kira Kira app on your phone, stat. You'll be shining at your every turn in this ball gown!
8. A Touch of Black
Why not give a traditional gown an unexpected twist with you’ve never seen before. This gown has all the makings of a traditional wedding dress: well-fitted bustier, full skirt, floral motifs, but what makes gives slightly edgy is its touch of black at its hem. It's unconventional, but seriously gives your ball gown a dramatic flair.
Pair a plunging neckline and barely-there straps with a big skirt with fine lace and sheer overlay. To add more volume, try wearing a petticoat underneath!
10. Princess Classics
If you're looking for a bit more coverage but do not want a sleeved wedding gown, you can easily comprimise with a ball gown made with an elegant cap sleeve and boat neckline.
For the maximalist bride, pull out all the stops in a fully beaded ball gown. Go all out with a huge skirt, long train, and top it all of with embellishments.
A ball gown by nature is quite big. But for a bride who wants all eyes on her as she walks down the aisle will say “The bigger, the better”! So, why not add even more skirt volume through large ruffles, trailing down in an extra long train. No doubt, your wedding photos will look like they're straight out of a fairy tale!
13. Structural and Understated
This goes out to the minimalist bride, who knows that one doesn't always need frills to make a statement. Surely, a ball gown with clean lines and high quality fabric is just as impactful and striking as any other gown. Case in point: this minimal satin ball gown that manages to bring in all the drama.
14. Modern Femininity
Adding an unconventional twist to traditional gowns is always something we look forward to in a modern bride’s choice of dress. Take this ball gown for example, which is adorned with floral motifs modernized with a lattice pattern, making it a unique and contemporary choice for a wedding frock.
15. Pseudo Ball Gown
If you're after highlighting your curves but would still like the grandeur of a ball gown, this Francis Libiran creation is for you. It’s not your regular ball gown, but it's definitely something to try for the out-of-the-box bride.