Getting married? Congratulations!
Are you getting married for the first time? Have you been down the aisle before? Or maybe you are renewing your vows with your longtime sweetheart? No matter what the context, you need a wedding dress that will make you shine on your special day.
Just because you are an older bride doesn’t mean you have to skimp on your wedding dress style. Many wedding dresses are designed with the older woman in mind without compromising on trends.
Here is a list of our favorite wedding dress styles for older women:
Sure, the body may change with age, but the spirits remain young, and you deserve to look stunning on your wedding day.
Let’s take a look at some simple tips and style advice to help you choose the perfect wedding dress.
You don’t have to shy away from wearing white just because you are an older bride or even if this isn’t your first wedding. White is the traditional color for wedding dresses, and if this is what you wish, go for it!
If you don’t want to wear white, you can also take a look at shades like ivory, blush, grey, or even gold. Truthfully, you can choose a wedding dress in any color that suits your style, personality, and complexion.
The sky’s the limit when it comes to your wedding dress style. Don’t let anyone tell you that you can’t wear a certain style because you are an older bride.
At this point in your life, you have pretty much determined your fashion sense and you know what suits your frame. You want something that will showcase your confidence and elegance.
Tip: Empire waists and soft lines typically flatter an older woman’s body as opposed to ball gowns and princess dresses.
Wedding dresses come in an assortment of lengths: from mini to floor length. If your legs are one of your best features, why not think about a cocktail or tea-length dress? Choose the length that you are most comfortable in.
Tip: Mid-calf A-line dresses are a classic and look great if you are petite and carry a few extra pounds. Also, you can show off those great shoes if you wear a shorter wedding dress.
You don’t have to cover your arms – unless you want to. Don’t let anyone convince you to hide your arms simply because you are a bride over 50.
But if you do want to cover up your arms, you have plenty of options. Look for wedding dresses with sleeves, a matching cover-up, or even a formal jacket.
Tip: ¾-length sleeves are quite stylish and can flatter your hands and wrists.
Chances are you won’t want a plunging and extra revealing neckline for your wedding. But then again, if you are proud and confident showing cleavage, go for it.
Tip: Look for bateau and scoop neck necklines that are typically very flattering and chic. Halter tops and lace necklines are also great options for brides over 50.
Vintage-inspired wedding dresses are a great option for older brides. Timeless elegant and sophisticated styles from the 20s and 30s can complement your beauty and grace on your wedding day.
Tip: Many vintage wedding dresses are designed with lace and delicate beading which can soften the look and provide a romantic feeling.
There are a lot of ways you can shop for your wedding dress. From your local bridal shop to designer online options. Online shopping has come a long way and now offers you more possibilities than ever before.
Here’s a list of some of my favorite wedding dresses for mature brides.
Beautiful A-line gown with chiffon skirt with lace/mesh long sleeve bodice from the Justin Alexander Signature Collection. The gown is elegantly detailed with pearl buttons at the back.
Are you stylish and trendy? This cape-overlay long-sleeved gown is perfect for you. Roland Mouret’s glamorous gown is cut from crepe with mesh inserts and a front cutout. It is stylishly framed by the chiffon cape.
This romantic plus-size lace sheath wedding gown at David’s Bridal has the perfect not-too-revealing v-neckline and pretty flutter sleeves. This is a fun and fashionable take on a simple silhouette.
Tadashi Shoji Bridal has an assortment of exquisite wedding dresses that you can purchase in one of their retail stores or order online.
This sophisticated tuxedo-inspired textured crepe gown is defined by a nearly seamless wrapping at the waist and a satin lapel collar. The long-sleeved gown has a curve-skimming skirt with a cascading draped front.
This full-length gown is the perfect mixture of romance and sophistication for the modern bride. The ivory gown is fully beaded with a vintage 1920s inspiration design.
This A-line Calisto dress from Olivia Rose Bridal is made of crepe and styled with the perfect bateau neckline that accentuates beautifully a mature bride’s silhouette.
This simple yet elegant dress is designed with soft satin that hugs the body. The draped slouch bodice covers the arms perfectly while leaving a little shoulder exposed for a modern and romantic look.
Tadashi Shoji effortlessly combines lace and tulle in this chic dress to provide an elegant look that can cater to many different body types.
Jumpsuits are very trendy for modern brides and can be a great alternative if you don’t wish to wear a dress. This wide-leg crepe plus size jumpsuit is classy and will assure a flawless and comfortable all-day fit.
This modern short dress from David’s Bridal has pizazz and elegance. Lace and fringe are combined to create this stylish wedding dress.
The best-selling A-line jacket dress combo is the sophisticated evening gown perfect for a bride. Sheer 3/4 sleeve sequin lace jacket with scalloped edges takes this look from ceremony to celebration!
As one of our readers mentioned, renting your wedding gown can be a good option if you don’t want to invest too much money or you don’t want to be “stuck” with a dress you will never wear again.
Rent the Runway is a fashion rental service that allows you to borrow designer clothing and accessories for special occasions or everyday wear. You can select from a vast online collection, wear the items temporarily, and return them, offering an affordable and sustainable alternative to traditional fashion consumption.
The Dress Outlet offers a wedding gown rental service, providing brides-to-be with the opportunity to rent stunning bridal gowns for their special day. This cost-effective option allows you to access a wide range of wedding dresses, saving money while still achieving your dream wedding look.
Dare & Dazzle gives you the opportunity to purchase or rent your gown and accessories. They have a wide selection of gowns for every type of bride.
Choosing your perfect wedding dress can be challenging when you’re getting married later in life. Let’s face it, most photos promote young women in their 20s, and it can sometimes be difficult to relate.
Simply follow your heart, and don’t let anyone tell you that you have to limit yourself because of your age. Choose a dress that you are comfortable in and that makes you feel beautiful and confident.
Which style of wedding dress do you like best? Tell us about your upcoming nuptials and what your wedding dress will look like.