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Elegant Wedding Dresses: 20 Designs for Classic Brides

If you’re a traditional bride wanting a sophisticated, elegant wedding dress, check out our selection of 20 beautiful styles

There are many things a bride wants to be on her wedding day… beautiful, glowing, and most of all, elegant.

Your wedding dress is a huge step towards achieving this, so we have handpicked a selection of the best elegant wedding dresses on the market.

Whether you want a design with long sleeves, a cowl-neck gown or an embellished floor-length dress, you’ll be the star of the show in any one of these.

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Mori Lee – Style 8278


If you’re a lover of lace then you will adore this stunning lace wedding dress.

The sweetheart neckline on this Mori Lee gown is super flattering, and the puddle train will make you look beautifully elegant as you glide down the aisle towards your new partner.

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Stella York – Style 6718


This design by Stella York is endlessly popular with us here at Hitched. It oozes elegance and any bride looking for a simple wedding dress should consider choosing this as their gown.

The lovely off-the-shoulder straps which drape elegantly down the brides arms are detachable, so you can switch the style up between the ceremony and reception.

Caroline Castigliano – Natalya


The long, lace sleeves and fit and flare skirt in this Caroline Casitgliano piece perfectly marry modern and vintage together.

Although it has been years since the wedding, we are still obsessed with Kate Middleton’s long sleeved dress, and this piece takes inspiration from that.

If you’re having a winter wedding or just want a vintage style wedding dress, then this will be the pick for you.

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Wendy Makin – Dakota


The neckline to this Wendy Makin dress has got to be our favourite part of the design, namely because it is completely on trend both on and off the wedding dress circuit.

The halter-neck makes for an elegant low back, and the beautiful waistline detailing will glimmer in the light. Oh, and there’s the elegant puddle train. So much beauty in one design!

Signature by Justin Alexander – Style 99019


Just how beautifully does this Signature dress by Justin Alexander fall! We are completely smitten. The lace detailing fades out to marry the bodice and the beautiful skirt together. Pair with some glamorous jewellery which will match its elegance.

Maggie Sottero – Abbie Marie


When we first saw this lace Maggie Sottero gown we fell head over heels in love, and we think you will too. We love how the lace detailing dances over an illusion fit and flare silhouette.

It is sexy yet elegant; timeless yet contemporary, and if that wasn’t enough, the spaghetti straps are adorned with Swarovski crystals. We could swoon over this dress forever.

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Suzanne Neville – Garelli


If you’re a lover of stunning fabrics then you’re going to adore this dress by Suzanne Neville. It is from the designer’s Portrait Collection, and our favourite part (besides the embellished waist band and silk fabric) is the cowl neckline. Classic, elegant and ultra-flattering, a cowl neck adds an air of romance to any bridal dress.

Signature by Justin Alexander – Style 99003


Up next is another glorious design from the Justin Alexander Signature collection. A belt is a unique addition to a wedding dress which we have totally fallen in love with. The larger skirt only adds to the elegance of this style, and the sweetheart neckline is a gorgeous feature.

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Suzanne Neville – Portrait


If you’re in the market for a figure-hugging design to wear to your summer wedding, then you’ll love the Suzanne Neville Portrait dress.

The capped sleeves are our favourite part of the design, closely followed by the gorgeous button detailing which runs all the way down the back.

Badgley Mischka – Kelly


This Badgley Mischka column dress is a showstopper, and if you’re looking for an embellished, strapless dress then this could be just the ticket. The sequin detailing will catch the light as you walk towards your partner, making sure all eyes are on you.

Caroline Castigliano – Head Over Heels


Wedding dresses with pockets are a huge wedding dress trend across the bridalwear circuit, and we love this pocketed Caroline Castigliano piece. If you’ve been worried about what to do with your hands in your wedding photographs, or you just want to keep your lipstick with you on the dance floor, then this is a chic and stylish solution.

The pocket detailing and sexy sculpted bodice on this dress make for a contemporary design, whilst the lace ensures the piece remains simultaneously timeless and classic.

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Ella Rosa – BE434


The front of this dress sits simple and pretty, with limited detailing but a sweetheart neckline. Meanwhile, the lace back is the star of the show. It adds the perfect amount of glamour to this ever-elegant Ella Rosa dress.

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Wendy Makin – Madison


We love this sleek Wendy Makin design because it is super simple yet will make just as much of a statement as any other elegant bridal look will.

The V neckline makes the dress timeless whilst the chapel train will look beautiful as you swoop around the dance floor.

Lily Rose Bridal – Elm


This off the shoulder wedding dress by Lily Rose is the epitome of class and elegance. It will look ultra-feminine in your wedding photographs and will leave your guests gasping as you walk down the aisle.

Complement the perfectly placed embellishment by wearing your hair up and investing in some dazzling diamond earrings.

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Ronald Joyce – Nieves


Up next is another long sleeved number. The Nieves dress by Ronald Joyce is elegance encapsulated. We love the fit and flare style and the unqiue wide bell sleeves. They fall so elegantly and make the style just that little bit different to others.

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Ella Rosa – BE448


Ella Rosa knows how to design a show-stopping bridal gown. We are obsessed with the back on this stunning dress, from the embellished trim to the cascade of buttons.

The front neckline is another beautiful feature: high and timeless. Style this gown with a loose updo and some dainty jewellery.

Suzanne Neville – Inoa


If you’re looking for a vintage style wedding dress which is slightly off-white, then this glorious number by Suzanne Neville could be the gown for your big day. The silk finish is simply stunning, and it features a keyhole back and elegant lace detailing. We are sold!

So Sassi – Rosie


The sleeves of this So Sassi gown are the headline act. The tassle detailing drapes elegantly over the shoulders and makes for a nice contrast against the simple body of the gown. Wear your hair up and let the dress do the talking.

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Badgley Mischka – Elle


It’s hard to tell which part of this dress we love more: the lace puddle train, the plunging V neck or the detailing which slims the body endlessly. This Badgley Mischka design is universally flattering.

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Enzoani – Norianna


Grecian goddess vibes ooze from this mermaid style, full-length Norianna dress by Enzoani. The plunging neckline and sexy illusion side cut-outs make for some added drama, and the sparkling beaded belt clinches in the waist and creates the perfect silhouette. What a dress to finish on.

If you’re looking for something a little more WOW, have a look at our amazing selection of unusual wedding dresses. They’re elegant but with a little bit of edge, for brides who want to break wedding rules.