There are plenty of reasons to choose an off the shoulder wedding dress. Firstly, this is a supremely flattering style - and that's something we always appreciate when it comes to wedding dresses!
From the timeless chic of a straight-across Bardot to a curve-enhancing sweetheart neck or an on-trend cold shoulder, there are so many types of off the shoulder neckline. And you can get the look with all different wedding dress styles, whether that be a lace off the shoulder wedding dress or an off the shoulder wedding dress with sleeves.
"Off-shoulder gowns or details are great for brides who want a touch of coverage and elegance. In addition to gowns that already have the off-the-shoulder neckline, this look can also be easily achieved with any strapless gown as a permeant alteration or as a detachable element that can be used during the day and removed for the reception," shares Rim Abi Lmona of Tala Daniel Bridal Couture.
What's more, off the shoulder is a sophisticated way to add sexiness to your wedding style, and that subtle flash of skin suits all seasons, working just as well at a winter celebration as a summer wedding.
Still need more reasons? We've found 43 of them, in the shape of our off the shoulder wedding dress edit. Have fun finding the one for you.
43 Best Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
1. Meri - £1,150, Dany Tabet at Tala Daniel Bridal Couture
This stunning gown is fit for a fairy tale wedding! Available from Tala Daniel Bridal Couture, if it's a princess wedding dress you're after it ticks every box - sparkles, a full skirt and a regal off the shoulder neckline.
2. Chance - £750, Evie Young at Tala Daniel Bridal Couture
For the boho wedding dress of dreams, consider the Chance dress by Evie Young at Tala Daniel Bridal Couture. It features a gorgeous cut out detail that gives a relaxed and causal two-piece feel.
3. Bardot Maxi Dress With Train - £209, Coast
The beauty of this dress from Coast is in its simplicity. Complete with a tasteful train, it'll look gorgeous as you walk down the aisle and will forever be in style so you'll have no post-wedding regrets.
4. Diora - £329, Azazie
Fell in love with Britney Spears's wedding dress? Steal her style with the Diora dress from Azazie. It's an excellent substitute for her off the shoulder custom Versace dress and it'll cost you less than £350!
5. Lace Bridal Bodycon Wedding Dress - £195, Chi Chi London
One of the many things we love about Chi Chi London's bridal range is their inclusive collection of fits. This beautiful lace off the shoulder wedding dress is available in petite sizing for bride-to-be's who are 5'4 or under.
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6. Sophia - £POA, Love and Liberty
A lovely alternative to long sleeves are three quarter lengths - the Sophia dress from Love and Liberty will keep you cool in warm weather, yet comfortable come evening.
7. Pippa - £POA, Love and Liberty
You're sure to make an unforgettable entrance if you rock the Pippa wedding dress from Love and Liberty. A combination of timeless glamour and chic sophistication, pair with a red lip for even more impact.
8. Bride To Be Maxi Dress - £120, Club L London
It's hard to believe you can nab this dress for just over £100 - it's so fabulous! Perfect for modern brides who want a dress that is elegant and glamorous, the extravagant ruffle off the shoulder neckline is the star of the show. See even more affordable wedding dresses here.
9. Sandrine Bridal Dress - £75, Little Mistress
Not every bride wants an over the top wedding dress and if that is the case for you, you'll adore a casual wedding dress like this beauty from Little Mistress. It would suit a rustic wedding theme perfectly.
10. Ava Off The Shoulder Feather Trimmed Dress - £1,245, 16Arlington at Net-A-Porter
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11. Crystal Embellished Dress - £1,920, Rasario at Net-A-Porter
The wide draping off the shoulder sleeves on this Rasario wedding dress are centred by a crystal-encrusted ring that leads to a flattering halterneck. It combines two trendy necklines in one! Discover more halterneck wedding dresses here.
12. Crossover Bust Midi Dress - £330, Self-Portrait
A contemporary take on the off the shoulder wedding dress trend, this Self-Portrait midi dress is giving us chic Grecian vibes. The crossover off shoulder design is a unique touch with ruching adding definition.
13. Gimlet Dress - £390, Reformation
The Gimlet dress from Reformation is an understated off the shoulder wedding dress that fashion-forward brides will adore. Be sure to wear a gorgeous pair of designer wedding shoes with this one as they'll be on show!
14. Off Shoulder Bow Back Mini Dress - £640, Bernadette at Matches
15. Lace A-Line Wedding Dress - £POA, Stella York
For those who love timeless style, look to Stella York's gorgeous gowns. This wedding dress has beautifully beaded spaghetti straps with the option of detachable off the shoulder sleeves so you can cater the look to your needs.
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16. Ethereal A-Line Wedding Dress - £POA, Stella York
Another winner from Stella York is this ethereal A-line off the shoulder wedding dress. The silhouette is accented by sequinned lace appliques that sparkle under delicate pleated tulle for a magical finish.
17. Modern Off The Shoulder Lace Wedding Dress - £POA, Essence of Australia
Looking for a lace off the shoulder wedding dress? We reckon you can call off the search because this Essence of Australia gown is breath-taking. Just look at that gorgeous train!
18. Tabitha Embroidered Wedding Dress - £295, ASOS
A stylish combination of the puff sleeve wedding dress trend and an off the shoulder neckline, ASOS have stolen our hearts with the Tabitha dress. The dramatic sleeves balance out the silhouette beautifully.
19. Willa Satin Off Shoulder Drape Front Wedding Dress - £150, ASOS
Well, we couldn't choose just one ASOS design could we? The Willa dress is a off the shoulder wedding dress with sleeves that will have everyone asking where you got it from.
20. Hazel Lace Long Sleeve Off Shoulder Wedding Dress - £150, ASOS
Lace off the shoulder wedding dresses are delicate and oh-so-dreamy. The Hazel dress has elements of tradition with the covering of lace but keeps the look modern thanks to the neckline.
21. Dove Corset And Dove Skirt - £POA, Halfpenny London
If you walk down the aisle wearing a Halfpenny London dress, it's safe to say all eyes will be on you. We love their mix and match designs, like the Dove corset and Dove skirt combo from the Wonder collection.
22. Blythe Wedding Dress - £294.23, AW Bridal
The illusion long sleeves and scoop neckline on the Blythe dress from AW Bridal are what sold this heavenly design to us. Oh, and the fact the floaty skirt falls so effortlessly.
23. Rex Wedding Dress - £294.23, AW Bridal
Boho brides, this one's for you! This crotchet style lace creation from AW Bridal features delicate off the shoulder long sleeves and a spectacular hem. Now, all you need is a wildflower bouquet to hold.
24. Reba Wedding Dress - £514.91, AW Bridal
AW Bridal's Reba wedding dress is what dreams are made of. From the ruched tulle long sleeves to the full skirt and corseted bodice adorned with sparkles, it's a truly special pick for your wedding day.
25. The Normandie - £POA, Lela Rose
This crepe column gown from Lela Rose can be kept sleek and simple, or dressed up with bridal accessories. It's an off the shoulder wedding dress design that can work for all kinds of tastes.
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26. Hadley - £POA, Elbeth Gillis
If you are not completely sold on an off the shoulder wedding dress, or want to switch your look up throughout the day, Elbeth Gillis' Hadley dress can be changed by adding off the shoulder straps.
27. Clementine Wedding Dress - £499, Whistles
This Whistles wedding dress is all about the contemporary details, from the cold-shoulder top to the pleated skirt and curved hem. At £499, this is a relatively budget-friendly way to get an elevated look.
28. Louise Wedding Dress - £POA, Morilee Madeline Gardner
Be a vision in satin in Morilee's sleek Louise fit-and-flare gown. The cap sleeves are detachable, so you can switch up your look between day and night.
29. Off The Shoulder Faille Ball Gown - £POA, Justin Alexander
We love the dramatic neckline of this Justin Alexander gown - and the grandly glamorous details don't stop there. Every element has been crafted to create a regal effect, from the cathedral-length train to the Venice lace appliqués.
30. Maisie - £POA, House of Mooshki
House of Mooshki's Maisie dress is a vintage-inspired design with pretty details that make it feel extra special, such as the pearl beading on the bodice and the tulle sleeves. Pair it with their petticoat to get a gloriously full effect with the skirt.
31. Imelda - £POA, Pronovias
You can always rely on Pronovias to come up with a glamorous take on a wedding dress trend, and their Imelda fishtail gown is no exception. The beaded sleeves go beautifully with the lace of the rest of the dress.
32. Priyanka Style 2026 - £POA, Morilee
You'll really own that aisle in Morilee's Priyanka. The use of Alençon lace appliqués is perfectly judged, softening a strong silhouette and giving an air of romantic refinement.
33. Reine - £POA, Alexandra Grecco
We've fallen hard for Alexandra Grecco's Reine gown. The off-the-shoulder statement sleeves are detachable, so you can transform your look from catwalk-inspired showstopper to sleek and pared back just by removing them.
34. Rose Off the Shoulder Dress - £599, Whistles
Whistles' bridal range is on the spennier end of the high street bridal market - this Rose dress is £599 - but, budget allowing, the quality of their designs justifies the price tag. The lace Bardot neckline is lovely, and the raised hem at the front keeps the whole thing feeling fresh as well as pretty.
35. Peaches - £1,600, Grace Loves Lace
This Grace Loves Lace dress has the kind of laidback sexiness we love. The figure-flattering stretch lace is beautiful, and features the brand's signature rose motif.
36. Style GALA-1010 - £POA, Galia Lahav
If you're looking for the sexiest wedding dresses, look no further than design house Galia Lahav, renowned for seriously sensual, statement designs - the fact that Beyoncé chose this designer for her wedding vow renewal dress tells you everything you need to know. We're particularly taken with style GALA-1010, for its 3-D embroidery and sheer corset; a sensual take on the classic ballgown.
37. Style 133 - £POA, Jesus Peiro
We're used to seeing contrast wedding dresses with intricate bodices and pared-back skirts, so we love that this Jesus Peiro design flips the idea. A minimalist crepe top leads into a fabulous lace skirt - chic and unique.
38. Edel Bodysuit & Casey Skirt - £POA, Elbeth Gillis
Bridal separates entered the mainstream a few years ago, so if you'd prefer the idea of two-piece wedding dresses, this Elbeth Gillis outfit could be the look for you. The bodysuit features illusion sleeves that graze the shoulders, and the best bit is, you can pair it with any bridal skirt you choose, building your unique look.
39. Pru - £POA, House of Mooshki
Retro meets ballgown in House of Mooshki's Pru. The 1950s silhouette and pink brocade fabric really make this stand out - add a hooped petticoat for extra drama.
40. Octavia - £POA, Enzoani
Looking for a showstopper? Say hello to Enzoani's incredible Octavia mermaid dress. With a fabulous lace bodice leading into a frothy tulle train, this is a gown that's guaranteed to turn heads.
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41. Eden - £POA, Mia Mia Bridal
The beauty of a pared-back dress is that you can dress it up with accessories or keep everything totally simple for a timelessly elegant effect. If the latter is more your style, Mia Mia's Edel is particularly perfect, because the cut is so immaculate, this gown speaks for itself.
42. Cecily - £499, Monsoon
The scalloped sweetheart neckline on Monsoon's Cecily Bardot dress is just so pretty, leading into delicate sheer sleeves adorned with floral lace.
43. Butterfly Dress - £285, Reformation
Chic and sexy, Reformation's Butterfly dress in ivory is perfect for creating a contemporary bridal look. The midi length of the skirt is particularly good if you're planning on rocking some statement wedding shoes.
Everything You Need to Know About Off the Shoulder Wedding Dresses
How Do I Style an Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress?
Let your off the shoulder wedding dress shine by keeping your hair back and fuss-free. "These gowns are best styled with a half-up, half-down hairstyle or a bun - we often recommend pairing it with a single-tier veil so that there isn’t too much fabric overcomplicating the overall look," says Rim Abi Lmona of Tala Daniel Bridal Couture.
What Jewellery Should I Wear with an Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress?
"Brides can wear jewellery such as necklaces that frame the décolletage and earrings," explains Rim. We have a gorgeous edit of bridal jewellery for inspiration!
Looking for 'something old' ideas? Rim shared with us: "This is the perfect time to bring out any family heirlooms! Or, should you choose not to go with any jewellery or want an even more impactful look, you could opt for an embellished statement bridal headband."
How Do You Dance in an Off the Shoulder Wedding Dress?
Fear not - there are several options that make movement easier if you are choosing an off the shoulder wedding dress and still want to cut some serious shapes on the dance floor. Opt for narrower straps as they will be less restricting or go for a wedding dress with detachable off the shoulder sleeves.
Once you've found your wedding dress, it's a good idea to turn your attention to your wedding party. Start with our guide to the best places to buy bridesmaid dresses online