Simple Wedding Dresses: 50 of Our Favourite Gowns for Modern Brides

Keep your bridal look chic and stylish by choosing one of these simple wedding gowns. Which is your favourite?

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Not every bride dreams of walking down the aisle in an intricate lace wedding dress with lots of detailing. In fact, some brides want something fuss-free and simple.

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Simple wedding dresses have been favoured by celebs over the years, but perhaps most famously by Meghan Markle. She wore a simple yet high-impact gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy which felt both contemporary and classic.

If you’re a bride who wants something modern with minimal detailing, browse through our pick of the latest simple wedding dresses to hit boutiques and the high street. You’re bound to find something you adore.

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4 Top Tips for Rocking a Simple Wedding Dress

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1. Think About Shapewear

Simple dresses are often crafted from fabrics such as satin or silk, so you’ll want to make sure you choose seem-free underwear or shape wear to give you the smooth silhouette.

2. Consider a Bold Veil

If you have a simple wedding dress then you might want to use your wedding accessories to make a statement. We love the idea of teaming a simple wedding dress with a full-length veil or sparkling tiara.

3. Keep Your Hair Simple

Whether you want a pretty half-up-half-down hairstyle or a sweeping bridal up-do, try not to fuss over your hair too much. It’ll only distract from your dress!

4. Have Fun With Your Shoes

If you are going to be wearing a simple wedding dress then you might want to have fun with your wedding shoes. Consider some sparkly heels, something designer (check out our favourite designer wedding shoes which are worth blowing the budget for), or a pair with a pop of colour. Something blue, perhaps?

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The Best Simple Wedding Dresses

Bianca – Pronovias

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The Bianca gown by Barcelona-based bridal fashion house Pronovias shows simple style at its best.

This gown is made from a clean, crisp crepe fabric and features a feminine V-neck and court train. We’re huge fans of long sleeved wedding dresses at the moment, so the long, slim sleeves on this piece have really caught our eyes.

This dress would be just as perfect at a winter wedding as it would be at a destination wedding. We’re huge fans.

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Penelope – Wilderly Bride

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How beautiful is the Penelope dress by Wilderly Bride? We’re head over heels in love.

The front is simple and demure, where clean lines will give you the simplicity you want. Meanwhile, the stunning twist detailing on the back adds a glamorous edge to the dress which will wow your guests as you walk down the aisle.

What’s more, if you’ve got a larger bust, the straps and V-neck on this dress will have you feeling both comfortable and sexy. It’s an all-round winner.

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Bermudas – La Sposa

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Say hello to the Bermudas gown by La Sposa, a gorgeous cap-sleeved wedding dress with a V-shaped back and chapel-length train.

It is crafted from a crisp ivory crepe fabric, and the lace detailing on the sleeves adds a welcome touch of glamour.

If you’re a smaller-busted bride, this gown will flatter your figure beautifully and show off your elegant figure.

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BE434 Dress – Ella Rosa

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If you love the idea of a simple wedding gown but still want to channel a touch of glam, then this dress by Ella Rosa will suit you down to the ground.

The front is clean and fuss-free, but guests will be stunned when they catch a glimpse of the gorgeous lace back.

We’re also huge fans of the subtle V-neck and flattering straps. Style your hair in a tousled up-do to finish off your bridal get-up perfectly.

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Ariana – Jennifer Regan

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The Ariana dress by Jennifer Regan is sophisticated and elegant. It’ll allow you to channel a beautifully modern and effortless look thanks to its stunning off-the-shoulder neckline and fitted bodice.

We love the addition of the belt which will emphasise your waist, and the fact that the skirt is flared at the hemline for a shapely silhouette which adds volume and drama to the train.

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9656 Dress – Allure

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This simple gown by Allure is timeless and classic, with a full skirt and cathedral-length train.

The chic, crossover panel is the focal point of this off-the-shoulder wedding dress, which would look stunning teamed with a sparkling tiara. This would be perfect at your fairy tale-themed wedding.

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9662 Dress – Allure

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We’re huge fans of the 9662 dress by Allure Bridals, a simply-cut A-line gown with flattering panelling and a sexy V-neckline.

The star of the show is definitely the back of this dress, where luxurious lace is intricately beaded for a touch of glamour. We love this dress for summer brides, and it would look stunning teamed with a pair of designer wedding shoes.

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W412 Dress – Allure Women

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Chic, clean lines create a timeless silhouette in this strapless silk Mikado gown.

It has a gentle fishtail shape and a fold-over neckline, and it would look fabulous on any body shape. Leave your hair down and tousled if this is the dress you choose – you’ll look effortlessly beautiful.

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MJ565 Dress – Madison James Bridal

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We’re in love with everything by Madison James, but this dress has got to be one of our favourites. It ticks every box when it comes to simple wedding dresses – elegant, demure, chic and stylish.

The figure-hugging shape is sure to turn heads and the subtle fishtail skirt makes for an elegant touch. Oh, and just wait until you see the back…

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3256 Dress – Allure Romance

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Gowns in the Allure Romance collection are endlessly soft and timeless, and the 3256 style is certainly no exception.

It takes inspiration from Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, where a boat-neckline sets the design apart from others. It also has a low back and an elegant string of buttons which run right the way to the end of the skirt. This dress is beautiful.

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D2653 Style – Essense of Australia

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If you want something simple and stylish but you can’t resist a bit of sparkle, then take a look at this gorgeous dress from Essense of Australia.

The visible, curved seaming across the gown gives a gorgeous silhouette and promises to enhance your curves. There is a lovely V-neckline and a subtle fishtail, and for that added touch of glam, a sparkling waist belt. What’s not to love?

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2717 Dress – Essense of Australia

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A sexy update to today’s Royal Family-inspired wedding dress, this simple sheath dress by Essense of Australia will look just as great walking down the aisle as it will dancing the night away.

The off-the-shoulder, banded neckline gives the gown a sophisticated look, accentuated by the fabric belt which highlights the waist.

Visible seaming curves through the sides of the body, creating an enviable shape. Style your hair in a simple up-do if this is the dress you choose, and let the gown do all the talking.

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2639 Dress – Essense of Australia

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This ball gown wedding dress is perfect for a bride who wants something simple but that still makes a statement.

It’s cut in a classic silhouette and features a plunging neckline with wide straps which extend into a deep V-back. We’re also huge fans of the skirt’s lace appliques, which are matte and subtle enough to maintain overall simplicity.

Oh, and the best part? This skirt features pockets, which are super handy for storing your wedding day essentials.

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Ainsley Dress – Maggie Sottero

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How gorgeous is the Ainsley dress from Maggie Sottero’s brand new collection? It’s got us all flustered here at Hitched HQ.

It is cut from Chardon crepe in a sheath silhouette. Soft ruffles create an off-the-shoulder neckline and sleeves glide into an illusion back. Beaded floral lace motifs add a touch of shimmer to an otherwise fuss-free design.

This dress is finished with beautiful crystal buttons.

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Lilana Dress – Maggie Sottero

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Okay, there might be a little bit more happening on this Maggie Sottero gown than on the other designs we’ve featured, but the clean-cut silhouette keeps it simple and demure all the same.

Subtle geometric lace makes up this simple, boho-inspired wedding dress which has a lovely fit and flare shape to it.

It comes complete with a deep sweetheart neckline and lace spaghetti straps, and is finished with a zipper closure. You’ll feel a million dollars.

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Josie Dress – Rebecca Ingram

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Exquisite and demure are the two words which pop into our minds when we look at the Josie dress by Rebecca Ingram.

It features a sweetheart neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves and covered buttons which trail the entire way down the train. This dress would look beautiful at a church wedding.

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69411 Dress – Ronald Joyce

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This dress by Ronald Joyce proves you can still have fun with a simple design. It is clean-cut and fuss-free, with a sexy keyhole cut-out and halter-neckline. We’re also huge fans of the sparkling waist belt which will really flatter your figure.

If that wasn’t enough, this dress has a cape. Since capes are taking over from veils as one of the hottest bridalwear trends of 2020, we’re pretty obsessed.

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19110 Dress – Ellis Bridals

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A full-length wedding dress isn’t for everyone, so if the thought of a floaty maxi sends shivers down your spine, this gorgeous wedding dress by Ellis Bridals could be the one for you.

It is simple, elegant and feminine, and features a flattering V-neck with thick straps and pockets in the skirt. It also boasts an understated lace applique along the hemline, which is a welcome yet simple addition.

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18111 Dress – Ellis Bridals

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We love how simple the front of this Ellis Bridals wedding dress is. The high neck is stylish and flattering while the long train adds understated glamour.

That said, once you turn around to walk down the aisle, your guests will be wowed by the intricate sheer lace back. It is totally stunning.

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Frankie Dress – Amsale New York

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Wow. How gorgeous is the Frankie dress by Amsale New York!

This piece has a chic, form-fitting silhouette, and the simple V-neck gown turns to reveal a gorgeous open back and delicate bow. This dress is understated with a capital ‘U’ – we love it.

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Anne Lace Back Wedding Dress – Monsoon

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Who says you have to spend thousands of pounds on your wedding dress? Certainly not us.

If you’re hoping to find a simple wedding dress on a budget, Monsoon is a great place to start. We love the Anne lace back satin maxi, which is totally chic and modern.

A touch of pleating and lace detailing keeps the front looking clean and elegant, while the back adds a bit of statement appeal.

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Arlo Dress – Grace Loves Lace

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Australian wedding dress label Grace Loves Lace has been a long-time favourite here in the Hitched office.

Don’t let the name deceive you – not all of the brand’s dresses are covered head-to-toe in intricate lace. The Arlo dress would be a beautiful choice if you’re after something simple.

This dress has a flattering and soft V-neckline, thin silk straps and adjustable gold hardware. How about teaming it with a veil? Grace Loves Lace has some beautiful choices in their ELIXIR collection.

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Sarah Dress – Chi Chi London

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Up next we have another bargain wedding dress, this time from budget bridalwear favourites Chi Chi London.

This elegant design features a bandeau-style neckline with a fitted bodice and a peplum hemline maxi skirt. Pair with some sparkly statement earrings for a bridal get-up to die for.

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Meghan Dress – Chi Chi London

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If it’s a long sleeve wedding dress you’re after, Chi Chi will be able to help.

We love this fitted maxi dress which features a Meghan Markle-esque boat neckline and plunging V-back. Oh, and can we talk about that satin waistline? So flattering.

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Avelynn Dress – Flora Bridal

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Look like a Hollywood movie star on your wedding day with the beautiful Avelynn dress by Flora Bridal.

The statement sleeves are a feature we can totally get on board with, while the chic and fitted silhouette will have you showing off that lovely figure to all your guests.

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Wool-Crepe Gown – Roland Mouret

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If you’re looking for something simple to wear on your wedding day, but something that’s no less special than busier designs, Roland Mouret’s Clovelly gown is the perfect choice.

It is made from wool-crepe, a heavy fabric which would be perfect for a winter wedding. It is fitted closely to the body and flares out at the thigh into a fluted hem. It has an elegant square neckline, cap sleeves which feature the designer’s signature origami folds and a zip-back fastening. We can’t begin to explain how much we love this design.

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Open-Back Crepe Gown – Stella McCartney

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Stella McCartney is responsible for dressing some of the world’s most beautiful women for moments that’ll go down in history.

Add yourself to that list by wearing this stretch-crepe bridal gown on your big day. It is inspired by the look she created for Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala; the back features the same open back and pooling train which photographers captured when the singer posed during her appearance.

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Stretch Crepe Halterneck Gown – Stella McCartney

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Fancy wearing the exact gown Meghan Markle wore to her wedding reception after marrying Prince Harry? Well, now you can, as this is the dress.

It is cut from weighty stretch-crepe so it skims your curves, and has a column silhouette with long train that will look beautiful as you walk down the aisle.

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Whiteley Silk Gown – Galvan

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Cowl-neck satin dresses have been ever so on-trend this year, so why not rock the style on your wedding day?

Perfect for a modern city wedding, the Galvan Whiteley gown is cut from lustrous silk-satin and features crossover straps and a low draped back. This design is so elegant.

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Strapless Crepe Gown – Safiyaa

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Keep things super chic and simple with this gorgeous strapless gown by Safiyaa.

It is cut from smooth crepe and has curved seams running through the front to enhance your figure. It skims just above the floor so you’ll be able to walk down the aisle with ease.

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Silk Gown – Michael Lo Sordo

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This dress will look so elegant on your special day. It is made from smooth silk-satin and has a deep V-neckline and back.

It is fully lined and thanks to its amazing structured straps, drapes beautifully to an ankle-grazing hem.

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Rosa Gown – Jenny Packham

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Don’t you just adore this simple, halter gown by Jenny Packham? Dresses of this shape are perfect for girls with broad shoulders because they draw attention to the centre of the body.

This dress floats down to the floor beautifully and features pretty, jewel detailing in the centre. What’s not to love?

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Calvin Dress – Nouvelle Bridal

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We’re head over heels in love with this Mikado high-low gown by Nouvelle Bridal.

It has a deep V-neckline which is effortlessly elegant, and the luxuriously heavy fabric makes it look endlessly more expensive than it is. This is the simple wedding dress of our dreams.

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Rosa Dress – Nouvelle Bridal

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Up next is another beautifully simple dress by Nouvelle Bridal. This time, we have the Rosa dress, a simple gown with a fit and flare silhouette.

We love the asymmetric bow detail on the skirt – it adds a little something to the design at the same time as being understated enough to keep the dress fuss-free.

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Esther Dress – Nouvelle Bridal

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A bold take on the simple wedding dress, the Esther gown by Nouvelle Bridal takes inspiration from the wedding ball gown.

It is embellished with shimmering sequins at the plunging V and wide, modern waistband. What’s more, the skirt offers pockets for an unexpected twist.

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218210S Dress – Martin Thonburg for Mon Cheri

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This sleeveless, satin trumpet gown is a totally beautiful simple wedding dress choice.

It features a twisted, inverted halter neckline with a gathered bodice and beautiful triangular keyhole opening. There’s also an embellished waistband plus crystal buttons which cascade down the chapel train.

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Paris Dress – Opulence

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The Paris dress by Opulence is elegance encapsulated.

It is cut from a heavy, luxurious fabric and features a boat neckline and glittering waistband. We’re also huge fans of the chapel train which adds just that little bit extra glamour.

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Damask Rose Dress – Ivory & Co

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The Damask Rose dress by Ivory & Co is both embellished and simple.

The strapless style makes it perfect for summer weddings, and the subtle jewels on the bodice will sparkle as you make your way around the dance floor. There is something really special about this gown.

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Enchanted Dress – Ivory & Co

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Lover of an off-the-shoulder wedding dress? This gown by Ivory & Co could be just the ticket.

It is crafted from light and flowing chiffon, and features a wrap-effect bodice with pretty detailing which runs across the waistband and the base of the sleeves. This dress would be a relaxed choice for a festival themed wedding.

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16301 Dress – Kelsey Rose

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Kelsey Rose never disappoint with their simple bride and bridesmaid dresses, and this gown is certainly no exception.

Perfect for brides with bigger busts, it features a padded bodice with sparkling straps and a beautiful pool train. This is the dress to remind you why you were after something simple in the first place.

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15434 Dress – Kelsey Rose

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Perfect for a wedding on the beach, the 15434 style by Kelsey Rose is a relaxed and simple choice for a wedding.

There isn’t a train, but the sparkly embellishment on the waistband means you won’t be missing any extra detail.

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18681 Dress – Kelsey Rose

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If it’s an off-white wedding dress you’re after, this simple dress by Kelsey Rose could be the one.

This Grecian-inspired dress has delicate spaghetti straps, a wrap-effect bodice and dainty lace panelling to the back. It is so gorgeous.

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18696 Dress – Kelsey Rose

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Backless wedding dresses are an ever-popular choice, and it’s for that reason we were drawn to the gorgeous 18696 style by Kelsey Rose.

Not only does it feature a super on-trend cowl neckline, but it has an open back and figure-skimming skirt. This is a lovely, understated choice.

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Lara Dress – St Patrick

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Would you look at that wedding dress! It is so simple yet so special.

We love the lace capped sleeves – they’re a really welcome detail to an otherwise fuss-free wedding dress. This design would look just as great with a tousled up-do as it would with your hair down.

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Adam Dress – St Patrick

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The Adam dress by St Patrick is a beautiful choice, not least because of the on-trend cowl back.

The back detailing is the star of the show, but that’s something we quite like – your guests will be wowed when you turn around.

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Albane Dress – St Patrick

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It would seem St Patrick are a huge fan of a cowl neckline and back, because this dress is just as beautiful but includes the design feature on the front of the dress as well.

It also has some beautiful embellishment on the tops of the shoulders, and an elegant chapel train. Could this be the gown for you?

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Dress with Detachable Train – Justin Alexander

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Show off your shape in this sleek fit and flare dress by Justin Alexander.

It will have you feeling confident and sexy with the plunging neckline in the front and a deep-V back. How about pairing this dress with a detachable chapel-length train for your ceremony?

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Ball Gown with Cuffed Neckline – Justin Alexander

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This striking yet simple gown is made for a modern princess.

It features a cuffed neckline and cut-out illusion V in the middle of the bodice. With a full skirt and delicate buttoning down the back, it has everything you need for your big day.

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Pleated Trumpet Gown – Justin Alexander

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Brides with an hourglass figure will love to show off their shape in this off-the-shoulder wedding dress.

It features asymmetrical pleating on the bodice and trumpet detailing on the skirt. The stretch Mikado fabric will have you feeling comfortable and confident to dance the night away.

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6758 Dress – Stella York

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Simply beautiful, this royal-inspired wedding dress is as timeless as love itself.

It is perfect for the classic bride, and is made from a matte Mikado fabric. A small pleat allows the ball gown skirt to keep its stunning shape, while fabric covered buttons and the square-shaped back are two details we can’t help but adore.

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Letizia Dress – Bianco Evento

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This simple wedding dress will never go out of fashion: it is classy and elegant and features lace capped sleeves and a simple round neckline.

We’re huge fans of the full skirt – it’ll float down the aisle effortlessly after you.

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