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Ruffle Wedding Dresses: 17 Statement Styles

It doesn't matter whether you want elegance or drama; ruffles are one of the most versatile wedding dress trends.

Bride wearing a strapless ruffled wedding dress

Bride wearing a strapless ruffled wedding dress

Ruffles are the quintessential look for bold brides. A tiered wedding dress creates a sense of drama, movement and fun that will make your dress move and come alive as you walk down the aisle and dance the night away. One thing is certain - if you want to have all eyes on you, you need a ruffle wedding dress.

The best thing about ruffles is that they can be easily tailored to suit your unique style. Dramatic brides should go for tiered ball gowns, while those wanting a more clean and classic look can go for simple silhouettes and subtle frill details. From 1950s style wedding dresses to voluminous ball gowns, we’ve compiled an edit of the 17 hottest wedding dresses with ruffles. 

17 Statement Wedding Dresses with Ruffles

From ballgowns to mermaid dresses, you're guaranteed to find a ruffle wedding dress to fall in love with.

Ruffle Wedding Dresses

1. Tulle Ruffle Silhouette Ballgown - Sincerity Bridal

Dress with v neck lace bodice and tulle ruffle skirt

Bring all your Disney dreams to life with this gorgeous ballgown from Sincerity Bridal. Beautiful lace detail in the bodice pairs perfect with the textured ruffles of the skirt, making this a gown fit for a princess. 

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: As well as being absolutely gorgeous, this dress is also available in three different colours (sand, ivory and nude). If you're nervous about the plunging neckline, speaking to your bridal shop about recommending bridal underwear that will help you feel more secure. 

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2. Sweetheart Ruffle Ballgown - Sincerity Bridal

Dress with sweetheart neckline sleeveless bodice and tulle ruffle skirt
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Sweetheart necklines are famous for creating a timeless romantic look - combine this with the delicate tulle ruffles on this Sincerity Bridal gown and you've got the ultimate fairy tale dress. Try wearing this with a delicate updo to emphasise your décolletage. 

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: This shape is ideal for achieving that timeless romantic silhouette, but the tulle ruffles are quite delicate - be sure to avoid snagging them on your bridal jewellery!

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3. Everette Plunge Ruffle Ballgown - Justin Alexander

Strapless white wedding dress with plunge neckline and asymmetrical tulle ruffle skirt

The silhouette of this Justin Alexander gown makes a beautiful statement and the simple bodice lends itself well to the ruffled skirt, The daring plunge neckline is eye-catching, and is ideal for adding the illusion of extra height.

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: This daring neckline is guaranteed to give you a totally unique look, but if you're not in love with the classic white colour, it's also available as a nude wedding dress

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4. V Neck Vintage Ruffle Sleeve Gown - Needle & Thread

Vintage style wedding dress with v neck structured bodice, tulle layered cap sleeves and tulle skirt

Ruffles aren't all about skirts you know! This gorgeous vintage gown from Needle and Thread features tulle layered sleeves, as well as sequins and frothy tulle on the skirt to create a romantic finish. This is the perfect way to bring all your 1920s Gatsby dreams to life. 

Sizing: 4-18

Pros and Cons: The uniquely elegant silhouette is a great way to inject some retro glamour into your day - just be careful when getting dressed as this style features a zip rather than fabric buttons. 

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Layered Wedding Dresses

5. Maddie Lace Ruffle Ballgown - Sophia Tolli

Ivory ballgown with bardot neckline, descending lace detailing on bodice and skirt, and tiered tulle ruffles on skirt

The off-the-shoulder Bardot neckline is a classic, romantic and timeless option for a wedding dress. This Sophia Tolli ballgown pairs this with gorgeous lace detailing on the bodice and skirt, and tiered ruffle layers on the skirt, giving this plenty of eye-catching details without feeling overwhelming. 

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: We LOVE the ruffle tiers on this intricate gown as they add a lot of movement - be sure to be mindful of the weather forecast for your big day, as this style doesn't pair very well with rain and mud!

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6. Tiered Meringue Ruffle Wedding Dress - Coast

Meringue wedding dress with structured tulle tiers and bardot neckline

You can never have enough tiers! This meringue ruffle dress from Coast features structured tiers from the bust right down to the floor, which manages to blend the traditional with the whimsical. Add a bardot neckline with yet another tier, and you've got a show stopping bridal gown.  

Sizing: 8-18

Pros and Cons: We love tulle - it's lightweight, easy to wear and creates an effortlessly romantic feel. This floaty, romantic gown is a great choice for a destination wedding

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Ruffle Midi Wedding Dresses

7. Asymmetrical Midi Ruffle Dress - Morilee

Layered ruffle asymmetrical hem dress with lace v neck neckline

This Morilee dress is nothing short of stunning. The V-neck lace bodice is guaranteed to turn heads, while the cascading ruffles allow you to show off your pins, as well as giving you the opportunity to show off your gorgeous wedding shoes. 

Sizing: 0-28

Pros and Cons: This A line style is guaranteed to be flattering for brides of all body types, but be sure to wear some heels to avoid stepping on the luscious layers.

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8. Magarita Textured Ruffle Midi Dress - Madeline Gardner, New York

White wedding dress with lace bodice, bardot neckline and multi-ruffled asymmetrical skirt

It's all about the textures with this extravagant Madeline Gardner dress. The bardot neckline bodice is covered with intricate lace details, while the skirt boasts enough ruffles to give it an almost feather-like texture. An asymmetrical hem adds another point of interest - your guests won't be able to keep their eyes off you!

Sizing: 6-30

Pros and Cons: Fans of Swan Lake will adore the feather skirt of this dress, but if you feel like embracing your dark side, this style is also available in black, ideal if you want a black wedding dress

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9. Phoenix Asymmetrical Midi Ruffle Dress - Morilee

Asymmetrical hem wedding skirt with tiered ruffles, lace bodice and illusion neckline

Illusion neckline, asymmetrical hem, tiered ruffle layers, lace details - this Phoenix dress has got it all going on! The tiered ruffle skirt features some dazzling sparkly details, perfect for anyone looking for a sparkly wedding dress that isn't too overwhelming.

Sizing: 2-28

Pros and Cons: The sequined net skirt on this Madeline Gardner design would be the ideal addition to a celestial wedding. However, if you're planning a winter wedding, be sure to snag a wedding coat to cover up and keep warm. 

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Mini Ruffle Wedding Dresses

10. Embroidered Flounce Ruffle Wedding Dress - Nakd

High neck long sleeve white mini wedding dress with embroidered floral design and tiers

It's official - short wedding dresses are IN, and you can't get any better than this gorgeous embroidered mini dress from Nakd. The tiered ruffle layers are created by placing layers of embroidered flowers over each other for a truly unique effect and you won't be able to take your eyes off the unusual long sleeve and mini skirt combination. 

Sizing: EU32-EU42

Pros and Cons: This unique floral design is a great way to showcase a boho bride's taste and personality. However, while they are becoming more common, mini wedding dresses are still seen as a more daring option, so this wouldn't be a typical choice for a traditional bride. 

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11. Bardot Extreme Ruffle Corset Mini Wedding Dress - Club London

Mini dress with ruffle bust, structured corset and bodycon style

If you want something completely new, then this Fairytale dress from Club London is a must. All the ruffle details are in this incredible cloud-like Bardot bust, while the structured corset bodice is designed to enhance your figure. This dress is made from glossy satin and is ideal for party brides!

Sizing: 4-16

Pros and Cons: This style is eye-catching without featuring too many intricate details, meaning that you can pair it with eye-catching jewellery, shoes and accessories. However, bear in mind that it might not be easy to fit this ruffle bust under a wedding coat or jacket. 

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Mermaid Ruffle Wedding Dresses

12. Silhouette Mermaid Ruffle Gown - Sincerity Bridal

White mermaid dress with lace v neck bodice and layered ruffle fishtail

We LOVE mermaid dresses! This figure-hugging style is designed to show off bodies of all shapes and sizes - just look at the gorgeous silhouette mermaid dress from Sincerity Bridal. Ruffles add an extra layer of fluidity and the thigh-length lace means there isn't an inch of this dress left untouched by gorgeous detailing.

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: The combination of sheer with lace gives this dress an almost magical look! If the sheer lace side panels are too daring for your tastes, the style is also available with lined side panels for a more modest look. 

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13. Gigi Mikado Strapless Ruffle Dress - Etoile

White dress with strapless mikado bodice and tulle ruffle fishtail beginning mid-thigh with asymmetrical hemline

We love everything about the Gigi dress from Etoile, but it’s that long layered train that really grabs attention. The top half of the dress is kept sleek and simple with figure hugging mikado and a strapless neckline, leading into that stunning tulle mermaid skirt. Simply breath-taking.

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: This figure-hugging dress is designed to flatter all your curves with its well-placed contouring seams. However, if you find that the mikado bodice is too snug for dancing later, you may want to consider changing into a wedding reception dress

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14. Breslin Bardot Ruffle Mermaid Dress - Justin Alexander

White dress with drooping bardot neckline, lace bodice detail, v neckline and mermaid cut with structured organza ruffle layers

Everything about this stunning Justin Alexander mermaid dress with ruffles screams romance, from the drooping Bardot sleeves to the intricate lace detail on the bodice. The tiered mermaid skirt looks effortlessly light and trails out into a lovely chapel train.

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: The ruffles, horsehair trim and chapel train help to create an ultra-feminine look. If you prefer a sweetheart neckline wedding dress to a Bardot neckline, then good news! The off-the-shoulder straps are fully detachable, 

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Ruffle Skirt Wedding Dress

15. Long Sleeve V Neck Ruffle Ballgown - Sincerity Bridal

White dress with long sleeve v neck lace bodice and ruffle skirt

The long sleeves, V neck and lace detailing in the bodice of this Sincerity Bridal gown are giving us serious Kate Middleton vibes. Pair this with an organza ruffle skirt and you've got a dress fit for a real life princess. 

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: If you're all about the details, then this intricate lace bodice means that this dress is the one for you. If the combination of plunging neckline and sheer panels is too much for you, the dress can be altered to line the bodice with the side seams. 

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16. Sweetheart Structured Ruffle Skirt - Allure Bridals

White gown with sweetheart neckline, cinched waist and structured ruffle skirt

This sweetheart ruffle bottom wedding dress from Allure Bridals is all about the little details. The soft layers cascade from the cinched waistband and the lace sweetheart bodice of the dress is a romantic touch. Wear this with a pretty, loose hairstyle and minimal accessories.

Sizing: 0-30

Pros and Cons: The contrast between the form-fitting bodice and flowing skirt give this dress an amazing silhouette. If strapless dresses make you feel a little on edge, be sure to choose a supportive strapless bra to wear under your wedding dress

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17. V Neck Lace Fairytale Gown - Martina Liana

White wedding dress with lace v neck thick strap bodice, cinched at waist and loose organza ruffle skirt with some lace detailing

Lace wedding dresses will never go out of style, and looking at this dreamy lace ruffle wedding dress by Martina Liana, it's easy to see why. The elegant leaf lace detail combined with the seemingly endless ruffles make this dress look like it's straight out of a fairy tale. 

Sizing: Dependent on stockists

Pros and Cons: The open back on this gown is ideal for any brides that want to turn heads. The train has gorgeous lace right down to the bottom but could incur expensive seamstress costs if you need it taken up. 

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Are Ruffle Wedding Dresses Heavy?

If you're considering opting for a wedding dress with ruffles, chances are you're concerned about it feeling too heavy. Movement is paramount on your big day, from walking down the aisle to dancing the night away at your reception. However, there's no reason to worry when it comes to ruffles. 

Julie Aitken from Wedding Frox says, "It depends on the fabric but ruffle gowns are not usually heavy as the graduated layers ensure the gowns romantic movement and provide a gorgeous fun and flirty feeling to the style."

Not all wedding dress fabrics are created equally - fabrics like mikado tend to be on the heavier side, so brides that want a lightweight feel should stick to options like organza, tulle and taffeta.

How to Bustle a Ruffle Wedding Dress?

The word 'bustle' might conjure up images of stern Victorian women with padded backsides, but in the wedding world, this means something very different. With wedding dresses, bustling means tailoring your dress to function as if it didn't have a train. 

There are many ways to bustle a wedding gown. Wedding Frox's Julie says, "Typically there is always a way to bustle a gown, but the seamstress will usually suggest different ideas depending on the gown fabric and cut of the train, as some are more circular and heavy than others and may require additional securing so as to ensure the sides of the dress are also held up and not left trailing."

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