If you plan on filling your big day with lots of amazing vintage wedding ideas, then you need the gown to match. Vintage style wedding dresses are a gorgeous look for any bride and are a great way to bring a timeless look to your day. Because we like to spoil you lot, we’ve rounded up 23 of our favourite styles to inspire you in your search.
1920s/30s Wedding Dresses
If you’re searching for dresses from this stylish period, think glamorous embellishment and willowy, figure hugging shapes. Channel your inner flapper girl with a 1920s wedding dress and look for empire waistlines, intricate art-deco influenced beading and statuesque silhouettes. 1930s wedding dresses are all about the Hollywood glamour with V-necklines, shimmering fabrics and a sultry backless look.
Silver Sparkle – Lillian West
We love that the simple fit and flare shape of this gown is contrasted with some fabulous silver sparkle. The silver lace detailing on style 6410 from Lillian West is sure to keep all eyes on you and the subtle 30s style V-neckline is great if you don’t want to flash too much skin. The crowning glory of style 6410 for us has to be that incredible illusion back that has lots of detail.
Fabulously Floral – Badgley Mischka
Add some Gatsby influenced glamour to your bridal look with the Lorna style from Badgley Mischka, which is also featured in our pick of 1920s wedding dresses. Although the long sleeves are a modern touch, the floral and lace detailing is just exquisite and gives the dress a vintage feel. Some 20s inspired accessories, such as a bejewelled headband across your forehead, would be a stylish way to complete the look.
Glamorously Grecian – Ellis Bridals
Style 15178 from Ellis Bridals is a beautiful flowing chiffon gown with a sophisticated cowl neck. The 30s style shape will hug your curves in all the right places and the elegant cowl draping at the back shows a subtle flash of skin. This dress would also be a great choice for brides who are inspired by Grecian wedding dresses.
Vintage Luxe – Justin Alexander
The luxurious style 8764 from Justin Alexander is made from an opulent, high shine fabric, which is really set off with embroidered detail at the waist and the shoulders. When you turn round you can show off the glamorous open back which leads into a line of buttons down the skirt – this kind of fastening is so suited to vintage style wedding dresses.
Off the Shoulder Glam – Badgley Mischka
We adore the Dolores dress from Badgley Mischka, which combines a beautiful fairy tale skirt with vintage inspired embellishment at the bodice. The off the shoulder neckline is a wonderful way to flatter petite shoulders and a small bust, and the statement detailing at the bust means that accessories can be kept to a minimum.
1920s Overlay – Badgley Mischka
You may have already seen the Jean dress from Badgley Mischka in our articles on 1920s and illusion neckline wedding dresses, so as you can tell we’re big fans! The ultra glamorous, embellished overlay at the bodice makes this a dress fit for any modern day Daisy Buchanan.
Shimmering Champagne – Justin Alexander
Get ready to fall in love with another champagne beauty, as style 8814 from Justin Alexander would make a wonderful and classic look for a glamorous vintage wedding. With a hint of 1920s inspiration, the gown has a lovely off the shoulder neckline and the addition of champagne lace to the top and bottom of the dress is just divine. A lace illusion back and button fastenings give a vintage edge to the back.
Flapper Girl Tiers – Badgley Mischka
The Julie dress from Badgley Mischka is pure perfection. The beaded tiers give the design a 20s twist and the ruffled hem adds drama to the bottom of the dress. The column shape and tiered lengths make this dress ideal for a tall, willowy bride.
Beautiful Beading – Enzoani
Everything about the Kerianna style from Enzoani is a dream come true for glamorous brides. The elegant beading and embroidery gives the dress vintage appeal whilst the mermaid tulle skirt and low V-back keep the dress just right for the modern bride. This a statement dress that is so worthy of being shown off.
Timeless Sophistication – Alfred Angelo Sapphire
As featured in our pick of wedding dresses with illusion necklines, style 960 from the Alfred Angelo Sapphire Collection is brimming with class and sophistication. Timeless lace is combined with a jewel adorned high neckline for a seriously glamorous look.
Lovely Lace – Lillian West
This beautiful and feminine A-line gown only proves further why lace wedding dresses are perfect for vintage weddings. The fabric will skim over your body to create a lovely shape plus the illusion V-neck and empire waistline are a match made in heaven. One thing’s for sure, style 6392 from Lillian West will stand the test of time and is a lovely vintage look.
1950s Wedding Dresses
We love 1950s inspired wedding dresses. Look for tea length dresses that have fabulous full skirts and a cinched waist to create shape. 1950s dresses will flatter wider hips and the shorter length make them so easy to move around in. Just take a look at these timeless gowns if you need more convincing.
Whimsy and Charm –Sincerity Bridal
Style 3875 from Sincerity Bridal is a gorgeous 1950s inspired dress which is perfect for brides who are obsessed with this fabulous era. We love that the tea length skirt is a fun and effortless length for moving about freely and showing off some stunning shoes. The lace detailing that extends from the square neckline down to the skirt is a romantic finishing touch.
Delicate Lace Detail – Alfred Angelo
Another fab dress in a versatile shorter length, style 2566T from Alfred Angelo is a tea length ball gown with plenty of charm. The strapless neckline leaves room to accessorise however you wish and the flattering fitted waistband leads into a beautifully detailed lace and net skirt – you’ll feel like a total princess in this style.
Satin and Tulle – Justin Alexander
Tea length wedding dresses and vintage weddings go together like bread and butter, as proven by style 8800 from Justin Alexander. The dress has a lovely combination of textures with its satin sweetheart bodice, knee length tulle skirt and satin trim at the hem. Although the dress is available in white, we think the alabaster and pearl versions of it would be a dreamy vintage look.
Champagne and Lace – Justin Alexander
Feast your eyes on the chic 1950s inspired style 8815 from Justin Alexander. The dreamy combination of champagne and white lace works like a charm and the champagne silk belt adds shape to the dress. Warning – you’ll never want to take this 50s style gown off once you put it on.
Blushing Bride – House of Mooshki
The Peggy style from House of Mooshki is a gorgeous 1950s tea length gown. The dress has a modern splash of blush pink colour with a timeless floral print overlay that softens the look. An illusion neckline and cap sleeves add more vintage charm to this delightful style.
Alice in Wonderland Chic – House of Mooshki
The Poppy style is another beauty of a 1950s inspired dress from House of Mooshki. This dress has an Alice in Wonderland feel to it with its pretty bow waistband and lace detail flowing down the skirt. If you’re looking for pink wedding dresses with a 50s spin then this is the style for you.
1960s/70s Wedding Dresses
Channel the 60s with a short wedding dress and look for long sleeves, bateau necklines and A-line shapes. As for the 70s, unleash your inner boho bride and look for off the shoulder necklines, flowing fabrics and relaxed silhouettes. Materials like lace and chiffon are perfect for dresses inspired by these eras. Add a pretty cap veil if you want to go all out with this look.
Ethereal Elegance – Lillian West
This vintage style wedding dress is a total dream. Style 6390 from Lillian West has a sleek, A-line design that will float gracefully as you move around. The intricate lace embroidery and cap sleeves gives the dress plenty of romantic appeal. Wear this dress with flowers in your wedding hair or have your locks loose and flowing to nail the casual, boho bride vibe.
High Low Hemline – Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage
Another charming design from the Alfred Angelo Modern Vintage collection, style 8547 is an empire waist gown with a unique high- low hemline. The dress is comfortable with a simple yet flattering fit. The high part of the hemline will show off some amazing wedding shoes whilst the long train at the back will look gorgeous trailing down the aisle.
Relaxed Lace – Minna Bridal
We’re obsessed with the lacy Minna dress from Minna Bridal. This full length gown has a distinct boho vibe to it that wouldn’t look out of place at a festival style celebration with lots of vintage wedding décor. The cinched waist gives the dress just enough definition and the low, open back is an alluring element to this otherwise laidback design.
Boho Beautiful – Minna Bridal
What’s not to love about the Olivia style from Minna Bridal – it has a gorgeous, unique design and a reasonable price tag! The relaxed fit and flow of the skirt allows you to move with grace and ease, whilst the V-neckline and cinched floral waistband draw attention to the slimmest part of your frame. Wear with a pretty headband and flowing locks for laidback bridal beauty.
Festival Ready – Indiebride
If you thought crochet and bridalwear could never be a winning combination, then let us point you in the direction of the Jocelyn dress from Indiebride. The sister brand of Minna Bridal, Indiebride dresses retain the signature vintage charm of Minna and add boho, festival style elements to give the gowns a youthful edge. The shape of their Jocelyn dress has a 60s vibe to it – add a flower crown and you’re ready for a wedfest!
Vintage Queen – Minna Bridal
Boho beauty and vintage lace come together nicely in the Elizabeth dress from Minna Bridal. Feminine and youthful, this dress would be well suited to an outdoor vintage wedding in the warmer months of the year. The fabric falls beautifully and the pointed lace trim at the hemline gives the dress a unique look.
Once you’ve picked out your own dress, complement your retro inspired look by putting your best girls in vintage bridesmaid dresses of their own.