If you’re looking at vow renewal dresses, that means you married someone so perfect for you the first time around that you want to do it all over again – and if that’s not an occasion worth celebrating, we don’t know what is.
The beauty of shopping for your vow renewal dress is that there’s really no right or wrong way to approach it. As a guide, the most popular choices are typically pared-back versions of traditional bridal styles, or cocktail dresses that give a more sophisticated yet still glamorous feel – but what a vow renewal really represents is your opportunity to find the outfit that makes you feel like the best version of yourself, whatever that ensemble might turn out to be.
If you did the big white wedding already, you may want to experiment with colour, or if you didn’t quite have the budget for the dress of your dreams initially, your vow renewal could represent the chance to pull out of all the stops. But before you get overwhelmed by the possibilities entirely, take a look at our edit of the best vow renewal dresses on our radar for the year ahead – from subtle to statement, high street to high end, we might just have found the one for you…
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1. Riley Jacquard Wrap Dress – £215, Kitri
Kitri’s entire bridal collection is worth a look for vow renewal dressing, but if we had to pick just one, it’d be the Riley. We love the flattering wrap style and rose jacquard fabric – it’s understated, but the attention to detail mean it still feels completely worthy of the occasion.
2. Chicago Dress – £265, Reformation
The Chicago dress from Reformation is another classically-bridal white dress, but made from a lightweight, textured gauze fabric that steers it well clear of feeling too stuffy or formal. We especially love the idea of this dress at a spring or summer vow renewal in the countryside.
3. Sequinned Dress – £39.99, H&M
The best purse-friendly vow renewal dress we’ve found by a country mile – well, who wouldn’t want to tie the knot again in head-to-toe sequins? This H&M dress is silver rather than white or ivory, but there’ll definitely still be no mistaking that you’re the bride.
4. Lillian Rose Ankle Gown – £550, Needle & Thread
The Lillian is an investment, yes, but one that’s worth every penny if you want a vow renewal dress with undeniable wow factor. The Duchess of Cambridge has also been pictured wearing Needle & Thread’s exquisite embroidered gowns in the past, so you’ll be in good company if you do take the plunge.
5. Tabii Lace Floral Midi Dress – £269, Ted Baker
Equally intricate and stunning, but with a somewhat more reasonable price tag, Ted Baker’s Tabii is a real showstopper. It plays on the conventions of the usual wedding dresses – sheer sleeves, lace detailing – but conveys them in a refreshingly modern way that’s perfect for a vow renewal.
6. Gabie One Shoulder Drape Midi Dress – £199, Ted Baker
Also on our wishlist at Ted Baker is the Gabi, a gorgeous example of just how amazing minimalist dresses can look. The draped fabric gives an elegant Grecian look, while the tie at the centre gives the piece shape and cinches in your waist effortlessly.
7. Rosa Dress – £395, Ghost
Ghost is another brand that does bridalwear is a really contemporary way, which can be great for your second ceremony. The lattice neckline, double-ruffle trim and bow back of the Rosa make it a dreamy, romantic choice.
8. Madeline Half Moon Smocked Silk Midi Dress – £395, Lisou
Lisou’s philosophy is all about putting the fun back into fashion – if you know you definitely don’t want plain old white, it’s an excellent place to start your search. Our top pick from the current collection is the Madeline dress – we’re smitten by the fun half moon print and 70s-inspired touches.
9. Dora Bridal Embellished Midi Dress – £349, Monsoon
Don’t feel you have to go for a floor length frock – knee-length styles like Monsoon’s Dora dress can still be just as flattering and often, a little more fun! The sheer sleeves are super pretty and also offer some comforting extra coverage if you’re not confident baring your arms.
10. Kitty Bridal Embellished Maxi Dress – £499, Monsoon
Elsewhere at Monsoon we’re championing the Kitty – a luxuriously heavy bead-and-sequin adorned number with a v-neckline and the wispiest of flutter sleeves. It’s lovely if you still want to look like a ‘real bride’ without going for a full-on princess dress.
11. Elecia Fringe Wedding Dress – £250, Phase Eight
If there’s even a hint of 1920’s Art Deco style about your big day, we adore the idea of wearing Phase Eight’s Elecia dress – how fabulous is that fringing?! The embellishment will catch the light at every possible moment, from your grand entrance to the reception dancefloor.
12. Juliette Dress – £514, Instance
Instance uses ‘deadstock’ fabric (in this case, Italian silk) to produce its dresses, with the intention of producing slower, more conscious fashion. The Juliette is a vintage-look style with an asymmetric hem that you can wear for your vow renewal, but also on holiday and to other special occasions, ensuring optimum cost-per-wear.
13. Tie Back Maxi Dress – £199, Whistles
This Whistles dress can be as casual or dressy as you want it to be – and if you’ve fallen in love with the front, just wait til until you see the other side. The knotted straps would be especially good for a destination vow renewal at the beach (ivory looks incredible with a tan!)
14. Annie Wedding Suit – Blazer £299, Trousers £229, Whistles
Because there is no rule that says you can’t wear trousers! A wedding suit is an effortlessly chic vow renewal outfit that would work really well in a city centre venue – add a metallic cami and a stiletto heel and you’ll be good to go.
15. Reille 2-in-1 Dress – £199, All Saints
The genius of the Reille is the fact it’s actually a top and slip dress, which can be worn together or separately throughout the day. Put the top on or slip it off for a totally different look for the evening, and once the celebration is over, the silky dress will look great layered under your chunky autumn knitwear.
16. Pleated Halterneck Maxi Dress – £120, & Other Stories
A gentle foray into the world of colour, this & Other Stories maxi looks so much more expensive than its £120 price tag. The pleats add texture and organic movement, and the halterneck is fab if you love to show off your shoulders.
17. Belted One Shoulder Midi Dress - £135, & Other Stories
Speaking of shoulders, this one-shoulder midi, also from & Other Stories, would be a real knockout for a summer vow renewal. The ruffled neckline and all-over lace give it a quirky, unique feel that’s further enhanced by the statement belt.
18. & Other Stories Voluminous Wrap Midi Dress – £120
Our third and final mid-priced gem from & Other Stories is this wrap dress, which ticks all of the boxes if you’re after a clean, classic look that’s totally timeless. Small features like the subtly puffed shoulders and wide waist sash elevate it well above the ordinary.
19. Demi Dress – £140, Chi Chi Bridal
The Demi might appear demure at first glance, but make no mistake, it skims every single curve. It boasts a sleeve length that will suit everyone, and a skirt with a flowing train – plus, that waist belt adds a dazzling little dash of sparkle.
20. Batsheva Crystal-Button Ruffled Cotton-Velvet Dress – £435, Matches Fashion
An opulent nod to antique design makes this Batsheva dress a truly unusual choice – and we mean that as a major compliment. The shoulders are studded with star-shaped crystal buttons, making it the ultimate pick for anyone who loves to stand out from the crowd. And we haven't even told you the best bit yet – it has pockets.
21. Ivory Tailored Crepe Mini Dress – £380, Self Portrait
The tuxedo dress is a vow renewal staple, and this Self Portrait version is one of the best we’ve found. The lace trim around the hem really sets the scene for a wedding day – we’d team this one with your favourite set of black heels.
22. Blazer Dress with Ruffled Hem – £129, Massimo Dutti
For a more affordable take on the trend, try Massimo Dutti’s blazer dress, which has the same lapel look without the buttons, and with a slightly more flamboyant ruffle around the skirt. Keep your hair and make-up pared back for a super cool laid back vibe.
23. V-Neck Dress, £89.95, Massimo Dutti
Our other pick from Massimo Dutti is elegance personified, and frankly crazily underpriced at less than £100. This fuss-free dress will slot in seamlessly alongside any colour scheme or accessory you already have in mind, although our top tip is a pair of freshwater pearl drop earrings to set off the sheen of its fabric.
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24. Belt Wrap Dress – £59.99, Mango
For a low-key affair, keep things simple, stylish and tailored with this absolute bargain from Mango. The waist tie is removable so you could swap it out for a more elaborate belt if you want to take this high street beauty to the next level.
25. Cami Wedding Dress with Sequin & Bead Embellishment – £180, ASOS
ASOS may already be your secret weapon when it comes to your everyday clothing hauls, but don’t overlook it on your quest for the perfect vow renewal dress either. At a bridal boutique, a design like this cami dress would cost a lotmore than £180…
26. Icing Velvet Maxi Dress – £110, Sister Jane
The sweetheart neckline, the fabric, those sleeves – we’ve fallen head over heels in love with Sister Jane’s hyper-feminine Icing Velvet Maxi. As it’s a little thicker and more textured than some of the lightweight options above, we’d recommend this one more for an autumn/winter ceremony.
27. Boxy Boat Neck Scuba Dress – £79, Cos
If there was ever proof that a dress can be comfy and endlessly classy simultaneously, it’s this little number from Cos. It’s tailored but not too figure-hugging, and the mid-calf hemline is fab if you want to rewear and show off your original wedding shoes.
28. Sleeper Atlanta Linen Dress In Rosa Print – £245, Studio B
For anyone whose plans for their vow renewal including frolicking in fields of wildflowers or floating along a shoreline somewhere idyllic, let us draw your attention to this off-the-shoulder dress from Insta-famous brand Sleeper. It’s 100% linen so great for hot weather – add a ribbon or a flower crown to your hair to really set it off.
29. Amalfi Maxi Dress – £88, Free People
More boho vibes can be found at (where else?) Free People, where the Amalfi Maxi Dress has caught our eye with its crossover back – how sensational would this look to all of your guests as you walk down the aisle? Opt for an up-do or at least wear your hair forward over your shoulders to show if off in all of its glory.
30. Rebecca Vallance Amore Bow-Detail Midi Dress – £819, Farfetch
If you’ve got a bit more budget to play with, Farfetch has an extensive and very fashion-forward collection, including this Rebecca Vallance midi dress. The playful oversized bow is the star of the show here, so some metallic heels and a coordinating clutch will be all you need to complete your ensemble.