Let’s face it, wedding dresses are typically associated with being pretty rather than practical. But it looks like wedding dress designers are on a mission to change that with a smart yet simple solution: wedding dresses with pockets.
Wedding dresses with pockets have burst onto the scene in recent years and we’re obsessed. Whether you’re already feeling the ‘what should I do with my hands?!’ panic, you’d love somewhere to stash your lippy for the day or you’re keen to have your phone with you for W-day selfies, the pocket is the answer.
The alternative to finding a wedding dress with pockets is to get yourself a bridal clutch bag, however if you can find a wedding dress that includes pockets too, you won't regret it as it'll enable you to carry around your essentials whilst keeping your hands free for hugs, holding your champagne and for nabbing as many canapes as you can.
From bridal ballgowns to short and sweet high street wedding dresses, we’ve tracked down the very best wedding dresses with pockets. Plus, we asked Rachel Grant, Digital and Press Manager at Justin Alexander, to answer your FAQs.
- A-Line Wedding Dresses with Pockets
- Ballgown Wedding Dresses with Pockets
- Wedding Dresses with Long Sleeves and Pockets
A-Line Wedding Dresses with Pockets
Self-Portrait Crystal-Embellished A-Line Taffeta Dress – £400, Matches Fashion
We love the pearl and crystal embellished straps on this Self-Portrait gown along with the hidden pockets, of course. With a shorter length, it’s the ideal choice for brides wanting to show off their designer wedding shoes.
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2. Maxi Linen Wedding Dress – £290, The Prancing Hare
A linen dress is not just one for the honeymoon packing list, a gown in this airy fabric is also a great idea for brides saying ‘I do’ in warmer climes. Ideal for brides looking for a boho wedding dress with pockets and dreaming of relaxed styling, this gown will help you keep your cool.
3. Style 44239 – £POA, Sincerity
We love a Bardot neckline dress here at Hitched HQ and this lace and Mikado number is among our favourites. Featuring a lace train, low back and, of course, concealed pockets, this gown is at the top of our list.
4. Satin Midi Wedding Dress – £POA, Olivia Bottega
Short wedding dresses are perfect for summer brides, brides who find full-length dresses a little too formal and those who don’t want anything getting in the way of their moves on the dance floor! If you're looking for a short wedding dress with pockets, you'll be a massive fan of this off-the-shoulder satin gown from Olivia Bottega.
5. Style 2285 – £POA, Casablanca Bridal
It’s hard to tell which side of this dress we love more: the chic deep plunge on front, or the embellished low back. Simple in shape, yet totally glamorous, this A-line Casablanca Bridal dress is universally flattering.
6. Y.A.S Bridal Maxi Dress – £180, ASOS
How cool and casual does this V-neck, relaxed fit dress look? We reckon this is ideal for summer or beach weddings, paired with wedding sandals.
7. Style 7361 – £POA, Stella York
We love the delicate, ethereal feel of this gown from Stella York. The leafy design of the bodice contrasts beautifully with the simple satin of the skirt.
8. Alex Perry Isobel Crêpe Gown – £3,610, My Theresa
This strapless gown from Alex Perry has a high fashion feel with its structured bodice and A-line skirt, together with the pockets it’s a great choice for the modern bride.
9. Jenny Yoo Top and Catherine Deane Skirt – £196.19 and £921.13 Approx., BHLDN
Ballgown Wedding Dresses with Pockets
10. Jenny Yoo Lawrence Gown – £1,040.74 Approx., BHLDN
Thanks to Nicola Peltz, square neck wedding dresses are having a major moment right now and we can certainly see why. Square necklines add a modern feel to ballgowns like this taffeta one from Jenny Yoo.
11. Jenny Yoo Charlotte Gown – £876.77, BHLDN
The wide waistband on this plunge gown from Jenny Yoo is super flattering while the low square back is cool and contemporary. Plus, we love the cathedral train of the skirt along with the concealed pockets.
12. Style 44222 – £POA, Sincerity
We’ve said it once and we’ll say it again, you don’t have to wear white or ivory on your big day. In fact, we think this champagne Mikado gown is a great choice for brides wishing to eschew tradition. With delicate embellishment around the waist and concealed pockets, this dress is as practical as it is pretty.
13. Style 44155 – £POA, Sincerity
14. Rosewood – £POA, Olivia Rose Bridal
There’s something dreamy and romantic about blush wedding dresses and Rosewood is a perfect example. We love the subtly sparkling waist detailing and the glamorous ballgown silhouette.
15. Wong – £POA, St Patrick
Love simple wedding dresses but tempted by a touch of embellishment? The Wong gown from St Patrick appears totally simple from the front but features a statement sheer back with pearl clusters.
16. Style 1373 – £POA, Martina Liana
A silver hued gown is the perfect pick for brides looking for something a little bit different when it comes to a wedding dress with pockets. We love the plunge neckline, bejewelled back and lace of this Martina Liana gown.
17. Placea – £POA, La Sposa
A strapless wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline is a timeless choice - made for the modern bride with the addition of pockets. We adore the floral embroidery leading down to the regal Mikado train on the Placea gown. If you love the idea of a strapless gown but you’d prefer to cover up for your ceremony, take a look at these bridal cover-ups.
18. Protea – £POA, Olivia Bottega
Looking for nothing short of wow on your wedding day? This ballgown will have your guests’ jaws dropping to the floor. We love the Bardot neckline and, of course, the concealed pockets.
Wedding Dresses with Long Sleeves and Pockets
19. Dara – £POA, Justin Alexander
Can we have some commotion for this royally beautiful gown?! Giving major Kate Middleton vibes with a V-neck and long-sleeved lace bodice, this dress is fit for a queen.
20. Rinella – £POA, St Patrick
This dress is giving fairy tale feels, so it’s no wonder it’s part of the Once Upon A Time collection from St Patrick. A lace corsetry style bodice and Mikado skirt with invisible pockets ensures your look will be princessy yet practical.
21. Pallea – £POA, La Sposa
How pretty are the illusion sleeves on this classic gown from La Sposa? With a matching illusion scalloped lace back, this gown will give your guests plenty to look at as you walk down the aisle.
22. Style 44296 – £POA, Sincerity Bridal
23. Harlow – £POA, Pronovias
This long-sleeved embroidered gown will add serious drama to your day and we’re totally here for it. With a bateau neckline a la Meghan Markle and a chapel length train, this dress is worthy of a princess.
24. Reiss Christie Linen Blend Dress – £248, John Lewis
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Everything You Need to Know About Wedding Dresses with Pockets
We asked Rachel Grant, Digital and Press Manager at Justin Alexander, your wedding dress with pockets FAQs.
Can a wedding dress have pockets?
"A wedding dress can absolutely have pockets! In fact, it is a very popular trend."
How do you put pockets on a wedding dress?
"Pockets in wedding dresses have become increasingly popular over recent years and often times you'll find that designers are adding them into many styles as a modern and trendy design detail. They are easily inserted into the side seam of a gown so that it blends with the silhouette, and you can't even tell it's there! If a bride finds that her wedding dress doesn't have pockets and she would like to add them in, she can work with her seamstress during her fittings to have them added exactly how she wants."
Are wedding dresses with pockets popular?
"Wedding dresses with pockets are definitely a trending feature! Often when brides are searching for 'the one', it comes down to those little unique details about a dress that make them fall in love with it. Pockets are no exception to this! We love the way brides light up with excitement when they're trying on a dress that they love and realise it has pockets. Many of our bestselling styles feature pockets such as 66163, 44080, Charleston, and April."
What are the advantages to having a wedding dress with pockets?
"An advantage to having a wedding dress with pockets is that you can keep small items in there with no one knowing! Whether it be your lipstick to touch up between your ceremony and reception, a handkerchief to dry tears of joy, or a mint to have fresh breath all day and night!"
If you're not sure about having pockets in your wedding dress, then you need to see our edit of the best bridal clutch bags!