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The Best Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Published date: 4th May 2021 | Author: Hollie Bond


Planning your second wedding or getting married later in life? Read on for our edit of the most beautiful wedding dresses for mature brides, plus how to style them to perfection.

Fed up of seeing pictures of 20-something models in slinky wedding dresses that just aren’t what you’d feel comfortable in? If you’re a more mature bride it can be hard to find the perfect dress when it seems that so many gorgeous gowns are aimed at young women.

If you’re planning your second wedding or simply didn’t meet ‘The One’ until much later in life, then don’t panic because there are plenty of dreamy wedding dresses that are ideal for older brides. You just need to know where to look.

Remember, there are no set rules about what you can and can’t wear as an older bride either. If you want to wear a slinky, sequin-covered gown or a white tuxedo suit then go for it. The good news about being slightly longer in the tooth is that you’ve got more experience and confidence about what does and doesn’t suit you and you probably feel a lot more comfortable making style choices for big occasions.

Whatever style of wedding dress you’re after, from tea length and vintage to long sleeves and off the shoulder, you’ll find it in our edit of 25 best wedding dresses for older brides below. There’s something to suit every budget too, with wedding gowns from high street stores right up to wedding dresses from top bridal designers. And, if you’ve got any worries about styling your big day look, you’ll love our top fashion tips for mature brides too.

25 Wedding Dress Ideas For Older Brides

Rosa Gown Oyster from Catherine Deane

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£1995, Catherine Deane

Like the idea of sleeves but want to show a bit of flesh on your wedding day too? This dress covers all bases thanks to its sheer sleeves adorned in just the right amount of sequins.

Modest Simple Ballgown With Sleeves from Martina Liana

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Martina Liana

The older you get, the more you understand the value of keeping things simple, yet chic. And that is certainly the case when it comes to this understated, but supremely elegant ballgown. The sleeves, high neckline and all over plain silk design make it an obvious choice of wedding dress for an older bride.

Maeve Frill Detail Jumpsuit from Phase Eight

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£150, Phase Eight

You don’t have to spend a fortune to look fashionable on your big day. The high street has some brilliant options for older brides, including this stunning jumpsuit that would work well at a city wedding.

Yasperla Wedding Dress from Y.A.S Bridal

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£160, Y.A.S Bridal

This design is ideal for brides who want to show off some amazing bridal footwear thanks to the raised hem. The neckline is perfect for older brides who don’t want to show any cleavage too.

Cynthia Over Dress and Olivia Chemise from Eliza Jane Howell

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Eliza Jane Howell

This lace wrap over dress with slinky chemise combo is a chic option for older brides who don’t to wear anything too figure hugging. The pretty waist belt adds just the right amount of glamour to the look.

1841 Dress from Kenneth Winston

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Kenneth Winston

Textured satin and pockets combine perfectly to make this one of our top choices when it comes to wedding dresses for older brides. Add a stylish neckline and chic waist band and you have wedding dress perfection.

Bardot Dress from Ellis Bridals

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Ellis Bridals

This stylish gown is inspired by old Hollywood glamour, and you’ll look every inch the star of the silver screen if you choose this stunning satin dress. It’s particularly suitable for older brides because of the flattering off the shoulder Bardot neckline and full skirt that’ll give the appearance of a much smaller waist.

Phoenix Dress from Bianco Evento

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Bianco Evento

Show off perfectly tanned pins in this tea length dress that is ideal for a second wedding, a city celebration or for brides who don’t want to sweep down the aisle in a huge princess skirt. This style comes in plus size too.

Cara Dress from Kelsey Rose

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Kelsey Rose

Romantic, pared back and oh so delicate, the Cara dress is a dreamy gown that’ll look sublime on a whole host of different figures. The detailed sleeves with those heavenly cuffs are a fabulous detail for any older brides looking to cover up their arms.

Marisabel from Blue by Enzoani

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Blue by Enzoani

It’s not all about wedding dresses for older brides. How about a jumpsuit instead? Elongate your legs and look eternally stylish in this super chic bridal look that has a really elegant crossover neckline to flatter your figure.

Dora Removable Cape Midi Bridal Dress from Monsoon

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£349, Monsoon

This wedding dress is stylish, affordable and versatile thanks to the beautiful cape that can be removed. We love the idea of wearing the cape during the ceremony and pre-reception drinks then revealing a sultry bit of shoulder for the evening section of your big day.

Beth Bowley Neela Gown from BHLDN

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

$1800, BHLDN

Tear up the rule book and be confident in your older bride status with a standout wedding dress that is anything but plain white. Wedding dresses for older brides don’t have to be demure and understated – if you want to be bold, bright and beautiful a floral gown like this could be the one for you.

Avery Wedding Dress from Justin Alexander

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Justin Alexander

Don’t shy away from sparkle as an older bride if you’re known for your love of a bit of bling. This sequinned bodice is a lovely way to inject some glamour into your look and the neckline with the pretty cap sleeves is a really flattering style.

Emma Ditsy Bodice Ankle Maxi Dress from Needle & Thread

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£250, Needle & Thread

This year is all about the ditsy floral print, so channel the latest fashion in your choice of wedding dress with a pretty flower-covered gown like this from Needle & Thread. The skirt length is instantly flattering and the bodice gives a nice level of coverage to the upper arms while leaving a bit of skin on show.

Blanche Wedding Dress from Morilee

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Morilee

Jackie O eat your heart out. You’ll look every inch the stylish city bride in this smart outfit that is one of our favourite wedding dresses for older brides. Everything from the neckline and hem length to the exquisite button detailing on the bodice screams sophistication.

Bernarda Wedding Dress from Marchesa for Pronovias Collection

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Marchesa for Pronovias Collection

There’s a lot to love about this dress from Spanish design house Pronovias. The asymmetrical neckline works really well on a lot of figures and the slit up the front is just the right amount of sexy. It’s a brilliant choice if you like a mermaid silhouette but want to dance and move about freely on your wedding day.

Garance Wedding Dress from Temperley London

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Temperley London

If you haven’t discovered the always flattering nature of a wrap dress by now, then it’s about time you did. Wrap dresses look so elegant on almost every figure so it makes sense to embrace the style on your wedding day. This wedding dress even comes with pockets that make posing for those pictures a breeze.

Heather Wedding Dress from Jenny Packham

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Jenny Packham

This designer is loved by the Duchess of Cambridge so you know you’re in safe hands with her dresses. This long sleeve wedding dress is a delight with unique detailing on the bodice and a stunning skirt for swishing down the aisle.

Eve Wedding Dress from Grace Loves Lace

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Grace Loves Lace

Looking for a lace dress? You can’t go wrong with Grace Loves Lace and especially this dreamy high neck style. You’ll feel like a movie star in this dress with its bold lace pattern and beautiful keyhole back.

Benson Wedding Dress from Maggie Sottero

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Maggie Sottero

Wedding dresses for older brides don’t come much more elegant and wow factor than this. The Benson has stand out bell sleeves, a criss cross bodice and vintage lace that are to die for.

Forever Dress from Suzanne Neville

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Suzanne Neville

How chic is the bodice and neckline on this wedding dress? The off the shoulder neckline will look incredible on older brides with both big and small busts and the figure hugging skirt is effortlessly stylish.

Riva Dress from Sassi Holford

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

Sassi Holford

Dance the night away in this stunner of a skirt. The deep V neck is a sexy look, but paired with long crepe sleeves is the ideal dress for an older bride.

Allison Dress from Suzannah London

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£2500, Suzannah London

Rock a statement collar on your wedding day by opting for this designer frock that has the most heavenly skirt and beautiful sleeves.

Ariane Lace Co-Ord In Ivory from Whistles

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

£599, Whistles

Co-ords look really cool and you’re never too old to wear one as long as you choose carefully. This lace outfit from Whistles is a clever choice thanks to its long sleeves and high neck, making it demure and elegant for a mature bride.

Betsy Dress from House of Mooshki

Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

House of Mooshki

Tea length dresses look fabulous on brides of all ages and we particularly love this dress because of its pretty pink shade, dreamy lace overlay and neckline that gives a nod to the 1950s.

How To Style Wedding Dresses For Older Brides

  • Be true to your own style and don’t let anyone tell you you have to look a certain way because you’re “older”. Wear whatever makes you feel beautiful.
  • Consider vintage bridal dresses – more mature brides can carry off vintage really beautifully.
  • Remember less is more – you’re confident and stylish enough to carry off simple silhouettes and might not need a ballgown skirt or cathedral length veil to feel like a bride.
  • Focus on a flattering neckline – often the first area to show our age is the décolletage so make sure you choose a lovely neckline for your dress if this is a part of your body you don’t like on show.
  • Think about adding sleeves or an illusion neckline if you have any worries about your upper arms.
  • Be bold with prints or colour. Have some fun with your outfit and don’t conform to white just because it’s a bridal colour. You’ll know which colours suit your skin tone best by now.
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Written by

Hollie Bond

Hollie is a lifestyle journalist with over ten years’ experience working in the wedding industry as Lifestyle Editor for You & Your Wedding magazine Also a Regional Editor for Muddy Stilettos, Hollie has written for Square Meal magazine, Family History Monthly, BBC History magazine and Homes & Antiques. In her spare time you can find Hollie in a dance studio practising ballet…

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