Ball gowns are back. As we return to large scale weddings again, brides are craving ball gowns that are bigger and better than ever before.
The pandemic had a massive effect on bridal fashion. We saw huge growth in less formal and more minimal bridal styles. Much of this was due to the fact that couples were not having big, traditional weddings. But were instead opting for more intimate and safe gatherings to tie the knot. But as are beginning to see the return of large scale weddings once again - we are also seeing more ball gowns on the bridal fashion scene. So if you aren't in to the more minimal bridal looks that have been dominating wedding fashion for the last few years - then you don't want to miss this list!
01. Ines di Santo: Blushing Drama
We are starting off the list with one of the most dramatic - and one of our favorite ball gowns on this list. This first ball gown comes from Ines di Santo. And it is really hard to know where to begin. This gown starts off with a blush sequined covered bodice. But the clear defining feature of this gown is the ball gown skirt which is made from laser cut organza petals in a mix of off-white and blush colors. If you are looking to make a bold entrance on your wedding day, this gown is for you.
02. Reem Acra: Modern Texture
Nothing says romance like an off-the-shoulder princess ball gown. But Reem Acra puts a modern twist on this traditional style with a surprising floral jacquard texture. This bridal ball gown is clean and elegant but the subtle texture gives it a dramatic and contemporary feel.
03. Watters: Modern Design
With the return of more ball gown styles, we are also seeing more modern styles that are a unique departure from ball gowns of the past. Like this contemporary wedding dress from Watters. This gown has some exciting modern updates. And our favorite one has to be the carved corseted bodice which is made from textured pin tuck fabric. Pair that with the ultra thin straps and voluminous skirt - and you have an exiting modern ball gown like nothing before.
04. Rita Vinieris: Contemporary Princess
A contemporary statement ball gown that is sure to have any bride feeling like a modern work of art. This next bridal gown comes from Rita Vinieris. This grand silk gown features a dramatic off-the-shoulder neckline with voluminous puff sleeves. And we have to admit that we are loving that the full ball gown skirt has pockets!
05. Elie Saab: Dimensional Accents
Get swept away into a romantic woodland fairytale with this next ball gown from Elie Saab. This effortless layered tulle ball gown features a clean strapless neckline and 3D leaf embroidery that covers the bodice and climbs down the length of the skirt.
06. Galia Lahav: Dramatic Slit Ball Gown
Confident and dramatic. It is hard to resist this next ball gown from Galia Lahav. This iconic beaded lace gown features a sweetheart exposed corset bodice with beaded off-the-shoulder straps. But our favorite features of this gown has to be its thigh high front slit which is not commonly seen in voluminous ball gown skirts.
07. Ines di Santo: Lilac Contemporary
Next up, we have an exciting contemporary bridal ball gown from Ines di Santo. This voluminous gown is made from blush and lilac floral jacquard satin - for a more untraditional, colored bridal look. But that isn't where the drama stops for this one. The illusion corset design is so captivating and unique. This gown is definitely a departure from a traditional bridal ball gown - but we are absolutely loving it.
08. Maggie Sottero: Beaded Princess
Maggie Sottero brings us this stunning beaded princess-inspired wedding ball gown. Featuring a glitzy jewel encrusted bodice and the most luxe skirt make from layers of glittering tulle fabric. This gown dazzles from every angle.
09. Galia Lahav: Floral Princess
A regal statement piece. This next bridal ball gown comes from Galia Lahav. This gorgeous princess ball gown is made from stunning embroidered tulle fabric with all over floral embellishment. Pair that with the strapless, sweetheart exposed corset bodice - and this ball gown is a show stopper.
10. Rebecca Schoneveld: Silk-Cotton Jacquard
We are loving the look of this next bridal ball gown from Rebecca Schoneveld. Made from the most stunning silk-cotton jacquard fabric from Europe. This enchanting gown features a versatile style with the option of both puff sleeves or thick bow straps - which allow you to completely change up the look of this gown.
11. Viktor & Rolf: Statement Florals
Viktor & Rolf brings us this modern take on a bridal ball gown. This chic off-the-shoulder gown is adorned with oversized detachable feathered flowers that line the neckline and cascade down the voluminous layered tulle skirt.
12. Maggie Sottero: Vintage Inspired
A vintage inspired ball gown that has us falling head over heels in love. This next bridal ball gown comes from Maggie Sottero. Its vintage inspired off-the-shoulder satin silhouette is just irresistible. Pair that with the oversized back bow and button details and this gown is sure to steal your heart as well.
13. Galia Lahav: Drop Waist Diamond
Fittingly named "Diamond" - this next bridal ball gown from Galia Lahav is sure to stand out from the rest. This captivatingly confident gown starts off with a dramatic drop waist corseted bodice which is embellished with clear crystals and features off-the-shoulder crystal straps. But the ball gown skirt is what really has us in awe. Made from layers of pleated tulle ruffles, this gown is sure to make an entrance.
14. Rita Vinieris: High Low Bubble Ball Gown
Make a grand entrance with this next bridal ball gown from Rita Vinieris. A contemporary bubble, high-low silhouette that is surprising from every turn. Pair that with the plunging sweetheart bodice and optional bubble sleeves, and this gown has all of the modern drama a statement making bride could want.
15. Watters: Ethereal & Feminine
This ethereal and romantically feminine wedding dress from Watters is sure to have you falling in love. This effortlessly layered tulle ball gown features a classic strapless neckline along with floral and bead detailing that covers the top layer of illusion tulle fabric.
16. Sareh Nouri : Structured & Modern
A structured, modern ball gown that is sure to turn heads. This asymmetric styled wedding gown from Sareh Nouri features a structured contemporary bodice and modern side sash detail.
17. Kelly Faetanini: Blushing Ombre
If you are looking for a more colorful bridal look - then you don't want to miss this next wedding ball gown from Kelly Faetanini. This textured tulle ball gown features a flattering pleated crossover bodice with a contrasting black sash. But what we can't take out eyes off of is the tiered ruffle skirt with a chic ombre blush color tone.
18. Watters: Jewel Satin Ball Gown
A drop waist bridal ball gown fit for a queen. This stunning wedding dress is made from the most luxe jewel satin fabric, which gives this gown a smooth, yet heavy structure. The strapless neckline, dramatic dropped waist bodice and full skirt are effortless and captivating.
19. Ines di Santo: Blue Crystals
If you are looking for a statement making bridal ball gown, then you don't want to miss this next one from Ines di Santo. This captivating gown has a subtle blue color tone to it which gives it a really unique feel. The bodice is encrusted with crystals and mini chandelier drops for an ultra lavish, sparkling style.
20. Anne Barge: Gold Metallic Detailing
If you are a gold loving bride, then you don't want to miss this next wedding ball gown from Anne Barge. This drop waist box-pleated ballgown features the most alluring metallic gold jacquard detailing. Pair that with the twisted neckline and pleated bodice - and this seemingly simply ball gown has surprises at every turn.
21. Maggie Sottero: Made For Royalty
A bridal ball gown fit for royalty. This dreamy Mikado wedding dress features an irresistible bodice with fully beaded intricate lace with a modest high neckline and full length sleeves. This stunning bodice flows into a clean ivory skirt that is absolutely effortless.
22. Elie Saab: Full Drama
This next ball gown from Elie Saab is all about making a dramatic entrance. And where do we even begin? An off-the-shoulder, fully embroidered bridal gown which features layers of gathered, ruffled tulle and intricate beading from head to toe.
23. Anne Barge: Velvet Flocked Tulle
Layers of micro pleated velvet flocked tulle create the unique look of this next bridal ball gown from Anne Barge. This confident ball gown features a strapless neckline with a flounced detail and all over texture that is sure to leave a lasting impression.
24. Sareh Nouri: Something Blue
Sareh Nouri has your something blue covered with this next bridal ball gown. A completely unique draped pleated tulle bridal gown which comes in the most captivating frost blue color.
25. Ines di Santo: Hand Painted Florals
This last ballgown from Ines di Santo is effortlessly romantic and slightly surprising. This gown features a stunning wrapped sweetheart bodice and a voluminous ball gown skirt. The floral detailing on the skirt is what is so surprising about this style. This gown features hand painted florals in blush and green color tones which are accented with gold foil. This gown is a mix of traditional bridal fashion and modern art.By Kathryn Schrotenboer