Are you in the mood to talk wedding? Well, we’re going to, and to be more precise, we’re talking about ballgown wedding dresses. These beautiful gowns that normally form a bell-shape from the nipped-in waist are super flattering for all body types, but particularly suit those with curves on their side. If you have the shape to show off, why not show it off? And you’d be amazed at exactly how beautiful your silhouette can be in a ballgown wedding dress.
So … without any further ado, we’ll jump right in! Don’t forget to let us know which ones are your favourite in the comments below!
1 – Romantic Sweetheart Ballgown
Sweetheart necklines work really well with ballgown style wedding dresses, and this is most definitely the case if you have lots of ruffles or other features going on down below – on your skirt. Keeping the top half nice and simple gives you a way of balancing things out. We know that you don’t want to look like a toilet roll cover, but at the same time, a certain amount of puffiness is expected from your big day … right? Isn’t that the point of wearing a BIG white dress?
Source: Winnie Couture
2 – Tulle Ballgown Wedding Dresses
A fitted bodice is a must-have if you’re a busty girl and want to show them off. You will want to make sure that things are as tight as you can bear up the top, and that you have the right combination of underwear to give you the killer shape … and killer cleavage. If that’s the kind of thing you’re going for, of course. Theres nothing to stop you from adding a little something-something to the tight bodice of your top half, however, and we love this dress, showing off that idea perfectly.
Source: White by Vera Wang
3 – Lace Ballgown with Keyhole Back
It’s rather unusual for a bride to walk into a dress store and find a dress that fits her perfectly, and that doesn’t need alterations to make it work for the bride’s specific requirements. You should allow a little bit of extra cash for the alterations – think about 10 to 20% of the price of the dress, and you’re probably about spot on. It has been reported that over 98% of all brides will require their dresses to be altered in some way, so don’t think it’s unusual for this to be the case.
Source: Stella York
4 – Contemporary Satin Ballgown Wedding Dresses
How long before the wedding should you start shopping? Well, whenever you feel like it really, particularly if you don’t know what you want to wear. If you don’t know the difference between a ballgown and an A-line wedding dress, and you wouldn’t have the first clue where to start, starting off sooner will give you a greater chance of finding the perfect ballgown wedding dresses in time. “Experts” suggest that you give yourself at least ten months to a year to find the right dress, but you should start whenever you want to. It’s your big day, why don’t you make up the rules?
Source: Robert Bullock Bride
5 – Satin + Demure Ballgown Wedding Dresses
We cannot stress the importance of underwear enough when you’re wearing your wedding dress. When you go shopping for your dress, you should be prepared for the fact that you might need the right kind of underwear, so we would always suggest that you take a strapless bra with you, just in case. Make it white or flesh-coloured (nude) and it’s even better. Most wedding dresses need the right kind of support beneath it in order to look good, and this won’t be something you’ll normally have to hand when you first go shopping for your gown.
Source: Allure Bridals
6 – Ballgown Wedding Dresses + Lace Panels
We know that you’re going to fall in love with ballgown wedding dresses like this one, but the truth of the matter is that the dress is only one part of what is going to end up costing quite a bit of money. This is why it is important to have a budget in mind right away. You will need to include other things in your budget – the alterations, any shipping costs, taxes, etc. (if imported), and also things like your shoes, veil, jewellery, underwear, makeup, etc. These all cost money, and the cost of your one dress will soon start to add up.
7 – Off the Shoulder Modern Ballgown
If you know you’re going to need Spanx or other underwear / shape wear, take them with you when you go shopping for your wedding dress. These shape wear items are meant to change your silhouette, so by NOT wearing them, you won’t get a true representation of what the gown will look like on your big day. Most bridal stores will give you a few minutes to adjust your underwear, and they’ll also be rather thankful that you remembered to take the important things … just like underwear.
Source: Ellis Bridals
8 – Two-Piece Effect Ballgown Wedding Dresses
How do you feel about two-piece ballgown wedding dresses? Or, at least, dresses that are actually one-piece but look like two-pieces? There’s quite a full skirt on this dress, so things at the top have been left super simple. It’s a lace overlay, with everything perfectly placed so that nothing is on show. It’s a stunning design, mixing modern with traditional, and we really do love it so.
9 – Classic Ballgown Wedding Dresses
If you know what kind of shoes you’re wearing, take them with you when you go wedding dress shopping. It can be hard to know how long or short to have the skirt of the dress when you don’t have the right shoes. If you need alterations because of the height of the heels of your shoes, this will need to be thought about in advance so there is time to have them done. If you take them with you, along with any other accessories you think you’ll be wearing on your wedding day, you’ll have a much better feel for how everything will look when all is said and done.
10 – Sophisticated Princess Ballgown
With a sophisticated and classic finish in mind, this princess-style ballgown dress has a full skirt with a nipped-in waist. That waist line has been featured even further with the addition of that beautiful bow. Strapless too, and with a satin finish, this is another great dress choice if you have curves and want to show them off. Or you just want that beautiful princess-finish effect to your dress, obviously.
11 – Strappy, Tulle Ballgown
You might want every single one of your friends and family with you when you go shopping for your wedding dress, but in reality, this can do much more harm than good. The only person’s opinion that matters right now is yours, and the more people you bring with you, the more opinions you’re throwing into the mix. This can make life rather confusing, particularly if you all have different tastes. Your best friend might like sleeves, for example, whereas you might not. And what if your best friend disagrees with your mother and all hell breaks loose? Be selective over who you take with you. Too many chefs really will ruin the broth in this case. They’ll also likely ruin your special day of wedding dress shopping.
Source: Allure Bridals
12 – Off the Shoulder + Big Skirt Ballgown
You should make a day of wedding dress shopping if you have the opportunity to, and this means making a bit of an effort. On your big day, you’ll have your hair done, your makeup done, and you’ll feel a thousand bucks. When you go shopping for your wedding dress, you might look frazzled, with unkempt hair and no makeup. You’re hardly going to feel a million dollars are you? If you spend a bit of time taking care of yourself in the morning, however, giving yourself a little well-deserved TLC, you’ll feel better, you’ll probably look bester, and the whole experience will be so much easier.
13 – Embellished + Traditional Ballgown Wedding Dresses
If you want a boho style dress, look at boho style dresses. Don’t be swayed by the more convention dresses on the rack just because your mother feels you should. This is YOUR wedding – YOUR big day – and you should wear a dress that YOU feel comfortable in. Know what your boundaries are, and make sure those that go wedding dress shopping with you know what the score is. Give them a strike system – three un-wanted opinions and you’re out. Stay true to yourself – go with your own views and opinions.
14 – Strapless, Dreamy Ballgown Wedding Dresses
There are an infinite amount of ways you could customise ballgown wedding dresses like these, and just one of those ways is with the neckline. There are so many variations on offer, you’d be forgiven for getting lost, but this beautiful strapless, sweetheart number really does tick every box for us. It’s romantic, princess-like, and … well, ballgown wedding dresses we can really get on board with.
Source: Allure Bridals
15 – Ballgown Wedding Dresses + Tiaras
The ballgown style dress is the fairytale style dress – the skirt is usually big and flares out from the waist, and the waist itself is usually quite nipped-in, creating an hourglass shape. This style of dress is perfect for curvy women, particularly those who want to show off their curves. On petite frames, however, a skirt of this size can be quite overpowering. Pear-shaped brides should definitely look at ballgown wedding dresses, but this is a dress that looks great on most body shapes and sizes.
16 – Romantic, Natural Waist Ballgown Wedding Dresses
If you’re going for a classic full skirt that usually comes with these ballgown wedding dresses, opt for an interesting neckline. This plunging neckline, for example, draws attention for all the right reasons, and you could even add a beautiful, feature necklace if you wanted to break things up a little. You could go rummaging through Grandma’s jewellery box for your something borrowed!
Source: Matthew Christopher
17 – Simple, Thin-Strapped Ballgown
If you’re not quite in the mood for strapless ballgown wedding dresses, adding thing straps, just like these spaghetti straps, could do just the trick. It’s a wonderful modern twist on a classically elegant and timeless dress shape, and that gauzy lace overlay just helps to bring a wonderful sense of romance to the entire occasion.
Source: Allure Bridals
18 – Bright White Ballgown Wedding Dresses
If you’re opting for a beautiful neckline or a revealing back, you may want to consider wearing your bridal hair right up to show these features off. What’s the point in having gems or a keyhole back, for example, if you’re going to cover it all over with long hair? These ballgown wedding dresses work quite well with their worn down, as long as you make sure you’re not covering any beautiful features up. If you want to have beautiful features on your dress for the big day, it’s well worth keeping them further down on the dress if you also want to wear long, loose locks.
19 – A-Line Ballgown + Spaghetti Straps
If you’re looking for ballgown wedding dresses that scream both grace and beauty, this dress might just tick all of your boxes. It’s simple but effective, an A-line frame matched with a ballgown shape, all perfectly highlighted with those super-thin straps. We’re so in love with that full skirt too. In fact, this one might just be one of our all-time favourites.
Source: Matthew Christopher
20 – Ruffled Wedding Ballgown + Lace Bodice
You’ve got a beautiful organza skirt in this beautiful ballgown, and it is both textured and structured to give you full visual appeal. A wonderful lace bodice completes the look, and some tiny capped sleeves have been added. This is a great easy addition to ballgown wedding dresses. All wedding dresses, in fact. Lace sleeves, or even beaded lace sleeves, can instantly transform the entire look of a dress.
Source: Winnie Couture
21 – Off the Shoulder Ballgown Wedding Dresses
Off the shoulder clothes are a massive trend right now, and it’s a trend that has spilled over from regular day-to-day clothes, right into wedding dresses, particularly ballgown wedding dresses. These beautiful off-the-shoulder sleeves form together perfectly in a wrap-around style that will be bother flattering and slimming, all at the same time. It then spills out into that wonderful full skirt, texture added with layers of white fabric, rather than a full bell-shaped skirt. It’s a stunner, that’s for sure, and definitely one we’d consider for ourselves.
And there you have them – 31 ballgown wedding dresses we think you’re going to fall in love with. Which one is your favourite? Do you have a favourite? Have you found backless wedding dresses that you think we should add to the list? Perhaps you had an amazing gown on your big day and now you want to show it off? Send in your photos – we’d love to feature you on the site.
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