What makes the ultimate classic wedding dress? We think it’s the combination of a timeless silhouette, beautifully understated embellishments, a discreetly figure-flattering cut and the perfect balance of traditional meets contemporary styling. 

Hard to find all this in one dress? Of course not. Below our expert Bridal Consultants have picked out seven designs that fit the bill perfectly. Each classic wedding dress has something different to offer, whether that’s Brielle’s super soft tulle, Florian’s shimmering and sleek Mikado, Jaela’s romantic blush lace or Maisons’s slinky silhouette and modern cuff neckline. There really is a classic wedding dress to suit every bride, so read on to find yours…

Total elegance

Let’s start with beautiful Emily, a dress that’s as classic as they come. We love the graceful fit-and-flare silhouette and brides will adore the simplicity of the flattering tulle skirt. The bodice is decorated with ornate embroidered lace appliqués and features a higher illusion neckline and dainty cap sleeves, for plenty of coverage and support. There are also bronze threads running through the lace for subtle shimmer.

Emily a classic wedding gown by Bellami
Wedding dress featured: Emily by Bellami

Emily’s pretty appliqués trickle attractively down the soft tulle skirt, which includes fluted godets to create subtle volume. You can also add a little more oomph and swish by wearing this with one of our underskirts. Then you just need the perfect sparkling belt to draw all eyes to your beautiful waistline.

Softly does it

Brielle is an incredibly soft tulle A-line with a stunning bodice covered in embroidered floral lace. It also has exquisite pearlescent beadwork, that skims the gown’s neckline and gently frames the face.

Brielle a classic wedding gown by Anna Sorrano
Wedding dress featured: Brielle by Anna Sorrano

The soft tulle skirt is ideal for a relaxed, romantic wedding and you can easily add more volume with one of our bouncy underskirts. Wear this with our pretty Iris halo too, complemented by our lace-edged Monae veil, to finish the look to perfection.

Sleek lines

Stylish Florian is a flattering, off-the-shoulder ballgown in shimmering Mikado fabric, that is the epitome of simple chic. The bodice’s internal corset creates a beautifully classic bridal look, while the box pleats at the waist give the skirt crisp, clean lines and a sleek structure. This dress is a blank canvas that you can dress up or down to your heart’s content. And, if that wasn’t enough, it also has pockets!

Florian a classic wedding gown by Anna Sorrano
Wedding dress featured: Florian by Anna Sorrano

Turn around and the high back frames the shoulders perfectly and features neat button detailing that runs the full length of the glorious Mikado skirt. Wear it with one or two of our underskirts to really show it off to full effect. Finally, if Florian has made you fall in love with glamorous Mikado, make sure you take a look at Cambridge too.

A classic love story

Anna Sorrano is known for her timeless designs and gorgeous Jaela is a beautifully modern take on traditional bridal trends. This tulle and lace A-line features a pretty sweetheart bodice, flared soft tulle skirt and attractive off-the-shoulder straps that flatter the arms beautifully.

Jaela a classic wedding gown by Anna Sorrano
Wedding dress featured: Jaela by Anna Sorrano

The silhouette is as classic as it gets but the tumbling appliqués and unstructured tulle skirt give this dress a modern twist. Plus, it’s the perfect shape for showing off elegant shoulders and a beautiful back. We love it with extra volume from one of our underskirts and a simple Willa veil.

Pretty in pink

Alternatively, blush might be the perfect shade to suit your skin tone. Often a high fashion look, when blush is used subtly it can look as classic and timeless as ivory. Strapless Leighton comes in the very softest shade and manages just that. The gentle pink is combined with a dreamy sweetheart bodice and beautiful floral lace appliqués that frame the waistline and decorate the hem of the skirt.

Leighton a classic wedding gown by Viva Bride
Wedding dress featured: Leighton by Viva Bride

The supportive bodice and lace-up back are designed to offer maximum comfort and confidence, whatever your shape or size. The A-line skirt also benefits from one or even two underskirts for maximum impact. Then just add some sparkle and you’re ready to go!

Change it up

How about something a little different? Traditional doesn’t mean dull, and a classic wedding dress can still incorporate elegant modern design elements. Maison’s wow-factor keyhole back is just such as feature. Finished with delicate covered buttons, it’s the perfect option if you’d like a striking low back but with plenty of support.

Maison a classic wedding gown by Viva Bride
Wedding dress featured: Maison by Viva Bride

At the front, the bodice is covered with floral lace appliqués and the beautiful illusion neckline is finished with intricate beading. The appliqués also continue prettily down the A-line tulle skirt and onto the train. It’s an ideal dress for brides who want that timeless princess feel but without too much sparkle.

The best of both worlds

Finally, a truly classic wedding dress isn’t too revealing and Weisz’s modest, straight neckline is the ideal contrast to the slim-fitting fishtail silhouette. It also features a combination of floral and ornate lace appliqués that cover the entire design, from top to train.

Weisz a classic wedding gown by Anna Sorrano
Wedding dress featured: Weisz by Anna Sorrano

The lace-up back means this design will fit like a dream from the moment you try it on. Just try it with our clever Wunderskirt if you’d like to add a bit more drama to the skirt. This dress also looks amazing with our chic Monaco bolero jacket, which is the ideal way to change your look for the evening or to keep the chill off in the winter months.

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