If you’re looking for the big day fairytale, there’s no better way to get the look than with a beautiful ballgown wedding dress. Similar to the much-loved A-line, it’s a super flattering shape on every figure. Also, what could be more fun than swishing through your wedding day like the princess bride you’ve always dreamed of? Exactly!

Featuring a full skirt and a structured bodice, the two combined are brilliant for emphasising your natural waistline. Ballgowns are ideal for most body types (although it can sometimes overwhelm smaller frames) and, frankly, the more volume the better with this style. So, try wearing it with a ballgown underskirt too.

Wedding dress featured: Elton

Ballgowns: How to wear

The quintessential ballgown look is a strapless sweetheart design with plenty of intricate detailing and sparkle, perfect for princess brides. Ballgowns also look great with off-the-shoulder straps and a lace-up back, which suit the fairytale feel. For a more modern take on the silhouette, simply look for less detailing and fabrics such as Mikado for crisp, contemporary lines. Budget-wise, a ballgown wedding dress can be a little more expensive due to the extra material (although at wed2b they start from just £699). However, trust us, it’s worth every penny for the grand entrance you’ll make! 

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Wedding dress featured: Palermo

Turn up the volume

For volume, drama and real va va voom, a waterfall skirt is the way to make a real entrance in a ballgown. Alternatively, look for plenty of fun detailing, such as 3D florals or oversized lace appliqués, or a wow-factor train. Ballgowns definitely lend themselves to the 'more is more' approach!

Wedding dress featured: Micah

However, if you love the shape but don't want too much volume or would like something more modern, you can have the best of both worlds with a simpler design. Swathes of sleek Mikado look amazing, especially when combined with a plain, structured bodice. Don't forget, ballgown skirts are also perfect for concealing secret pockets, which we know our brides love!

Wedding dress featured: Adelaide

More advice from the experts…

So, are ballgown wedding dresses the one for you? If you’re not sure what styles suit your body shape, check out our guide to all the different wedding dress shapes here. Plus, our friendly bridal experts (both online and instore) are brilliant at helping brides of every shape and size, find the perfect dress. They can also offer personalised advice tailored specifically to you and your unique figure. So drop in today, they can’t wait to help!

Wedding dress featured: Artemis

Click here to find your dream ballgown wedding dress, then try on your favourites at your nearest wed2b store. Here’s what to expect when you visit, too. Lastly, for more inspiration, check out our Instagram, Facebook or TikTok accounts.