For brides who want the full fairy tale as they walk down the aisle ball gown wedding dresses are the way to go. It’s the ultimate silhouette for the modern princess bride. Ball gown wedding dresses have a fitted, structured bodice with a dramatic full skirt that flares out from the waist. The skirt is generally made from tulle and is often worn with a layered, hooped underskirt to create even more wow-factor volume.

Ball gown wedding dresses work well for most body types but look particularly great on pear shapes, as the skirt hides the lower body. This style emphasises a natural waist and if you have slim hips and a full bust it will also balance your top and bottom halves to create that perfect Cinderella look. A big skirt can be overwhelming on a small frame though, so it’s not such a good choice for petite brides.

Below we’ve picked four of our absolute favourite ball gown wedding dresses from the WED2B collections. They’re all very different but each one captures that beautiful ball gown magic. Hopefully you’ll find one that will make you feel like the belle of the ball….

Elegant Ariana…

This truly is a sensational ball gown. With its fully beaded bodice and romantic tulle skirt this wedding dress is fit for a modern day princess who likes to have fun. Just imagine swirling around the dance floor in that skirt! For even more swoosh, wear it with our 153 underskirt.

Dreamy Ball Gown Wedding Dresses. Ariana, £599 (available in sizes 6 to 18)

Show-stopping embroidery

The opulent bodice is the star of the show and is covered with stunning embroidery full of glittering detail. Combined with the illusion neckline the look is subtly revealing while still giving plenty of coverage. Turn around and the luxurious embroidery continues, giving small glimpses of an attractive back while highlighting the row of delicate, covered buttons.

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Wear it with style

You can style this dress in so many ways but we particularly love it with our ornate Ellis belt and Celine bolero made from super soft feathers. Our delicate, beaded Bea veil makes the perfect final touch. And, if you love this look, we think you’ll love glamorous Aurora and lacy Carrie too.

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Glamorous Tiana…

Tiana in Greek means ‘ultimate beauty’ and this dress really is the ultimate princess ball gown. An exclusive Viva Bride Platinum Edition dress, it has layers upon layers of glittering tulle that provide all the sparkle a princess bride could ever dream of. Combine that with a stunning silver bodice, fully encrusted with glass beads, pearls and crystals, and you have some serious wow factor!

Dreamy Ball Gown Wedding Dresses. Tiana - Viva Bride Platinum Edition, £899 (Available in sizes 8 to 18)

All that glitters

Inspired by Disney princesses, this design will sparkle from all angles as you walk down the aisle. The clever lace-up bodice exaggerates the waist to create a nipped in shape, while the sweetheart neckline flatters the décolletage. Every princess needs a crown, of course, and our silver Halcyon tiara covered in sparkling crystals has the style and glamour to match.

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Find your style

Make this dress your own with the perfect accessories. Our full-length 153 underskirt will add tiers of volume from top to toe while our A-line 163 will kick the skirt out beautifully at the bottom. The scattered crystals on our Chrissy veil are the perfect compliment to the glamorous bodice. And finally, to create a second evening look, why not add our luxurious feather bolero?

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Fabulous Ferne…

Blush is such a flattering colour and this modern romantic design is the perfect example of how to wear it. The delicate floral embroidery combined with the daring plunging neckline make this super sweet and sexy all rolled into one!

Dreamy Ball Gown Wedding Dresses. Ferne, £599 (Available in sizes 6 to 16)

Floral delights

The long illusion sleeves add gentle coverage and a soft romantic finish while the crystal buttons add extra sparkle. It’s attractive and sensual without being too revealing. Such a pretty dress only needs delicate accessories so our Autumn hairband works perfectly. Our simple Zara belt covered in tiny beads is another great match. The floral beading on our Rococo veil also echoes the dress’s floral embroidery beautifully.

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Turn up the volume

And finally you can wear the skirt as big or small as you like. Wear without an underskirt for a softer look or add our 153 underskirt for a little extra volume and swish. If you love the intricate embroidery and beautiful sleeves here make sure you check out our Cressida and Leah designs too. For more exquisite embroidery in a sleeveless style take a look at adorable Alba

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Romantic Regan…

Want to make an unforgettable entrance? This really is the way to do it. This exclusive Bellami Platinum Edition ball gown is a truly show-stopping princess wedding dress. The delicate bodice is encrusted with beaded embroidery while the sumptuous tulle skirt will have you walking on air. Wear it with an underskirt to add extra volume and accentuate the beautiful train.

Dreamy Ball Gown Wedding Dresses. Regan - Bellami Platinum Edition, £799 (Available in sizes 18 to 28)

Smart design

Underneath all the sparkle and shimmer there are perfectly cut cap sleeves to frame and cover the shoulders. The embroidered illusion back gives great coverage while still looking delicate and barely there. Plus the pretty row of buttons make a beautiful feature.

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Little extras

The bodice does all the hard work here so accessorise with a simple hairband, such as our Gatsby, which has a similar vintage vibe. Our Rococo veil also complements the look with its pretty retro beading. And if you love the vintage chic of Regan, we think you’ll also like Sorella, Serena and Destin, which have a similar feel of an elegant, bygone age.

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