12 Dramatic Wedding Gowns Worth Swooning Over

Head to toe view of Azzi & Osta pearl ball gown

Have you ever seen a wedding dress that left you speechless? Maybe it was something you saw on Pinterest or Instagram and you couldn’t stop thinking about it. Or maybe it was on the runway of your favorite designer’s latest fashion show.

Whether it’s the intricate beading and lace, a bold silhouette or a super-long train, there’s just something about a dramatic wedding gown. Here’s a look at some of our fave swoon-worthy gowns.

Monique Lhuillier – Waltz Gown

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First up, this dreamy, strapless ball gown from Monique Lhuillier’s Spring 2012 platinum collection just speaks to us. The blush-colored Waltz gown features a full ruffle skirt, sweetheart neckline and is made of silk, gauze and tulle.

This gown will make any bride feel like a modern-day princess. We love how the train gently sweeps across the floor and how the grand bustled bow in the back adds an extra-feminine touch. The dress overall boasts ethereal romance and would be perfect for a formal church wedding or even at a castle venue!

Ange Etoiles – Brilience Gown

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This next dress demands attention and we are HERE FOR IT! It doesn’t boast a ton of voluminous fabrics but it’s a show-stopper nonetheless. This Ange Etoiles gown, named Brilience, is from the designer’s Waterfall collection. It’s flirty and super sexy.

The fitted top has a corset and velvet straps while the rest of the dress is covered in lace and pearl embroidery. The high slit and matching gloves just add to the drama. The extra wow factor comes in the illusion skirt at the bottom; brides can choose to either wear the gown with shorts or a maxi skirt. We love the versatility!

Olivia Bottega – Elmi Gown

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Fit for a princess, this off-the-shoulder ball gown is straight out of a fairytale. The Elmi gown by Olivia Bottega features lace all over with a giant skirt made of satin-lining, tulle, sequins and beading. It’s so dreamy, we can’t stop staring at it!

Leah Da Gloria – Vera Gown

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This strapless mermaid gown is making waves with its lace bodice, sweetheart neckline and jaw-dropping ruffled train. This Vera gown, from Leah Da Gloria’s 2017 couture collection, boasts large folds of fabric to create its structural tail. This dramatic design is full of movement and dimension and honestly we just love a classic, feminine silhouette.

Ange Etoiles – Lola Gown

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Can you say pretty in pink? We had to pick another Ange Etoiles gown, since her designs are so dramatic and romantic. This A-line Lola gown is super-feminine with white-gold flower embellishments, an illusion neckline and sleeves and a sexy open back. Plus, that tulle skirt is so flowy and fun! This dress is definitely made for a playful and whimsical bride.

Pnina Tornai – Floral Lace Gown

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Illusion accents on wedding gowns are super popular right now, and this Pnina Tornai is super dreamy. This amazing floral lace wedding gown with the plunging v-neckline just exudes modern drama. And to be honest, we love a classic white wedding dress.

Sophie Et Voila – Blanche Gown

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You’ll definitely grab your guests’ attention with this show-stopping dress. This Blanche gown, from Sophie Et Voila’s 2018 bridal collection, mixes Spanish flamenco and traditional wedding designs. The gown itself is chic and simple but the exaggerated sleeves put the bride on display. This dress is perfect for the bride who wants to bring the drama without all of the extravagant fabrics and embellishments.

Justin Alexander – Grant Gown

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Look at this amazing pleated tulle ball gown! We love how flirty and elegant the ruffle skirt is and it definitely adds a wow factor to the dress. From designer Justin Alexander’s Fall/Winter 2021 collection, this ivory Grant gown features detachable straps, a sweetheart neckline and buttons down the fitted bodice. The dress combines modern romance with simplistic drama.

Sophia Tolli – Helena Gown

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Here’s a way to bring drama to your wedding gown: a detachable glitter tulle skirt! This show-stopping Helena gown from designer Sophia Tolli features embellished lace and sequins all over the body-hugging silhouette. The tulle spaghetti straps add a sexy touch to the shimmering gown. Brides who are torn between a ball gown and fit-and-flare gown will love this option!

Maggie Sottero – Serencia Gown

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Designer Maggie Sottero is known for her romantic, feminine dresses and she totally outdid herself with this stunning number. This Serencia gown comes in white, ivory and the amazing blush, pictured above. We’re swooning over the breathtaking tulle and organza skirt paired with the fitted Swarovski crystal bodice. The sweetheart neckline and demure illusion back add a touch of sexy glam.

Azzi & Osta – Tiered Gown

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Looking for something with royal flair? This amazing ball gown from Azzi & Osta is gorgeous! The bride looks like a queen with her pearl-studded, peplum-tiered gown. It’s a classic silhouette with dramatic, modern accents and will definitely leave your guests staring at you all night!

Bella Catherine Fairytale Gown

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We can’t get over how amazing this Bella Catherine gown is! The bride looks like a glowing fairy and there’s so much detail—the low neckline, the enchanting floral accents, the peplum waist, and the long, dreamy train! Not to mention the COLOR of this stunning gown. We’re swooning over this mix of pink, purple and blue. The gown itself, made of silk and organza, is simply stunning and definitely gives us fairytale vibes.

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