Delicate and sweet, there’s something really special about a wedding gown with extra features. And bows are one of the most youthful and chic of the bunch. Going the route of polished and contemporary or something more princess and poised, there are a few different design styles that dresses topped with bows can fall into.
Below you’ll find a wonderful compilation of 21 gorgeous wedding dresses with our favorite accent of the moment. Bows in the back, in the front, on the side, and at the waist, let’s have a peek at some of the best gowns available now.
An iconic look from Vera Wang, this textural tulle ball gown is topped off with a signature, sophisticated accent. The bow not only brings in surprising bouts of color within this ensemble but finishes it off as though it was icing on the 3-tiered cake.
Check out this something blue surprise. Large, delicate lace and a sweet bow to finish off the back’s keyhole surprise, this Carolina Herrera piece may be one of our most romantic and whimsical of the bunch.
For those with a more contemporary and architectural vision, we have this stunner from the mind of genius Oscar de la Renta. It’s a more abstract “bow” finishing off the design in the back and makes for a taller silhouette that can carry the extra fabric.
A ball gown with floral spirits and a modern bow to cinch the waist, this design really brings all bridal bits together into one flawless design. Contemporary vision, boho spirit, and a princess ethos, women have the best of all worlds inside this one.
There’s a Victorian edge to this design that we love and it hones in on the crisp, preppier inspirations that can appeal to a bride that likes pristine styles. The delicate bow belt in the midsection also helps to define the waist among the sheath silhouette.
Another preppy design that we love, The Baronne is both an architectural piece and ball gown. It has a youthful, princess air about it because of the class silhouette but paired with its bowed bust becomes a more sophisticated (and bold) statement.
This one glitters and moves quite elegantly down the aisle, and we love every bit of its romantic appeal. And we love the tied bow in the back as well, offering a feminine topping to the entire, layered design.
There’s a slouchy, statement bow on the back of this modern design that we’re really into as well. Similar to one of its predecessor, this silhouette was made for taller figures that are able to carry the extra fabric – but we still love it as an artistic choice.
Here’s a design that’s a bit sleeker – even with the grandiose bow in the back to tie off the waist. It’s a beautiful number for those who want a simple design with just the right amount of wow for the guests to take notice of.
Adrianna Papell continues to make her presence more and more known within the bridal community and here’s another piece that does her designs justice. This piece is an abstract take on the architectural trend.
For brides that envision something powerful and bold, this about going with something of this magnitude. Texture can be a really great choice – especially for photos – and this design as it all – from ruching, to floral, to bling, to bows.
Justin Alexander is known for crisp designs and we’re loving the intricacy of the back in this design. It’s a work of art all on its own and should be showcased as such – wear your hair up and keep the front clean and simplistic.
Another one of the more princess-esque designs of the bowed beauties we’re featuring is this whimsical Stella York favorite. We love the flowing skirt and the cinched waist that blends right into the layers.
And finally, we finish with another architectural beauty but one that’s made with a stretch fabric to fit all queens. This is a comfortable design but one that matches a contemporary stylista’s vision.