50 Wedding Dresses for Every Bride's State Pride
Let geography influence you big-day style.
One great inspiration for your gown? Location, location, location! Whether you say "I do" on a sunny beach or in a city loft, your destination's mood can map the way to your dream dress. Here, each of the U.S.A.'s 50 states leads to something stunning.
Allover lace and a jaw-dropping train set this fit-and-flare apart at the altar and at your garden or estate reception.
Lela Rose "The Woodlands" trumpet gown, $5,995, Ivory & White Boutique, 205-871-2888.
A snowcapped setting requires sleeves—or an oh-so-cool textured topper—for outdoor photos.
Rue de Seine "Vivienne" jacket, $425; ruedeseine.com.
Effortless separates in ivory lace and soft chiffon are as breathtaking as the sandstone rocks of Sedona.
Laure de Sagazan "Becker" top and "Desplechin" skirt, $950 (top) and $1,820 (skirt); themewsbridal.com.
A classic ball gown with lace appliqués and a straight-across neckline is a fresh take on the classic sweetheart.
Modern Trousseau "Odette" A-line dress, $4,005; moderntrousseau.com.
The swanky feel of a slinky beaded sheath suits Tinseltown's glittery history and Deco décor.
J. Mendel "Alwina" gown, $9,950; jmendel.com.
A plunging neckline and soft tiers of beading and lace make this effortless silhouette equal parts Rocky Mountains and rock 'n' roll.
Badgley Mischka Bride "Julie" Chantilly lace gown with tulle ruffles, $6,820; badgleymischka.com.
This tasteful topper keeps you covered for your ceremony, then lets you go bare-shouldered for your party.
Angel Sanchez ball gown, NF1501, $9,860, and capelet, $1,650, Harbor Bridal, 631-367-3231.
Crossing this state's famous river requires a shorter hemline without skimping on style. Case in point? This appliquéd tea-length look.
Honor for Stone Fox Bride "Zoe" dress, $3,895; stonefoxbride.com.
This glitzy gossamer skirt with a thigh-high slit lets you show off your moves—and a killer pair of strappy sandals.
Reem Acra "I'm a Sensation" dress, $5,995; reemacra.com.
Pairing a cropped lace jacket with a Georgia-peach-tinted ball gown wows for vows, and a sexy plunging neckline will surprise guests when you shed your topper for dancing.
Inbal Dror #BR-15-23 ball gown, $9,660, and bolero, $1,357, Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319 6778.
Walks down Idaho aisles require gowns with an ample dose of sparkle—as an ode to its nickname, "The Gem State."
Kenneth Pool "Lysett" mermaid gown, $6,490; kennethpool.com.
The Willis Tower is one of the country's tallest buildings. With this sleek silhouette, you'll look just as iconic.
Amsale "Cory" gown, $4,200; amsale.com.
Impress fans of the Indy 500 by showing off toned arms with an athletic-inspired neckline.
Romona Keveza #RK5454, $6,350; romonakeveza.com.
Celebrate this state's flower, the wild rose, with a blush fit-and-flare that comes complete with scattered rose appliqués.
Liancarlo #6813, $4,985; liancarlo.com.
An avant-garde approach to bridal worthy of the land of Oz feels apropos when wedding in Dorothy and Toto's home state.
Vivienne Westwood "Elizabeth" gown and overdress, price upon request; viviennewestwood.com.
The home to the oh-so-glamorous Derby deserves an equally dramatic silhouette in a playful hue.
Lazaro #3561 ball gown, $5,830; jlmcouture.com.
Turn to Jenny Packham, the expert in old-Hollywood glamour, when planning a Jazz Age wedding in the French Quarter.
Jenny Packham "Nerissa" sheath, $5,400; jennypackham.com.
This state's insect, the honeybee, is complemented by Monique Lhuillier's newest color addition to her collection, an antique gold meets ivory hue she calls "honey."
Monique Lhuillier "Veronique" drop-waist A-line gown, $8,700; moniquelhuillier.com.
Noir notes in the lace of these reception-ready separates celebrate this state's Ravens, and the famous Edgar Allen Poe poem they are named for.
Sarah Seven, Skirt No. 16, $280, and Top No. 12, $250; sarahseven.com.
These tea-stained beauties hint at an important "party" in Boston's history and complement a wide range of skin tones.
Vera Wang Bride "Penny" V-neck ball gown, $6,990, and "Paloma" V-neck empire gown, price upon request; verawang.com.
This state boasts over 115 lighthouses, all the better to help you shine brightly in this allover sequined stunner.
Pamella Roland Bridal beaded sheath, $11,900; kleinfeldbridal.com.
Chic separates feel appropos for the Twin Cities, and cosmopolitan enough for the Mini-Apple.
Lihi Hod Maple Tree Top and Skirt, $3,400 (top) and $4,170 (skirt), Gabriella New York Bridal Salon, 212-206-1915.
Intricate latticework in the beaded organza of this illusion-necked A-line points to the "X" on this state's flag.
Anne Barge "Promenade" tulle gown, $7,910; kleinfeldbridal.com.
This state's beverage is milk, and in an elongating V-neck sheath in stretch crepe, you'll look like a tall glass of it.
Martina Liana Style #685; essensedesigns.com.
Scattered appliqués of gilded lace celebrate this location's flower, the goldenrod.
Ines di Santo "Julia" ball gown, $8,990; inesdisanto.com.
A little white chapel ceremony and a dance-all-night reception requires a look that sparkles as you shimmy.
Naeem Khan "Noho" cocktail dress, $5,995, Mark Ingram Atelier, 212-319-6778.
A hidden purple underlay on this effortless silhouette nods to the state's violet-toned flower, the lilac, and its bird, the purple finch.
Samuelle Couture "Tatiana" tulle ball gown, price upon request; samuellecouture.com.
This printed organza sheath, aptly named "Garden Party," would suit an on-theme party in the Garden State.
Elizabeth Fillmore "Garden Party" sheath, $5,940; elizabethfillmorebridal.com.
Tribal beadwork and lightweight fabrics fit the vibe and the climate of a desert wedding in scenic Santa Fe.
Mara Hoffman "Innana" beaded slip dress, $1,700; marahoffman.com.
Scattered pearls say Breakfast at Tiffany's, while the twinkling crystals are spot-on for the St. Regis hotel ballroom.
Pamella Roland Bridal "Look 11" dress, $10,990, Neiman Marcus, 888-888-4757.
The first place in the country to boast a state museum of art deserves a watercolor-printed gown with an artfully draped bodice.
Ivy & Aster "Botanical Beauty" draped A-line, $3,300; ivyandaster.com.
A state that boasts more sunflowers than any other requires a look that's equally fresh.
Tony Ward for Kleinfeld halter-neck cocktail dress, $3,000; kleinfeldbridal.com.
Sport a whipped wonder of pleated silk ruffles when wedding in the ice cream capital of the U.S.A.
Marchesa "Magnolia" ball gown, $9,995; marchesa.com.
With a rose that bears its name and doubles as the state flower, a rosy-hued gown fits right in and inspires a standout bouquet.
Kelly Faetanini "Yona" blush tulle ball gown, $2,975; kellyfaetanini.com.
A woodland wedding demands the bohemian ease of a slip dress, and the romance of hand-appliquéd lace and tulle bell sleeves.
Claire Pettibone "Michaela" sheath, $6,250; clairepettibone.com.
Surprise your guests with a gilded steel gown that nods subtly to Pittsburgh's roots.
Houghton "Aster" embroidered shift, $10,000; houghtonnyc.com.
A short and sweet option seems to suit the size and shape of our country's smallest state.
Oscar de la Renta strapless embroidered silk faille cocktail dress, $6,490, 323-653-0200.
True Southern belles know what to conceal and reveal—as does this silk-faille trumpet with an illusion lace back.
Carolina Herrera "Dalma" gown, $4,990, 212-249-6552.
The sculptural quality of this train feels just as artfully carved as the famous presidential mount found in this state.
Austin Scarlett "Victoire" trumpet gown with full train, $6,800; austinscarlett.com.
A little bit country, a little bit rock 'n' roll, this sparkling gown with scallops of pleated tulle hits the right notes in Music City.
Temperley Bridal "Lilac" dress, $9,195; temperleylondon.com.
Here's one good reason to adhere to Texas's bigger-is-better philosophy: A super-full skirt whittles your waist.
Elie by Elie Saab "Kauai" gown, price upon request, Pronovias Flagship Boutique, 212-897-6393.
A style from a bridal collection inspired by snowflakes feels just right for a snow-capped mountain ceremony.
Mira Zwillinger "Mila" gown, price upon request, mirazwillinger.com.
Long sleeves prepare you for Vermont's chilly weather, while a layered and cascading train offers a dramatic back.
Reem Acra lace sheath with layered train, price upon request, reemacra.com.
Dogwood-printed organza celebrates this state's tree.
Jim Hjelm Style 8556, $2,310; jlmcouture.com.
A one-shoulder column will have you looking as statuesque as the Space Needle.
Romona Keveza gown, overskirt, and belt, RK5400, $7,700, 212-207-1080.
A woodland wedding in the forests of the Mountain State would not be complete without the romance of a whisper-thin appliquéd bodice.
Costarellos #BR1626 tulle and lace bohemian wedding gown, $4,140; costarellos.gr.
A curve-hugging gown with a blush pink underlay seems oh-so-fitting for those wedding in Barbie's home state.
Victoria Kyriakides "Aria" dress, $4,750; victoriakyriakides.co.uk.
Tiers of ecru Alençon lace are luxe yet laid-back enough to wear with boots, ensuring that you'll feel at home on the range.
Rivini by Rita Vinieris "Sophi" dress, $7,700; rivini.com.
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