22 Wedding Dresses That Wowed from the Back

A Bride with an Illusion-Back Wedding Dress
Bonnie Sen Photography

Sleeves, necklines, beading, belts—there are plenty of ways to make your bridal gown stand out. You want to make a memorable entrance when you're facing the whole of the celebration's crowd, after all. But there's a whole half of the wedding dress that many brides ignore, and it gets just as much show time as your front. As you walk up and down the ceremony aisle, plenty of eyes will be landed on your back. That's not to say that it has to be dramatic, but with such an open canvas, at least consider it!

This beautiful batch of wedding dresses makes the case for wowing from behind. With bows, embellishments, and gorgeous peeks of skin, their backs do all the talking. If you want to give your dorsal side some love, take a look to get inspired.

This show-stopping gown, from Carine's Bridal Atelier, had an ethereal illusion back featuring rhinestones and appliqués.

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Ribbon-Tied Back

A Bride with an Open Back Wedding Dress
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Ida Sjöstedt designed this sweet gown, with a keyhole back, lacy sleeves, and a darling ribbon tie.

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Glamorous Back

A Bride with a Beaded Open-Back Wedding Dress
Rebecca Arthurs

This show-stopping Rosa Clará gown screamed Old-Hollywood glamour.

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Illusion Back

A Bride Wearing a Wedding Dress with a Dramatic Back Looking Over a Balcony
A Bryan Photo

The soft, whimsy texture on this Inbal Dror dress looked dreamy framing the bride's back (and as a chic high-neck collar).

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Dangling Back

A Bride and Groom Walking Up the Stairs
Aga Jones Photography

Pearls don't have to go around your neck—this glam Janene's Bridal bride wore them on her back.

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Open Back

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Bryan from For the Love of It

This pretty open-backed Monique Lhuillier gown made for memorable first look.

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Cut-Out Back

A Bride with a Sheath Wedding Dress featuring an Open Back
Carlie Statsky Photography

Not only did this Vera Wang dress have detachable sleeves, but the strapless number also had a sleek cut-out back.

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Deep Back

A Bride Wearing an Open-Back Wedding Dress
Caitlin O'Reilly Photography

Katie May specializes in deep, backless gowns, which must be why this one was so darn classy.

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Criss-Crossed Back

A Bride with an Illusion-Back Wedding Dress Walking with Her Groom
Elizabeth Fogarty Photography

This Hayley Paige gown stayed true to the desinger's romance with a linear, princess-worthy design.

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Detailed Back

A Bride with an Open-Back Wedding Dress with Embellishments
Emma Pilkington Photography

Every single part of this Anna Campbell back was stunning, from the V, to the details, to the beautiful bow.

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Ruffled Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress Featuring a Ruffle Train
Hunter Ryan Photo

This Oscar de la Renta gown was all about the volume, with a trailing, ruffled back that offset the simple front.

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Slit Back

A Bride in a Wedding Dress with Back Details
Kate Weinstein Photo

Pronovias made this slit-back gown fairytale-worthy with sheer fabric and floral embroidery.

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Draped Back

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Laura Dart

With the help of Bridal Couture by Ruby V, this genius bride designed her stellar back herself.

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Embellished Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress That Has Jeweled Back Details
Kristin La Voie Photography

Silvery details and a satiny bow made this Anna Campbell gown so glam.

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Clean-Cut Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress that Has a Partially-Open Back
Lacie Hansen Photography

Clean, cut-out, and chicly modern, this Vera Wang gown was a stunner in its simplicity.

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Voluminous Back

A Bride with an Off-the-Shoulder Open-Back Wedding Dress
Leila Brewster Photography

Timeless but bold, this Austin Scarlett gown will wow in photos for years to come.

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Sheer Back

A Bride with an Illusion Back Wedding Dress and Details Down the Spine
Nadia Hung Photography

There's something so bridal about a button-up back, and this Berta style brought new life to the design.

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Beaded Back

A Bride with an Open-Back Wedding Dress with Sequin Details
Natalie Watson Photography

The overlap fastening on this JLM Couture gown was the perfect final touch to the embellished back.

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Elegant Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress with a Low Open Back
Paige Jones Photography

Sleek and sophisticated, this draped cool-girl gown was purchased by the bride at Saks Fifth Avenue.

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Strappy Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress That Features Lined Back Details
Sara Weir Photography

The crossed straps with lacey caps are what make this JLM Couture dress truly wonderful.

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Buttoned Back

A Bride with a Wedding Dress That Has Details Along the Spine
Still55 Photography

Amsale designed this formal illusion back, complete with covered buttons.

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Bowed Back

wedding dress bow
Clary Pfeiffer Photography

This bride customized her Mestiza New York gown with a silk-wool bow that truly caught attention.

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