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Gorgeous and Impressive wedding dress back styles for the modern bride

There are different details that make a wedding gown unique. Every style feature on a dress, from the neckline and sleeves to the train and fabric impact the overall look of a dress. In recent years wedding dress designers are paying closer attention to the details in the back of the dress as well. This has given rise to intricate, elaborate and unique details in this area. Such details add to the finesse of the dress.

Wedding dress trends for recent years have in fact listed amazing back details as a main factor to look out for. This article on the Wedding Wire tells us all about the various dresses with this feature, that took the runway by storm. 

At Best for Bride, we just love dresses which are just as beautiful in the back as they are from the front. Illusion details, keyhole backs and pretty corsets look lovely on brides, once they take off their veil and reveal the back. When a bride walks back from the aisle in a dress with fantastic back details, it is just amazing. It also tells us how fashionable the bride is to have considered this aspect, when planning her ensemble.

So, this post today is all about wedding dress back styles that will impress. With wedding fashion designers serious about nailing this detail, there is plenty of variety to appease everyone. Take a look at the collection we bring you below, and tell us which of these are your favorites.

Illusion lace on sheer with diamante button strand in center

This fantasy organza fit and flare wedding dress features illusion details in lace on a sheer panel in the back. Beautiful floral lace motifs spread across the entire back on barely-there sheer fabric in 3-dimensional fashion. Encrusted with sparkling crystals, they continue into the fabric skirt and extend all the way down to the train of the dress. Along the center of the back is a zipper trimmed with diamante buttons that extend to the derriere.

Stunning illusion back with extended button train on satin skirt

As it is, the illusion effects in the back of this Mori Lee dress are stunning. Additionally, the long satin button train that extends all the way to the edge of the train completes it in style. The entire back has intricate hand-embroidered lace appliques and a scattering of shimmering elements. The sleeves, neckline and waistline have a crystal trim around them. The satin button strand that starts at the center of the neckline continues down the skirt. It punctuates the silky satin sheen all the way down the court train.

Covered illusion back with arching elegant floral lace details

Here is a dress that shows us how the back of a dress can look stunning, even without revealing skin. This cap-sleeve gown features a sheer illusion back with mesmerizing lace and crystal details. The details are simple but attractive, and work very well with the texture of the gently ruched bodice. Along the center is a fabric button strand that ends at the waistline.

Embroidered lace appliques on sheer back with sparkling details


Modest yet sophisticated, the back of this beautiful wedding gown is adorned with embroidered lace appliques that trim the neckline, sides and center. Crystal elements embellish 3-dimensional sparkling floral motifs formed of hand-beaded lace embroidery. Along the center of the sheer back runs a diamante encrusted zipper that ends at the derriere. The clusters of floral embroidery motifs flow into the peek-a-boo lace, all the way down the train, adding textural finesses to the gown. The sheer lace motifs extend into shoulder straps that continue along the Queen Anne neckline and bodice in the front.

Peek-a-boo lace frames cut-out in the halter back

If the plunging neckline and fitted silhouette of this Sophia Tolli Noelle gown looks sexy from the front, it is equally glamorous in the back. The shoulder straps in the front of the gown frame a fantastic cut-out detail at the back. Peek-a-boo lace adds to the sophistication of the diamond-shaped detail. While a scattering of crystal embellishments trim the lower curve of the back, a short strand of silk buttons close the revealing layer of the lace at the back. As the lace continues down the length of the skirt, layers of fabric add texture to the skirt, and end in a court length train.

Fully scintillating mesh back with crystal, rhinestone and sequin accents

The entire back of this beautiful Alfred Angelo gown is covered in a criss-cross of scintillating elements. The embellishments in the accented bodice continue along the back, and add a beautiful effect to the sheer layer they form. With a fitted V-style back opening in the center, this dress is one-of-a-kind. The waistline is further accented with a thin trim of crystal embellishments that separate it from the details in the bodice.

Illusion keyhole back with glittering chandelier straps

The back of this Mori Lee Maria is pure eye-candy for the fashion enthusiast. The dress features stunning illusion straps encircling the neckline and forming a fantastic keyhole detail. The chandelier straps look amazing. There are hanging strings of dazzling rhinestones dancing along the exposed back. The intricate trim of embroidered beaded details along the waistline complete the effect. This dramatic back design is sure to awe your guests and keep them staring!

Illusion double keyhole back with crystal brooch clasp in center

An interesting variation to the popular keyhole back design, this Sophia Tolli dress features not one, but two keyholes in the back. Embroidered lace appliques frame the outline of both cut-out sections. Additionally, there are crystal studded brooch clasps at the neck and on the center strand. The lace trim forms shoulder straps and neckline in the front, creating a stand-out detail against the chiffon layers beneath it. The gathering of pleats continue in the back and along the entire stretch of the skirt in front. The dress features a unique design in the front with the lace motifs coursing along the bodice. These frame a deep-plunging neckline. It drops down to the waist, and is subtly encased in sheer fabric.

Peek-a-boo lace keyhole details on full-sleeve wedding dress

The combination of embroidered lace appliques that frame the keyhole and full-length illusion sleeves make this Mori Lee dress a fairy tale beauty. Modest with its full-length sleeves and crisp V-neckline, the dress is charming from the rear. Lace appliques stand out against the underlying sheer layers. These encircle the waistline and spill slightly into the skirt.

Halter neckline with low-cut back and illusion trim

This dreamy dress called the Celestia from the Sophia Tolli collection is bewitching with its soft and fluttery back details. The halter neckline in front leads to an open back that dips deep down. However, there is a difference from the regular back details we commonly see with this neckline style. This dress features an illusion layer with embellishments above the soft pleats that flow from the waistline. The sleek illusion details contain a plethora of sparkling elements. These have been tastefully designed to add shine and contrast to the wispy layers of the skirt. The low cut back is held in place by halter neckline straps and a thin strand of diamante buttons in the center.

Criss-cross diamante straps with embellished neckline detail

The stunning back style of this Mori Lee gown features criss-cross shoulder straps entirely encrusted with crystal details along its length. At the point where the straps cross there is a triangular bit of thickly embellished fabric that adds to the glamour of the back. The embellished straps join the dress above the waistline, and a strand of fabric buttons extend downwards. Finally, the diamante beading adds charm to the entire bodice as well.

Illusion details on sheer straps and back

Wispy vines spiral along the sheer back of this misty wedding dress from the Sophia Tolli collection. The dress has a plunging V-neckline with a sheer layer forming a modesty panel in front. This continues into the back, forming matching shoulder straps that encase a V and then extend over the entire back area. Along the center is a diamante button studded strand. The subtle but interesting back details add to the overall ethereal effect of this dreamy wedding gown.

Open back with Venetian lace straps on vintage wedding gown

Adding exquisite charm and a dash of glamour to the stunning Mori Lee wedding dress is this open back detail. Vintage Venetian lace adds to the allure of the shoulder straps that frame the open back on either side. These join at the center and extend towards the derriere in a fabric coated strand. The eyelash lace hemline further adds to the stunning look of this dress, while the romantic open back helps the dress realize its vintage effect to the fullest.

Floral applique strands along neckline and center

The stunning details in this dress include an illusion necklace in the back formed of floral lace appliques on a sheer layer. The lace appliques frame the neckline, and extend along the center on either side of a thin fabric button strand. The sheer nature of the back has the effect of the illusion embellishments simply hanging in thin air. The back continues into a gathered and layered skirt with softly cascading layers along the entire length.

Stunning halter yoke that continues into embellished band at the back

This glamorous dress is sexy with its plunging neckline detail in the front. However, it is just as impressive in the back, with its halter-style yoke continuing into an arrow-shaped band resplendent with crystal details all over. There are rhinestones, pearls and silver beads adding to the opulence of this layer of detail. The contrasting satin skirt magnifies the effect of the sparkling elements on it.

Crystallized straps and embellishments with keyhole back detail

Although this Mori Lee dress is simple and elegant with a V-neckline in the front, the Marlena creates a statement in the rear. Intricate hand beaded embroidery and crystal details embellish the shoulder straps. They lead to a matching sheer layer that closes over a cut-out detail above the waistline. Flowing downwards along the center is a stunning fabric covered button strand that extends all the way to the end of the train. This dress is a majestic showstopper from this angle, and it is easy to see why!

Dramatic scintillating criss-cross straps reveal open-back detail

Dramatic open-back with criss-cross crystal embellished details at the neck add an unbeatable charm to this Alfred Angelo Sapphire gown. The simple and uncluttered details are nonetheless striking. The textured embellishments contrast beautifully against the silky satin white in the skirt. This dress will definitely impress from both the front and the rear, as it features a plunging neckline and sheer modesty panel in the front. The neckline in the front is further decorated with a scattering of sparkling details that accentuate this area.

Whether it is plunging and open-back designs or modest illusion details, one thing is certain: beautiful back details are a wonderful thing, and we hope it is here to stay. I hope you enjoyed this round-up of the various back styles that have been in the limelight. Don’t forget to tell us which of these is your favorite style in the comments below.

All these dresses are from our collection of designer bridal dresses at Best for Bride. To take a closer look at any of them, please click the links to the images. You can find more details on the dresses featured here as well as more from our latest collections at the Best for Bride website. Click here to visit our website and have a great time browsing through our extensive bridal wear collection.


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Stylish wedding dresses for classic wedding themes

When we think of a vintage wedding, it is the 1920’s or 1950’s that come to mind. These were indeed the eras of fashionable extravaganza. The various designs that were popular during those decades had signature style, and it continues to inspire designers to this day. Wedding dresses that feature the characteristic style elements of these time periods are perfect for a classic wedding theme.

Let us explore the various factors that will allow you to recreate the magic of the vintage fashion eras through your wedding day look, and still look modern and attractive. These features are available in the most modern wedding dresses, and will be perfect for your vintage-style wedding.

Join us as we look at some fabulous designs from the latest collections that will transform you into a modern bride, with a classic twist.

Glamor and sparkle with embellishments and dropped waists

The Jazz age or the1920’s were an era of sparkle and shine. Dresses that were complete with extensive embellished works were very popular. This style is once again back in fashion, with many designers bringing out dresses with beading, metallic embroidery, embellishments with rhine stones and crystals.

Another fashionable choice that was very popular was the dropped waist design, that elongates the torso and makes the bride look slimmer and taller.

Pair it with finger-waves hair and an elaborate hairband, and you are set to rock the stage.

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This beautiful wedding dress from the Sophia Tolli 2015 collection features a dropped waist design with an embellished neckline and straps. The mermaid inspired silhouette adds a modern twist to an otherwise classic pattern; it is perfect for a beach wedding.

Sheath silhouettes and lace gowns

During this era, women bid adieu to tight corsets, and ball gowns. Instead, they embraced their natural beauty by flaunting sheath silhouettes. Lace dresses were also a huge hit, and lace is the perfect choice for a truly vintage look.

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This fantastic lace slip dress from the Madison Spring 2015 collection features a sheath silhouette that defines your natural curves. The lace adds a classic touch to the design.

Tea Length wedding dresses for the original 1950’s look

After the classic show of natural beauty in the 1920’s, the 1950’s heralded an era of casual, fun and retro looks. The wedding scene wasn’t spared from this effect. To rock this theme at your wedding, the bridal gown should ideally fall just below the knee.

Elbow length gloves, and fashionable accessories like stoles and wraps were huge hits. So, you can add these to your wedding outfit, to fit the theme.

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This bridal dress from the Mori Lee 2013 spring collection is feminine and fun. It is a good choice for a vintage wedding theme. For a modern twist on the 1950’s look, brides can choose short dresses with a colorful underskirt to update their look. Consider adding a red underskirt to the one we just looked at, it would give you a subtle contemporary touch that is just right.

Visit our online gallery of wedding dresses to find more spectacular dresses that fit the vintage wedding theme. You can also find the accessories to go with your wedding dress at our website. So, drop by and enjoy what you see.

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How To Make Your Bridesmaids Feel Appreciated

“My friends are my estate.”

Emily Dickinson

Without your loyal and lovely bridesmaids, your wedding would be less wonderful. These caring ladies are there to help you look as beautiful as can be on the big day…they also provide amazing moral support during the months leading up to your wedding.

If you’re given to a little Bridezilla behavior now and then (and aren’t we all?), you’ll have even more reason to value every bridesmaid in your wedding party… why not show these special girlfriends just how much they mean to you?

Avoid The Clichés – Give Your Bridesmaids Something Pretty To Wear At Your Wedding

The best way of showing you care is by helping your bridesmaids avoid the most dreaded cliché – the homely dress, designed to make the bride look so much prettier by comparison. It can be tempting to put your girls in ugly dresses, but it’s really a bad idea on many levels.

After all, you’re a modern, confident woman! You don’t want your bridesmaids dressed in tacky styles they’ll secretly despise. Your wedding will be more pleasant for everyone when you honor your bridesmaids – they don’t need couture pieces straight off of a Paris runway. However, even cheap bridesmaid dresses should offer the best quality, sophistication, and fabric possible.

A brainstorming session, where the bridesmaids come together and give you ideas about what they’d prefer to wear, would be a great “girl’s night” activity. Watch 27 Dresses or The Wedding Singer, have some snacks and drinks, and chat about bridesmaid gowns and fun wedding decor ideas!

Of course, it’s your wedding, not theirs – still, you should always be sensitive about their body issues and opinions. Treat them as you would want to be treated…even if you had to wear something terrible when they walked down the aisle!

Being a gracious, kind bride-to-be is just good karma! It will also ensure that your friends are happy and comfortable in their gowns.

Choose Wisely

If they’re paying for their own outfits, they will be so relieved when you choose modern, pretty dresses that can even be worn again for other occasions. Consider cocktail-length gowns for your bridesmaids – they can add pizazz to your wedding, and they are so classic!

A knee-length sheath is always a flattering choice for almost any woman! A-line skirts are wonderful for curvier bridesmaids – they balance their shapes beautifully. Pay attention to the unique physical characteristics of each woman. It’s possible to find different bridesmaids dresses for each lady, as long as you stay in the same color family. Have fun with it! Don’t be afraid to innovate!

You’ll Always Be The Star On Your Wedding Day…

You will be the focus at your wedding – you are the gorgeous star of the day! Your stunning, snowy white wedding dress, sparkling bridal rings, and glamorous hair and makeup will put the spotlight on you throughout the ceremony and reception.

Your bridesmaids will be there to provide the perfect backdrop – and backup – if they are feeling pretty and appreciated, it will show! Their positive energy will add a lot to your whole wedding experience – make the day special for them as well!

A Fun Gift Idea For Your Bridesmaids

Before or after your ceremony, consider giving each bridesmaid a special present that is fun, personal and even poignant. It’s not about money – it’s about friendship! Here is a lovely gift idea that can be work with almost any budget:

Bridesmaid Survival Kits

These popular kits often contain boring essentials, such as travel toothbrushes, sewing kits, extra stockings, Chap Stick, and mints. No one really wants everyday basics as a present! Make your own emergency kit – but fill it with fun and glamorous little mini-gifts.

A rhinestone-studded compact mirror or a scented lip plumper will be appreciated by almost any bridesmaid. Bath bombs that fizz and smell delicious are cheap, but they will always be enjoyed – and they’ll help each bridesmaid unwind before or after your wedding celebration. The goal is to give useful items with a little added charm!

Add any fun extras, such as glam nail polish or luxurious body lotion, that you happen to find on sale in the weeks before your ceremony. Wrap the whole kit up in a basket or shiny gift bag – add tissue paper or cellophane, and tie it with lots of colorful ribbons.

Your survival kit should be practical, but also something even Lady Gaga would appreciate! Put in a personal note as well, letting the bridesmaid know how much she means to you!