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5 Showstopping Backless Wedding Dresses

There’s something about backless wedding dresses that is both elegant and undeniably sexy. Whether the dress has a low plunging back, or is made of illusion tulle, wedding dresses with this design feature always make a statement – and we can’t help but love it! As backless wedding dresses have grown more popular, we’ve turned our eye to making these open-backed gowns fresh, unique, and available in all the styles brides love.

Backless wedding dresses turn a timeless silhouette into a modern masterpiece, all while showcasing an elegant hairstyle. Trust us, with a backless gown, you’ll be the center of attention in your wedding dress. Dresses with plunging backs will make your guests’ jaws drop as you walk down the aisle. Racerback gowns leave a modern, fashion-forward impression. An illusion back with placed lace or intricate beading gives an extra pop of glamour to any gown, while a scooped, cowl back is timeless and romantic. You’re going to love how sexy, sleek and sophisticated you’ll look in a backless wedding dress. So say ‘Yes’ to the daring and decadent open-back trend!

backless wedding dress - style d2548 by essense of australia

Essense of Australia Style D2548

Photo: Vee Taylor Photo, Bride: Hannah Sessions

This illusion back wedding dress is what dreams are made of. Although the back is the real showstopper, the front features a high neckline as well as an illusion plunging V-neckline. Layers of cotton-style lace and French lace create a soft and unique look throughout the bodice and skirt. Thoughtfully placed bugle beadwork adds dimension and sparkle to the gown. Sheer side cutouts extend into the magnificent open back. The back zips up beneath pearl buttons, with large lace motifs adorning the skirt and frothy train.

backless wedding dress - style bowie by all who wander

All Who Wander Bowie Gown

Model: Kylie Katich

With its plunging back and wild organic laces, the Bowie gown is an absolute force of nature. Matte lace allows your natural beauty to shine, and is layered over tulle for a light and airy look. Thin straps accent the effortless look, and the plunge V-neckline is mirrored with a criss-cross strap feature at the low back. This open back is sexy and perfect for a summer wedding. If the open back isn’t enough of a statement, the Bowie gown features optional embroidered tulle sleeves that can be worn mid-arm for an off-the-shoulder effect.

backless wedding gown - style le1125 by martina liana luxe

Martina Liana Luxe Style LE1125

Model: Charlotte Bridgeman

If you want a dramatic wedding dress, Martina Liana Luxe Style LE1125 may be just what you need. This gown is covered in beaded artisan laces, layered beadwork and pearls, and luxe botanical patterns. The negative space created by the sheer side cutouts highlights the figure and adds a touch of sexiness. The minimal straps and dainty illusion open back are the perfect touches to this jaw-dropping dress. The encrusted base gown has a sheath silhouette and small ornate train. Take this gown to the next level by adding the detachable high-volume overskirt.

backless mermaid wedding dress - style 6648 by stella york

Stella York Style 6648

Photo: Highers Studios, Bride: Kaitlin Conway DeGrasse

Style 6648 from Stella York is the definition of modern meets sexy. Matte lace and silky crepe creates a sleek sheath silhouette. The plunging V-neckline and naked illusion back will ensure that all eyes are on you on your big day. Floating straps meet at the back as the illusion lace forms a tattoo effect on the back. Organic finished lace cascades over the hips, emphasizing a bride’s curves. The long train features Stella York’s signature laser-cut lace. The sexy yet simple wedding dress closes with a zipper under fabric-covered buttons that line the entire train.

mermaid wedding dress with keyhole back - style 1302 by martina liana

Martina Liana Style 1302

Model: The White Files

Interested in a backless wedding dress but also obsessed with long-sleeve wedding dresses? We’ve got you covered with Style 1302 from Martina Liana! This gown is both formal and modern. The combination of lace, tulle, and stretch crepe creates a seamless and utterly sexy silhouette. Botanical lace designs grow over the gown in vine-like patterns and continue into sheer side cutouts for added visual interest. Across the sheer long sleeves and semi-sheer bodice, the lace creates a tattooed effect. The skinny plunge neckline and wide keyhole back help you and the dress stand out. The laces shine on the sheer scalloped-edge train

And there you have it! From truly open-back gowns to illusion lace wedding dresses, backless dresses continue to have a major moment – and we don’t see that changing anytime soon. Whether you want to accent your open-back with a cathedral length train, romantic sleeves, or glam beading, these wedding dresses can accomplish any style standard. So why not give the open-back trend a try? 

Ready to start shopping for your backless wedding dress? We thought you might be! Check out some of our favorite statement-making wedding gowns from designers Essense of Australia, All Who Wander, Stella York, and Martina Liana.