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Top Seven Ruched Wedding Dress Styles

When it comes to finding your dream bridal gown, it’s all in the details! Beading, ruffles, boning and more can elevate your bridal look. One bridal detail that you should consider is ruching! Read on to learn more about this sophisticated detail and to see our top seven ruched wedding dresses! 

What is Ruching on a Wedding Dress? 

What exactly is ruching? Ruching is a type of draping that involves gathering fabric along a pleated or folded seam to give a ripple-like or folded effect.  

A ruched top, ruched waist, ruched neckline and ruched straps are common in bridal gown designs. Ruching is possible with a variety of fabrics, including taffeta, satin, Mikado, organza and tulle. This detail is ultra-flattering and can be used in a variety of designs to fit any bridal style! Mermaid silhouettes and the bodices of ballgowns and A-line dresses are commonly ruched. 

Top Seven Ruched Wedding Dresses 

One Shoulder Sheath Wedding Dress 

A simple sheath bridal gown is elevated with ultra-flattering side ruching! Essense of Australia Style D3225 is a timeless bridal gown with head-turning details. Matte chiffon fabric softly enwraps the figure with gathered ruching, concentrated along the bodice, hips and back to flatter the bride’s shape, while a banded waistline adds subtle definition to the overall silhouette.  

The focal point of this design is the detachable floor-length bow, added to the one-shoulder strap to take this designer look to the next level. A slight train completes this easy-to-wear ruched wedding gown. 

Ruched Bodice Bridal Gown 

Wedding dress ruching on the bodice draws in the waist and adds just the right amount of detail to a simpler bridal gown. Stella York Style 6901 features tulle and Regency Organza that come together in delicate ruching to create this elegant silhouette with a slight sweetheart-shaped neckline and off-the-shoulder straps. The banded ruched waist rests atop the full ballgown skirt with effortless tulle pleats, completing this dreamy ballgown with a voluminous look and weightless feel for the romantic bride. 

Ruched Ballgown Wedding Dress 

A ruched ballgown wedding dress is both romantic and regal! Martina Liana Style 1159 has a silk bodice that features flat ruching and a pointed neckline for a look that is romantic and fashion-forward. The ruching continues to the back of the gown with symmetrical folds and fabric-covered buttons. A full organza skirt adds a dreamy touch with multiple tiers and a horsehair hem that maintains structure while allowing for soft, fluid motion with every turn! 

Ruched Mermaid Wedding Dress  

Ruched mermaid wedding dresses are ultra-flattering on every body type! Essense of Australia Style D3340 is a stunning choice for the simple yet glamorous bride. The fabric on the bodice overlaps for a ruched effect that gives just the right amount of detail to this classic yet modern style, and the pointed neckline adds an ultra-chic twist. This gown effortlessly hugs the body’s natural curves and flares into a voluminous skirt with a full train for that hourglass look and is also available in plus sizes! 

Ruched Back Lace Bridal Gown 

Not all ruched wedding dresses feature ruching on the front of the gown! Essense of Australia Style D2770 is a sexy mermaid silhouette with a sparkling bodice, plunging neckline, sheer sides and ruching at the back of the hips to enhance your shape and complement the multi-layer tulle skirt. This ruched wedding dress with straps also features a low keyhole detail at the base of the back to add a fashion-forward touch. 

Ruched Sweetheart Wedding Dress 

A sweetheart neckline is beautifully enhanced by wedding dress draping or ruching! Stella York Style 7148 is a showstopper with sparkle that dazzles throughout this design. The swirling, shimmering pattern is embossed within glitter tulle for a luxe effect. The classic strapless bodice features a ruched crossover pattern that flatters the curves, drawing the eye to the smallest part of the waist before flaring into the statement ballgown skirt layered with tulle and Regency Organza. 

A-Line Ruched Bridal Gown 

Nothing gives off Grecian vibes more than a soft A-line skirt paired with a ruched bodice! Stella York Style 7222 is a modern gown with a mix of cotton crepe and royal organza fabrics. The one-shoulder bodice features diagonal ruching, which flatters the figure and narrows the waist. A flowing overlay of royal organza gives an airy and ethereal effect. 

No matter which way you incorporate ruching into a wedding gown, we can guarantee you’ll love this stunning detail! When it comes to accessorizing ruched wedding dresses, there aren’t many rules. However, if your gown has ruched straps or a ruched statement neckline, we recommend forgoing statement earrings or a necklace to allow the ruching to really shine! 

Ready to see more gowns in person? Find a bridal shop near you that carries the ruched bridal gown of your dreams, or explore even more stunning styles for the ultimate wedding dress inspiration.