16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

If you’re a mature bride in search of the perfect gown, it can be difficult to find something that complements your shape without losing your sense of fashion. Some show too much cleavage or the cut isn’t flattering on all body types. To get you one step closer to your dream dress, we’ve created a list of 16 wedding dresses for older brides, as well as the shopping tips you need to get started. You found your fiancé, now let’s start the journey to your dream look.

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Mallory Dawn by Maggie Sottero


If you’re itching to shop, start with these five designers. They design a variety of looks that are flattering and age-appropriate:

Sleeves Are Back

Sleeves are in-style right now, and that’s wonderful news for our older brides who often want to cover their arms. These dresses are a beautiful example of how modesty can be fashionable. Sleeves also give you the freedom to show skin in other areas. Perhaps with a low back or flattering V-neckline! Who says it has to be long sleeve? Short sleeves are also super flattering with that extra touch of elegance. 

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Dennison by Sottero & Midgley 

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Less Is More

Many older brides are looking for something with a little less flair. If this is the case for you, consider a simple, lace dress. There’s something so classic about this fabric that never seems to go out of style. Lace will make you look and feel like the bride you’ve always dreamed of being. That being said, if you want glitz—go for it. I love a woman who loves some sparkle. Even try the beaded lace! It's still simple, but so gorgeous.

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

9603 by Allure 

High Necklines

Yes, I said it. High necklines, especially those with illusion fabric, are sexy in an understated way. Many of you may want to cover up the girls, and this is the trendiest way to do it. Other options are bell sleeves or high collars, and you’ll find plenty of them this season.

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Kevyn by Sottero and Midgley 

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Kennedy by Wilderly

Short & Sophisticated 

If you’re looking for a sophisticated and modern trend, try a short bridal gown. Cocktail styles are more casual, which is something many mature brides are looking for. Some of these designs are too “cute” for older women, but there are quite a few that work for all ages. Mother of the bride dresses (just ignore the category name) are a strategic place to start.

 16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Ziggy by Wilderly 

Have you thought about a bridesmaid gown? Almost all are available in white or ivory, plus they’re quite affordable. Check out the 2018 bridesmaid trends because many of the new bridesmaid styles can easily be transformed into a bridal look!

Be Colorful

You may not want to wear white or ivory, and who says you have to? Colored wedding dresses are trending for 2018! Don't worry about following traditions because all that matters is that you feel great in your wedding gown. You’re a modern, mature bride —wear what you want, even if that doesn't include any white at all!

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Zander by Sottero and Midgley

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Lula by Wtoo

Short Trains

Longer trains mean more drama—both in style and convenience. Shorter trains are easier to manage, giving you the ability to mingle and dance all night. Once again, don't feel like you have to follow tradition. If you're feeling a little frisky, try rocking a short train!

 16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Charlene by Maggie Sottero 

Pant Suit

I’m completely in love with this trend. Ever since Ellen rocked it a little while back, women everywhere have been taking pantsuits on. They’re sleek, modern, and incredibly comfortable—not to mention flattering. Mon Cheri has gorgeous pantsuit options that give your romantic look a little twist.


16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Milan By Maggie Sottero

Finding Something Affordable

If you’re budget-conscious, consider mother of the bride dresses. These looks come in a range of designs, from casual two-piece options to full-length, glitzy gowns. All of our styles fall under $1000 while making a flattering, fashionable impact.

16 Wedding Dresses for Older Brides

Octavia by Rebecca Ingram

Shop For Your Body

Many older women always ask, “Am I too old to wear this?” Ladies, I forbid you to ask that question when you’re searching for your dream bridal gown. Instead ask questions like: “Does this flatter my figure?” or “Does this reflect my personality?” You know who you are and you know what you look good in. If you want something sexy or form-fitting, go for it! Whatever makes you feel confident and beautiful is exactly what you should wear on the big day. 

We Want To Hear From You

Do you have tips shopping for wedding dresses for older brides? We’d love to hear your advice in the comment section!

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May 16, 2019 07:55

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May 16, 2019 07:55

I agree. These dresses are not made for older brides unless they mean maybe 30

Val H
May 16, 2019 07:55

Yes, im in total agreeance too. As a 45 year old with big bust, not so flat tummy and saggy arms, seeing these gowns modelled by these not so regular figures, makes me feel like I’d rather not buy one and set myself up for disappointment so I’ll just keep scrolling.

May 16, 2019 07:55

I totally agree. I am 70 and in really good shape from being addicted to the gym but seriously I could not wear those form fitting gowns. The models are extremely tall, young and thin and it is time models reflected most of the population of real women.

karen southwick
May 16, 2019 07:55

I totally agree. Get real!

May 16, 2019 07:55

PLEASE!!! I’m 62!, I need to see dresses for someone with breaststroke and hips and a little bit extra in the middle.

May 16, 2019 07:55

I agree also. I’m a 70 year old divorcee who is also well rounded (everywhere!) It would be a lot more helpful for the models to be older and more rounded.

May 16, 2019 07:55

I’m in same boat. I’m 62 with nice white hair with a less than perfect shape. I was very discouraged when I started trying on dresses for the above reasons. I kept at it and found my dream dress that I felt pretty in. It’s actually a bright red (for Christmas wedding) prom ball gown. There should be a line of dresses for truly mature women.

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