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20 Beautiful Bridal Ballgowns

  |   By Savannah Demeter

Regardless of your personal fashion sense, you've probably admired at least one ballgown in your lifetime, and your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to try this style on for size! There's never been a time like the present to bust out those over-the-top poofs, frills, and lace, and we're loving the look.

Whether you're an elegant sophisticate or a laid-back bride, we've rounded up some of our favourite drool-worthy princess dresses for you to peruse. Enjoy!

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Alvina Valenta

An asymmetrical skirt adds the wow factor to this otherwise traditional gown by Alvina Valenta. Big, bold, and beautiful, it will be the only thing anyone is looking at as you walk down the aisle. There's something about the way those rhinestones mesh together we can't look away from, and isn't that what you're aiming for on your big day?

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02

Badgley Mischka

A bodice encrusted with rhinestones, a soft tulle skirt, and a sparkly silk belt to tie the two together. What more could you want from this Badgley Mischka ballgown? If you need to see more (and you do!) you'll find it here.

This is that magical princess moment you've been waiting for, and it's the ideal blend between sparkly and sleek.

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03

Oscar de la Renta

We can't think of anything that makes us giddier than this blush pink Oscar de la Renta ballgown. The unexpected hue adds glamour, while the poofy tulle skirt looks like you've stepped straight out of a fairytale.

That corseted bodice with off-the-shoulder sleeves? It's just the cherry on top.

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04

David Fielden

Designer David Fielden puts a modern twist on a well-loved style with beautiful and unique flower detailing. A mesmerizing way to glide through the day, it takes bold blooms to the next level.

You don't have to be flower-obsessed to pull this one off, however; a simple headpiece and sleek accessories pull it together with class.

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05

Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham went the traditional route with this sparkling ballgown. Sweet yet simple, it puts your figure on full display while cinching the waist with a sleek satin belt. The top even has spaghetti straps, making it feel like a more luxurious twist on a favourite.

If you like Packham's style, you'll love her line of bridal accessories, too.

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06

Jim Hjelm

We love the ruffled halterneck and soft pleats that highlight this gown. This style is a contemporary twist on a classic, and we're loving those vintage-meets-modern vibes. But the best part? It has pockets! Pretty AND practical? How could you possibly say no?

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07

Kenneth Pool

The intricate beading on the bodice of this Kenneth Pool gown is incredible. To top it all off, a floral-themed organza skirt complements the bodice perfectly.

It's elegance and sophistication on a new level, and it's certainly not for the camera-shy. You'll have swoon-worthy snaps for a lifetime with this ornate number, so make it a night to remember.

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08

Reem Acra

Consider this glamorous Reem Acra gown for a red-carpet-ready look. The way the skirt twists and twirls is enough to win us over, but that corseted bodice and effortless flow take the cake.

Paired with an ornate headpiece, this is one look the paparazzi wouldn't mind going gaga for.

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09

Rivini

Like the rest of Rivini's line, this dress is elegant with a whimsical twist. Layer after layer of skirts gives the illusion of a luxurious wedding cake, while the strapless top gives this style a glamorous edge.

The lavender and rhinestone-encrusted bow is just the icing on the cake, and we mean that literally with this delicious, swoon-worthy gown.

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10

Romona Keveza

Unfortunately, glass slippers are not included with this stunning Romona Keveza gown, but maybe they should be. With an alluring skirt that's truly to die for, guests will be oohing and aahing as you sway down the aisle.

The statement skirt is making a comeback in an incredible way, and it's about time.

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11

Sarah Jassir

This dreamy gown by Sarah Jassir is appropriately titled "celestial." Every intricate touch has a purpose, and guests won't be able to look away.

By combining textures and fabrics, this gown packs a punch in a way we never thought possible. Emitting top to toe glamour, you'll truly be the star of the show.

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12

St. Pucchi

Sometimes less is more. But other times, more is more, like in this jaw-dropping St. Pucchi gown.

With a skirt so extensive it'd make Marie Antoinette blush, this one-of-a-kind number is over-the-top in the best possible way.

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13

Lazaro

Lazaro uses the contrast of lace and organza to give this sweetheart gown a romantic feel. While pretty lace details shape and support the bust, a full statement skirt transforms you into a swan-like delight.

It's giving us modern-day sleeping beauty, and we love to see it.

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14

Maggie Sottero

Maggie Sottero doesn't disappoint with this instantly flattering fitted bodice and voluminous skirt. The rhinestone belt brings the entire look together, uniting the complementary pieces for a dazzling aesthetic.

A simple updo and minimal accessories put all eyes on the gown, and that's exactly how it should be with something this stunning.

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15

Ian Stuart

This ballgown by Ian Stuart is sure to add a bit of fifties flair to your strut down the aisle. Vintage-inspired with timeless elegance in tow, we're loving the pearl touches throughout.

Paired with coordinating accessories, this dress transforms your look from retro to ravishing.

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16

Vera Wang

As with all of Vera Wang's gowns, the amount of detail in this dress is astounding. Even the bust is a two-parter, with a corseted bottom and sleek top that unite in a striking, contemporary way.

A nude bow belt? Check. A lacy full skirt covered in intricate roses? Also, check. Chic yet completely unexpected, this gown is fit for a princess.

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17

Vera Wang, again

This dramatic nude and black gown by Vera Wang looks like it's straight out of a fairy tale. Would you dare to contrast colours in your wedding gown? Not every bride is willing to go black, but if that's your vibe, the ravishing details in this little number will wow even the most traditional of guests.

The colourplay here is truly spectacular, making this number something only one special bride could pull off.

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18

Pnina Tornai

Odette, is that you? Step out of Swan Lake and onto the dance floor in this ornate number. This gown is perfect if you want to look like a modern princess, and feathered details give the skirt an elevated aesthetic you don't see often these days.

Designed by Pnina Tornai, it features a beautifully embroidered skirt and bodice that are sure to turn heads.

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19

Ines Di Santo

The form-fitting bodice and dramatic full skirt of this light pink Ines Di Santo gown make for a figure-flattering combination, perfect for a bride that's not afraid to take risks.

Strut down the runway (oops, we mean aisle) in this stylish concoction fit for a supermodel. Daring, detailed, and over-the-top, this gown makes a statement that no other can.

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20

Monique Lhuillier

Rich in different textures and fabrics, this Monique Lhuillier gown is picture-perfect. It blends an assortment of colours and styles into one stunning gown, and we don't even know where to look — in the best way.

Is it the lacy, fitted bodice, the ruffled layers, or the oversized bow? Each element blends into the next so beautifully that it's impossible to decide, and that's exactly what you're aiming for on the big day.

This article was originally published on Mar 13, 2012
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