30 Best Ball Gown Wedding Dresses Of All Time

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Best Ball Gown Wedding Dresses

Just last May, the world was captivated watching the royal wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry. While many of us (almost all of us, honestly) will never get to marry a prince and become a princess, we all have a fantasy of feeling like a royal on our wedding day.

And if you want the atypical wedding that rivals these royals, you need to choose the wedding dress that makes you stand out. A gown is a big part of the princess fantasy, and is there anything more princess-like than a ball gown wedding dress?

Under $500

1. Azazie Sedona BG

Sedona is an incredibly romantic style with its ball gown skirt and illusion deep V-neckline. The tulle overlay is decorated with lace appliques of multiple different sizes. The bodice is beaded on the lace and ties this whimsical style together with some sparkle.

(Azazie, $299)

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2. Azazie Toni BG

Toni features a plunging V-neckline with romantic illusion details, while the statement V-back completes this modern bridal look. The bodice features beading and rhinestone accents, and the skirt is crafted from tulle with a soft organza overlay.

(Azazie, $349)

3. Azazie Griselda BG

Griselda is a sweet ball gown with a pop over top and off the shoulder sleeves. The pop over accentuates the waist and creates a slimming look. The tulle overlay is decorated with beaded lace appliques, giving the skirt a dreamy look.

(Azazie, $299)

4. Azazie Gwen BG

The Gwen is a classic ball gown silhouette crafted from delicate tulle with a chapel-length train. The bodice is cut from luxe satin with a chantilly lace overlay, and features delicate pearl, sequin and jewel embellishments.

(Azazie, $349)

5. Azazie Liv BG

The Liv ball gown is fun and dramatic with a layered tulle skirt and beautiful lace bodice. The neckline features lace-edged and a lined sweetheart bodice, and lovely illusion V-back with lace applique.

(Azazie, $299)

6. Azazie Lotus BG

Lotus is a whimsical fairytale gown with cascading satin ruffles and ball gown tulle skirt. The top is pleated satin with a sweetheart neckline. In the back there is a criss cross that opens in the middle for easy fastening.

(Azazie, $399)

7. Azazie Campbell BG

Campbell is a unique A-line gown with a full tulle skirt and lace embroidery on the bust. The sweetheart neckline paired with a V-shaped back features lace edging, adding an organic and beautiful detail.

(Azazie, $449)

8. Azazie Freya BG

Freya is a lovely A-line gown with a sheer V-neck top featuring long sleeves and lace appliques. This whimsical dress has a full tulle skirt with the lace fading down from the top. The long sleeves create a classy look.

(Azazie, $349)

9. Azazie Jerusha BG

Jerusha is a lovely layered A-line dress with a sweetheart neckline and sheer lace bodice with exposed boning. This dramatic and beautiful design has a v-shaped back which is both unique and slimming. The lace appliques from the top scatter down onto the tulle skirt.

(Azazie, $349)

Under $2,000

10. Jenny Yoo Jillian Gown

It's easy to see why we're obsessed with this stunning convertible ballgown. Crafted from over 45 yards of tulle, it somehow manages to be incredibly lightweight and boasts over 16 ways to style its neckline.

(BHLDN, $975)

11. Wtoo by Watter Garner Gown

A ruched sweetheart bodice tops this softly-hued ballgown, and a removable sash defines the waist. On the dramatic skirt, voluminous tulle tiers are accented with subtle stripe details.

(BHLDN, $1,600)

12. Tadashi Shoji Embellished Tulle Ballgown

Three-dimensional blooms sprout from the embroidered bodice of a wispy tulle ballgown, slung from a pair of barely there straps for unparalleled romance.

(Nordstrom, $978)

13. Willowby Galatea Embroidered V-Neck Tulle Wedding Dress

The Galatea Embroidered V-Neck Tulle Wedding Dress is embroidered with delicate blooms, and wrapped at the waist with a pair of velvet ribbons.

(Nordstrom, $1,595)

14. Jenny Yoo Ashton Plunge Back A-Line Gown

A high neckline balances the plunging back on this luminous A-line gown, styled with illusion insets at the sides to highlight the smallest part of your figure.

(Nordstrom, $1,100)

15. Thistle Tulle Ballgown

Two different looks combine for one enchanting dress on this gown, featuring a geometric-patterned, and minimalist lace bodice atop a full and frothy tulle skirt.

(Nordstrom, $1,175)

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Over $2,000

16. Aldridge Dress by Hayley Paige

The Aldridge dress includes ivory lace and tulle ball gown, natural waist bodice with nude lining and ribbon trim, deep sweetheart neckline and keyhole back with illusion detail, and full cascading skirt with double-horsehair trim. 

(JLM Boutique, $4,360)

17. Rita Dress by Lazaro

This is an ivory textured organza bridal ball gown, with strapless scalloped sweetheart neckline, sheer Alencon lace bodice over nude lining, natural waist, tufted organza, and tulle A line skirt.

(Kleinfeld Bridal, $5,100)

18. Cece Dress by Allison Webb

This is an ivory tulle ballgown with strapless bodice and crescent neckline. Floral beaded embroidery on bodice trail onto the skirt with asymmetrical and chapel train.

(JLM Couture, $4,840)

19. Markle Ballgown by Hayley Paige

A circular, beautifully lush skirt constructed from airy tulle stuns on this delicate lace-embellished ballgown are suspended from slender straps.

(Nordstrom, $3,762)

20. Lazaro Isabel Long Sleeve Beaded Tulle & Chiffon Gown

Slender vines sparked with beaded leaves and blossoms branch out across a gown crafted from wispy layers of tulle and chiffon. A sheer overlay shrouding the bodice offers vintage charm while maintaining a modern aesthetic.

(Nordstrom, $5,445)

21. Rosa Clará Doe Diamond Lace & Tulle Gown

Float down the aisle on an ethereal cloud of tulle in this romantic gown with a deco-inspired, beaded lace bodice highlighted by diamond patterning that parallels the plunging V-shaped lines on all sides.

(Nordstrom, $2,240)

22. Watters Ludmila Silk Lace & Tulle A-Line Gown

Frothy tulle shrouds the skirt of this lace gown in ethereal elegance, marrying different fabrics to create a breathtaking unified piece.

(Nordstrom, $2,495)

23. Clementine Embroidered Ballgown by Monique Lhuillier

The Clementine Embroidered Ballgown has pristine embroidered blooms that drift down the plunging bodice of an ethereal ballgown, softened with wispy layers of tulle.

(Nordstrom, $7,590)

24. Chandon Ballgown by Hayley Paige

Dusted with all-over shimmer, a frothy tulle gown flaunts effervescent exuberance with a draped crossover bodice and a cascading confection-like skirt.

(Nordstrom, $3,790)

25. Emilia Wickstead Diamond Duchesse-Satin Gown

The Diamond Duchesse-Satin Gown is designed to be fitted at the bust and waist, but loose at the hip.

(net-a-porter, $5,775)

26. Oscar de la Renta Cape-Effect Embellished Silk-crepe and Tulle Gown

Cape-effect embellished silk-crepe and tulle gown, this is cut for a loose fit with loose overlay.

(net-a-porter, $4,490)

27. Alexis Mabille Bow-Detailed Embellished Satin-Twill Gown

A bow-detailed embellished satin-twill gown constructed in France from white satin-twill enhanced with silk to make it lustrous and light, this strapless style is fitted with an internal boned corset and features two shirt sleeves tied into a bow at the front.

(net-a-porter, $4,290)

28. Jenny Packham Venus Off-the-Shoulder Tulle and Cady Gown

Jenny Packham's off-the-shoulder Venus gown has a romantic sweetheart neckline, low back and wispy tulle sleeves, and is cut from cady that pools gracefully to the floor and turns to reveal a pretty satin bow.

(net-a-porter, $3,775)

29. Carolina Herrera India Floral Embroidered Tulle Wedding Dress

Intricate embroidered sprigs float across the wispy tulle of this breathtaking A-line gown, styled with a sheer yoke and sleeves for ethereal romance.

(Nordstrom, $9,990)

30. Berta Embellished Strapless Ballgown

Shimmering embellishments sprawl across this romantic, strapless ballgown, styled with visible boning in the bodice for an alluring, corset-inspired look. 

(Nordstrom, $7,810)

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Aly Walansky is a NY-based lifestyles writer who focuses on health, wellness, and relationships. Her work appears in dozens of digital and print publications regularly. Visit her on Twitter or email her at

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