Whether it's your first wedding, you're remarrying or you're renewing your vows, choosing a flattering dress as a mature bride can be tough. After all, you want a wedding gown that makes you look - and feel - amazing on your wedding day. But don't worry, Yours is here to help with our pick of the best wedding dresses for older women.
It can be difficult knowing where to begin, especially if you're looking for dresses for a wedding suitable for older women. While certain wedding dresses might have suited you when you were in your twenties, as a mature bride your requirements have probably changed.
The Best Wedding Dresses For Older Women At A Glance
Best budget dress for older women: Women's Double V-Neck Floor Length Dress - View offer on Ever Pretty
Best bardot dress for older women: Miranda Bardot Bridal Midi Dress Ivory - View offer on Monsoon
Best embroidered wedding dress for older women: Embroidered Wedding Dress - View offer on Phase Eight
Best abroad wedding dress for older women: High Low Clipped Jacquard Dress - View offer on Coast
So now you're raring to go, it's time to look at some dresses! Here we've included dresses to suit every body shape and size as well as designer wedding dresses and dresses from the high street.
So whether you want a lace wedding dress, a simple wedding dress or something different altogether, we've compiled the most gorgeous options that will make you feel like a bride.
17 beautiful wedding dresses for older women
Best budget dress for older women
A beautiful choice, this floor-length tulle gown has delicate flutter sleeves, a flattering empire
- Great budget option.
- Quick delivery.
- Brilliant quality for price-point.
- The reviews mention it's quite long, so it may not be the ideal length for petite brides.
Best bardot dress for older women
Classy and elegant, the Miranda bridal dress in ivory is reminiscent of the 1950s with a fitted
- 1950s-inspired design
- Clean finish
- Smart bardot neckline
- Could have more details
Best embroidered wedding dress for older women
If you're looking for a slightly more modern option, however, the Poppy dress in a beautiful shade
- Has a small train
- Style of the dress is perfect for both small or large ceremonies
- Some brides might not like the sheer style back
Best abroad wedding dress for older women
If you're going for a paired-back wedding, or even a wedding abroad, this dress is ideal for you.
- Has a high-low hem on the skirt
- Ultra-flattering plain bodice
- Some brides may prefer a lower neckline rather than a high one
Best classic wedding dress for older women
The Olivia gown from Ghost is another classic style that'll have you looking and feeling
- Made from an eco-satin material
- Empire line shape
- Flattering gathered bust detail
- Some people may prefer more detailing at the front
Best embellished wedding dress for older women
- Stands out with lots of fringed detailing
- Limited edition piece - created as one of just 150 styles
- Some brides may not be keen on the long leg slit at the front
Best simplistic dress for older women
Yet another beautiful design from Ghost, which has so many stunning styles for mature brides, the
- Features shirring detail on the sleeves so you can move them to a length that suits you
- Classic 'fit and flare' style
- Some brides may want their wedding dress to have more embellishment
Best flutter sleeve dress for older women
From Biba, the Bridal Deco Dress takes inspiration from 1920s art deco design. An ivory dress with
- Stunning sequin details
- Might be a little on the long side for some brides
Best city wedding dress for older women
You'll feel chic and stylish saying 'I Do' while wearing this lace shift dress. It's got 3D lace
- All over lace detailing
- Perfect for a smart city wedding
- Could be slightly longer in length
Best open back dress for older women
Elevate your wedding look with this chic, lace dress from Whistles. The Frances has been designed
- Ivory hue is really complimentary
- Flattering side split
- Some mature brides may want a dress with less cut out details
Best floral lace dress for older women
We know this one is a little on the pricey side, but if you can't splash out on a dress for your
- Classic floral lace
- Intricate detailing
- Arrives in a garment bag with a white satin hanger to keep it pristine
- Very modest with high neckline and long sleeves
Best timeless wedding dress for older women
With its on-trend Bardot neckline and raised front hem, this wedding dress certainly has a modern
- Has a fitted waist
- Flattering bardot neckline
- Some reviews mention the zip at the back being quite stiff
Best slimming wedding dress for older women
We think you'll look like a Grecian goddess wearing this little number on your big day. It's made
- Fabric is lightweight
- Instant slimming style
- Comfortable to wear all day
- Belt pictured is sold separately
Best chantilly lace dress for older women
Boasting details such as capped sleeves, fabric-covered buttons and a softly draped train, this
- Designed to skim your silhouette
- Flattering and intricate lace detailing
- Some reviews have mentioned they need to have the dress shortened, so this may be more ideal for taller brides
Best pleated dress for older women
Looking for a long-sleeved wedding dress? This Phase Eight number is a great option. It's a floaty
- Pleated throughout for effortless movement
- Responsibly sourced, made from recycled polyester
- Might have too much going on for some brides
Best tuxedo dress for older women
This Coast dress takes inspiration from classic tailoring with its silky, tux-like lapels. It's a
- Perfect for the modern dresser
- Could be reworn for formal occasions after the wedding
- Some mature brides may prefer a dress to have sleeves
Champagne-ivory is the colour of this beautiful dress by Maids to Measure. Perfect for brides
- Sleek and slinky
- Empire waistline cinches shape
- Elegant silhouette
- Some brides may prefer if the dress had no detailing at the back too
Wedding dresses for older women FAQs
What does a mature bride wear?
You are a woman to be celebrated in the prime of your life - searching for a wedding dress is no exception! Don’t listen to outdated views on what you ‘should’ do, just make sure whatever you choose makes you feel like the best version of yourself on the day.
However, after seeing hundreds of brides in my boutique, there were a few things I found that our more mature brides wanted to consider with their search. They were:
Slinky and slender – It could be that it’s the second time around, or maybe the idea of it simply feels overwhelming. It’s likely you want to steer away from the huge princess skirts and go for something slimline and elegant.
Support for ‘the girls’ – Wearing a bra probably feels important, check what can be done so that you feel comfortable and supported on the day.
Colour options - Hardly any brides wear white anymore as there’s such a wide range of choice available. There are so many stunning colours out there, from ivory to almond or gold. Embrace it and find one that works for you.
Cover up – There are so many options available if you want to keep the tops of your arms covered. A good seamstress can add straps or sleeves to your dress. Or, you can opt for a cute bolero to wear on top
Think outside the box – It may be that a suit or an evening gown would work better for you. Have fun with the choices and don’t pigeonhole yourself into thinking you ‘should’ have something because everyone else does.
What colour should a mature bride wear?
You can wear whatever colour you want! Just because you're a mature bride or it's your second wedding, doesn't mean you can't wear white. So if you find a dress you adore but it happens to be white - go for it!
Should a mature bride wear a veil?
As above, the choice is entirely yours. A woman of any age can wear a veil, and there are so many stunning styles to choose from. Alternatively, you might prefer to go for a fascinator, tiara, headband or something else instead.
Kelly's tips when searching for a bridal dress
We spoke with Kelly Harvey-Welsh, a bridal stylist for the award-winning personal styling service, Styled By Susie to get her tips for your wedding dress search. As the former owner of an acclaimed bridal boutique, Kelly is an expert in all things wedding and loves to help women feel good in what they wear for their special occasion.
RESEARCH THE BOUTIQUES
You know what you like by now, so there’s no point trawling all of the boutiques with a scattergun approach, aimlessly hoping to find ‘The One’. Do your research and make sure the boutiques you’re visiting have a vibe you like and sample dresses that are available to try on.
WHO WILL BE ON ‘THE PANEL’?
I’d urge you to really consider who you plan to take with you on your dress search. While I’m sure you have much more freedom on your choices with wedding planning than younger brides, a multitude of mixed opinions can be overwhelming. Keep the ‘girls party’ for another day and take one person with you that knows you, your style and your wedding vibe well and won’t push their style on your day.
It’s unlikely you or your ‘panel’ will burst into tears immediately when you’ve found your dress so don’t put that pressure on yourself. Did you burst into tears as soon as you met your partner hallelujahing that he’s ‘The One’ and violins started playing out of nowhere?! I thought not.
You’re getting married and that’s amazing. Searching for your wedding dress should be enjoyed so take your time and be confident.