How to Select Wedding Dresses for the Mature Bride


As a mature bride-to-be, you simply cannot wear fashion designed for younger bodies; it will only lead to self doubt and confusion. However, there are many styles in wedding dresses for the mature bride to make you look stylish no matter what your age. In this guide, we will cover important styling tips to help you select popular wedding dresses for the mature bride.

15 Popular Wedding Dresses for the Mature Bride


Gatsby Inspired Art Deco Long Sleeved Boat Neck Dress

This beautiful style in wedding dresses for the mature bride will never go out of fashion. The gown comes with a short, comfortable train and a closed boat neck with slim rhinestone belt at the waist. The shiny detailing at the neckline adds glamour and elegance to the gorgeous gown. The unique bell sleeves are reminiscent of classic and vintage style wedding gowns.

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Off the Shoulder Sheath Ball Gown Dress

Walk down the aisle in this beautiful wedding gown and turn all your wedding guests’ heads. After all, this day is all about you and your to-be-better half. This off-the-shoulder beauty has a fitted bodice and a cute little bow at the waist which can suit many different body shapes. Accessorize simply with beautiful diamond earrings and have your bridesmaids wear beautiful floor length navy gowns.

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Floor Length Ball Gown Wedding Dress with Illusion Neck and Sleeves

You will appear angelic with an edgy twist in this classic formal wedding gown with delicate lace illusion sweetheart neckline and long sleeves. The beautiful lace embroidery appliqué highlights the stunning silhouette of the dress’s bodice and creates a slim and shapely waistline that will suit many body types. The intricate floral embroidery adds dazzle and glamour to the dress.

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Blush Toned Floor Length Wedding Dress with Cut-Out Neckline and Cap Sleeves

This figure flattering lace dress allows glimpses of your bare skin through intricate cut out design on the bodice. This fun and flirty dress hugs your figure in all the right places and its inner sweetheart neckline keeps your modest side feeling secure. The tiny rhinestone detailing at the waist adds tons of glitz and glamour to the otherwise simple floor length dress which is suitable for older brides.

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Close Neck High Waist Floor Length Dress with Short Cap Sleeves

Delicate lace and chiffon make this floor length beauty an excellent choice for a spring or summer wedding. This beautiful wedding dress for the mature brides has a fitted bodice with short cap sleeves and a sparkling beading at the waist. The figure enhancing floor length gown will make your entrance unforgettable as you walk down the aisle.

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All Over Lace Embroidered High Neck Wedding Gown

Step aside strapless, a unique wedding dress for the mature bride. If you are looking for a beautiful high neck gown to show off all those hours of working out, this is the one for you. This form hugging dress shows every contour in embroidered perfection. The short, comfortable train will make you feel like the queen you are and its scalloped neckline framed with closed cap sleeves will show your toned shoulders beautifully.

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Tea Length Wedding Dress with Illusion Boat Neck and Short Cap Sleeves

No jewelry is needed for this adorable A- line, tea length wedding dress that is ideal for a summer or fall wedding. A superior choice for mature brides, this lovely dress will make you look exactly what you are: chic, elegant, fun and cute! Its sheer illusion boat neckline is framed elegantly by short cap sleeves and the beautiful lace overlay makes for a stunning and gorgeous wedding dress suitable for different body shapes and sizes.

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Simple Closed Neck Wedding Gown with Full Sleeves

Add a hint of mystery to your persona with this full sleeved, closed neck, floor length dress which is perfect for older brides. Its long, straight, vintage silhouette is ultra feminine and adds a hint of magic to the elegant gown. Suitable for late fall and winter weddings, you can accessorize this beauty with minimal jewelry.

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Boat Neck Wedding Dress with 3/4th Sleeves, Lace Overlay and Illusion Neckline

Here comes the bride, wearing a beautiful satin floor length dress with an illusion lace overlay atop a boat neckline, simple A-line silhouette and three quarter sleeves. The illusion bodice settles on the top portion a sweetheart neckline and flows gracefully downwards in a long satin skirt that slims, shapes and flatters. Whether you are getting married in a quaint church or a garden, you will steal the day wearing this beauty.

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Fun and Flirty Short lace Wedding Dress for the Mature Bride

This jaw dropping, fabulous short wedding dress has a beautiful lace overlay that allows your arms to show through three quarter sleeves. At first glance, this fun and flirty dress seems demure with a closed neckline but look closely and its nude lining reveals a modest sweetheart neckline and an alluring mini skirt. This curve hugging wedding dress is for the mature bride who is self assured and boldly confident.

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Bohemian Long Sleeved Wedding Dress with Sheer Lace Overlay and Full Sleeves

Channel your inner bohemian goddess with this earthy, fresh, floral long sleeved beauty with floor length, A- line silhouette that ends in a long train. This wedding dress for the mature bride is sure to transfix and draw all eyes upon you. Its delicate lace lined bodice covers the actual strapless neckline and is framed by full sleeves decorated all over with floral appliqués. The skirt flares out into a small train and the neck, waist and sleeves are decorated harmoniously with sequin detailing.



Floor Length Cap Sleeved A-line Wedding Dress

Elegant and chic, this lace gown with A-line silhouette, scalloped neckline and short cap sleeves is ideal for your indoor or outdoor wedding. The lace embroidery bathes you in feminine flowers from the scalloped neckline to the flared hemline. The sleeves add drama while the form fitting, curve hugging bodice lets your beauty shine through. The fit and flare gown will make exiting the limo and dancing the night away extra fun!

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Scalloped Chiffon Floor Length Gown with Cape

This dramatic wedding dress with attached cape will make you look like the royalty you are. Delicate all over lace with elegant embroidery makes up for the modern sheath silhouette topped with scalloped neckline and short boat neck. The skirt flares into a stunning floor length and finishes in an elegant trumpet or mermaid silhouette.

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Ivory Crepe Sheath Wedding Dress with Short Cap Sleeves Floor Length Silhouette

Royalty-that’s what you will exude with this elegant and ivory wedding dress. This stunning fit and flare floor length dress is designed for fall, beach weddings. Its closed neckline is framed elegantly by short sheer lace cap sleeves and its form hugging bodice has a waist defining elegant shiny rhinestone belt. This silhouette is sure to complement many different body types.

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Tea Length Ivory Dress with Three Quarter Sleeves and Plunging Neckline

This ultra modern ivory tea length dress has a beautiful plunging V neckline and ruched waist that will flatter and enhance every body type. The lustrous tea length skirt hits just below the knees to finish off the look elegantly. Dress this beauty with simple pearl accents like a necklace, a pair of earrings and strappy sandals that will set all eyes upon you.

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Tips to Select a Wedding Dress for a Mature Bride

When selecting a wedding dress for the mature bride, you must remember the following 3 C’s.

Classic Styles

The classic styles are the ones that remain in vogue year after year. They suit many different sizes and shapes and examples of classic styles in wedding gowns include A-line silhouettes, princess cut, sheaths, V-necklines, dresses with wraps, capes or jackets and ¾ or cap sleeves.


Clean Lines

Clean silhouettes in wedding dresses can help you address problem areas. They draw attention away from them and draw the eye to your better features. Clean lines also help you appear younger. So avoid complicated cuts, seams and details which usually call for a killer body.



Coverage is essential when choosing wedding dress for the older bride. If you have sun damage on your upper arms, neck and décolletage, then cover them up with appropriate bridal dresses. As stated above, you can go for wraps, shrugs or jackets. Select the V-neckline or the high closed neckline instead of going for a strapless gown. Choose short sleeves instead of sleeveless styles. If your bust isn’t as perky as it used to be, cover up with some beautiful jewelry. Instead of a backless dress, cover up with fine fabric so people will focus their attention on other interesting parts.