41 Brides Wearing Off-the-Shoulder Wedding Dresses
Off-the-shoulder wedding dresses may be trending, but that doesn't mean they aren't here to stay. Celebrities (including the always-elegant Michelle Obama) and commoners alike have been donning the style on their big days for years. Consider Meghan Markle who chose a boatneck bridal gown that fell slightly off her shoulders—what could be more timeless than an iconic royal look? It's easy to be enamored by the statement neckline, which is why we've rounded up some of our favorite examples (worn by brides just like you) to help you pull off this type of design yourself.
Sleeves that sit off the shoulder aren't all the same, as the following wedding dresses go to show. First, they differ in terms of placement. Some are draped romantically quite far down the arm, while others are simple and just barely graze the shoulders. They differ in terms of material, too—we've seen versions that range from lace to tulle. Off-the-shoulder necklines are also paired with a wide variety of gown shapes. Mermaid, A-line, and even sheath silhouettes are all fair game. Finally, some dresses don't actually fall off the shoulder at all—instead, they have illusion necklines where something sheer (like mesh) keeps everything in place.
To see all your off-the-shoulder options, browse the slides ahead. We've including everything from a boho short wedding dress to this fairtytale-worthy princess ball gown from JLM Couture. These beautiful styles are bound to give you ideas for your own outfit, no matter your celebration's theme.
Fit-and-Flare Wedding Dress
Anne Barge designed this bride's wedding dress, which had a fitted bodice and flaring skirt.
High-Low Wedding Dress
This bride fell in love with a silk high-low Sachin & Babi wedding dress. With tied sleeves like those, can you blame her? "I loved the off-the-shoulder look, which felt modern yet classic," the bride told us. "And I loved the length, which allowed me to show off my shoes."
Pretty Wedding Dress
It's hard not to want an off-the-shoulder wedding dress after seeing how a Tarik Ediz one made this bride glow.
Sleek Wedding Dress
This wife-to-be kept things simple with a sleek Theia wedding dress.
Modern Wedding Dress
Imagine swinging these LOHO Bride sleeves on the dance floor!
A-Line Wedding Dress
This bride's off-the-shoulder Modern Trousseau gown had an A-line silhouette and half sleeves.
Illusion Wedding Dress
Translucent fabric prevented these Morilee straps from slipping.
Cold-Shoulder Wedding Dress
Meet the cold shoulder—an equally-cool alternative to the standard off-the-shoulder neckline. Rue de Seine designed this bride's boho example.
Airy Wedding Dress
We're big fans of the way this YolanCris bridal gown softly billowed.
Lace Wedding Dress
If you're crazy about delicate lace, consider a wedding dress similar to this one, which the bride bought at White Dresses.
Flouncy Wedding Dress
A flouncy off-the-shoulder top is perfect for a casual celebration. This Dreamers & Lovers dress featured one, along with a skirt with fringed edges.
Scalloped Wedding Dress
This bride's I Am Yours wedding gown—which boasted a scalloped lace neckline—hugged her shoulders beautifully.
Princess Wedding Dress
Off-the-shoulder sleeves balance out a big princess skirt, as this Heidi Elnora wedding dress with a drop waist went to show.
Champagne Wedding Dress
Tiered Wedding Dress
Every aspect of this Paloma Blanca bridal look went beautifully together, from the off-the-shoulder sleeves, to the tiered skirt, to the complementary veil.
V-Neck Wedding Dress
The placement of these lacy off-the-shoulder sleeves gave this Lis Simon gown a V-shaped neckline.
Ruffled Wedding Dress
This Tony Ward wedding dress came with a ruffled mermaid skirt and a plunging illusion neckline, but the bride decided to make it her own by adding draped off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Minimalist Wedding Dress
This Tara Keely gown was relatively understated, but the cold-shoulder neckline made it unique.
Sheath Wedding Dress
"I tried on so many dresses but kept going back to this. I felt fabulous in it," this bride shared of her Pronovias wedding dress. "When I finally saw her, it was a euphoric feeling. I was like, 'Wow,'" her groom added. We agree!
Contrast Wedding Dress
The sheer lace of this Pronovias piece's top stood out against the rest of the gown's opaque design.
Romantic Wedding Dress
Up the romance with poufy off-the-shoulder sleeves like the ones on this Alfred Angelo wedding dress did.
Vintage-Inspired Wedding Dress
This bride customized her Maggie Sottero trumpet gown by adding detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves. According to her, they gave the garment a vintage vibe.
Floral Wedding Dress
Short Wedding Dress
Fitted Wedding Dress
Pink Wedding Dress
Wrap Wedding Dress
"I loved the simplicity of it—it felt very 'me,'" said this bride of her J. Mendel gown. The dress was made from silk crepe and had a pleated chiffon top.
Textured Wedding Dress
We're all for the texture on this Mark Zunino wedding dress, which was carried through to the off-the-shoulder sleeves.
Dreamy Wedding Dress
Simple Wedding Dress
Elegant Wedding Dress
This bride worked with Shin Bu Bridal to design her custom wedding dress. The silk gown boasted an off-the-shoulder top.