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These Wedding Dresses Are the Definition of Dreamy

For an enchanting bridal look, choose a style that's soft, lightweight, and utterly ethereal.

What do you picture when you imagine your wedding dress? Is it structured and sturdy, or lightweight and carefree? If you hope to get married in the latter, consider skipping the princess gown and choose something ethereal and floating instead. To make your vision a reality, search for something soft and airy. If you need ideas, these wedding dresses might be the perfect starting point.


For an ethereal feel, it's important to choose the right shape, fabric, and fit. We've pinpointed some of the best ways to achieve a magical look. If you're seeking color, opt for muted, diluted shades, like blush or hazy blue. For an enchanted touch, go with subtle sparkle or intricate lace—floral designs are always welcome, too. Whatever the case, this roundup will inspire your bridal style, helping you glide into newlywed life in a wedding dress that sweeps you off your feet.


This is your cloud-nine moment, and your wedding dress should make you feel like you're floating on air. Whether the dress of your dreams has layers of ruffles, a fluttering cape, or a fabric that's impossibly delicate, you might just find it here.


Butterfly Effect


Similar to the winged beauty, this floral ensemble from Randi Rahm can undergo a stunning transformation. Simply remove the floor-dusting detachable skirt at ceremony's end, and prepare to take off: Underneath is a head-turning hot-pants romper that's perfect for flitting about the dance floor.


The Details: Randi Rahm "RJ" Convertible Floral Outfit in Blush, $9,500, Oscar de la Renta "Graphic Botanic" Earrings, in Primrose, $325,

A Soft Touch

The Audrey Hepburn of wedding looks, this Carolina Herrera combination is for the understated bride who wants comfort and elegance on her big day. A lovely fitted, embroidered wool-silk sweater offsets the classic full pleated tulle skirt.


The Details: Carolina Herrera Wool-Silk Sweater, $1,900, and Tulle Skirt, $2,900, Shahla Karimi "Columbus" Studs, in 14k Gold, $3,180,

Ruffles and Flow

This bridal two-piece is the definition of easy-breezy. Angel Sanchez's high-neck blouse with voluminous ruffled sleeves and illusion fabric, paired with a swirl skirt, seen left, creates a memorable backstory that is pure poetry. Prefer pretty layers? A modern sleeveless V-neck bodice, old-fashioned embroidery, and cascading gossamer tiers are what will make this Ines di Santo gown, right, absolutely irresistible—to you and your betrothed.


The Details: Angel Sanchez "Garza" Blouse, $1,540, and Swirl Skirt, $3,322, Ines di Santo "Maci" Wedding Dress, $5,490, Hearts on Fire "Deco Chic Dream Halo" Engagement Ring, in Platinum, from $3,990,

Sheer Grace

You'll look like a goddess in this divine bridal ensemble by Vera Wang. This gown consists of a simple camisole sheath under an Empire French-tulle overlay with off-the-shoulder gathered sleeves. Get ready to be worshipped.


The Details: Vera Wang "Chloe" Wedding Dress, price upon request, Aurélie Bidermann "Sirocco" Earrings, in 18k Gold Vermeil, $570,

A Delicate Situation

A daring cut can bring drama to the most romantic of fabrics. Francesca Miranda's long-sleeved look, at left, features a lace bodice with a plunging neckline and a silk-organza skirt with hand-embroidered floral appliqués. You won't need much adornment with a gown like this—but statement-making earrings won't hurt. You can also bring out your inner ballerina with the super-feminine Oscar de la Renta strapless number, seen right, with an effervescent tulle handkerchief skirt that flounces and floats like a dream. Your forever dance partner is sure to approve.


The Details: Francesca Miranda "Juliette" Wedding Dress, $6,160, francescamiranda.comCatherine Weitzman "Shaker" Earrings, in 18k Gold Vermeil with White Crystals, $170, Ritani "Gallery" Engagement Ring, in 18k Gold, $850 for setting only, Oscar de la Renta Strapless Wedding Dress, $14,990, Gabriel and Co. "Peek A Boo" Earrings, in 18k White Gold, $7,405,

Fine Art

Don't let its simple column silhouette fool you: There's nothing basic about Yolan Cris's stunning champagne-colored gown, which boasts Chantilly lace, sparkling rhinestones, and a diaphanous flowing cape. Add a pair of starry earrings for an extra dash of dazzle.


The Details: Yolan Cris "Teide" Wedding Dress, $5,130, BaubleBar "Celestial" Earrings, in Gold, $36,

Bare Necessity

This winsome look may be a whisper of a dress, but it screams "romance." The Theia frock on the left—with its off-the-shoulder ruffles, dainty straps, and Chantilly lace—has all the makings of a fairy-tale wedding gown. Sunset and horse not included. If that's not your dream, slip on Mira Zwillinger's gown, seen right, and you'll feel practically airborne. The tulle and silk-organza two-piece even has cloud embroidery and butterfly sleeves to inspire your soaring imagination.


The Details: Theia "Ava" Wedding Dress, $1,850, Hearts on Fire "Aerial" Earrings, in 18k White Gold, price upon request, Mira Zwillinger "Rainbow" Wedding Dress, $9,850, Roberto Coin "Princess Flower" Earrings, in 18k White Gold, $770, A.Jaffe "Alluring" Engagement Ring, in Platinum, $2,280 for setting only,

Puff Piece

Torn between a classic gown and something with an edge? This dress, from Viktor & Rolf Mariage, gives you both. A sweetheart neckline and a frothy tulle skirt anchor the gown in tradition, while its one-sided tiers take it to a more daring level.


The Details: Viktor & Rolf Mariage Strapless Wedding Dress, price upon request, Suzanne Kalan Post Earrings, in 14k Gold with round White Topaz and Diamond Clusters, $1,650,