For some, a low-key wedding with your nearest and dearest is the perfect scenario. Save the dosh for the honeymoon and perhaps make the wedding cake yourself. No judgement here. For others, the big day is all about glitz, glamour and free-flowing champagne, where decadence spills into every aspect of the event – and that includes the dress. If you have a vision of your special day respecting something akin to a Gatsby-inspired party – perhaps with a spot of scandal thrown in for good measure – then you’ve got to have a dress that fits the bill. We’re talking about wedding frocks inspired by the roaring 20s (no, not the 2020’s) to bring a touch of old-school glamour to your day.
So, what exactly is a 1920s wedding dress? It was an era all about female liberation, individuality and freedom and the fashion reflected this. It was a time for drop wastes and shorter hems, of capped sleeves, intricate lace and beaded details. Gold and silver decoration were often woven into elaborate designs while a little bit of sparkle never went amiss. Dress styles at the time had a strong sense of pizzaz so it seems only fitting to steal a few 20s fashion tropes for your once-in-a-lifetime day.
To that point, we have rounded up 20 wedding dresses inspired by the trends of the 1920s. Discover opulent options complete with lace trims and beaded jewels to elegant silhouettes and cowl necks. And why not throw in some elbow length gloves to complete the look? Crop cuts were all the rage during the 20s, so an up-do is perhaps the perfect pairing with your bridal dress – if only to show off your beautiful ballgown! Take a look at our edit of the best 1920s-inspired wedding dresses and see if you find 'the one'.
Catherine Deane Lita Gown - BHLDN
The style: Swap traditional white and ivory for champagne and blush tones to add some extra decadence to your bridal look. This lace bridal gown from BHLDN is covered in intricate detail and beading. Keep your jewellery simple and your hair worn swept up to show this gown off at its best.
Delphine Dress - Ghost
The style: The Delphine dress from Ghost is a true show of how effective simple can be. It's made from a heavy satin fabric to ensure it falls luxuriously, while a gentle V-neck and slight split at the front of the dress adds to its feminine and flattering silhouette.
Style 18115 - Claire Pettibone
The style: So many Claire Pettibone wedding dresses are beautifully influenced by the roaring twenties and the Soleil gown is no exception. French embroidered tulle is used to create this gorgeous 1920’s wedding dress which is available in a shimmering gold hue. This pretty gown also has some bohemian vibes and would be perfect for a rustic wedding day.
Ruby Fit and Flare Lace - Anna Campbell
The style: This fit and flare dress by Anna Campbell channels bohemian vibes thanks to its sparkling headpiece and hand-beaded cuff, as well as pretty finishing touches such as a bow sash at the back.
Embellished Bridal Maxi Dress Ivory - Monsoon
The style: The Embellised Bridal Maxi Dress from Monsoon shows off 1920s details with a contemporary edge. A fully-lined skirt falls to the floor and is made from light, floaty tulle so you can swish around all day.
Gatsby Dress - Eliza Jane Howell
The style: The aptly named Gatsby dress from Eliza Jane Howell is everything you would expect. Tiered twenties-inspired beading features and delicate beaded flutter sleeves complete the classic style.
Bridget Dress - House of Mooshki
The style: Add a unique edge to your 1920’s bridal style with the Bridget dress from House of Mooshki. A satin and tulle fishtail wedding dress is beautifully completed with a lace illusion neckline and elegant cap sleeves. Available in blush pink or ivory.
Roaring Twenties Collection - Eliza Jane Howell
The style: Another gorgeous gown from the Eliza Jane Howell Roaring Twenties collection - the Rockafella dress is actually made from a separate skirt and top combined. We love the lace bodice that offers illusion detail and then the tiered skirt that cascades into a small train.
Belle and Bunty
The style: Belle and Bunty wedding dresses are usually more rustic than roaring twenties but this beautiful gown manages to combine elegance and glamour with laid back style. The glittering Bonnie top is teamed here with the Maple skirt to create a gorgeous silhouette.
Emmy - Badgley Mischka
The style: Make a serious style statement with the ultra-glam Emily dress from Badgley Mischka. Badgley Mischka dresses are often featured on the red carpet and you can see how this statement bridal gown has been influenced by old fashioned Hollywood glam.
Cora Gown - Claire Pettibone
The style: The Cora wedding dress from Claire Pettibone is filled with whimsical details, from the French Guipure lace to the gentle scalloped detail at the neckline and the hemline of this dress.
Merlot Gown - Claire Pettibone
The style: The Merlot gown from Claire Pettibone is made from French iridescent embroidered tulle and features an illusion neckline and a plunging back. We think this gorgeous lightweight gown would be perfect for a destination wedding day.
Indigo Midnight - Anna Campbell
The style: Not all wedding dresses have to be white! Go for something a little moodier with this Indigo Midnight dress by Anna Campbell made from a cloudy blue tulle fabric. It features a deep V plunge neck line, both front and back, for a daring look as well as a trailing embellished skirt.
Kellyn Gown - Catherine Deane
The style: This wedding dress by Catherine Deane is all about the back, which is embroidered with an array of pearl beads to create a real statement. The cap sleeves are also adorned with pearls while a cinched waist and full skirt add a luxurious finish.
Bonheur Dress - BHLDN
The style: Flowy sleeves and a demure silhouette give this Bonheur Dress by BHLDN a vintage vibe, and it comes in an elegant ivory colour. You'll sparkle with sophistication in this number.
Lenny Top and Turner Skirt By Halfpenny London - Net-A-Porter
The style: Who says you have to wear a dress on your special day? This top and skirt by Halfpenny London is a beautiful combination - we're in love with the soft tassle effect on the lower half.
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