These definitely aren’t your grandmother’s pearls! If you’re currently in the process of planning a wedding, chances are you’ve been swooning over all the recent pearlcore bridal trends (we know we have!). One of our favorites? Pearl wedding dress styles!
Pearls and weddings have long been a true love match. Ancient Greeks actually started the trend, believing that pearls symbolized love and marriage and even foreshadowed happy relationships. Talk about stylish manifestation!
Since then, pearls have maintained their status as a wedding-favorite accessory, with style icons like Princess Diana, Grace Kelly, and (most recently) Jennifer Lopez rocking them on the big day.
And while they never really went out of style, bridal pearls now seem bigger than ever. From iridescent pearl wedding dresses to pearl-studded bridal veils, pearlcore is everywhere right now, and we’re digging all the modern updates to such a timeless look!
If the idea of wearing a pearl wedding dress has you swooning, we’ve rounded up the best styles to help you find your favorite. We’ve also answered some FAQs to make sure you achieve your most swoon-worthy wedding look. (Don’t forget to check out our ultimate wedding shoes guide to complete your ‘fit!)
Without further ado, let’s get into it!
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Is a Pearl Wedding Dress Right for You?
With so many types of wedding dresses to choose from, it can seem impossible to narrow it down to just one (or two or three, if you love bridal outfit changes as much as we do). So, to help you decide if a pearl wedding dress is your perfect fit, let’s do a quick personality quiz!
Would you describe your bridal style as classic, but with a trendy flair? Do you want a dress with a bit of je ne sais quoi, but aren’t a big fan of glitz and sparkles? Are you planning a wedding that walks the line between whimsical and modern?
If you answered yes to any of those questions, then congrats! You should think about saying yes to a pearl wedding dress!
If you’re still not sure if these pearly whites are the way to go, then check out our wedding dress mega guide for more help on finding your best match. We’ve also included a few fun and affordable pearl dresses below in case you want to try out the trend for your after-party, reception, or bridal shower!
How to Style a Pearl Wedding Dress
When it comes to styling a pearl wedding dress, we say the more pearls the better. Since they’re already timeless wedding accessories, pearl earrings and necklaces are a no-brainer, and they’re perfect for creating a cohesive look. With so much versatility — from these elegant pearl drop earrings to this minimalist pearl necklace — there’s something for every bridal style.
We’ve also seen a huge spike in modern, unexpected, and GORGEOUS pearl accessories. One of our favorites has to be pearl-adorned wedding gloves for a fashionable meets retro look.
We’re also swooning over pearl-dotted bridal hairstyles, which you can achieve with a pearly headband or some strategically placed pearl bobby pins. And, of course, it wouldn’t be GWS if we didn’t fangirl over these pearl wedding shoes!
All of these accessories can be styled with a pearl wedding dress for an enchanting head-to-toe look, or added to a minimalist dress for the perfect touch of the trend.
GWS Tip! If you choose a dress with pretty heavy pearling, you can also create stunning contrast by styling it with more sleek and minimalist accessories. Think: smooth satin pumps, a classic cathedral length veil (SO enchanting with a pearl wedding dress), and glossy natural wedding nails.
The Best Places to Buy a Pearl Wedding Dress
No matter what style of pearl wedding dress you’re looking for, here are the best places to find your favorite:
- Etsy: With so many independent designers creating gorgeous custom pieces, Etsy definitely reigns supreme for pearl wedding dresses. We love how many options there are, from pearl fairytale gowns to whimsical pearl capes. Etsy also has no shortage of lustrous pearl accessories for a timeless finishing touch.
- BHLDN: Our go-to for all things wedding, BHLDN has some of our all-time favorite pearl wedding dress styles. Their options are traditionally bridal with modern touches, like this floral and pearl embellished gown (pictured above). Plus, BHLDN loves pearlcore as much as we do — just peep their swoon-worthy pearl accessories collection!
- ASOS: While ASOS has some stunning traditional pearl wedding dress options, we especially love their collection of fun mini pearl dresses — perfect for elopements, wedding after-parties, and bachelorette parties! ASOS also makes returns super easy, so don’t be afraid to try out a few to find your pearl-fect match.
We’ve rounded up THE best pearl wedding dresses from each of these shops (plus a few extras). Keep scrolling to check them out!
Pearl Beaded Wedding Dresses
When you think of pearl wedding dresses, you probably picture something like these beaded beauties. They embody the trendy, modern take on traditional wedding pearls, with dainty dots adorning frothy tulle and fairytale silhouettes.
For a pearl wedding dress that’s whimsical, iridescent, and totally jaw-dropping, these beaded gowns are a must. They’re perfect for the pearlcore fanatics who don’t just want to try out the pearl look — they want to make it their own.
From intricate styles to fashion-forward silhouettes, here are the beaded pearl wedding dress styles that are guaranteed to make your heart skip a beat.
If your love story feels straight out of a fairytale, you need a wedding gown to match. This pearl beaded wedding dress brings all the “happily ever after” vibes, with a floaty tulle skirt dotted with delicate pearls.
We LOVE the all-over pearl look — the pearl-adorned, off-the-shoulder draping adds a serious dose of romance to the bodice. The corset top is also slightly sheer to show off subtle boning and a sweetheart neckline. It’s the perfect blend of traditional and modern styles!
For magical, utterly romantic wedding gowns, the SelfaBridal Etsy shop simply does not miss!
All the other dresses can go home now — we’ve found THE best pearl beaded wedding dress! Featuring cascading pearls and sparkling beadwork down its tulle skirt, this gown is almost too enchanting to be real. The plunging neckline also keeps it from being too sweet (because a little flirtation goes a long way!).
This is the perfect pearl beaded wedding dress if you don’t want head-to-toe pearls, but still want to look absolutely ethereal on your big day. Wear it with or without its pearl-beaded straps, and prepare to feel like a walking daydream all day long.
The definition of romance: this pearl beaded wedding dress! It combines whimsical pearl beading with floral details to create a feminine gown fit for a fairytale. A few of our favorite details: the floral cap sleeves, the flirty open back, and the deep v-neck. It’s also size inclusive and ultra flattering on every body type!
Complete your enchanting bridal look with an equally enchanting veil. Here are our favorite wedding veils for every style!
Caution: this pearl beaded wedding dress will make you swoon. It’s custom made with a floaty tiered skirt and a semi-sheer structured bodice, all studded with seemingly millions of chic pearls and elegant glitter pieces. Even two tiers of the iridescent, pearl-dotted tulle isn’t enough — we want this gown to go on forever!
SO versatile, this pearl beaded wedding dress would make a statement for a chic city ceremony, a whimsical woodland wedding, or a destination European affair. We have a feeling that you’ll never want to take this one off.
This pearl beaded wedding dress is a little Art Deco, a little ’50s glam, and a lot stunning! Channeling vintage elegance, it’s a gorgeous homage to the fashion history of bridal pearls.
Beaded from top to bottom and trimmed with glowing pearls, this Etsy gown is guaranteed to turn heads. Its fit and flare silhouette will show off all your curves, and its long train will have jaws dropping as you walk down the aisle.
Speaking of the train, this gown’s hemline is also lined with delicate vintage lace, which perfectly complements the scalloped beaded pearl design. We’re imagining this one for an elegant winter wedding — stunning!
Ladies and gentlemen…her. This mini pearl beaded wedding dress packs a lot of punch with only a little fabric. We’re digging the juxtaposition of the airy tulle skirt and the pearl-studded strapless bodice — it’s a flirty combo that’s perfect for a modern mini dress!
While we’re all for rocking a mini dress on your big day (a la Kourtney Kardashian), this gown also doubles as a chic after-party or reception dress. After all, how can you break out your best dance moves with a bunch of fabric around your legs?
Style it with these stunning beaded pearl block heels and you’re golden!
Mini hemlines are in, and we are SO here for it! Check out our list of the most stunning short wedding gowns.
The Roaring ’20s, but with a modern pearlcore twist! This chiffon bridal top is layered with glistening pearls and sparkling beads for a chic, flapper-inspired look. Style it with this floor-skimming draped skirt and you’ve got a pearl beaded wedding dress set that would do Gatsby proud.
This is just one of a couple bridal sets that we’ve included in this list. They’re the perfect statement if you want something modern and unconventional as you tie the knot — especially when paired with more traditional details like pearls!
This pearl beaded wedding dress puts the “sweet” in sweetheart neckline! It’s a whimsical take on a classic bridal style, with all-over pearl beading and show-stopping appliqués. If you’ve been waiting for your modern princess moment, this gown might just be the one.
Featuring a glittering tulle skirt and lustrous pearl finish, this pearly dress is here to help you turn any dance floor into a ball.
Calling all minimalists! This pearl beaded wedding dress cape can be added to any gown for a mesmerizing touch. It’s perfect if you’ve fallen in love with a classic look but still want that WOW moment.
Adorned with dazzling pearls in varying sizes and featuring a dreamy train in the back, this pearl beaded cape is made for standing out. Drape it over a sleek slip dress for a stunning wedding day look, or rock it during the ceremony then take it off for the reception for the best of both worlds.
P.S. If you love the idea of wearing a cape on your big day, don’t miss our round-up of the most whimsical and stand-out wedding capes!
Pearl Back Wedding Dresses
Is there anything better than a wedding gown that’s business in the front, party in the back? If these pearl back wedding dress styles are anything to go by, the answer is: no!
If you love the romantic wedding vibes of pearls, but don’t want a full pearl beaded wedding dress like the gowns above, then these picks are for you. They keep things minimalist in the front, but will have your guests oohing and ahhing as they catch a glimpse of the back as you walk down the aisle.
Get ready to fall head over heels in love with these pearl back wedding dresses!
Make way for the queen — and by the queen, we mean this pearl back wedding dress! With a modest high neck that’s balanced by this ornate sheer back, this gown would give any royal a run for their money.
Pearlcore and royalcore are a perfect pair, and this dress is proof. The regal embroidery on the back is laced with delicate pearls, which also decorate the sleeves, the front, and the pockets (you heard that right — pockets!).
Style it with a statement pearl headband for a modern version of a crown. We love this beaded one from Lulus!
From pearl accents to sparkly jewels, we’ve rounded up the most stylish wedding headbands for a fashionable wedding day look!
You’re definitely going to want to wear an updo with this one! This pearl back wedding dress keeps things minimal with a chic chiffon silhouette, featuring regal bishop sleeves and an ultra flattering v-neck. But the star of the show is, without a doubt, the pearls in the back!
Two layers of glistening pearls are draped across the gown’s open back, with a couple of hanging droplets for an ethereal effect. These pearls are also mirrored in the sleeves, because you want your cake-cutting close-ups to look amazing, too!
Uplevel your aisle style with this pearl back wedding dress! It’s similar to the last dress, but with a sultrier vibe. Made with luxe silk, this gown gives your favorite slip dress a very elegant wedding upgrade.
Layers of pearls draw the eye to that seductive draped back, and they also act as unique straps for the square-neck front. It’s sexy and sophisticated at the same time!
We also love how this pearl back wedding dress ends right around the ankles — perfect for showing off your kicks! Rock a stunning pair that you want to put on display, like these pearl lace-up satin heels that match the pearl draping in the back.
This pearl back wedding dress has that minimalist meets whimsical beaded look we’ve all fallen in love with, PLUS a jaw-dropping open back!
At its base, this is a timeless a-line satin gown. But the tulle pearl beaded overlay, with balloon sleeves and a slit in the back, make it totally unforgettable. It’s also doesn’t go too overboard with pearls — the overlay stops around the waist, highlighted with an elegant beaded sash.
For SUCH a sweet look, style this pearl back wedding dress with a tulle hair bow (bonus points if it’s also beaded with pearls!).
It was love at first sight with this pearl back wedding dress! Airy, floaty tulle give it a free-spirited bohemian vibe, and the pearl trim takes it to the next level.
It blends a high neck, an off-the-shoulder silhouette, and a pearl-studded back for a gown that we can’t stop thinking about. And that corseted bodice? Pure bliss.
Pearl Strap Wedding Dresses
When it comes to wedding dresses, the straps often go unnoticed. We’re so focused on the neckline, the appliqués, or the hemlines that we forget to look at the material that’s holding it all up. Well, these pearl strap wedding dresses are here to give that essential detail the love it deserves!
Whether you’re looking for statement pearly whites or just a touch of pearlcore, these pearl strap wedding dresses prove that the dreaminess is in the details. They transform your straps from something to cover with your wavy locks to something to show off on the big day.
Forget statement wedding necklaces — these gowns are going above and beyond to decorate your collarbone!
Let’s just take a moment to appreciate this enchanting pearl strap wedding dress. It’s a botanical dream, with floral appliqués adorning the sheer, swiss dot tulle and the flowy, floor-skimming skirt.
Like an enchanting secret garden in dress form, this size inclusive gown is a must for botanical summer weddings. Bring on all the fresh blooms!
Sequins, roses, and pearls, oh my! This pearl strap wedding dress has all the ingredients for a truly heavenly wedding day look. It’s made with eleven different types of lace and 4,500 hand-beaded embellishments. Because if there was ever a time to choose a super extra gown, it’s your wedding day!
With so many details to swoon over, it’s still the pearl straps that grab our attention. So dainty and delicate, they add just enough romance to the neckline to get our hearts fluttering.
But they don’t stop there — the embellished straps also cross over in the back for a statement look from all angles.
This pearl strap wedding dress is definitely marriage material!
There’s nothing like finding “the one” — we’re talking about the perfect pearl strap wedding dress! This vintage-inspired gown is soulmate quality, with mesmerizing tulle and hand-sewn pearl and floral appliqués.
While it doesn’t have your traditional pearl straps, we absolutely adore the pearl detail across the arm. Made for bohemians that were born in the wrong decade, this pearl strap wedding dress embodies all the romance of a bygone era.
Give this vintage style new life with a stunning dried flower crown.
Channel whimsical vibes on your big day with dried flower crowns! We’ve rounded up all of our favorites, plus a few other bridal hair ideas!
It’s the fringe for us! This gown is definitely the cool girl version of a pearl strap wedding dress. We’re digging the modern silhouette (with a cowl neck and high leg slit) combined with the ’70s glam of the pearl fringe straps.
It’ll look just as stunning in your photos as it will on the dance floor! If you were looking for an excuse to splurge on a disco ball, this is it.
Style this pearl strap wedding dress with cool wedding boots for retro vibes, or trendy heels for something modern — there’s no wrong answer here.
If you’re getting hitched on the beach (or just want to channel that carefree feeling on the big day), then you can stop scrolling now: this is the best pearl strap dress for you.
While its smocked bodice and flowy silhouette oozes easygoing vibes, this gown is still VERY wedding worthy.
From the stylish pleats to the flirty ruffles to the delicate gold chain straps (complete with freshwater pearls), this dress is bringing the romance. For those that want something non-traditional but still feminine, it doesn’t get better than this pearly gown.
ASOS is always serving up dazzling wedding dresses that are affordable, fashion-forward, and totally unique. Case in point: this lacy pearl strap wedding dress!
With oh-so sweet lacy ruffles and lustrous pearl beaded trim, it has all the elements we love in a traditional wedding dress, but with a contemporary twist! The midi hemline and modern neckline show that you’re not here to just follow the traditions. You’re here to make your day your own.
Pearl Sleeve Wedding Dresses
Whether you’re planning a winter wedding, want a little extra coverage, or just love the drama of detailed sleeves, these pearl sleeve wedding dress styles are speaking your love language.
Each pearl sleeve wedding dress maxes out on whimsy, with pearl-dotted tulle sleeves that take the look up a notch. Because why limit your gown’s iridescence to just the bodice and skirt?
From tulle overlays to beaded bodices, these pearl sleeve wedding dresses may just be the most enchanting of the bunch. What are you waiting for?!
While wedding gowns with sleeves are typically associated with winter nuptials, all of our favorite pearl sleeve wedding dress styles are also perfect for warmer months.
This one in particular, will wow for ANY season. With light and airy tulle sleeves, it’ll keep you looking and feeling cool in the heat — or give you a cozy charm when temperatures dip to freezing. All it’s missing is this matching cathedral length pearl veil.
Plus, the pearl-dotted tulle dress is separate from the silky slip dress, so you have two looks in one. Remove the pearls for the reception, rewear the slip dress on its own for the honeymoon, or pair the tulle dress with a long sleeve white gown for extra cold ceremonies.
Whether you’re planning a winter wedding or are searching for a timeless look, long sleeve wedding gowns are a no-brainer. Don’t miss these show-stopping picks!
Pretty in pearl! This off-white pearl sleeve wedding dress is a MUST if your bridal style is modern, polished, and feminine. We’re swooning over the sweet sweetheart neckline, which looks so magical with all-over pearl beading and a layer of rose gold glitter.
This one’s definitely for the hardcore pearl lovers (we see you). It’s totally show-stopping — without the big ball gown silhouette that a lot of extravagant gowns have. If you want to show off all your beautiful curves, look no further than this fit and flair pearl dress.
Pearl beading? Check! Inclusive sizing? Check! Dreamy sleeves? Check!
This tulle overlay has everything you could possibly ask for in a pearl sleeve wedding dress (and, dare we say, more). It’s minimal, but definitely not boring. On-trend, but also timeless. And modern, but still very bridal. Say less!
Just pair this pearl sleeve overlay with a white dress of your choice and you have a bridal look that’s all your own. Go classic with a sleeveless satin gown, or break tradition with a flirty mini dress!
Can we hear a little commotion for this dreamy pearl sleeve wedding dress?! Absolutely heaven-sent, this sheer tulle gown is embellished with sparkling florals and glistening pearls, which dot the dress down to its floor-skimming hemline.
Ideal for a summery or springtime soirée, this gown has floaty cap sleeves that match the length of the dress, almost like a built-in cape. They can be worn up on your shoulders, pulled down on your arms, or removed for a no-fuss strapless look.
Switch it up for the ceremony and the reception and prepare for major tears as you float down the aisle.
This pearl sleeve wedding dress combines two of our favorite trends: elaborate pearl beading and a one-shoulder neckline. It’s luxe, one-of-a-kind, and just royal enough for one of the biggest days of your life.
With some of the most ornate pearling out of all the dresses on this list, there’s no way you won’t feel like a million bucks in this gown. Plus, a floaty tulle skirt keeps it balanced (and ensures you can still twirl to your heart’s delight for your first dance).
If you’re not wearing a wedding crown with this pearl stunner, what are you even doing?
We have major heart eyes for this pearl sleeve wedding dress! Two separate parts come together to create this effortlessly cool and impossibly chic look. One: this sheer pearl sleeve top. Two: anything that fits your bridal style! While it’s styled with a midi two part set in this example, you can make it your own with any type of dress.
Rock it with a maxi silky gown for something minimalist + timeless. Add it on top of a bridal jumpsuit for something modern + cool. Or wear it with any white sleeveless top for a chic ‘fit you’ll be reaching for long after your last dance.
Forget minimalism. This beaded pearl sleeve wedding dress is all about the “more is more” mindset — and we are here. for. it!
Decadent beading and glowing faux pearls decorate the sleeves and high neck, making this gown one to remember. Unlike some of the more minimalist pearl patterns of the other dresses on this list, this dress is working overtime to create a unique, intricate look worthy of your big day.
Let this pearl sleeve wedding dress speak for itself by keeping your accessories simple. Some dainty pearl hair pins would go a long way!
Let’s get this party started! Whether you’re planning a non-traditional wedding (or fun elopement), or are in the market for an after-party ‘fit, this mini pearl sleeve wedding dress understood the assignment.
It features a trendy square neckline, billowy sleeves, and dance-ready embellishments. With dripping faux pearls and sparkly crystals , there’s no doubt you’ll be the star of the show with this pearl dress. Go on, show off your moves to the new Beyoncé album! If there was ever a dress that was made to groove, it’s this one.
Sophisticated, fashion-forward, and endlessly elegant. If we’re describing your style right now, then consider this your sign to add this pearl sleeve wedding gown to your cart ASAP.
We’re digging the combo of the sophisticated, fitted midi dress with the playful, fashionable pearl sleeves. You’ll definitely be winning style points with this one!
With such a versatile silhouette, this gown would also make a stunning bridal shower dress!
Our Best Wedding Planning Advice, Right at Your Fingertips
Now that you’re one step closer to finding your perfect bridal look, it’s time to start checking off those other boxes on your wedding checklist! Luckily, you’re not in this alone — we’ve created some in-depth guides to help you every step of the way.
First: no look is complete without the perfect shoes to tie it all together. Check out our complete guide to wedding shoes to have your magical Cinderella moment!
Finally, it’s time to treat your crew. For your ride or die’s, we’ve narrowed down the best places to find bridesmaid dresses that will have them looking their best. And don’t forget to show them some love with these amazing bridal party gifts, too!
What’s the next box on your big day checklist? Send us your questions in the comments below!