It is the biggest day of your life, and the full attention of your friends, relatives and loved ones is on you. Having gasped in delight at your entrance, they will then spend the majority of your wedding ceremony gazing at your back. This is why you should consider the impact a wedding dress with a detailed back has.

But with so much choice available today it is easy to become overwhelmed with all the stunning offerings there are. So, to make sure you feel amazing on your wedding day, here is a guide to the different types of back available, and a few things to think about when choosing a wedding dress with a detailed back…

Plunging Backs

If you are very heavy busted you will struggle with a wedding dress that has a very plunging back. There is no place to hide a bra strap and you may feel exposed at the sides. Beaded straps criss crossed over the back add sparkle and interest whilst also offering comfort and support.

Maggie Sottero Gentry plunging back wedding dress

Gentry by Maggie Sottero

Sheer Backs

If you have marks or blemishes on your back, a wedding dress with a sheer back with lace appliqués and buttons is a perfect cover up. From symmetrical patterns to trailing organic shapes, there is a style for all brides.

Cowl Backs

Cowls in delicate draping chiffon frame the back, softening wedding dresses with heavy straps and offering coverage for a wide bra strap.

BHLDN Natalia cowl back wedding dress

Natalia by BHLDN

Keyhole Backs

Keyhole backs allow for lower backlines without compromising on support. Often held in place at the nape of the neck with a button and loop fastening, this style can be further highlighted with numerous keyholes, offering maximum or minimum coverage.

Rebecca Ingram Lois keyhole back wedding dress

Lois by Rebecca Ingram

Rebecca Ingram Eloise keyhole back wedding dress

Eloise by Rebecca Ingram

T Backs

T backs or racer straps offer support whilst allowing the sides of the wedding dress to be cut away as much as possible and the back to be low, making them ideal choices for destination weddings. These can range from delicate lace appliqué to chic structured satin, and even glittering strands of beads.

Mori Lee Melissa T back wedding dress

Melissa by Morilee

One Shoulder

One shoulder wedding dress styles elongate your shape, giving a dramatic Hollywood look, perfect for an elaborate city wedding. Embellishment at the shoulder will bring eyes upwards to focus on you.

Sophia Tolli Y21501 Rory one shoulder wedding dress

Y21501 Rory by Sophia Tolli

Back Necklace

One way to add detail to a very simple strapless gown is to have a back necklace, giving movement and sparkle. You can also wear it again after the big day.

Maggie Sottero Evangelina wedding dress with back necklace

Evangelina by Maggie Sottero

Guest post by Hazel Edwards of Gillian Roberts Bridal Boutique

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