5 Modest Wedding Dresses That Are Anything but Boring

by Cassandra in , — Updated May 15, 2024 — Reading Time: 3 minutes
1Chelsie’s Dress via ieie Bridal

In a world of plunging necklines and sheer fabric, the modest wedding dress is a rare gem. But maybe not for long. Long sleeves, layers of lace, and vintage-inspired design adds a certain charm and elegance to the modern wedding gown. After all, a bride doesn’t have to bare it all to be beautiful.

Whether you’re getting married in a church or temple with a dress code, an LDS/Mormon bride respecting traditional religious values, or just love the look of a more modest aesthetic, there are tons of gown options for you to choose from, each made up of unique and beautiful details. Just like you! Where to start? Here are some ideas for modest wedding dresses with different styles.

1.) For the Bohemian Bride

2Photo by Kerry Ann Duffy Photography via Bridal Musings

Long sleeve dress with lace, and a flower crown is the perfect combination for a bohemian winter wedding. The bride’s dress also has a bit of country charm, which made it perfect for this barn photo shoot. If you’re going for that rustic look with a bohemian twist, and especially if your wedding will take place during the cooler months, consider a long-sleeved dress with a high neckline and layers of lace.

2.) For the Princess Bride

3Modest Wedding Gown Collection by ieie Bridal

A gown like the Hallie above is the epitome of princess. Can’t you imagine Kate Middleton, the British princess herself, walking down the aisle in this dress? It’s understated, but gorgeous with its half sleeves, French lace, soft tulle, and satin. And I love how the lace peeks out from underneath the tulle skirt. Perfect for a princess on her wedding day!

3.) For the Vintage Bride

4Photo by Chelsea Davis via Ruffled

Look to the Victorian era for divine modest inspiration. This vintage wedding dress with Victorian details is all kinds of romantic with its lacy high neckline, black satin sash, and billowing long sleeves. A dress like this would look lovely at a garden wedding or countryside celebration.

4.) For the Laid Back Bride

5Photo by Sloan Photographers via Ruffled

If cool and casual, sweet and simple is your thing, consider a tea-length wedding dress with pretty details like lace, buttons, and a bow sash. This kind of dress works perfectly for a more intimate or sunset wedding set in a backyard, garden, or little chapel. Or wear a more traditional gown during the ceremony and change into a short dress for the reception. It’s a bonus that it makes dancing so much easier!

5.) For the Colorful Bride

6Photo by Peach & Oak Photography

Modest, but unique, half sleeve, and colorful wedding dress is perfect for the bride who wants to step away from traditional white and ivory and wear something that expresses her personality. This bride accessorized her green lace tea-length dress with a jeweled sash, giving it just the right amount of sparkle.

As you can see, modest is anything but boring. In fact, I think the word “modest” doesn’t describe the elegance, beauty, and charm that comprises these wedding gowns. What do you love most about the modest style?

3 thoughts on “5 Modest Wedding Dresses That Are Anything but Boring”

  1. love vintage wedding dresses

  2. The sleeved gown in that bohemian photo is super chic! That floral gown works with it perfectly.

  3. I always love to see gorgeous *and* modest dresses! It’s so hard to find modest options, but so worth it! I had my dress custom made and loved it!


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