Corset Wedding Dresses

Corset gowns are beautiful choices for any bride.

Wedding dresses with a corset design offer brides a stylish, figure-flattering option for their special day. With all eyes on them as they march down the aisle, brides-to-be find a corset style wedding dress to be very flattering and available in several styles.

Corset Style Advantages

A corset style is one that many women should consider when buying a wedding dress. Corsets offer appealing options beyond a traditional sheath or ball gown. Haute couture recognizes formal corset dresses as entirely appropriate for black tie and red-carpet events. The style trend has seeped into the bridal industry, where women of all shapes and sizes have found the gowns to be figure flattering and affordable, as alterations are often not required.

Figure Flattering

The corset style dress is flattering for many different body shapes. Almost any woman can wear a dress with a corset top, regardless of her body shape.

  • Cinched waistlines create a smaller tummy on apple-shaped women and define straight or boy-shaped women.
  • Women who need plus size wedding dresses often embrace corset dresses, as they can help create the illusion of an hourglass figure.
  • Petite women will find that corset dresses enhance their tiny figures, while dresses with a longer corset can lengthen the torso.

Easy Alterations

A dress with a corset top is one that has lace ties on the back. Corsets that lace up in the back, as opposed to those with zippers and a faux lace panel, allow for easy alterations in the bodice. Women can loosen and tighten the laces, potentially giving them a size smaller or larger as needed. Spaghetti straps or off-the-shoulder bead strands can often be added to a corset top for a small labor fee, if brides feel like adding a little something extra to the dress design or if she prefers a more modest wedding dress.

Corset Wedding Dress Styles

Wedding dresses with a corset style can be one or two-piece dresses. Each has positives and negatives for women who want to purchase corset wedding dresses.

Two-Piece Dresses

Two-piece wedding dress styles are perfect choices for women who are different sizes on the top and bottom. Purchasing a size up or down in the skirt, with a corset bodice that is worn separately, makes sense for women without perfect proportions.


Brides who want to purchase colored wedding dresses but are uneasy about radical changes to tradition can buy two corsets. One can be white or off-white, while the other might match bridesmaids' dresses and the wedding colors. The second top can be worn for the reception and dance, while the white is appropriate for more traditional ceremonies and photographs. Each bride can choose her own style. This also allows her to have a cost-effective gown change between locations without purchasing an entire new gown.

Not every bride will fall in love with a two-piece corset dress. Some women may find that a separate skirt digs into her waistline, making it uncomfortable to wear for long periods of time. Others might feel that a lace-up back is too revealing for their ceremony or body type.

One-Piece Dresses

One-piece corset wedding dresses can offer brides the look of a corset top without the fuss. They may have a hidden zipper panel, allowing women to slip in and out without re-lacing the entire dress back. They also may simply have the look of a corset back without the waistline tightening or emphasis that is often coupled with the two-piece corset dress.A one piece corset style dress might be somewhat cheaper than a two-piece, depending on the designer and fabric. However, it may cost more in alterations than a two-piece dress. Finding one that flatters longer or shorter torsos may also be more difficult.

Many brides-to-be will match their wedding dress style to the bridesmaids by choosing bridesmaids' dresses that feature a faux-corset back in a one-piece style. By imitating, not copying, the bride's top, the wedding party will have a cohesive style.

Renaissance Style and Beyond

Wedding dresses with a corset top are an excellent choice for a Renaissance wedding dress. The corset dress can be a modern take on the historical fashion or a theme wedding dress costume that looks as if it is straight from the 1500s.

Corset wedding dresses can be purchased from a number of bridal boutiques, in brands ranging from Armani to Mori Lee to David's Bridal. Each designer will offer a different price point and style direction, allowing brides a wide range of choices for their wedding day attire without feeling tied down to any particular style.

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