Middle-aged, mature, older - the terminology doesn't matter so much. It's just a number, after all. But let's be frank for a moment - buying a wedding dress in your 40's is a different experience than buying a wedding dress in your 20's. You feel different, think different, and perhaps you've been down this road before.
But no matter whether this is your second round of I do or you've just found your one-and-only, you want a wedding dress that looks and feels good.
The most important thing to remember when shopping for a wedding dress as an older bride is to get what you want. Just because you're 44 doesn't mean you can't wear the dress you saw on a 24 year old. Try it on, at the very least.
In the end, the dress that you feel and look beautiful in is the perfect match for you.
Here are some of our favorite wedding dresses for older brides.
A wedding dress can be modest and marvelous, and that's what this vintage lace cap sleeve dress is all about. The fit-and-flare silhouette suits nearly any body type and the modest neckline and cap sleeves are great for older brides who want more coverage than a strappy dress. And for the bride who wants to show a little skin, the illusion lace in the front and back is a gorgeous feature.
Calling all hopeless romantics! This vintage lace wedding dress with half sleeves is everything beautiful rolled into one: feminine, soft, ethereal, elegant, classic. You might just want to live in this dress. The lace design on the hem is just one of the many sweet details this dress has to offer. The back features a keyhole and draping ribbon sash. Swoon!
A woman can be a princess, no matter her age, and this off-the-shoulder ball gown proves it. The draping sleeves are adorned with tiny flowers and the back of the dress ties up in corset style. What's great about an off-the-shoulder ball gown wedding dress is that it combines a modern detail (draping sleeves) with classic elegance (ball gown skirt). For the older princess bride who dares to bare a little skin, but still feel classy, this dress is the perfect match.
Having a casual/courthouse wedding or just want a dress that's on the shorter side? This tea length wedding dress with cap sleeves and keyhole back might be exactly what you're looking for. Both the sleeves and back are made of delicate floral lace and the lower back ties up giving you the perfect fit. The shorter length is ideal for older brides who are eloping, having a casual civil ceremony, or want to show off their gorgeous gams.
For the older bride who wants to take her wedding style up a notch, she should consider a dress of a different color. Take this black and white lace wedding dress, for instance. The black lace top and white a-line skirt give the dress a unique look. Plus, the wide sash and a-line silhouette give a slimming effect. This is an ideal dress for a black tie or formal wedding.