21 Princess Ball Gown Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride


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We cannot predict a time when the ball gown will ever go out of style in the wedding world. It’s one of the most popular silhouettes and the vision that little girls have while growing up and daydreaming about their future wedding day. What is changing about the genres of princess designs though? From those with some bohemian flair and then others with a more sophisticated, chic appeal, there are designers that cater to it all.

Today, we’re focusing on that same, royal feel but with a contemporary edge. Satin, clean lines, and maybe a bit of drama, we’ve scoured and found some true gems. Below you’ll find 21 princess ball gowns fit for the modern bride.

21 Princess Ball Gown Wedding Dresses for the Modern Bride

Arlene | Christos

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This design from Christos is a stunner. It’s a timeless piece that contemporary brides can fit into their minimalist and chic liking. Created with sheer, Chantilly lace, the gown will move down the aisle with ease while still holding true to its modern vision.

Louisa | Vera Wang

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This is one of Vera Wang’s iconic designs with its royal, bold silhouette and princess-worthy presence. There are varying layers and a bodice that will accentuate a woman’s curves in a sophisticated way.

Captivating | Reem Acra

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Reem Acra makes pieces that were fit for the runway and weddings of our childhood dreams. And this design, dubbed “Captivating,” is no exception. This satin, winter-inspired piece is full of modern edges and bridal style.

Kodi | Watters

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Sprinkled with gorgeous pearl accents, this blush-lined design is showstopping in every sense of the word. From the varying shades you can order it in, to the timeless silhouette that looks as if it was plucked from an Old Hollywood gala, it’s a seamless choice for a variety of brides.

Sweetheart | David’s Bridal

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Here’s a simple and sweet design from David’s Bridal and it’s an easy find for modern brides. Accessories can really personalize this blank slate gown or you can stay minimal and budget-friendly with the decision.

Bingham | Amsale

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Amsale always produces designs with really clean lines and unique texture. The Bingham gown is no exception with its crystal and leaf embroidery bodice and simple silhouette. There’s a lot of personalization that can happen here too, in both formal or more casual of ways.

Carrington | BHDLN

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The front of this gown is chic and crafted with an ivory taffeta. But the back reveals an extra ounce of vibrancy with the daring, sensual corset detail. This design fits the modern bill but adds a unique, feminine twist within its surprising additions.

Kay | Alice Temperley

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Kay’s fabric is what makes this a unique statement for any bride. The silhouette is cut simply and smoothly without anything over-the-top or fussy to deal with. Jacquard is such an amazing material to dress a bride in because it creates such a timeless foundation.

Fall 2019 Look 4 | Oscar de la Renta

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A unique, asymmetrical design with crisp edges also makes for a princess-style gown made for a modern bride. This Oscar de la Renta piece has a unique necklace and a bodice that will accentuate a woman’s curves without taking away from the drama of the skirt.

Paris | Morilee

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A bit more of a royal, princess vibe is attached to the seams with this one from Morilee. Dubbed the “Paris” gown, it is covered in sparkling crystals at the bodice and a flowing, chiffon layered skirt at the bottom.

Style 6732 | Stella York

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Off-the-shoulder straps and an embellished bodice make this design one of the more bold ones of the bunch. The added pearls create a more sophisticated and traditional air while still succumbing to a princess bride’s dreams.

MJ05 | Madison James

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This ball gown was definitely created with a contemporary spirit in mind. There’s nothing more sophisticated and crisp than this cream taffeta design and its sharp silhouette. The square neckline gives it just a pinch of extra uniqueness for the bride to carry.

Style 9524 | Allure Bridal

Style 9524 by Allure Bridal

Here’s another gown that’s crisp and made for personalization. Silk Mikado is why this design seems to be shimmering with ease and the lines are perfect for modern brides that want to add their own spin on a simple style.

Fall 2019 Look 13 | Carolina Herrera

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This design from Carolina Herrera blends the old with the new quite nicely. There’s a bit of old age spirit sewn into its contemporary design. Paying homage to the 1950’s era but with a lot of easy sophisticated, the ruched neckline and pockets give the traditional silhouette a present-day nod.

Spencer | Jenny Yoo

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The plunging neckline of this gown certainly will grab some attention, but it’s still tasteful and bridal in spirit. Made with a glistening, luxe taffeta, the minimal design of this gown is a great way to feel like a modern day princess.

Lovejoy | Elizabeth Dye

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Lovejoy has more movement than a lot of its predecessors. It’s a bit more youthful in spirit as well, which is nice for a bride that wants some flirtatiousness hidden in the skirt. The blushing hue brings the dress forward into a more contemporary, trendy role as well.

Celeste | JLM Couture

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A personal favorite of the list, this Lazaro gown is a stunner. It has a modern, art deco appeal with its fabric choice – it both sparkles and shows off geometric lines. The chapel train provides an ample amount of bridal feelings to contrast the crispness of the rest of the silhouette.

Magic & Magia | Jenny Packham

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With the Magic & Magia gown, the bride truly will be the focal piece of the evening. It fits with modern style nicely and will compliment simpler backgrounds and details as well. For those looking to truly feel like a princess, this is the route to take.

Fall 2019 Look 7 | Marchesa

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Marchesa created a ball gown with artistic appeal and contemporary vision. This design truly looks like a modern piece of art and we believe its shape is complementary to such a versatile selection of brides.

Style 88023 | Justin Alexander

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In our opinion, this Justin Alexander design pulls together some of the best details in both modern styling and princess dreams. The flowing, layered skirt will both down the aisle like a dream. But the s simple bodice creates the sophistication that a contemporary bride craves.

Naomi | Casablanca

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And finally, Naomi creates a unique, beautiful bridal scene as well. Pulling in a lot of present-day trends, with its golden hue and crystal-sprinkled sleeves, it fits the modern bill while still feeling very regal and royal.

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