A Guide to Choosing the Right Sparkly Wedding Dress

For brides who want to really shine on their wedding day, there’s no better way to do so than with a sparkly wedding dress!  There’s something about sparkly wedding dresses that just screams glamorous romance. Perhaps it’s the way they glitter in the light, or the way they seem to float on air. Whatever the reason, sparkly wedding dresses have a certain magic about them that is truly unforgettable.  

What Is a Sparkly Wedding Dress? 

Believe it or not, there are endless types of glitz and glamour! From glamorous beaded ballgown styles and fitted mermaids covered in head-to-toe sparkle to more subtle satin wedding dresses that offer just the right amount of shimmer, there are many ways to incorporate sparkle into your wedding dress. 

  • Glitter: Glitter is one of the most common sparkly wedding dress styles. It’s a fabric covered in tiny pieces or shavings of metal or plastic that reflect light, making it sparkle. Glitter can be used to adorn the entire dress or as an accent on certain areas, like the bodice or sleeves. 
  • Beading: Beading is similar to glitter in that it also reflects light, but it’s made from glass or plastic beads instead of metal or plastic shavings. Beading comes in many shapes and sizes and can be used to create patterns on your dress. 
  • Sequins: Sequins are small discs sewn onto your dress’s fabric, so they stick out at right angles. They’re usually made from metal or plastic and have a different appearance than either glitter or beading because they’re larger than either one. 

What Styles of Wedding Dresses Are Normally Sparkly? 

Sparkle details come in every bridal silhouette. We’ve got you covered whether you’re looking for a sparkly ballgown wedding dress or a sleek and sexy column number with shimmering sequins. Below you’ll find some of our favorite sparkly wedding gowns for our #TrueBrides.

Fit-and-Flare Sparkly Wedding Dress  

The meticulous beading and embellishments on this glamorous column gown highlight the figure with opulence and couture sparkle. Starting with an elegant plunge neckline, Martina Liana Style 1509 has a deep V-back that shimmers in sequins, showcasing the bride’s figure. 

The illusion tulle sculpts an elongated waist before resuming into the impeccable contour seaming of the skirt. This distinctive fit-and-flare wedding gown is full of drama, featuring an all-over sequin look that concludes with a full cathedral train that glides down the aisle. 

A-Line Sparkly Wedding Dress 

Let your inner royal sparkle in this enchanting wedding dress, Essense of Australia Style D3445! The modern lace and sequin bodice features elegant wide-set straps, a sexy plunging illusion neckline and luxurious embroidered and beaded trim.  

A semi-sheer waistband highlights the delicate lace and connects the alluring front bodice, while the dramatic V-shaped back detail highlights your curves while adding drama. From the natural waist, shimmering sparkle tulle floats down the skirt and into a dramatic train. 

Sparkly Ballgown Wedding Dress 

A voluminous sparkly ballgown wedding dress, like Martina Liana Luxe Style LE1216, is a beautiful choice for a grand garden event or castle wedding. This stunning style is completed with a notched neckline and exquisite floral lace appliques that draw the eye.  

The full skirt, complete with a long train, features layers of fabric for plenty of texture and movement as brides float down the aisle. This dress epitomizes luxury in every detail with high-end fabrics, exquisite detailing and glamorous styling throughout. 

Sparkly Column Wedding Dress 

For the bride wanting to look sleek and sexy in her sparkly wedding dress, Stella York Style 7531 is the vibe! This column silhouette gown is adorned with beaded spaghetti straps and a soft crepe fabric that flows effortlessly over the body’s natural curves for a subtle and sexy allure.  

This gown features a sequined floral lace bodice with side plunge cutouts that drape down the illusion open back while fabric-covered buttons gracefully float down the elegant chapel-length train.  

Two-Piece Sparkly Wedding Dress 

Brides can channel modern boho in the two-piece All Who Wander logan gown. The column silhouette features a gorgeous sheer sequin top with floating sleeves and chic side insets. The top’s low back is highlighted by a crystal button closure and reveals just a hint of skin, while the skirt’s simple fit and modern seaming create a sleek silhouette that flatters any figure.  

Available in a classic curve-hugging fit-and-flare silhouette or a modern tea-length option, each choice will have brides radiating in free-spirited glamour!  

Sparkly Sheath Wedding Dress 

Style 1381 by Martina Liana is a stunning combination of elegance and drama. This beautiful crepe dress features a plunging V-neckline, elegant straps and intricate beading that culminates in an elegant train.  

Any bride will shine with this sparkly bridal gown’s alluring side cutouts and illusion back detail with draping beadwork that accentuates a feminine figure. The look is finished with a cutout floral train edged with lace that will have you sparkling all night long. 

What Wedding Theme Works Best for Sparkly Wedding Dresses? 

Sparkles are magical, so it’s no surprise that they fit into all kinds of wedding themes from boho to modern. Sparkly wedding dresses are often seen at romantic weddings that are reminiscent of a dream-type setting! Set in gardens and estates, there is just something about the way a sparkly dress shimmers under the sunlight! Traditional wedding gowns with sparkle look breathtaking at an Old Hollywood-style reception filled with glitz and glam! 

Are Sparkly Wedding Dresses Heavy? 

Dresses with large amounts of beading and embroidery tend to be on the heavier side, but that’s not always the case. Sparkly wedding dresses – whether beaded, glitter or sequins – don’t all have to be heavy. It depends on the designer, the materials used to make the dress sparkle and the other fabrics used in the dress.  

When it comes to shimmery gowns, our designers’ goal is to keep the dress as lightweight as possible to keep the bride comfortable. Our sparkly wedding dresses are often made from light materials that allow for movement and dancing to give the ultimate shimmer. 

How Do I Style a Sparkly Wedding Dress? 

You can never have too much sparkle, but brides should be strategic when picking jewelry to pair with their sparkly wedding dresses. The best way to accessorize a sparkly wedding dress is to keep it simple. It’s easy to go overboard with accessories, so be sure to stick with key pieces like a dainty bracelet or a simple pair of earrings. 

To add more elegance to a sparkly wedding, brides can consider pairing their dress with a classic cathedral-length veil or dramatic cape that drapes down from your shoulders. For a sassier look, brides can wear a fun denim or leather jacket for the reception — choose one with small crystals or sequins to go with your dress! Don’t forget to choose shoes that match and make sure they are comfortable enough for dancing all night long! 

If you love these sparkly wedding dresses, be sure to find a store near you to see them in person, along with our other breathtaking designs! Book your appointment today! Styles vary per store.  

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