As an older bride, you may feel an expectation that you will wear something paired back and plain, but we’re here to tell you that you certainly don’t need to go along with that idea!
We think that every bride should wear the dress of her dreams and if that means keeping things simple, dressing up in a traditional gown or even going for a wedding jumpsuit, we think you should go for it. This is your wedding day and your chance to feel fantastic, so make the most of it!
Following Meghan’s sophisticated wedding look, we’ve been obsessed with chic and simple dresses with big impact. In fact, we’re so in love with her look that this round-up of wedding dresses for older brides is packed with royal-inspired gowns.
Sophisticated need not mean dreary though, there are plenty of options to choose from including jackets and boleros so that you can mix up your look throughout the day. We’ve also made sure to include everything from long to short lengths and embellished gowns to minimal dresses.
All you need to do next is team it with the right accessories. From stunning hair accessories to fabulous shoes, the right additions can seriously turn on the wow-factor. We recommend checking out Instagram and Pinterest for fashion and styling ideas to get you feeling inspired.
But whatever the trends and whatever everyone else is wearing, remember to stay true to your style and your day. It’s totally fine to consider what your spouse-to-be would like too, just imagine their face as you walk down the aisle!
The drop waist on this Total White wedding dress sets it apart from the crowd, and the intricate detailing will make it a real talking point.
Channel your inner princess in this full-skirted Victoria Kay wedding dress.
This floaty sleeved wedding gown by Stephanie Allin exudes class and sophistication and we just know it’d be a dream to wear.
For taller brides this Total White wedding dress is a gorgeous choice. The wraparound front makes it extra flattering.
The long lace sleeves on this Victoria Kay design a touch more demure.
This three-quarter length sleeve wedding dress by Alie Street is a beautiful choice for older brides getting married in spring.
Capped-sleeves are a really flattering style for mature brides, and we love the textured top on this Alie Street gown. It’s available in plus sizes.
This ivory coat, £299 by Alie Street, is a sophisticated style for older brides.
How pretty are the lace sleeves on this Alie Street wedding dress, £169
Go for a chic bridal style in this long-sleeved, midi-length wedding dress by Alie Street, £149. The nipped-in waist is really flattering for older brides.
This Savanah Miller dress is a beautiful choice for older brides; the ruched detailing is an elegant touch.
Channel Meghan Markle in this long-sleeved boat neck wedding dress by Sareh Nouri.
Capped sleeve wedding dresses are a perfect choice for older brides who want to cover their shoulders. This dress by Mia Mia Bridal is simplistic and beautiful.
This outfit by by Laure de Sagazan is a delightful choice for older brides who want to step away from wearing a dress – two pieces are bang on trend for 2019 weddings.
How gorgeous is this long-sleeved lace wedding dress by Jesus Peiro? It’s a pretty way to wear a sweetheart neckline without it being overly revealing.
This striking top and trouser set by Danielle Frankel is perfect for older brides who don’t want to wear a dress. The off the shoulder detail and gorgeous train makes this is a stylish and beautiful choice.
Coop Couture has designed the perfect wedding dress for older brides looking for a shorter style. The train is a striking touch paired with a pair of classic white wedding shoes for dancing.
This lace strappy Claire Graham wedding dress has a sophisticated look.
If you’re looking for an elegant wedding dress for mature brides, this slinky sleeveless wedding dress, courtesy of JD Williams, is a fab choice.
Cap sleeve wedding dresses are a beautiful choice if you feel insecure about your upper arms. The beading on this Ellis Bridals number make it extra special, with a fun Great Gatsby vibe.
The shirt style top on this Mia Mia Bridal dress make it a really unique choice for mature brides.
Thigh split wedding dresses are big trend for 2019, and we love this mature take on the style, courtesy of Claire Graham.
We fell in love with boat neck dresses when Meghan Markle wore one. The style is beautifully demure for older brides, and looks extra special with the fishtail skirt. Dress courtesy of Claire Graham.
This lace wedding dress with long sleeves by Ellis Bridals exudes elegance, especially when paired with a chic up-do.
We love this long-sleeved take on the off-the-shoulder wedding dress trend. Gown courtesy of Mia Mia Bridal.
If you’re dreaming of wearing a short wedding dress, this Rita Mae number is a gorgeous choice.
Halterneck wedding dresses are a lovely choice for older brides, and this Allison Webb number exudes elegance.
We love the embellishment on this cap sleeved wedding dress, courtesy of Amanda Wakeley.
We love the delicate waist detailing on this Atelier Lyanna wedding dress; it’s very flattering and will draw attention to tiny waists.
The combination of lace sleeves and a fishtail skirt make this Belle & Bunty wedding dress truly unique.
Carolina Herrera has created the perfect wedding dress for older brides with this exquisite gown.
We love the sheer lace overlay on this Emma Victoria Payne wedding dress.
Make a statement in this Ines Di Santo floral wedding dress with a delicately flowing train.
We love the combination of the waist detailing with the delicate Jesus Peiro wedding dress.
Kate Beaumont‘s long-sleeved lace wedding dress is a glorious gown for older brides looking for an elegant style for their wedding day.
Wear this floral wedding dress with subtle make-up and strappy sandals for a laid-back wedding look. Dress by Monique L’huillier.
This long-sleeved wedding dress by Reem Acra reminds us of Meghan Markle’s boat neck wedding dress.
This Wendy Makin wedding dress looks beautiful and light – perfect for summer weddings.
We love the delicate lace sleeves on this Allison Webb wedding dress.
We adore the softly draping fabric on this asymmetric JD Williams dress.
This Adrianna Papell wedding dress has a demure off-the-shoulder design that is perfect for more mature brides. The beaded detailing gives it just the right amount of shimmer, too.
Amanda Wakeley has designed a dress that is simply perfect for older brides, thanks to the flattering body detailing. The oversized blazer is the perfect accompaniment, especially for chiller winter weddings.
We adore the keyhole detailing in this stylish Ana Torres wedding dress. Team with statement earrings and an up-do for the same chic look this model is rocking.
If you’ve always pictured yourself in a short wedding dress, this Rita Mae dress is a lovely choice.
We love the loose fitting neckline and sheer panel on this long-sleeved wedding dress by Jesus Peiro.
The delicate sleeves on this Louise Bentley wedding dress are absolutely loverly, especially paired with the intricate beading in the neckline and subtly embroidered skirt.
This wedding coat from Joyce Young is perfect for wrapping up in at winter weddings. The length of the coat is universally flattering, as is the nipped in waist, sure to create a gorgeous silhouette.
Classy is the perfect way to describe this demure white and silver number from Ralph & Russo; pair with nude court shoes for a perfectly put together outfit.
If you’re planning a destination wedding, this light and breezy wedding gown is a gorgeous choice. The Linea Raffaelli design is perfect for keeping you cool in hot temperatures and looks super glam without trying too hard.
A striking cape looks effortlessly glamourous when layered over a wedding dress, and will even add extra warmth for winter weddings. Go for a loose flowing cape over an embellished dress, as in this Rasha London outfit, for a flattering look for older brides.
This Ralph & Russo wedding dress and cape duo is all about the drama; the cape is embellished with crystals and pearls for a super-glam winter wedding. We can just imagine the magical wedding pictures in the snow you could take with this striking ensemble.