Embroidery Wedding Dress

Embroidered wedding dresses feature ornate hand or machine-stitched patterns and designs sewn directly onto dress fabric using different coloured threads (not to be confused with appliqué, which sees designers apply separately created ornamental decorative needlework embellishments).

It is an art that signified wealth in the Middle Ages and it’s easy to see why when considering rich detail on dresses such as Lazaro’s platinum candlelight floral embroidered tulle bridal ball gown.

Embroidery has seen a resurgence in popularity since 2018, particularly as a method of adding colour and contrast to fabrics. Lazaro has again flawlessly embodied this modern trend in this unique ivory and blue floral embroidered bridal ball gown, which features beautiful embroidered detail across the whole gown.

More simple, subtle embroidery can also be added to wedding dresses for a timeless, delicate touch, such as Justin Alexander’s Mikado ball gown featuring a pretty embroidery pattern that dissolves into the A-line skirt and cascades down either side of the button work on the rear to pool at the edges of the chapel-length train.

Or for something a little ornamental we love Sottero and Midgley’s ‘Maven’ princess gown with beaded embroidery and Swarovski crystals dancing over sequin tulle; Kenneth Winston’s lighter-than-air long-sleeved A-line gown with cotton embroidery lace; and Willowby by Watters ‘Saros’ A-line gown with ethereal long sleeves and delicately placed floral embroidery with contrasting lining.

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Pickups are a design feature on the skirt of a wedding dress where the fabric is ‘picked up’ and tacked, sometimes finished with an embellishment such as a bow or beading.


Appliqué, from the French appliquer meaning ‘to apply’, is an ornamental decorative needlework technique used to create beautiful, intricate wedding dress embellishments.


A low-back wedding dress, also known as open-back or backless wedding dresses, is a great way to make a bold statement with an illusion or plunging back detail.

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