Key-hole Wedding Dress

Wedding dresses with a key-hole back are a great way to add the ‘wow’ factor if a low back or backless dress makes you feel too exposed. The back of your wedding dress is just as important as the front after all - it’s what your guests will look at for most of your ceremony.

Key-hole dresses are classic in the front with this statement back detail providing a good way to show some skin without being too overtly sexy.

The key-hole on a wedding gown can range in size. The one on this A-line dress from the Justin Alexander - Sweetheart range offers brides a certain level of coverage thanks to the lace appliqué surround, while the sheer lace back on Maggie Sottero’s fit-n-flare ‘Megan’ dress features a cascade of small key-holes.

For a more daring option, this luxurious silvery silk dupioni dress by Justin Alexander has a deep keyhole back that will create drama as you head down the aisle, or surprise guests with this exquisitely beaded double key-hole gown from Justin Alexander - Sincerity.

Key-hole backs work well for many different wedding dress styles, from vintage to modern, A-line to mermaid, so brides are bound to find a silhouette to suit.

Since the key-hole has become a popular feature on modern bridal gowns, it is possible to find low back bras that still offer a good level of support. Speak to your local boutique for further advice.

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A big trend in 2018, ruffles are layered cascades of fabric on the skirt of a wedding dress that create volume, drama, movement and contrast in a variety of different fabrics.


Ruching describes a design feature on a wedding dress where fabric is gathered together or creatively pleated on two parallel sides to create attractive, rippling lines of gathering.


Asymmetric wedding dresses feature the key characteristic of a slanted hemline or uniquely diagonal tiering or draping, meaning that the two sides of the gown don’t match.

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