15 Modest Wedding Dresses for Traditional Celebrations

Be inspired by these real brides who wore gorgeous, yet tasteful, gowns.

15 Modest Wedding Dresses for Traditional Celebrations

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Though many of the bridal gowns that graced the fall 2016 runway featured striking sheer elements, plunging necklines, and low backs, many brides favor more traditional wedding dresses for their big days. If your nuptials will take place in a church or temple, it's likely that you'll want to choose a gown with more coverage. Whether you choose a strapless design and add a stylish bolero or wear an elegant long-sleeved lace bridal gown à la Kate Middleton, there are plenty of ways to stay glamorous while remaining modest.

Since your guest list will likely include your grandparents and even great-grandparents in some instances, slinky styles with cutouts, sheer details, and sexy necklines may not be the best choice for your walk down the aisle – but that doesn't mean your ensemble has to be boring. There are many silhouettes (think mermaids, fit-and-flares, and sheaths) that show off your curves while remaining tasteful. Consider long-sleeved styles for a more-covered look, or wear a gown with embroidered illusion sleeves and necklines to show just the right amount of skin. If you desire a sexier ensemble, consider changing into a second wedding dress for the reception or after-party. 

Be inspired by the modest wedding dresses worn by real brides in the slideshow above! All of the women look absolutely beautiful, yet they remained properly attired for traditional ceremonies.