Beautiful Gowns with Keyhole Backs to Wow Your Guests

Check out the different styles that feature this stunning bridal look!

Beautiful Gowns with Keyhole Backs to Wow Your Guests

Photo: Andi Diamond Photography

Walking down the aisle is a key moment in your wedding ceremony. Even if you have a "first look" with your groom, the processional is still the first time everyone outside of your bridal party will get to see you in your gorgeous gown. When you step onto the aisle, guests will turn their heads to see your bridal look, but as you walk past them, they will turn their heads once again.

If you want the back of your dress to impress as much as the front, consider a bridal gown with a keyhole back. More demure than a fully open back – a look we also love – the style is both sexy and sweet. Vintage-loving brides will also appreciate this cut, as will anyone who is looking to show off their toned back. You didn’t work out for months before the wedding to not show off your hard work, right?

Like any bridal style, keyhole backs are not uniform; there are many different looks with the same style. Take a peek at some of our favorites from real weddings and be sure to click on each image for more inspiration!

bride in lace wedding dress with beaded keyhole back

A keyhole back embellished with beading adds sparkle and glamorous detail to a romantic lace gown. Photo by Andi Diamond Photography

front and back view of a bride in a lace wedding gown with illusion neckline and keyhole back

For dresses with delicate illusion necklines, a keyhole back is a lovely way to connect the structure of the back of the gown with the intricate neckline. Photo by B&G Photography

military groom and bride with monique lhuillier sheath lace dress with keyhole back and a tulle overskirt

Typically one sees this design element on a sheath dress, but keyhole backs look lovely with any-shaped gown. This style can be achieved by adding a lace bolero to a strapless dress or by wearing a tulle overskirt, like this bride. Photo by Renee Sprink Photography

bride wearing silk smale gown with keyhole back and bow embellishment
The vast majority of gowns featuring keyhole backs are made of lace, but choosing a silk dress with this detail creates a look reminiscent of Audrey Hepburn and classic 1950s glamour. Photo by Nadia D. Photography

If you desire a princess-style ball gown, see the dreamy styles worn by these brides or check out these lovely lace designs. Find additional wedding fashion inspiration here, and browse our photo galleries to see more wedding dresses chosen by real brides!