20 daring and wearable sheer wedding dresses


Brandon Kidd via Style Me Pretty

I can’t say I wore a particularly daring dress to my own wedding, but my grandmother was making my dress, so it was all I could do to keep her from adding sleeves and a turtleneck! But I love the sheer and faux-sheer trend in dresses lately. They allow for feminine, romantic details, without being too revealing. Well, in some cases they’re a little revealing!

Sheer wedding dresses can be a little tricky to pull off. There’s a fine line between a little daring and a little risque. A few tips to help keep you on the right side of that line. First, consider your own style. If you’re not the type to bare any skin in your regular wardrobe, baring all on your wedding day might be a shock, both for you and your guests. Second, make sure you’re comfortable in it. Remember you’re going to be moving and dancing and hugging guests, so you don’t want to be worrying about whether you’re too revealed!

Illusion necklines were reserved for ice dancers until a few years ago, and we’re so glad they’re making a come back. They allow for the beautiful and romantic look of sheer dresses without being too bare.

Let’s look at twenty of the most stunning and, in some cases, daring wedding dresses we’re loving at the moment.

Sheer Bodice

A sheer bodice can add instant elegance to a strapless dress, giving you a little more coverage, or it can create head down the road to downright sexy, impressing your man on your big day!


Jose Villa via Style Me Pretty, Dress: Grace by Monique Lhuillier


Whitney Kruzfeldt via Style Me Pretty, Dress: Lilybridal design


Greg Lewis via Style Me Pretty, Dress: Everthine Bridal Boutique


Kikitography via Fly Away Bride, Dress: Inbal Dror Dress 13.5

Sheer Back

Sheer backs on wedding gowns are simply so sexy. We love that the options range between ultra-sexy to more conservative. For more backless gowns, see our post right here!


Sawyer Baird via Style Me Pretty, Dress: Sarah Seven

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Lavish and Light




Jose Villa via Once Wed, Dress: Claire Pettibone


Epic Love Photography via One Fab Day, Dress: David’s Bridal


Fondly Forever Photography via Ruffled Blog, Dress: BHLDN


Cutouts are another trend we can absolutely get behind. Little unexpected peeks of skin that add so much interest or texture to your gown.


Hannah Thomson via Vogue, Dress: Mara Hoffman

lela rose wedding dress cutout

Lela Rose via Brides

wedding dress front cutout

Mama Photography via Myday

bhldn stella wedding gown


Daring sheer nude dresses

Want to go big style-wise? Then the newest and boldest trend in sheer wedding dresses is for you: the nude lace dress! These pretty gowns are anything but traditional, and sure to drop jaws and turn heads on the big day.

nude lace embroidered wedding dress

Clayton Austin via Green Wedding Shoes

nude lace wedding dress

The Lane

nude blush lace wedding dress

Jose Villa Photography via Style Me Pretty

nude lace bodice wedding dress

Erich McVey via Style Unveiled

nude lace rue de seine wedding dress

Brett Heidebrecht via OnceWed


Emily Westbrooks is an American-born writer and blogger based in Dublin, Ireland. She is the Online Editor for Confetti Magazine, one of Ireland’s top bridal magazines. She also writes her own lifestyle blog, From China Village, where she chronicles her adventures in Dublin, travels around Europe, DIY projects and Irish design. She shares her home with her husband, one cat, and four sassy chickens!