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17 Grecian Style Wedding Dresses Brides Will Love

Jul 24, 2023
By Wedding Spot

In ancient Greece, much like today, fashion was all about layering. Of course, the Greeks, unlike today, typically wore two primary pieces of clothing: a tunic and a cloak. The tunic served as an undergarment with a cloak draped over the top. With accessories like pins, jewelry, buttons, and broaches, individuals could drape and layer their garments in exciting, unique, and expressive ways. Wraps, belts, shawls, and other pieces were added to create incredible fashions that persist even still, with Grecian-style wedding dresses remaining one of the most popular looks, year after year.

In this post, we explore some of the most beautiful, flowing, and fashionable Grecian-style wedding dresses from recent years, each with the power to make any bride feel like a goddess. From cap sleeves to capes, this list of ancient-Greek-inspired gowns has something for every wedding style.

Grecian style wedding dresses that will blow your wedding guests away

Modern Grecian-style wedding dresses embody elegance with a hint of ostentation. They typically feature soft, cascading fabrics paired with intricate embellishments or flamboyant additions. Some of our favorite elements of current Greek-inspired wedding fashion include:

• Plunging necklines
• Cap sleeves
• Beaded waistbands
• Backless dresses
• Criss-cross backs
• Draping and pleating
• One-shoulder gowns
• Pins, ribbons, and wraps

Modern designers incorporate the styles and fashion elements of ancient Greece into stunning gowns for modern brides. We put together this list of our favorite incredible Grecian style wedding dress designs.

1. Modern one-shoulder chiffon

This Grecian-inspired one-shoulder gown is timeless, modern, and available from Center Dress at a bargain. The intricately beaded waistband and lace-up back harken to the accents and accessories that spruced up simple Greek garments. Budget-conscious brides will love all the movement provided by the sweeping train and pleated skirt.

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2. Aviv Fly by Olivia Bottega

Olivia Bottega, a celebrated and unique modern fashion designer, created a line of wedding gowns dedicated to capturing the romantic shapes and exceptional attention to detail in ancient Greek fashion. The line, consisting of three breathtaking dresses, is as graceful and feminine as it is fierce and empowering.

The Aviv Fly design features chiffon, white buttons, and a magnificent bodice adorned with see-through lace, sequins, and beads. A thin atlas line creates the waistline of this gown, which flows into a delicate train that spreads at the bride’s feet. With cap sleeves and a long chiffon skirt, Bottega’s design captures the silhouette of a Grecian goddess.

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3. Satin and tulle A-line by Cherish wedding

This bridal gown from Cherish Wedding is as timeless as it is beautiful. With the A-line silhouette and V-shaped neckline seen so frequently in Grecian fashion, this dress will fit any Greek-themed wedding. However, what makes this dress truly special is the delicately designed waistband that accentuates its shape and catches the eye.

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4. Bateau backless A-line

This A-line tulle dress from highlights so many of the romantic Greek-inspired designs we love to see in modern wedding fashion. From the transparent bateau (or “boatlike”) neckline and embellished waistband to the plunging back and tulle-draped shoulder knots, this bridal gown is as ethereal as it is affordable. Grab this floor-length gown in white, ivory, or champagne for less than $170.

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5. A-line off-the-shoulder halter from June Bridals

If you’re looking for a less conventional Grecian-inspired wedding dress, this unique off-the-shoulder halter from June Bridals may be right for you. From the halter neckline and embellished sash to the billowing off-the-shoulder ruffle sleeves, the unique design of this dress will make any bride feel like an Athenian queen.

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6. Cape dress with gold appliques

We love bridal gowns that combine two of our favorite Greek-inspired wedding fashion elements: bridal capes and gold appliques. Choosing a dress with gold waist embellishments, shoulder pins, or buttons can help the bride feel like the glowing Grecian goddess she’s always imagined.

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7. Sequin dress with chapel train from Azazie

With an illusion sweetheart neckline, off-the-shoulder cap sleeves, and mesmerizing floral appliques, there’s so much to love about this Grecian-inspired gown from Azazie. Softly gathered pleats, lace, and sequins adorn the bodice of this delicate gown, cascading down into the chiffon skirt. Chiffon also falls off the cap sleeves and blends seamlessly with the sprawling chapel train of this romantic Grecian wedding dress.

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8. Sheath column empire V-neck

Are you searching for a gorgeous Grecian-inspired dress for your summer wedding? If so, this sheath column empire dress from Lihi Hod might be just what you’ve been searching for. The cross-back and high neck give this clean, elegant dress a little something extra while honoring the classic shape and draped style of Grecian clothing.

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9. Grecian crystal crisscross bridal gown

The crystal crisscross back on this simple yet stunning bridal gown captures the essence and empowerment of Grecian female strength. Although this design is no longer available, dresses featuring similar pleated designs and Greek-inspired accents hit the runways every year. And you could accomplish a similar look with some back jewelry.

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10. Simona from Innocentia’s “Harmonia” collection

Although every gown from Innocentia’s 2021 “Harmonia” collection is stunning, the Simona design embodies everything we love about Grecian wedding dresses. The designer describes a silhouette inspired by Helen of Troy while discussing the exquisite design of this bridal gown. Symmetrical silk folds gather upon one shoulder to meet a long, graceful scarf that flutters lightly behind the bride.

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11. “Tropical Garden” caped ball gown 

Oliver Bridal and Evening’s 2019 wedding collection, titled “Tropical Garden,” was inspired by ancient Greek mythology and Renaissance paintings. The bridal collection features silk fabrics, plunging necklines, and fabulous capes, like this strapless gown. The dress features a tulle skirt, strapless bodice, and a bridal cape with an elegant collar, an accessory popular among both Grecian men and women.

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12. Vinca Sunny V-neck chiffon beach wedding dress

The embellished straps and Watteau train of the this handmade chiffon beach dress can bring the beauty of ancient Greece to your beachside wedding ceremony. While we love this gown’s Grecian-inspired flattering skirt and airy train, the ruched and pleated bodice makes it a showstopper.

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13. Sleeveless backless one-shoulder from Milanoo

Perfect for a beach or garden wedding, this one-shoulder chiffon lace bridal gown from Milanoo stuns in any setting. The high slit and lace underlay adds a bit of glamor to the elegant drapery of this light, airy dress. An intricate lace waistband sits below a gorgeous bodice partially covered with one-shoulder draping that connects the skirt to the back of the gown.

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14. Temperley London one-shoulder tea-length mini dress

If you’re looking for Grecian wedding dress ideas that are truly one-of-a-kind, look no further than Temperley London’s Spring 2009 collection. This one-shoulder mini dress captures the essence of ancient Greece while incorporating a modern, sexy shape. The sleek waistband and shoulder piece accent the white bridal gown, while the connected shoulder piece creates a flowing, queenlike cape. Azazie makes a similar one that you can order today.

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15. Mon Cheri A-line halter

This gown from Mon Cheri features a stunning empire waist A-line silhouette and halter-style V-shaped neckline. The shape and design of the flowing bridal gown match the aesthetic of ancient Greece, as does the beaded and pleated asymmetrical bodice that alludes to the popular draping style of the era. Moreover, the complementary shape of the dress makes it a fabulous, flattering option for brides of all figures.

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16. Athena wedding dress by Elizabeth Filmore

Elizabeth Filmore’s entire 2014 spring bridal collection is a feast for the senses. From the intricate collar to the cross-bodice draping, Filmore’s Athena wedding dress is sure to make any bride feel like she’s from Mount Olympus. The waistband and collar are decorated with acanthus leaf appliques, a popular decorative element in ancient Greece. The perennial leaf, native to the Mediterranean, is said to symbolize immortality or enduring life. If you love the applique look, don't worry! Many designers are still creating gowns with beautiful leaves.

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17. Couture Grecian-inspired bridal gown from Marchesa

The wedding dresses featured in Marchesa’s Spring 2013 bridal collection are feminine, luxurious, and unique. Incorporating blue embellishments, lace, and intricate beadwork on the waistband and cap sleeve of this gown capture, this dress brought all of the best elements of Grecian style to the world of high-fashion wedding couture. For another take on the beaded look, this gown from Lee Grebenau is a great option.

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Prepare to wow guests in your favorite Grecian style wedding dress!

Now that you’ve seen some of the most gorgeous Grecian-inspired bridal gowns the wedding world has to offer, let’s continue our travels around the globe.

Up next, we’re exploring traditional wedding dresses from around the world to view some of the most beautiful and timeless bridal attire throughout history. Join us as we look at Indian sarees, Japanese kimonos, and other iconic, traditional bridal styles.

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