If you haven’t given much thought to the back of your wedding gown, you ought to. While walking down the aisle, and standing at the alter, the back of your gown will be making the biggest first impression to your guests. While saying your vows, the back of your dress is what people will be seeing for the majority of the ceremony.
If you are purchasing gowns online it is imperative to see the back before you buy. Most reputable websites have multiple views of their gowns, don’t forget to click on them. There’s nothing worse than getting a dress only to find the back isn’t what you were expecting.
An open back can work with you, or against you. At your fitting take advantage of three-way mirrors or have someone snap a picture of you in your gown from the back. Taking the picture yourself with your arm up could give you an unrealistic view and for this experiment you’ll need to see what others are seeing. Don’t forget to also consider your hairstyle and what kind of veil you’ll be wearing, so that the back of your gown is compatible.
When it comes to back styles, there are so many choices it can be dizzying. Here’s the breakdown of the different styles that are out there, what the industry terms are, so you know how to refine your search.
Full Coverage – Covered completely from the shoulder to the waist. Modest wedding dresses will usually have a full coverage back.
Keyhole Back – A small cutout, usually teardrop shaped and placed below the nape of the neck and sometimes the back waist.
Cutout Back – Covered with the exception of a large opening, usual circular or heart shaped. Great for showing a little skin and creating drama without bearing the full back.
Open Back – Open to the waist or sometimes lower. Perfect for showing off that lower back tattoo you got in college. Often found on halter neck gowns.
Scoop Back – Rounded along the bottom, like a scoop neckline. Some scoop backs can scoop daringly low, past the small of the back, making them very eye-catching but bit of a challenge to wear.
Illusion Back – Covered with sheer fabric and beadwork or crystals, creating the “illusion” of gemstones floating on skin.
Corset or Lace-Up Back – Laces closed with a ribbon, sometimes with a panel beneath and sometimes not. A corset back will give your bodice a precision fit and is surprisingly forgiving.
Button Back – Fastens closed with a long row of tiny covered buttons. Both beautiful and traditional, most modern button backs are faux, with a zipper hidden beneath.
The folks at Mori Lee know this and have put special thought into the design of the backs of their wedding gowns. That is why Mori Lee wedding gowns are made to be gorgeous from every angle.
Details like jeweled criss-crossing straps, and long rows of satin covered buttons will mesmerize your wedding guests and va va voom mermaid silhouettes will hug your curves and steal the show.
Here are some our favorite backs from Mori Lee’s newest wedding dress collections, Blu, Julietta, and Voyage. Click on the photo to see front views, and other angles.