Medieval Style Wedding Dress

The medieval style wedding dress has incredibly diverse design details. Also, many medieval fashion features have been used for hundreds of years in many different eras like Victorian and Renaissance.

Today’s wedding dresses incorporate lots of different aspects of the medieval style wedding dress.

Ideally, a practical and elegant wedding dress mixes both contemporary fabric blends and romantic medieval style details. A third important factor is to get the desired look according to your tastes and body shape.

Fortunately, the medieval style wedding dress has plenty of declinations to fulfill the highest expectation.


Medieval style wedding dresses



Medieval Styles Features


Sleeves have a cascading loose fit style. They can be made of a translucid material like tulle or lace or an opaque and thick material like velvet. Note that there are many ways to wear a cascading sleeve.

Amongst other designs, the sleeves can be narrow from shoulder to elbow and broaden from elbow to hand. You can also have Celtic embroidery pattern sewed between the narrow and large part of the sleeve for an elven or fairy finishing touch.



Medieval dresses usually have a fitted cut or a corseted bodice. But not all the time.

Some designs feature loose and light pleated designs covering the breast. In fact, this can make a good difference for your comfort as opposed to a corset. The corset puts more pressure on your chest which makes it hard to move and difficult to breathe after a hearty meal.

In this respect, wearing a fitted cut should also be more pleasant if structured with flexibility in mind. For example, some dress models include a built-in bra.

Also, there are many types of shapewear on the market to provide the right look and comfort that you need.


A Corset Without the Corset Pressure

If you are not fond of corset pressure you can still have the look without the pain. In fact, there are many dresses with lace-up back designs that imitate the graceful style of a corset.

It’s also possible to have a lace up design in the front of the dress. It’s a charming detail that gives the dress a lot of character.

Lace up style wedding dress



Another particularity of feudal-style wedding dresses is the low V-shaped waistline. It’s also pretty common to see belts or girdles in many dress designs. This option provides a more casual feel to the outfit if worn in its short version.

The hip belt hugs the hips in a natural way sometimes in a circular shape or a v shape. The v shape belt can be long or short.



There are some typical medieval necklines styles like round, off the shoulder, and portrait. However, I’ve seen many variations featuring styles like halter, cowl, and v-neck that are also very appropriate.

In fact, most of the necklines found on wedding dresses can be used in a medieval style dress without looking out of context.

As in many things, it’s the details that make the dress look more Celtic, Spanish or Russian medieval. It all depends on what you prefer.



The Medieval Style Wedding Dress Details


An important part of the feudal era nobility fashion is embroidery. These are sometimes subtle and refined but can also be massive, overloading the dress.

Embroideries are an interesting way to put contrast on plain fabric. For a minimalistic visual effect, add them to the neckline, waistline and on the sleeves to delimit largest and narrowest part.

If you want them to be an impressive focal point, cover the bust with a large contrasting embroidery. Also, add the same pattern to the dress skirt hemline.

Another option is to cover it with a vertical sequence of the pattern from the waistline to the hemline leaving some parts uncovered to make it impressive without being overwhelming.


Cape or Hooded Cloak

The cape is certainly a beautiful accessory to add the winter bridal wedding attire. You can find many alternatives if you want to wear one on a warmer season. Chiffon, tulle, and lace can provide a nice touch to a medieval style wedding dress without suffering a heat stroke.

I particularly like the idea of a longer in the back and shorter in the front cape as it shows more of the dress than a typical full-length cloak.

Also, some cape designs can be lined with faux fur at the neck an hood level to provide a cozy feel for a fall wedding. Also, a cape with arm holes allows you to move them easily without having to open the cloak.

In terms of medieval style, a large hood is fashionable and will prevent messing up your hairdo as you can delicately put it on your head or take it off.


Hope you enjoyed these style ideas and that it helped you determine what details you want your wedding dress to have. If you have any questions please leave them in the comment section.


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2 Responses to “Medieval Style Wedding Dress

  • Amazingly, the basic structure of a medieval wedding day has long endured and is very similar to our weddings today. A religious blessing, the exchanging of vows and rings, followed by a feast with friends and family. That being said, there are some interesting practices that while not unrecognisable, haven t exactly stood the test of time either!

    • Carolyn
      2 years ago

      So true. Many similar traditions are still part of modern weddings.
      In my opinion, most of the modern ones are not necessary and some are even way too expensive for what they provide to the celebration in itself.

      Have a great day!

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