As the back of a wedding gown commands its own share of visual importance during the ceremony, it is crucial that the gown be conceived with this unique perspective in mind. The charm of an artfully designed back lies in a confluence of cut, drape and decoration, with such significant details as intricate seaming or complex construction.
Morning ceremonies always dictate a special measure of propriety. As such, the back of a gown should never sit below the level of the bra fastening. Traditional wedding adornments such as tailored bows, fabric-covered buttons or hand-rolled flowers lend a touch of subtle feminity and grace to the back of a bodice.
For late-day or evening weddings, more embellishment is alway appropriate, if not desirable. A glimpse of bare skin or the soft drape of a cowl-back can both be incredibly alluring, while sequins, beads and crytals reflect light and offer a touch of glamour.
As some brides favor a more tailored look, a clean architectural back merits important design consideration. A sheer panel, perhaps of stretch illusion, can provide a bit of intrigue for a more sedate gown.
Any dressmaking details such as ruching, gathers, twists or folds can add great drama and importance to the back of a gown. So can delicate stiching, tiny pin-tucks or a pair of gently carved shoulder straps. Beaded or jewled straps also provide a certain sensual dimension on a bare back. Decoration need not only be restricted to the front of a wedding gown.