30 Shoppable Wedding Looks for an Elopement Ceremony

Plus, what to know before buying.
Samantha Iacia - The Knot wedding style expert
Samantha Iacia
  • Samantha writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a speciality in wedding decor, trends, and fashion
  • Prior to The Knot Worldwide, Samantha was a features and weddings contributor for The Baltimore Sun
  • She is based in Washington, D.C. and holds a Bachelor of Science in journalism
Updated Feb 23, 2023
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In the past, elopements conjured up images of impulsive romances and couples running off to marry in secret—but that's all changing. Planning a wedding in 2023 certainly looks a lot different than it did even just a few years ago. With factors like inflation coming into play, more and more couples are opting for microweddings and elopements in an effort to be more budget conscious. Plus, elopements have plenty of great benefits besides going easier on your wallet—a greater sense of intimacy, less time spent planning, and the ability to do things your own unique way are just a few of the many reasons why so many modern couples are going this path.

Whether you're forgoing a bigger bash to save a few bucks or to save yourself stress, you're one of many couples taking this less formal route to matrimony. But doing away with a lavish ceremony doesn't mean that you also have to skip out on your dream wedding look, and these elopement dresses prove our point. If you're considering something other than a traditional wedding dress, check out these elopement outfit ideas that are just begging to be worn to a courthouse ceremony or a private destination wedding.

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What Is an Elopement Dress?

In short, an elopement dress is whatever you want it to be. There's no right or wrong way when it comes to choosing your look for an elopement ceremony, city hall wedding or microwedding—but that being said, there are a few tried-and-true options that won't fail you. Dresses with mid-length and tea-length hemlines are popular for elopements, along with fitted silhouettes and slip-on styles that are easy to throw on and go.

Since elopements often take place in unique locations, such as courthouses, parks and destinations abroad, elopement wedding dresses tend to be much more simple and streamlined, without excess embellishments or heavy fabrics. This makes it so much easier to move around from place to place, especially if you're getting married in one spot and heading somewhere else for a celebratory drink or meal. Your elopement is also a prime opportunity to eschew traditional gowns and branch out with a fun and unexpected look, like a colorful dress, an ultra-mini style or a fun bridal jumpsuit.

Where to Buy Elopement Dresses

Elopement is a great way to forgo a lengthy engagement and streamline your journey into married life, but it might also mean having less time to plan the wedding. If you need a dress in a hurry, these four places are our go-tos for finding amazing ready-to-wear options.

Reformation: Reformation's bridal salon carries options for all your wedding festivities, from the bachelorette party to the big day. Here you can find dresses that look and feel custom made, for a fraction of the cost. They're especially known for their gorgeous gowns made from 100% silk and other sustainably sourced materials. While they do not offer every style in extended sizing, their petite and plus sections are an excellent place to begin your search. Sizes range from 0P to 24 and prices start at $98.

BHLDN: BHLDN is one of our favorite places to shop ready-to-wear gowns in a variety of styles. From boho to modern, and everything in between, they're sure to have just what you're looking for, which is perfect for when you're planning an impromptu wedding and are short on time. BHLDN also offers in-store and virtual appointments, so you can work 1-on-1 with a stylist to find the perfect fit for your elopement. Sizes range from 00 to 19 and prices start at $495.

Nuuly: If you're looking for outfits to wear to all your wedding events, and don't plan on re-wearing them again later, renting may be the way to go. With a Nuuly subscription, you can rent six items at a time for one convenient price. If you fall in love with something, you can always purchase it directly from your rental. We love their selection of little white dresses, that are cute, casual and perfect for an elopement. Sizes range from 00 P to 40W and their base plan allows you to rent six items for $88 per month.

Lulus: Eloping shouldn't mean having to sacrifice on style. Lulus offers a wide selection of ready-to-wear wedding dresses that will help you look and feel your very best on your big day. Not to mention, with so many options under $200, their prices simply can't be beat. Lulus is one of our go-to places to find beautiful bridesmaid dresses and getting ready looks, making them a one-stop-shop for all things wedding. Sizes range from XXS to 3XL and prices start at $78.

Saks Fifth Avenue: The ready-to-wear bridal section at Saks boasts so many incredible options from the high-end designers you know and love. Whether you're looking for a mini dress, a ballgown, or even a pantsuit, chances are, you'll find it here. Working 1-on-1 with one of their knowledgeable stylists, you'll be able to have the full shopping experience with less stress. Saks offers expedited delivery on most of their items, plus, if you live near one of their many locations throughout the country, you can even opt for in-store pickup. Sizes range from 0 to 20 and prices start at $189.

The Best Elopement Dresses You Can Buy Online

Now that you know the basics, it's finally time to get to the fun part: shopping for the perfect elopement dress. If you don't have time to get to a local bridal shop, no worries. We spent time scouting online dress options for different styles, budgets and settings, so you can get yours in the bag that much sooner. Check out these ready-to-ship options that you can shop right now.

1. Reformation Ronda Silk Dress

Deciding to elope doesn't mean you have to sacrifice looking like a bride. This cowl neck gown is made from 100% silk and is absolutely elegant for a wedding of any kind. Plus, Reformation's in-store pickup option is perfect for when you need a dress in a hurry.

Size Range: 0 - 12

2. V. Chapman Naomi Dress

We can't get enough of this flirty and feminine lace dress. The mermaid silhouette gives it a distinct bridal look, while the midi length keeps it on the casual side. You'll love rocking this dress to your civil ceremony.

Size Range: 0 - 14

3. Vanessa Mooney The Elisabeth Romper Dress White

Keep things short and sweet with this adorable satin romper. The bustier top makes this an on-trend pick that any fashion forward bride will love. Complete your look with a pair of cowboy boots for a charming western look.

Size Range: XXS - 2XL

4. A.L.C. Delfina Pleated Long Asymmetric One-Shoulder Dress

Vacation mode: on. We love this pick for a destination elopement. The flattering one-shoulder fit and elegant pleating are guaranteed to make a statement on your big day.

Size Range: 00 - 14

5. Show Me Your Mumu Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress

Sometimes, simple is best. Strip back your elopement look with this silk satin slip dress. The adjustable criss-cross back adds just enough detail to keep things interesting. Pair it with sandals and an oversized floppy hat for an instant honeymoon look.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

6. Sachin & Babi Archie Dress

A bow might be one of our favorite ways to tie a wedding look together—just look at this stunning mini dress and you'll know why. Its oversized dupioni bow is detachable, meaning you can switch up your look and enjoy this dress for years to come.

Size Range: 0 - 16

7. Bec + Bridge The Dreamer Strapless Dress

Channel the best of early aughts fashion with this simple strapless gown. Pair the satin style with a blusher veil for your wedding day, and then dress it down with a jacket and boots for nights out after you're married.

Size Range: 2 - 14

8. Lulus In My Life White Lace Mermaid Dress

If you're planning a beach elopement, this off-shoulder boho dress is an excellent option. The intricate lace detailing and gorgeous mermaid silhouette add a touch of bridal glam, without being overly formal. Add a pair of flat wedding sandals or go barefoot for an especially carefree vibe.

Size Range: XS - 3XL

9. Watters Mirall Gown

If you're fond of luxe fabrics and Old Hollywood glamour, this satin gown might be the perfect elopement dress for you. The curve-hugging silhouette is complemented by a row of buttons down the side, allowing you to raise or lower the slit as much as you want. A cowl neckline carries over to the back of the dress, adding to the sultry vibe.

Size Range: 0 - 15

10. Reformation Winslow Dress

plus-size elopement dress with wrap silhouette

We love how easy this dress is to wear. Everything from the kimono sleeves to the tie waist exudes effortless style, which means it was made for an equally low-maintenance celebration. It comes in a solid ivory color, along with various pastels and prints, and it's available in both standard and extended sizes.

Size Range: XS - XL

11. DB Studio Floral Applique Long Sleeve Satin Mini Dress

What this dress lacks in length, it makes up for in style. Sheer sleeves with delicately embroidered floral lace appliques make this an ideal pick for the modern bride looking to make a statement during their elopement.

Size Range: 0 - 14

12. Savannah Miller Angeline Strapless Pearl Overlay Wedding Gown

If you're looking for a way to incorporate the pearlcore trend into your elopement look, we have just the dress for you. The pearl-adorned overlay on this strapless gown gives it a glamorous touch that's perfect for your big day.

Size Range - 0 - 14

13. Cult Gaia Emi Gown

One word: showstopping. Whether you're walking down the aisle or strutting down the runway, we can guarantee all eyes will be on you in this feathered high-low dress. We love this option for a Vegas elopement.

Size Range: XS - XL

14. Adrianna Papell Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Cocktail Dress with Bows

This structured midi dress is affordable and timeless—we love the bow accents at the shoulders. Wear it for a city hall wedding and accessorize with a pair of stud earrings and pumps.

Size Range: 0 - 22

15. Jenny Yoo Adelaide Dress

Slip into something comfortable for your big day, like this sleek, satin midi dress. This understated look can be easily dressed up or down depending on the formality of your wedding.

Size Range: 0 - 26

16. Selkie The Ivory Puff Dress

The only thing missing from this regal look is a crown. We adore this tulle babydoll dress, especially when paired with an equally charming short wedding veil. Plus, it's available in a wide range of sizes and colors, so you'll have plenty of options for your big day.

Size Range: XXS - 6XL

17. Adrianna Papell Women's Ruffled High-Low Gown

If you're headed to an after-party following your vows, this white elopement dress strikes the balance between traditional bride and casual style. The dress's ruffle moves with you, flawlessly hugging your figure.

Size Range: 6 - 12

18. Helsi Structured Floral Mini Dress

Let love bloom in this chic floral mini dress. The nude bodice is covered in hand-placed embroidered flowers for a look that's whimsical and romantic. We love this dress for an intimate garden wedding.

Size Range: XS - XL

19. Lulus Heavenly Hues White Maxi Dress

Living up to its name, this georgette maxi is flowy and breezy for a heavenly, goddess-inspired elopement outfit. It would look especially dreamy with layered gold jewelry and a greenery bouquet for an intimate beach wedding.

Size Range: XXS - 3XL

20. Black Halo Gala Halter Jumpsuit

Strike a balance between traditional and trendy with this elegant white elopement jumpsuit. The timeless, structured shape is updated by the bodice's sweetheart neckline and shoulder-baring halter strap.

Size Range: 0 - 14

21. Lulus Destined for Romance Beige and White Sequin Maxi Dress

Here's a pick you're sure to sparkle in. This stunning sequined dress may be ready-to-wear, but when you get a closer look at its intricate detailing, you'll swear it was custom made. The princess-seamed bodice and thigh-high slit make it an ultra-flattering pick for your elopement.

Size Range: XXS - XL

22. Katie May Eden Rock High-Low Dress

Strut your stuff—and show off your legs—in this jaw-dropping mini. The short skirt makes it a perfect spring or summer elopement dress, with an oversized bow and train for a boost of bridal flair. The Swiss dot fabric keeps things sweet instead of overly sexy.

Size Range: XS - XL

23. Ulla Johnson Estela Dress

Heading to the beach for your elopement? This boho ruffled look is perfect for the occasion. Lightweight cotton fabric and an asymmetric midi length make this an excellent pick to beat the heat in.

Size Range: 2 - 16

24. Lulus Romantic Eternity Ivory Satin Jumpsuit With Overskirt

This unique 2-in-1 look offers all the glam of a wedding dress with the comfort and ease of a jumpsuit. The sophisticated satin overskirt is detachable, so you can choose to embrace the understated look of the jumpsuit on its own, or rock both pieces together.

Size Range: 2 - 10

25. Hutch Davis Faux Feather Mini Dress

Feeling lucky? This feather-trimmed mini dress is perfect to wear to a Vegas elopement. Plus, when you rent it with Nuuly, you can throw in five more looks to wear to all your wedding festivities.

Size Range: XS - XL

26. Retrofête

Get your dancing shoes on. This look was practically made to take you from the ceremony to the afterparty. The corset-bodice mini dress can be worn with or without the removable flowing train so you can switch up your look throughout the night.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

27. Revolve Leith Gown

We adore this white elopement dress for its relaxed fit and understated vibe. It's easy to dress up or down, acting as a base for you to really create your own look. Plus, we can't get enough of the drama that its deep V-neck, high-slit, and fluffy cuffs add.

Size Range: XXS - XL

28. Katie May X Noel and Jean The Unexpected Gown

Bring the heat to your intimate ceremony with this backless elopement wedding dress. Peekaboo lace accents the super-low scoop back, side slit and plunging V-neckline for a look that's both sexy and chic.

Size Range: XS - XL

29. Grace Loves Lace Goldie

We can't get enough of the pearlescent shine on this satin elopement dress. The fitted style has a flattering cut designed to hug your curves, with a unique halter neckline, open back, and elegant train that all add to the show-stopping gown.

Size Range: XS - XXXL

30. Katie May Show The F Up Dress

midi elopement dress with Swiss dots and flutter sleeves

Looking for a casual elopement outfit? This sweet frock is modest and comfortable but far from boring. Delicate flutter sleeves and an open back make it feel slightly fancier than your basic LWD.

Size Range: XS - XL

What to Consider When Buying an Elopement Wedding Dress

Most importantly, you should think about how you want to feel on your wedding day and focus on choosing an elopement dress to echo that vibe. While you're shopping, we suggest keeping these other factors in mind to make your life easier (and as enjoyable as possible) when your special day arrives.

Venue and Location

When it comes to choosing wedding attire, the rule of thumb is that it should generally reflect the formality of your venue. Even when you're eloping, your wedding venue should influence the type of attire you choose—for example, a vow exchange on the beach at sunset looks different than a ceremony downtown at city hall. Structured silhouettes, like A-line dresses and ball gowns, are most ideal for indoor elopements or locations that won't require a lot of walking to reach your destination, since you'll need to lift the skirt up to move around in these types of dresses. For outdoor elopements, consider lightweight fabric, flowy silhouettes or shorter dresses—all of which will make it easier to navigate the different terrains and will photograph beautifully.

Packability and Fabric

Are you hopping on a flight to reach your elopement location? The amount of travel involved (if any) should also play into the type of elopement dress you choose. Before you make your purchase, think about how you'd pack the dress into a suitcase or if you'd be willing to carry it in a separate garment bag if necessary. Dresses with multiple layers (think full skirts with tulle underlays and petticoats) take up much more room than basic slip dresses and sheath gowns.

The wedding dress fabric can make a difference too. When you're eloping, you may not have the luxury of having your dress professionally steamed by a seamstress, and your dress is likely to get wrinkled while traveling. If you're intimidated by the thought of getting wrinkles out on your own, look for airy fabrics like chiffon, silk and organza, which are fairly easy to steam. Stiffer fabrics, like taffeta, crepe and certain types of lace could require more extensive ironing and pressing.

Getting Ready

If you're not eloping with a full wedding party by your side, there's a good chance you'll be getting ready on your own (or with your partner as the only person there to help you). In that case, avoid buying a dress that you can't easily put on by yourself. Keep in mind that corsets, bustles, removable sleeves and bow sashes can sometimes be tricky to manage without an extra set of hands to help.

Remember, There Are No Rules

The decision to elope is, in itself, a decision to do things your own way. That being said, remember that there are no rules when it comes to elopement attire. Consider the way that you want to feel on your big day, and keep that in mind when planning your outfit. Like every couple, you and your partner have your own unique love story, and the details of your wedding should reflect that.

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