15 Wedding Dresses Perfect for an Elopement

Saying no to the traditional wedding ceremony and wedding dress? Check out our favorite looks for an elopement or destination wedding below.
by The Knot
  1. Elopement wedding dress ideas
    From Left: MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO, Kurt Wilberding

    In the past, elopements conjured up images of impulsive romances and couples running off to marry in secret—but that's changed over the years. Whether you're foregoing tradition to save a few bucks or to save yourself the stress of planning a bigger affair, more couples are taking this less formal route to matrimony. But doing away with a lavish ceremony doesn't mean you can't still have the perfect wedding look. Check out these big-white-dress alternatives that are just begging to be worn to a cool courthouse ceremony or destination wedding.

  2. 1. Sheer Lace Wedding Dress

    Monique Lhuillier floral lace overlay tea length wedding dress

    An intimate daytime wedding calls for easy fabrics and silhouettes, like this Monique Lhuillier tea-length dress. With its sheer lace and casual length, we think this pretty frock would make a seamless transition from ceremony to outdoor reception.

  3. 2. Bridal Pantsuit

    Carolina Herrera wedding suit with embroidered veil

    A well-tailored white or ivory suit can make you feel like an elegant bride without the formalities of an actual wedding dress. This Carolina Herrera one is all about modern sophistication, with a classic feminine collar and structured pleating, and the elegant flower-embroidered veil adds a classic touch of wedding tradition.

  4. 3. Tea-Length Ball Gown

    Naeem Khan tea length tulle wedding ball gown
    MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

    If you aren't having a traditional ceremony but love the classic look of a ball gown, here's the perfect compromise. This Naeem Khan dress has all the volume of a ball gown but its shorter hemline keeps it from feeling too formal.

  5. 4. Bridal Moto Jacket

    Ivy & Aster wedding dress with pale pink tulle skirt and lace moto jacket

    Tulle and lace may not scream "edgy bride," but this outfit from Ivy & Aster will change your mind. The lace moto jacket and soft tulle skirt, paired with flowers in the hair, give just the right amount of rock 'n' roll vibes.

  6. 5. Wedding Dress With Feather Skirt

    Lihi Hod feather and lace short wedding dress

    Opting out of wearing a full-length wedding gown doesn't mean you can't make a showstopping fashion statement. This Lihi Hod wedding dress with its feather skirt feels totally one of a kind.

  7. 6. Slinky Wedding Dress

    Inbal Dror asymmetrical strap sheath wedding dress with all over beading
    Kurt Wilberding

    Your elopement can still have a glamorous, black-tie feel if you wear a sleek and sexy beaded number. With a deep V-neck front and open back, this Inbal Dror wedding dress can always been worn again as an elegant New Year's Eve outfit.

  8. 7. Bridal Playsuit

    Lakum white wedding jumpsuit

    A playsuit may not be your first thought when considering your wedding attire, but it would look right at home at a chic city hall wedding. Whether you wear it to your nuptials or your bachelorette party, you'll probably want to sport this über-chic Lakum romper again.

  9. 8. Wedding Dress With Cap Sleeves

    Jenny Packham ivory wedding dress with cap sleeves and beading details

    This Jenny Packham beaded dress adds just the right amount of glamour to a small soiree. The best part? A deep V-neckline and gathered waist mean this silhouette will work with most body types.

  10. 9. Bridal Sweater and Skirt

    Jenny Yoo two piece wedding dress with beaded sweater and tulle skirt
    MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

    As far as wedding separates go, you can't get more sophisticated than a sweater and skirt combo (as proven by the stylish Olivia Palermo at her own wedding). The intricate beading along the shoulder of this Jenny Yoo sweater gives this outfit just the right amount of sparkle.

  11. 10. Sheath Wedding Dress

    Pronovia sheath wedding dress

    A simple sheath dress, like this figure-flattering gown from Pronovias, is a testament to the saying "less is more." Another plus: This minimalist style will work in any setting.

  12. 11. Short Wedding Dress With Sheer Sleeves

    Oscar de la Renta tea length wedding dress with flower motif
    MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

    This knee-length Oscar de la Renta wedding dress mixes subtle details, like floral appliqués and sheer lace sleeves, with a feminine silhouette for a look that's equal parts classic and low key.

  13. 12. Collared Wedding Dress

    Sarah Seven knee length sleeveless collar wedding dress with pleated skirt
    MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

    This Sarah Seven sleeveless collared dress is about as casual (and chic) as you can get. Pair it with sneakers and loose curls for a no-fuss bridal look.

  14. 13. Fringe Mini Wedding Dress

    Naeem Khan gold mini fringe wedding dress
    MARIA VALENTINO / MCV PHOTO

    With its fun fringe detailing and shorter cut, this Naeem Khan wedding dress is made for a bride that plans to dance the night away—even if it's at a smaller fete.

  15. 14. Floral-Print Wedding Dress

    Romona Keveza short one shoulder floral printed wedding dress

    An elopement is the perfect opportunity to show a little personality. Pair this floral Romona Keveza dress with neutral accessories to keep all eyes on the gorgeous print.

  16. 15. Bridal Jumpsuit

    Lela Rose strapless bow wedding jumpsuit
    Kurt Wilberding

    It doesn't get more sleek and chic than this strapless Lela Rose jumpsuit. Modern braids and a clean, fresh face are optional, but highly recommended.


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