The 32 Best Elopement Dresses You Can Shop Now

Plus, what to know before buying.
Three elopement dress options
Photos, left to right: ASTR The Label, Anthropologie, Mytheresa
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 Apr 15, 2024
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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 now 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 this roundup of cute elopement dresses proves our point. 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 places are our go-tos for finding amazing ready-to-wear options.

Your local bridal salon: Choosing to elope doesn't mean you have to forgo the traditional wedding dress shopping experience. Even if you're short on time, some bridal shops carry off-the-rack options you can take home that same day. Use The Knot Vendor Marketplace to find the best bridal salons in your area, book some appointments and do a little research beforehand to get an idea of what styles you might like to try on.

Lulus: Eloping shouldn't mean having to sacrifice on style. Lulus offers a wide selection of bridal dresses for eloping 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 too, making this store a one-stop shop for all things wedding. Sizes range from XXS to 3XL and prices start at $88.

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 for a fraction of the cost. This brand is especially known for its 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.

Anthropologie: Anthropologie is one of our favorite places to shop wedding gowns for eloping brides. From classic picks to the latest wedding dress trends 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. Anthropologie 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 26 and prices start at $168.

REVOLVE: Affordable or splurgy, ball gown or beachy sundress—REVOLVE has so many amazing elopement bridal dresses available. You'll also find styles for bridal events, showers and honeymoons as well as plenty of shoes and accessories, so you can truly consider this an all-in-one shop when it comes to wedding style. Sizes range from XXS to 4XL and prices start at $69.

Milla: Known for their over-the-top, TikTok-famous dresses, Milla has a range of stunning white dresses for eloping. Whether you're looking for a showstopping gown for an intimate garden party or a sparkly number fit for the most glamorous reception, you'll find it here. Milla's sizes range from XXS to XXL and prices start at $310, but you'll find that the website frequently runs impressive sales.

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 gown. 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 elopement dress ideas that you can shop right now.

1. Lulus Flynn White Lace Maxi Dress

White lace sleeveless wedding gown
Photo: Lulus

Featuring floral eyelash lace, a concave mermaid hem and a romantic train, this long boho elopement dress is flowy and breezy for a heavenly, goddess-inspired outfit. It would look especially dreamy with layered simple jewelry and a greenery bouquet for an intimate beach wedding or hiking elopement.

Size Range: XXS - 3X

2. Reformation Adwen Silk Dress

Long sleeve simple white bridal gown
Photo: Reformation

Deciding to elope doesn't mean you have to sacrifice looking like a bride. This chic 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

3. Petal & Pup Nisha Strapless Mini Dress

White off-the-shoulder mini dress with voluminous sleeves
Photo: Petal & Pup

Short elopement dresses don't have to feel casual, and this elegant pick is proof. The architectural off-shoulder sleeves and pleated fold-over bust add a heavy dose of bridal glam without making things feel too formal. Plus, at under $100, it's a great option for brides on a budget.

Size Range: 0 - 16

4. Sachin & Babi Gemma Strapless Back-Bow Pearl Midi Dress

White midi dress with oversized bow and pearls
Photo: Anthropologie

A bridal bow might be one of our favorite ways to tie a wedding look together—and the pearlcore trend just takes it to the next level. This dress has an oversized pearl-embellished bow that makes a major statement, perfect for a daytime cocktail hour or an evening wedding reception.

Size Range: 0 - 16

5. Show Me Your Mumu Tuscany Maxi Slip Dress

White silk cowl-neck sleeveless gown
Photo: Show Me Your Mumu

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. Elliatt Elder Dress

Sleeveless crepe satin mini dress with floral applique

Let love bloom in this chic mini elopement dress. The floral trim and natural waist are ultra-flattering touches, and the crepe satin fabric makes it feel a little more formal than your average mini. If you're planning a modern garden microwedding, this dress is a perfect contender.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

7. Milla Catchy Off-the-Shoulder Blue Hydrangea Maxi Dress

Off-the-shoulder gown with blue hydrangeas
Photo: Milla

A blue hydrangea print gives this off-the-shoulder gown a touch of color while still feeling so bridal. With flowing organza fabric, a corset-inspired bodice and a bold yet tasteful slit, this dreamy pick is perfect for a garden wedding and will double as your "something blue."

Size Range: XXS - XXL

8. ASTR The Label Marissa Satin Halter Neck Midi Dress

White halter midi dress with slit
Photo: ASTR The Label

Slip into something comfortable for your big day, like this halter-neck satin midi elopement dress. Understated yet effortlessly stylish, this pick can easily be dressed up or down depending on the formality of your wedding.

Size Range: XS - XL

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

Pleated one-shoulder white gown
Photo: Neiman Marcus

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

10. Bridal by ELOQUII Mini Dress with Cape Overlay

Plus-size printed elopement dress with high-low ruffle hem and cape back

With its high-low ruffle hem, tonal floral print and dramatic cape back, this plus-size elopement dress feels elegant yet laidback all at once. Planning a cocktail celebration at a chic outdoor venue? Consider your perfect dress officially found.

Size Range: 14 - 32

11. Endless Rose Single-Breasted Blazer

White single-breasted bridal blazer
Photo: Anthropologie

Not sold on dresses? Opt for this single-breasted oversized blazer instead, which strikes a perfect balance between traditional and trendy. There are endless ways to style it depending on your wedding vibe, and it's something you're sure to reach for well after the big day.

Size Range: XS - L

12. HELSI Christy Scalloped Floral Applique Mini Dress

Long sleeve nude and white lace mini dress
Photo: Neiman Marcus

We can't get enough of this flirty and feminine elopement dress with sleeves. The scalloped lace and floral appliqués give it a distinct bridal look, while the mini length keeps it on the casual side. You'll love rocking this dress to your civil ceremony.

Size Range: XS - XL

13. The Bar Pierre Gown

Sleeveless white gown with embellished back detail

Elegance in the front, glamour in the back. Featuring a dramatic open back, embellished straps and luxe silk fabric, this buzzy dress from The Bar is guaranteed to turn heads. It's also available in a bridal blue hue called "Ice" if you're looking for something a little less traditional.

Size Range: 00 - 12

14. Lulus Britney White Lace Halter Jumpsuit

White lace halter jumpsuit
Photo: Lulus

This romantic lace number offers all the glam of a wedding dress with the comfort and ease of a jumpsuit. The sophisticated halter neckline makes it flattering on your shoulders, while the lace hem brings a sense of elegance.

Size Range: XS - XL

15. STAUD Casey Dress Silver

Satin lamé strapless silver gown
Photo: STAUD

Found: the perfect elopement dress for the fashion girl. Crafted in satin with a luxurious lamé finish, this strapless gown is an effortless combination of simple and statement-making. Pair it with sandals and simply jewelry or pumps and a short veil—there are so many ways you can style this one.

Size Range: 00 - 16

16. Calvin Klein High-Low Gown

Calvin Klein High-Low A-Line Gown
Photo: Macy's

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 high-low hem moves with you, and the V-neckline and A-line silhouette create the most flattering look.

Size Range: 2 - 14

17. Elliatt Registry Gown

Long sleeve open back lace wedding gown

With back and waist cut-outs, a deep V-neckline and a dramatic open back, this long-sleeve lace gown has "cool girl" written all over it. What we love most about it is how well it works for a variety of wedding vibes. From beachy destination celebrations to intimate backyard gatherings, this pick can do it all.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

18. Reformation Maves Dress

Silk off-the-shoulder mini dress
Photo: Reformation

We love how easy this dress is to wear. Everything from the off-the-shoulder neckline to the long bell sleeves exudes effortless style, which means it was made for an equally low-maintenance celebration. It comes in black, cherry and a very bridal shade called "almond," and it's perfect for a hip celebration at a hotel downtown.

Size Range: XS - XL

19. Jenny by Jenny Yoo Olivia Long-Sleeve Off-The-Shoulder Scoop-Neck Fit & Flare Gown

Wedding gown with long sheer off-the-shoulder sleeves
Photo: Anthropologie

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 delicate tulle illusion sleeves, and it has an eye-catching removable train that's perfect for adding a little drama during the ceremony. Looking for a plus-size elopement dress? This beauty is available in sizes up to 26.

Size Range: 0 - 26

20. 16Arlington Minelli Strapless Feather-Trimmed Crepe Midi Dress

Strapless white midi dress with feather hem

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 strapless feather-hem dress. Equal parts fun and elegant, we love this option as a Las Vegas wedding dress.

Size Range: 0 - 12

21. Significant Other Demi Long Sleeve Open-Back Midi Dress

Long sleeve high neck maxi dress
Photo: Anthropologie

One reviewer "couldn't believe" how flattering this pick is, and that's all the info we needed to see. Perfect for an intimate wedding, this dress has voluminous long sleeves, a twisted keyhole front and a dramatic open back that give it romantic vibes ideal for the modern bride.

Size Range: 2 - 12

22. Bridal by ELOQUII Strapless Mini Dress with Draped Train

Mini strapless elopement dress with dramatic bow back

Classic doesn't have to be boring, and this stunning strapless mini dress is proof. Heavy satin material and a pretty layered bodice make it so elegant, and a dramatic bow in the back makes it feel so fun.

Size Range: 14 - 32

23. Cult Gaia Warrin Gown

Halter-neck beaded midi dress
Photo: Cult Gaia

On the hunt for a beachy, non-white bridal dress? This stunning boho look is perfect for a coastal occasion. A pearl-like texture (crafted completely by hand) and mini halter silhouette complement long, flowing fringe that adds gorgeous movement. You're practically guaranteed to earn compliments in this one.

Size Range: XXS - XL

24. Hutch Alissa Faux Feather Long-Sleeve Sequin Mini Dress

White long sleeve mini dress with sequins and feathers
Photo: Anthropologie

Sequins and feathers? Don't mind if we do. With its long sleeves, shift silhouette and mini length, this party-ready dress is as comfy as could be yet so dazzling. If you're planning a celebration with disco vibes, look no further.

Size Range: XS - 3X

25. Self-Portrait Bouclé Minidress

Off-the-shoulder boucle blazer mini dress
Photo: Mytheresa

Calling all city hall brides. The perfect elopement dress for fall or winter, this structured mini is made with sophisticated bouclé fabric and features a collared off-the-shoulder neckline, rhinestone-embellished buttons and a waist-snatching silhouette. Paired with a short veil and a petite wedding bouquet, this pick was practically made for a civil ceremony.

Size Range: 0 - 12

26. For Love & Lemons X REVOLVE Bustier Gown

Black strapless bustier gown

If you're looking for a black elopement dress, why not go all out with this gorgeous bustier gown? The boned bodice, tiered tulle hem and lace details are certain to make a statement at a nontraditional ceremony.

Size Range: XS - XL

27. Lulus My Whole Heart Cream Long Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress

Beige long-sleeve wrap gown
Photo: Lulus

Flowy chiffon fabric and a flattering wrap silhouette give this long-sleeve elopement dress the dreamiest feel. With its romantic cream shade, it's ideal for the bride who doesn't want something bright white.

Size Range: XXS - 3X

28. Reformation Lakia Dress

Reformation sleeveless tweed midi dress
Photo: Reformation

Complete with a flattering sweetheart neckline and sophisticated tweed fabric, this casual elopement dress is ideal for wedding vibes of all kinds. Wear it with cool heeled sandals and statement earrings or pumps and a sleek blazer—the styling options are endless.

Size Range: 0 - 12

29. Self-Portrait Satin Flower Maxi Dress

Light blue satin gown with floral straps
Photo: LuisaViaRoma

Consider your "something blue" found. Delicate straps with floral appliqué details add a unique touch to this otherwise simple elopement dress that's perfect for a warm-weather celebration. If you'd rather have something more traditional, it also comes in a dreamy champagne shade.

Size Range: 0 - 12

30. Retrofête Adele Dress

Strapless white gown with sheer overlay
Photo: Retrofête

A strapless silhouette, sheer detailing and a thigh-high slit combine for a summer elopement dress that's equal parts sophisticated and bold. Whether you're saying "I do" in the sand or dancing the night away on a rooftop in the city, this pick is sure to stun.

Size Range: XXS - XXL

31. Michael Costello X REVOLVE Anyssa Gown

Michael Costello x REVOLVE Anyssa Gown for your elopement
Photo: Revolve

We adore this white elopement dress for its mermaid fit and elegant vibe. It's easy to dress up or down, acting as a base for you to really create your own look. Plus, we love the drama added by its side bow and high-low hem.

Size Range: XXS - XL

32. Katie May X NOEL AND JEAN The Unexpected Gown

Fitted white elopement dress with v-neckline, low back and lace insets

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

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 like hiking adventures, 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.

Kate Ferris contributed to the reporting of this article.

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