30 Simple Wedding Dresses for Minimalist Brides

These stunning gowns prove less is more.
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
by Sarah Hanlon
sarah hanlon associate editor the knot
Sarah Hanlon
Associate Editor
  • Sarah is an Associate Digital Editor for The Knot, with special focuses in fashion, pop culture and wedding trends.
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Sarah was a contributing writer for Bravo at NBC Universal.
  • Sarah has a degree in journalism and resides in New York City.
Updated Sep 10, 2020
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Sometimes, less is more—and your wedding dress is no exception. If you're a self-proclaimed minimalist, a simple wedding dress will allow you to express your style and feel like yourself on your big day. After all, there's no sense in wearing a gown that doesn't feel like you. With plenty of stunning simple wedding dresses on the market, you'll have no problem finding a gown that's elegant and show stopping.

Simple wedding dresses are great for any time of year. Plus, a minimal gown is easily repurposed across seasons (in case your wedding date or location unexpectedly changes). A simple wedding dress can also be worn for additional celebrations, like a minimony or a sequel ceremony, a destination elopement and even a prewedding party. Whether you're looking for multiple wedding outfits or one knockout dress, there are plenty of ways to find your dream look. First, start by shopping at local bridal salons or boutiques. The trained consultants will be able to guide you in your wedding dress search and give you a traditional in-store shopping experience. Or, if you're searching in a pinch and need a dress quickly, there are plenty of online stores that also specialize in simple wedding dresses. If you're ready to start shopping for a simple wedding dress, you've come to the right spot. To make your search as easy as possible, we've rounded up our favorite simple wedding dresses that you can buy now.

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Simple Elegant Wedding Dresses

Simple elegant wedding dresses will never go out of style. If your taste is as classic as can be, you'll adore these dresses. With clean lines, subdued fabric and minimal add-ons, these simple wedding dresses will stand the test of time.

Cap sleeve fit-and-flare simple wedding dress with V-neckline

At first glance, this elegant, simple wedding dress is an understated design. Conservative cap sleeves and a deep V-neckline balance each other out—but the open back is edged in scallop lace, adding a pop of excitement to this simple gown.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Haven gown in Ivory, $995, BHLDN.com

Simple off-the-shoulder wedding dress with three-quarter length sleeves

Channel Meghan Markle's iconic wedding look in this affordable Kleinfeld gown. With an off-the-shoulder neckline and three-quarter length sleeves, your look will exude timeless elegance. What more could you want from a wedding dress?

Kleinfeld Ada off-the-shoulder wedding dress in Ivory, $495, Kleinfeld.com

Simple weddng dress with off-the-shoulder neckline

This elegant sheath wedding dress will highlight your best features, making you feel your best on the big day. Wear the thin straps on your shoulders for a classic look, or drape them down your arms to have a modern neckline.

Watters Promise dress in Ivory, $495, Watters.com

Simple lace A-line wedding dress with three-quarter length lace sleeves

With a lace overlay and three-quarter length sleeves, this plus size simple wedding dress is ideal for a rustic wedding. It has pockets too—a major win in our eyes.

Kiyanna Sweet Serenity wedding gown in Ivory, $218, CoEdition.com

Simple White Wedding Dresses

If you're counting down the days until you're the one in white, these gowns are for you. Simple white wedding dresses are ideal for brides who want to stick to tradition. For those who prefer bright white or creamy ivory, we've rounded up our favorite minimal white gowns here.

Off-the-shoulder simple plus-size wedding dress with high slit

A high-cut slit is a sultry way to upgrade a simple wedding dress. And with draped, shoulder swag sleeves and a crepe fabric, you'll never want to take this figure-hugging dress off.

DB Studio draped off-the-shoulder plus size crepe gown in Ivory, $230, DavidsBridal.com

Simple fit-and-flare wedding dress with cold shoulders

For those who adore off-the-shoulder dresses but want more support, go for a cold shoulder dress. You'll still have a similar look, but thin straps will ensure your dress stays in place all night. The romantic flutter sleeves balance out the fit-and-flare silhouette.

Kleinfeld Angela cold-shoulder wedding dress in Ivory, $495, Kleinfeld.com

Simple white wedding dress with high neckline and open back

This simple wedding dress is as minimal as it gets. The high neckline counteracts the plunging open back, while angular sheer side panels give this gown a contemporary finish.

Watters Brides Hyde gown in Ivory, $850, BHLDN.com

Simple white wedding dress with flutter sleeves, V-neckline and empire skirt

An empire waistline will give you shape without sacrificing a full, twirl-worthy skirt. This mesh plus size gown has a deep V-neckline, flutter sleeves and a thin pearl-and-rhinestone waistband, proving that simple doesn't have to be boring.

Torrid mesh flutter sleeve empire wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $198, Torrid.com

Simple white wedding dress with high collar neckline and slim skirt

Mock necklines can sometimes evoke vintage flair—but when paired with a cinched waist and simple skirt, it creates a look that's timeless. This simple white wedding dress is perfect for a glam ceremony set in a swanky location, like a museum or a rooftop.

Halston belted stretch jersey gown in Ivory, $325, NET-A-PORTER.com

Simple Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses

Long sleeves are the epitome of grace. You don't have to skip a long sleeve wedding dress if you're getting married in warmer months either—just look for lace or thin fabric so you won't feel overheated. Browse the best simple long sleeve wedding dresses below.

Simple plus-size wedding dress with long sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline

An off-the-shoulder gown will never go out of style. The only standout details on this simple, long sleeve wedding dress are buttons down the entire back, making this a minimalistic bride's dream.

David's Bridal Collection off-shoulder button back plus size wedding dress in Soft White, $499, DavidsBridal.com

Simple long sleeve wedding dress with slim skirt and slit

Though this looks unadorned from the front, this simple wedding dress is a stunner from behind. A plunging, lace-lined back makes this a unique gown that'll stun from all angles.

Amy Kuschel Redding gown in Ivory, $1,075, BHLDN.com

Short simple wedding dress with long sleeves and keyhole open back

It doesn't get more simple than this—with a straight silhouette and long sleeves, this short frock is as elegant as can be. The keyhole cutout in the back is a fun detail that'll make your look stand out.

Amsale LW143 stretch crepe dress in Silk White, $425, Amsale.com

Simple off-the-shoulder wedding dress with lace sleeves

You don't have to worry about getting overheated if you still want to wear long sleeves. Look for gowns with thin chiffon or lace sleeves—you'll still get the vibe you love without having constricting fabric around your arms. This lace dress looks traditional from the front, but an illusion plunging back makes it one of our favorite simple wedding dresses.

Galina Signature long sleeve off shoulder sequin lace wedding dress in Ivory, $1,299, DavidsBridal.com

Simple long sleeve wedding dress with plunging neckline and keyhole open back

This breathable, stretch crepe fabric has an effortlessly chic vibe. With a large keyhole back and plunging V-neckline, the long sleeves balance out the bold cuts.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Karina gown in Ivory, $995, BHLDN.com

Simple Beach Wedding Dresses

Embrace the atmosphere with these simple beach wedding dresses. Whether you'll be hosting your nuptials right on the water or in your favorite beach town, these summer-y gowns were made for the occasion. Here, you'll find higher hemlines, scallop edges and loose skirts—elements that make a simple beach wedding dress shine.

Simple maxi beach wedding dress with V-neckline

This ethereal gown was made for a beachside ceremony. With an open back and a long, flowing skirt, it'll serve as the perfect complement to your seaside nuptials.

Show Me Your Mumu Jenn maxi dress in Wedding Cake Chiffon, $198, ShowMeYourMumu.com

Simple beach wedding dress with high-low hemline and scallop neckline

High-low dresses are ideal for the tropics. The high hemline will highlight your beach wedding sandals—or, if you choose to go barefoot, it'll show off your casual style. To make it even more on-theme, the scallop neckline is a staple of nautical style.

Speechless scalloped V-neck plus size dress with high-low hem in Ivory, $110, DavidsBridal.com

Simple strapless lace beach wedding dress

You can wear lace on the beach if that's your desired look. Opt for a strapless neckline if you'll be spending the majority of your time outside—less fabric will feel more comfortable if you'll say "I do" in a warmer climate.

Torrid lace strapless fit and flare wedding dress in Cloud Dancer, $198, Torrid.com

Simple beach wedding dress with three-quarter length sleeves

An extra-casual dress is great for a beach wedding. Though this design looks simple, subtle details like structured shoulders and a long zipper make it a good choice for brides hosting their nuptials by the sea.

Alice + Olivia Gem ¾ sleeve shift dress in Off White, $295, Shopbop.com

Simple silk beach wedding dress with cowl neckline and crisscross back

Simple wedding dresses can also be on-trend, and this design is proof. The cowl neckline and crisscross back are key elements that make this a great beach wedding dress. Dress it up with summery accessories, like a flower crown or woven wedges, or keep it minimal to show off the romantic design.

Show Me Your Mumu Verona cowl dress in Ivory Luxe Satin, $168, ShowMeYourMumu.com

Simple plus-size beach wedding dress with halter top and lace skirt

A halter neckline is an excellent choice for a simple beach wedding dress. Daisy piping around the waist will flatter your figure, while side pockets add a casual touch. And with ethereal allover lace, you'll look like a vision by the water.

Galina plunging lace halter plus size wedding dress in Ivory, $699, DavidsBridal.com

Short Simple Wedding Dresses

There's no need to wear a long wedding dress if that's not your style. For brides looking to make a serious statement, go for a short simple wedding dress on your big day. Or, use one of these for another wedding event, like your minimony, elopement or prewedding party.

Short simple boxy wedding dress with pockets and high neckline

A boxy-skirt is a glam shape for brides who want a structured look. Plus, this short and simple wedding dress also has pockets—an added bonus.

Amsale LW162 dress in Silk White, $385, Amsale.com

Short simple wedding dress with one shoulder

A chic one-shoulder dress like this is ideal for a glam wedding destination. And with a midi hemline, you can show off your stunning wedding shoes.

InLove by Marina Bulatkina Iceland dress in White, $290, CoEdition.com

Short simple wedding dress with draped sleeves

Long, billowing sleeves make this a great option for modern brides who want a subdued look. Given its unique top, this short simple wedding dress will be unforgettable.

Halston draped dress in Chalk, $295, Shopbop.com

Short simple lace wedding dress with off-the-shoulder neckline and skater skirt

Skater skirts are perfect for brides who can't wait to spend the night on the dance floor. This dress's subtle V-cut on the neckline is a fun added touch.

City Triangles off-the-shoulder plus size lace skater dress in Ivory, $140, DavidsBridal.com

Short simple strapless sheath wedding dress

Pair this short simple wedding dress with statement earrings or accessories to make it pop. Or, if that's not your style, keep it as is for a chic minimal wedding look.

White House Black Market satin strapless sheath dress in Ecru, $180, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com

Simple Lace Wedding Dresses

You can't go wrong with a timeless lace wedding dress. With so many lace styles and dress silhouettes, you can bring your romantic bridal vision to life in any of these show stopping gowns. Here, shop our favorite simple lace wedding dresses to make your look unforgettable.

Fitted simple lace wedding dress with plunging neckline and illusion open back

Simple lace wedding dresses don't have to feel outdated. In fact, this illusion neckline gown is anything but. With a deep V-cut neckline and open back, you'll turn heads for all the right reasons in this simple wedding dress.

Galina Signature plunging illusion bodice lace wedding dress in Solid Ivory, $1,299, DavidsBridal.com

Simple strapless lace wedding dress with sweetheart neckline

This strapless wedding gown has a figure-skimming silhouette that'll make any bride feel like their best self. The relaxed skirt will take you from the ceremony to the dance floor, making it a great option for brides who want a romantic gown that'll stun.

Tadashi Shoji Bridal Ophni strapless sweetheart gown in Ivory/Petal, $548, TadashiSoji.com

Simple wedding dress with lace bodice and sleeves and A-line skirt

Delicate beading and lace-inspired embroidery contrast this full tulle skirt. The embroidery extends down the sheer sleeves, making it a whimsical gown you'll never want to take off.

BHLDN Sinclair dress in Ivory/Champagne, $325, BHLDN.com

Simple plus-size lace wedding dress with A-line skirt and double straps

Double straps offer extra (stylish) support on this simple plus size wedding dress. And with pearl-centered blush flowers, this scalloped-bodice has an irresistibly ethereal feel.

Melissa Sweet plus size A-line wedding dress with double straps in Ivory/Champagne, $1,299, DavidsBridal.com

Simple midi lace wedding dress

Brides looking for a simple lace wedding dress will adore this midi frock. The eyelet pattern transitions into lace around the hem, making it a unique option not frequently seen.

White House Black Market eyelet sheath dress in White, $180, WhiteHouseBlackMarket.com

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