29 Simple Wedding Dresses That Are Understated Perfection

These stunning gowns prove less is more.
Three simple wedding dresses for minimalist brides
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
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Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Mar 18, 2022
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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 options from designers like Amsale, Savannah Miller and Galvan, you'll have no problem finding a gown that's elegant and showstopping.

For a traditional in-person shopping experience, visit your local bridal salon or boutique. The trained consultants will be able to guide you through the process of finding a dress. Or, if you're searching in a pinch and need a wedding dress quickly, there are plenty of online stores that sell simple, minimalist styles. To make things as easy as possible, we've rounded up our favorite simple wedding dresses available online and in stores.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Shipley Gown

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Shipley halter simple wedding dress

At first glance, this elegant, simple wedding dress has an understated design; the front boasts a stylish halter neckline and a fitted silhouette that perfectly hugs the body. But the versatile back bow—which can be tied in multiple ways—adds excitement to this captivating gown.

Amsale Jay Gown

Amsale Jay fitted minimalist wedding dress with embroidered cape sleeves

We're swooning over this minimalist crepe fit-to-flare wedding dress. The delicate embroidered cape sleeves balance out the gown's plain fitted silhouette. Plus, the sheer tulle back adds a tad of romance to this elegant gown.

Lulus Infinite Glory White Maxi Dress

Lulus Infinite Glory white simple mermaid maxi dress

You'll look sexy and sophisticated in this simple white bridal dress. The stretch-knit fabric will exquisitely hug your curves, while the triangular neckline, adjustable straps and mermaid skirt take this gown to the next level. And you simply can't beat that price tag.

DB Studio Floral Jacquard V-Neck Plus-Size Wedding Dress

DB Studio floral jacquard plus-size simple wedding dress

A textured floral jacquard fabric is a beautiful alternative to lace, and this simple sleeveless wedding dress is a worthwhile choice if you want a thicker fabric. With a sexy plunge neckline and an open square back, it's a plus-size wedding gown that pulls out all the stops.

Amsale Weston Dress

Amsale Weston strapless fit-to-flare simple wedding dress

You'll shine bright in this stunning white fit-to-flare wedding dress. We adore the carved strapless neckline and sleek silhouette. Plus, there are simple buttons that go down the entire back—making this a minimalist bride's dream.

BHLDN Nassau Gown

BHLDN Nassau long-sleeve simple lace wedding dress with floral appliqués

Simple lace wedding dresses don't have to feel outdated. In fact, this minimalist long-sleeve gown is anything but. With a plunging neckline, sheer long sleeves and scattered floral appliqués, it turns heads for all the right reasons.

Galvan Cutout Satin Gown

Galvan classic simple glossy white satin wedding gown

This breathtaking glossy white satin gown has an effortlessly chic vibe. It boasts slim crossover straps, a gorgeous V-neckline and a unique diamond cutout at the back—making it a standout gown that'll stun all night long.

Rebecca Schoneveld Blythe Gown

Rebecca Schoneveld simple white wedding dress with pockets

If you're looking for a simple wedding gown with a supportive bodice, consider this classic white gown cut from Italian satin. The design features a low square neckline, a dressy scoop back and a full circle skirt with pockets (yes, please!). We're also really digging the sexy side slit and bridal sweep train.

Danielle Frankel Charlie Gown

Danielle Frankel Charlie simple and elegant sleeveless wool wedding gown

We're undoubtedly obsessed with this beautiful, simple and elegant wedding dress from Danielle Frankel. Between the high neckline and cowl back, it certainly makes a statement. Whether you're having a chic rooftop ceremony or a classy restaurant reception, this sleeveless silk wool gown will blow your guests away.

Anne Barge Dulce Amor Gown

Anna Barge minimalist white A-line wedding gown with stripes

Here's a minimalist white A-line gown perfect for your wedding day. The striped jacquard fabric creates a simple-but-glamorous look like no other. The subtle waist belt complements the straight neckline and flared skirt on this made-to-order dress.

Reformation Violet Dress

Reformation Violet simple midi ivory wedding dress with off-the-shoulder sleeves

For brides who adore off-the-shoulder styles, check out this midi ivory wedding dress. The whimsical silhouette has a sweetheart neckline, beautiful ruching and a flowy, romantic skirt to top it off. It's a cute and casual beach wedding dress for your summer soirée.

ASOS EDITION Curve Beatrice Bardot Drape Wrap Wedding Dress

ASOS EDITION simple white off-the-shoulder figure-hugging wedding dress

A high-cut slit is a sultry way to upgrade a simple wedding dress. And with draped woven fabric, a bardot off-shoulder neckline and a stylish wrap skirt, you'll never want to take this figure-hugging dress off.

Savannah Miller Mae Gown

Savannah Miller simple modern wedding dress with cowl neckline

Perfect for a luxurious minimalist, this simple wedding dress is an on-trend option that doesn't risk style. The Italian matte-crepe gown has slim straps and a subtle cowl neckline, but our favorite part has to be the sleek belt. The detachable accessory is embellished with tiny pearl seed and bugle beads for a splash of bling.

Kiyonna Plus-Size Wedding Belle Short Dress

Kiyonna short long-sleeve plus-size lace wedding dress

You can't go wrong with timeless lace, and this simple short wedding dress is a gorgeous option for your special day. The A-line silhouette has a lovely scalloped lace neckline, as well as lace illusion sleeves for extra sophistication.

Aidan Mattox Strapless Gown With Draped Skirt in Ivory

Aidan Mattox strapless simple wedding gown with feathers

You'll look oh-so-stylish in this simple strapless gown for your wedding day (or for your wedding after-party outfit). The fancy feather trim neckline and elegantly draped skirt define this strikingly beautiful ensemble.

Justin Alexander Plus-Size Stretch Mikado A-Line Dress With Pockets

Justin Alexander classic simple wedding dress with V-neckline and chapel-length train

You can't even tell that there are pockets blended into the silhouette of this classic simple wedding dress (which is a major win in our eyes). The plus-size gown has an inset cummerbund on the waist to highlight your shape. We also love the deep V-neckline and elegant buttons lining the chapel-length train. (Bonus: This style can be ordered with a raised neckline for a more conservative style.)

Houghton by Katharine Polk Holly Gown

Houghton by Katharine Polk simple modern wedding dress with flared cape

You'll have so much fun wearing this dreamy simple modern wedding dress. The off-the-shoulder neckline flows into a ravishing flared cape for an ethereal bridal look. The minimalist silhouette has a corset bodice and a gentle slit on the rear of the gown for ease of movement.

Azazie Kali BG Wedding Dress

Azazie Kali BG short white chiffon wedding dress with ruched bodice

It doesn't get more simple than this—a plain white wedding dress that's understated and gorgeous. The tea-length dress is made from an elegant chiffon fabric and comes in two pretty colors, Diamond White or Cream. Other standout features include the shallow V-neckline and slightly ruched bodice.

Jenny Yoo Aveline Gown

Jenny Yoo Aveline floral simple wedding gown with cowl neckline and boning on the bodice

There are so many things we love about this simple wedding gown by Jenny Yoo, from the chic cowl neckline and boning on the bodice to the sheer organza fabric with a subtle floral print. Other romantic qualities include the low-back design with covered buttons and the stunning cathedral-length train.

Anna October Snowdrop Asymmetric Cotton-Blend Maxi Dress

Anna October casual simple wedding dress with square neckline and flowy skirt

If you're having a summertime affair, then you need a dress that's fit for the season. This Anna October maxi dress is made from a lightweight cotton blend that's ideal for warmer weather. Add the trendy square neckline and flowy asymmetrical skirt, and this simple dress is perfect for a casual outdoor wedding.

Rivini Willow Gown

Rivini Rita Vinieris Willow simple elegant wedding dress with empire waist and detachable sleeves

Slip into a breathtaking satin gown with an arched neckline for your special day. The sustainable crepe sheath has an empire waistband that exudes elegance, while the back ribbon bow and detachable sleeves give this dress a really cool edge.

Houghton by Katharine Polk Nicole Gown

Houghton by Katharine Polk Nicole long-sleeve simple silk bridal gown

You'll feel like a goddess in this statement-making silk wedding dress. The contrast ruching is so unique paired with the long sleeves and draped skirt. This gown is available in sizes XS to XXXL.

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Elinor Gown

Jenny by Jenny Yoo Elinor beautiful simple wedding dress with illusion back

We're getting major princess vibes from this immaculate wedding gown. The front of the dress is so simple, but the back is where the magic happens: It has a sheer illusion design with intricate floral details and side cutouts at the waist. The icing on the cake? The delicate buttons down the spine.

By Watters Naya Dress

By Watters Naya simple short wedding mini dress with veil

Simple short wedding dresses are having a moment, and this trendy mini white dress is perfect for brides who want to break the mold. We're obsessed with how chic this frock looks paired with a long veil. The best part? There's a big, beautiful bow on the back to tie this fashion-forward look all together.

David's Bridal Collection Sheer Back Petite Wedding Dress With Lace Train

David's Bridal petite simple mermaid wedding gown with chapel-length train

The stretch-crepe fabric on this petite mermaid wedding gown is supreme; it offers the perfect amount of elegance while beautifully hugging your curves. The minimalist front is contrasted with an illusion lace racerback, which melts into a trumpet skirt and a cascading chapel-length train.

Galia Lahav Jasmine Dress

Galia Lahav Jasmine minimalist long-sleeve wedding dress with plunging neckline and waist tie twist

We just can't get enough of simple long-sleeve wedding dresses, especially when they look as good as this one. Guests will be in awe once they lay eyes on this captivating stretch-crepe gown, which has a plunging V-neckline, an elegant waist twist and a refined train.

Show Me Your Mumu Samantha Plus-Size Ruffle Wrap Dress

Show Me Your Mumu Samantha plus-size simple mock wrap wedding dress

Casual simple wedding dresses don't have to be boring, and this flowy mock wrap dress is proof that plain designs can still pack a lot of style. The ruffle details are the star of this white frock: The ruffled straps form a V on the front and back of the bodice, while the high-low hem features a cascading ruffle along the skirt slit. It's a romantic and versatile option you'll love wearing to your wedding or prewedding events.

DB Studio Low Back Mid-Sleeve Satin Tall Plus Wedding Dress

DB Studio simple tall long-sleeve wedding dress for brides

Minimalist wedding dresses will stand the test of time. This tall wedding dress is a classic option you won't want to pass up. It's made with two luxe fabrics—stretch crepe and satin—and boasts three-quarter sleeves, a low back and a ball gown skirt that's utterly charming. You'll look sophisticated and fancy in this modest pick.

Seraphine Short Lace V-Neck Maternity Wedding Dress

Seraphine lace maternity wedding dress for minimalist brides

Here's a lovely maternity wedding dress for minimalist brides. The simple design features floral lace that drapes over the body for a comfortable and flexible fit. Plus, it comes with a detachable sash to highlight the empire waist, which can be secured with an elegant bow in the back.

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