28 Simple Wedding Dresses Perfect for Minimalists

These simple gowns prove less can be more on your wedding day.
by Andrea Fowler

Simple wedding dresses aren't necessarily plain. In fact, it's quite the opposite—these pieces have fewer embellishments and added elegance, with less volume and more streamlined silhouettes. If you're the kind of bride who loves when natural beauty speaks for itself (or can't stop thinking about Duchess Meghan's simply sophisticated royal wedding dress), then allow this to be the first step in inspiring your simple dress search.

Before diving into dress shopping, it's helpful to keep a few things in mind like the formality of your venue, your price range and a few fabrics you like. For example, lace looks romantic, chiffon is lightweight and organza offers great texture. Below, find 28 simple wedding dresses straight from the Bridal Fashion Week runways that are gorgeously uncomplicated. 


  1. Simple Beach Wedding Dresses

    Getting married on the beach? Wear something sleek and simple that doesn't weigh you down (or detract from the natural beauty of your venue). 

  2. You can't go wrong with a spaghetti-strap slip dress.

    Lela Rose simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Lela Rose

  3. Try a simple strapless gown with a subtle sweetheart neckline like this one.

    Alexandra Grecco​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

  4. Just because a wedding dress is simple doesn't mean it can't feel a little bit glam and sparkly too.

    Jenny Packham simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Jenny Packham

  5. A sleek sheath silhuette with off-the-shoulder sleeves is universally sexy.

    Watters simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Watters

  6. The asymmetrical, oversize neckline detail keeps this simple wedding dress so interesting.

    Lela Rose simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Lela Rose

  7. Simple Elegant Wedding Dresses

    Simple wedding dresses risk feeling a little casual, but these designs prove a simple gown can still feel ultra-elegant, elevated and black tie-approved too. 

  8. How pretty would this tiered A-line skirt look twirling on the dance floor?

    Amsale simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Amsale

  9. Try a dramatic ball skirt with a high slit like this one.

    Bliss by Monique Lhuillier​​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Bliss by Monique Lhuillier

  10. An asymmetrical, fit-and-flare silhouette will perfectly flatter any bride.

    Carolina Herrera​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Carolina Herrera

  11. You can't go wrong with an off-the-shoulder neckline.

    Jenny Yoo simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Jenny Yoo

  12. A formfitting silhouette, high neckline and chic short sleeves? Yes, please.

    Amsale simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Amsale

  13. A trumpeted skirt like this one will always be the epitome of classic elegance.

    Allison Webb simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Allison Webb

  14. Simple Lace Wedding Dresses

    Lace gets a reputation for being overly precious and feminine—but these simple lace wedding dresses prove the iconic fabric can feel sleek and modern too. 

  15. A high slit and sexy lace bodice guarantee all eyes will be on you in this simple wedding dress.

    Leanne Marshall​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Leanne Marshall

  16. Keep it simple but interesting with sheer lace panels.

    Alexandra Grecco​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco

  17. How stylish is this simple A-line dress with a high-neck lace bodice?

    Whistles simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Whistles

  18. When you wear a gown this gorgeous, you don't need much accessory-wise.

    Grace Loves Lace​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Grace Loves Lace

  19. Pair this simple, strapless gown with a sleek updo.

    Anne Barge​​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Anne Barge

  20. A simple wedding dress with allover nude lace will always feel sophisticated.

    Jenny Yoo​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Jenny Yoo

  21. Simple Short Wedding Dresses

    Whether you're having a courthouse wedding or you just want to show off some leg, these simple short wedding dresses are perfect for your ceremony, reception or both. 

  22. Stylish long sleeves balance out the high hem on this simple wedding dress.

    Amsale Little White Dress​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Amsale Little White Dress

  23. Newsflash: Turtleneck dresses are in, and this one is so chic.

    Danielle Frankel simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Danielle Frankel

  24. This tea-length tulle skirt is giving us major ballerina vibes.

    Halfpenny London​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Halfpenny London

  25. A drop-waist silhouette will pair perfectly with pumps and drop earrings.

    Amsale Little White Dress​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Amsale Little White Dress

  26. A pleated skirt like this one is perfect for twirling in at your reception.

    Whistles​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Whistles

  27. Simple Long Sleeve Wedding Dresses

    Religious venues or chillier temps (winter wedding, anyone?) might warrant long sleeves—and these stunningly simple long sleeve wedding dresses may be just what you're looking for. 

  28. An up-to-there slit makes a simple long sleeve wedding dress still feel sexy.

    Dana Harel​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Dana Harel

  29. Try long sleeves paired with a plunging V-neckline like this Savannah Miller design.

    Savannah Miller simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Savannah Miller

  30. This long sleeve Leanne Marshall gown is giving us major princess vibes.

    Leanne Marshall​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Leanne Marshall

  31. It may not technically be a dress, but this long sleeve bridal jumpsuit is everything.

    Cushnie simple wedding jumpsuit

    Simple wedding jumpsuit by Cushnie

  32. How chic and regal is this high-neck gown?

    Halfpenny London simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Halfpenny London

  33. A tied waist sash makes this simple wedding dress feel totally fresh and fashion-forward.

    Savannah Miller​ simple wedding dress

    Simple wedding dress by Savannah Miller

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