Informal Wedding Dresses

Not every bride dreams of a huge, extravagant wedding. It is becoming trendy to tie the knot in a more informal manner. Celebrate your romantic union in a style and at a location that is memorable and meaningful. Best of all, this is often more affordable. Keeping things simple for your wedding day doesn't mean sacrificing anything. Your vision for this big moment in your life can still become reality. You can pick a theme, party style and a place that you love. A small wedding can often be a lot more personal, charming and relaxed. After all, you know all the guests you’ve invited and the atmosphere is more intimate. 


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Informal Wedding Dresses

For an informal wedding, your chosen dress will be more casual. It will look a bit different from a traditional ballgown style. You can still look through many gorgeous bridal designs. They may have sleeves or include delicate flowy fabric such as silk chiffon.  Wedding dresses can be short, tea length or long. The choice is up to you to bring your own personality to this special day. Choose a timeless, simple and elegant informal dress that is unforgettable. On a practical level, you should consider the season. Spring/Summer weddings will differ from Fall/Winter. Your dress style will change because of temperature. Fabrics such as satin, organza, and tulle have a classic look and work all year round. Your chosen location will also play a part in your sartorial decisions. 


Informal Wedding Themes & Locations

For your casual wedding, you have the opportunity to select a unique location and theme. You can pick a place that is personal, cost-effective or any beautiful spot. You could pick a small chapel or rent a space. There are many popular options that can involve styling the location. You can make it your own with the decor, themed food and a special reception area. Here are a few of the most popular casual wedding styles. We've included the dresses that work best for these destinations. 

  • Beach Wedding - Choose a casual and simple beach wedding dress. This creates a natural, bohemian inspired look. You may be planning to get married on the sand with the ocean as your backdrop. You'll want a floaty and relaxed dress with a graceful look. A tea length chiffon design is ideal, or you can even go for a plain short white dress. Spaghetti straps and bright colored floral headpieces have a summery, cool vibe.  
  • Backyard or Garden Wedding - Already have a gorgeous backyard? This can make for an ideal wedding location that is also budget-friendly. You can set up your garden as you wish, decorate it with any theme and make it as relaxed or formal as you desire. This can include renting a tent/canopy or embracing the open space. For a garden wedding, you can choose a dress that best suits the look and feel of your set-up. A floor length ultra modern and minimal boat neck look always makes an impact. A ball gown with flower embroidery would also fit this style of wedding.
  • Courthouse Wedding or Civil Ceremony - You may plan to make your love official at a courthouse. You could also consider a simple civil ceremony. A short beaded sheath dress is often a favorite. A fit and flare dress in any color will work well and can match your partner's suit. A short lace halter dress or belted midi-length piece are two flattering choices. These look beautiful and timeless in photographs.
  • Rustic Country/Outdoor Wedding - Make the most of the wild nature around you. Throw a rustic country themed wedding in the great outdoors. Many couples rent barns or set-up their big day at a farm or open field. Get on-theme with hay bales, vintage wooden chairs and plenty of wildflowers. Add tea lights and greenery. For a rustic wedding, many brides go down the boho route. They opt for navy bridesmaid dresses. For themselves, a simple mid or floor-length ivory dress and a matching navy suit for the groom. The menu can reflect the location with natural vegetables and fresh foods. The best wedding dress is a floaty illusion gown for summer or empire waist scoop neck dress. Don't forget to dress up the flower girl in a matching look!


Alternative Color Wedding Dresses

Can you imagine wearing a wedding dress that's not white? Alternative color wedding dresses are seeing a big surge in popularity. These can look so unique and special. They're very popular with many brides celebrating their second marriage or mature women. They may feel that they've passed the time to wear the classic bridal white dress. Others believe white is old fashioned and want to shake things up. Whatever your reasoning, choosing an alternative color is so stylish. A daring choice can work! 

Some of the top color choices include blush, champagne, light gold, dusty rose, and mauve. You are welcome to explore the whole color spectrum and pick your favorite. If you're having a fall or winter casual wedding, pick dark romantic tones. Pick from burgundy, emerald and navy can look striking and special. You can find these colors in many short or mid-length dresses that will look beautiful for your day. 


Long or Short Casual Wedding Dresses

Short informal wedding dresses are your most casual option. Above-the-knee styles can vary, from fitted to flared. You can still wish to have a classic bridal look. You can pick a dress with lace, sheer sleeves or some delicate floral applique. You can also choose a very minimal white dress. For example, a silk v-neck, off-the-shoulder sweetheart or cap sleeve mini.

Midi and tea length casual dresses are the most popular for an informal wedding style. They're easy to wear and walk in, still look quite formal and have a dressy, classy feel. A streamline fitted gown that falls below your knee creates a flattering silhouette. This can still have an emphasized waist or pretty sweetheart bodice to show off your figure. 

Long casual wedding dresses have a floor length skirt and even include a sweeping train. These look great for backyard weddings or any wedding that has a semi-formal feel. You can keep the look relaxed. Wear flat sandals or shoes, natural makeup, one piece of jewelry and loose hair. 


Simple Informal Wedding Dresses

Simple equates to timeless when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. If your focus is to look elegant and radiant, picking a very simple dress is your best bet. Whether it has long or short sleeves, a pleated design has that soft femininity. Most brides aim to achieve this look. A white wrap or skater style dress is another vintage-inspired look. This will remain effortless looking in many years to come. Add lace gloves for a real retro look and embrace your own beauty!
 
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