Informal Wedding Dresses

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

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Informal Wedding Dresses

For an informal wedding, your chosen dress will be more casual that a traditional ballgown style. You can still look through many gorgeous bridal designs that have sleeves, made from delicate flowy fabric such as silk chiffon, or that are short, tea length or long. The choice is up to you to bring your own personality to this special day with 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, and your dress style will be impacted by this. 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 simply a beautiful spot that you love. There are many popular options that can involve styling the location with your own decor, themed food and special reception area. Here are a few of the most popular casual weddings and the kind of dresses that work best for these destinations. 

  • Beach Wedding - Choose a casual and simple beach wedding dress to create a natural, bohemian inspired look. If you're 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, unfussy 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 just 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 design, or ultra modern and minimal boat neck look will always be sophisticated.  
  • Courthouse Wedding or Civil Ceremony - If you plan to make your love official at a courthouse or with a simple civil ceremony, a short dress is often a favorite. A fit and flare dress in any color will work well and can be matched to your partner's suit. A short lace dress or belted midi length piece are two flattering and timeless choices that will photograph beautifully. 
  • Rustic Country/Outdoor Wedding - Make the most of the wild nature around you and 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 wild flowers, tea lights and greenery. For a rustic wedding, many brides go down the boho route and opt for navy bridesmaid dresses, a simple mid or floor length ivory dress and a matching navy suit for the groom. 

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 and can look so unique and special. For 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 just believe white is old fashioned and want to shake things up. Whatever your reasoning, choosing an alternative color is a stylish and daring choice that can really work! 

Some of the top color choices include blush, champagne, light gold, dusty rose and mauve. However, you are welcome to explore the whole color spectrum and pick your favorite. If you're having a fall or winter casual wedding, darkly romantic tones such as burgundy, emerald and navy can look really striking and special. You can find these colors on 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 widely, from fitted to flared. If you 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 simply choose a very minimal white dress such as a silk v-neck or cap sleeve mini.

Midi and tea length casual dresses are probably 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 can create a flattering and pretty silhouette. This can still have an emphasized waist or sweetheart bodice to show off your figure. 

Long casual wedding dresses can fall to floor length and even include a short sweeping train. These look great for backyard weddings or any wedding that has a semi-formal feel. You can keep the look relaxed by wearing flat sandals, natural makeup 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 is has long or short sleeves, a pleated design has that soft femininity that most brides aim to achieve. A white wrap or skater style dress is another vintage inspired look that will remain effortless looking in many years to come.