Many brides had to rethink their wedding day thanks to the pandemic, and while there’s no longer a limit on how many guests can attend, many are still choosing a smaller ceremony instead of their original plans for an extravagant celebration. This means intimate venues and often a more casual wedding dress.
The good news is that many low-key wedding dresses are just as stunning and will make you feel just as special as their lavish counterparts. Here are the best styles available to buy online now from ASOS, Selfridges and more…
Scarlet embellished lace wedding dress with satin skirt, £150, ASOS
This sleek bridal gown by ASOS EDITION features an embellished lace corset and satin skirt. It’s special enough for your wedding without being extravagant.
Hollyhock dress, £390, Reformation
With its slim-fitting bodice and flowing skirt, this beautiful Reformation dress is very flattering and comfortable enough to wear through the night. It’s fully lined and has a romantic sweetheart neckline.
Jenny Yoo midi dress, £465 now £356, Selfridges
A perfect indicator of a low-key bridal dress is whether you can picture yourself wearing it after your big day – and this is certainly the case with this Jenny Yoo midi. Add a pair of trainers or sandals to dress it down on a summer’s day, or pair it with heels and a leather jacket for an evening look.
Self-Portrait lace mini dress, £361, MyTheresa
Instead of bridal white, try a beige-lined mini dress covered with pretty guipure lace, complete with a fit-and-flare silhouette and scalloped edges.
Puff sleeve maxi dress, was £185 now £148, Karen Millen
Designed with soft hammered satin, this stylish Karen Millen maxi features long puff sleeves and an open back in a pretty champagne colour.
Clementine dress, £249, Whistles
With its off the shoulder straps and knee-length pleated skirt, this modern Whistles dress is perfect for a warmer weather wedding. The best bit? You get to show off your shoes.
Co silk wedding dress, £1,285, MyTheresa
Just because you’re having a relaxed ceremony doesn’t mean you have to compromise on luxury. This 100 per cent silk gown is super soft and comfortable with its flowing silhouette, while the lace adds a bridal touch.
Vanessa Cocchiaro C.J. shirred crepe mini dress, £275, Net-A-Porter
Trade a traditional bridal gown for an effortless 60s-style mini dress by Vanessa Cocchiaro. It features delicate ruffles around the high neckline and pairs perfectly with strappy heels.
Long sleeve maxi dress with trail, £159.20, Coast
This casual Coast wedding dress looks far more expensive than its £160 price tag. Mixing a fitted bodice and cutaway back with a maxi length skirt flowing into a fishtail hem, it’s a toned-down take on a traditional style.
Phase Eight caterina embroidered wedding dress, £295, John Lewis
Shorter wedding dresses are an easy way to look more casual without compromising on detail. This gorgeous midi is made from intricate lace and completed with a detachable satin tie belt.
Ruffle wedding dress, £455, Needle & Thread
Keep your outfit romantic with this champagne dress featuring delicate layers of gathered tulle ruffles scattered with sequins. You can take your pick of a mini, ballerina or full-length gown.
Vintage satin wedding dress, £999, L.K.Bennett
If a vintage wedding dress is what you’re after, then look no further than this ivory satin crepe frock with a 70s rounded collar, buttoned bodice and a high slit to the front.
Galvan pandora silk-satin halterneck midi dress, £895, Net-A-Porter
Crafted from silk-satin with a silhouette-skimming fit, pair Galvan’s Pandora dress with statement shoes for a stunning wedding ensemble that’s still low key.
Sachin & Babi midi wedding dress, £927, Farfetch
The cropped length and spaghetti straps make this frock perfect for dressing down in the future. And we’re loving the two delicate crystal-embellished brooches.
Sadie pleated plunge wrap wedding dress in satin, £160, ASOS
This satin wrap casual wedding dress by ASOS EDITION gets amazing reviews which all say the same thing: very elegant and so comfortable. The plunge neckline and thigh-high slit are balanced by the maxi length and long sleeves.
Mia square neck wedding dress, £499, Whistles
Whistles’ sell-out Mia dress is now back in stock. With its square neckline, deep back and subtly cinched waist, this casual wedding dress is beautifully sophisticated and understated.
Gillian spot mesh embellished bridal dress, £499, Monsoon
Monsoon’s Gillian dress has a simple cut but features beautiful sheer flutter sleeves and all-over delicate embroidery.
Rime Arodaky Jax belted lace-trimmed crepe mini dress, £1,195, Net-a-Porter
If you’re in the market for an alternative style, take a look at this mini dress by Rime Arodaky. It’s cut from crepe, trimmed with netted lace and tailored in the shape of a blazer for a truly modern bride.
Laurel dress, £495, Ghost
This timeless maxi dress is made from flowing satin-back crepe and is fully lined. With a cut that edges on conservative, it’s perfect for a low key wedding.
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