Choosing a wedding dress for your big day is hard enough. But for those who are eloping, there are a different set of boxes to check off. You need a wedding dress that can withstand the adventure and suits your personal taste. To help inspire you, and narrow down your bridal style, here are some of our favorite adventure-worthy elopement dresses.
What Does Elopement Mean?
Traditionally, an elopement referred to when a bride and groom ran away to get married in secret. Modern elopements are an escape. An escape from tradition, where a bride and groom get married on their own terms. An elopement wedding can take place at anytime and anywhere. Whether you prefer a location closer to home or far away.
What Does an Elopement Look Like?
What an elopement looks like depends on the couple. Everyone is different! For some people, a quick trip to the closest coastal town will do. Others would prefer to cross the ocean. The same applies to guest count. One couple would prefer to fly solo, with the exception of a wedding officiant and photographer. Another will invite a small group of their closest family and friends.
What Type of Dress do I Wear to Elope?
The type of dress you wear to elope is completely up to you! But you will want to consider a few different elements regarding your event. For starters, there is the location. If you plan to hike up a mountain to say “I do”, then a dress with a long train will probably be a paint. If you’re hitting the beach, then you probably don’t want to drag around a heavy ballgown.
Another factor is the weather. Just like a typical wedding, you’ll want to be considerate of the time of year. So if the location where you are eloping is prone to rain around the time of your wedding, you may or may not want a lightweight dress that won’t get heavy when wet. Or if your desired destination is the desert, you may want to bare some skin!
Lastly, if you do plan to travel, remember that the dress needs to be able to come with you! Some styles of wedding dresses are not suitable for packing. It can compromise the structure or cause other damage. If anything, it may need to be carried onto a plane in a dress bag. Due to packing, you may also need to locate someone to steam your dress before the big day.
Trendy Elopement Dresses
Get inspired for your fun-filled nuptials with these trendy elopement dresses! We’ve included a variety of styles for every type of bride.
Sleek and modern, Sloan by All Who Wander is one way to say more with less. A slip dress made of sandwashed silk satin, it is is comfortable and looks effortless. The sheath silhouette is flattering, and is paired with a basic neckline and shoestring straps. The light texture of the fabric and simplistic design makes this look perfect for a warm weather wedding.
This floral design by Grace Loves Lace is subtle and striking at once. It features a timeless silhouette, with fine silk straps, a v-neckline, and low back. Made with exquisite layered silk, including an exclusive modern silk burnout, it exudes luxury despite the simplistic design. This gorgeous gown would look stunning in a lush garden or tropical setting.
A hand crafted dress for the vintage inspired bride, Coco by Kite & Butterfly is a dream. This dress features soft chiffon silk trimmed in delicate laces from France, and feels as comfortable as it looks. With Swiss dot lace in ivory, a tiered lace skirt with vintage trim, and long Juliette sleeves, it is all things romantic. A versatile look, rock this gown for a mountainside elopement or at an old school chapel.
If you aren’t afraid to wear a frock with color, look no further than Puyan Saheb Djavaher. The Medici dress is made with the finest french tulle, featuring hand painted and shaped silkorganza flowers with sequins. A silk lining makes this classic a-line wedding dress comfortable for a full day of adventures. Consider this gown for a bubbly spring or summer wedding.
An explosion of colour and texture, Nahla by Rue de Seine is the ultimate bohemian fantasy. The fluid crinkle chiffon has a whimsical charm, while a fitted structure maintains a feminine silhouette and feeling of support for the bride. A full and breezy skirt falls from the low hip point with cutaway centre front opening to show leg and to break up the floral pattern of the skirt.
If you want a dress that still has that ‘wow’ factor, check out Amelie by Bo & Luca. This wedding gown consists of two beautiful bridal separates; a hand beaded, semi-cropped bodice and a fit and flare, high waisted skirt. The sheer Chiffon sleeves are adorned with frills, as are the tiers of the skirt. This stunning gown is available in off-white or Antique Gold beading, and is perfect for a more glam elopement.
Another two-piece design, Tess by Shikoba Bride features a gorgeous geometric sleeved top paired with matching skirt. It features an incredible fringe and lace detail, and a flattering a-line silhouette. The perfect balance of casual and elegant, this dress would look stunning on the coast or in the mountains.
Fall in love with one of these adventure-worthy elopement dresses? Tell us which one was your favorite in the comments below! Or drap the name of a designer we left out!