20 Cottagecore Wedding Dresses That Will Bring Out the Romantic in You

From countryside chic to vintage-inspired.

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If you've always fantasized about running away to a country cottage in your flowy dress, with billowing sleeves and hair blowing in the wind, you have the cottagecore aesthetic running through your veins. While leaving everything behind to live farmside sounds dreamy, the logistics could be a bit more complicated.

Rather than make an entire lifestyle change, we recommend channeling your inner Laura Ingalls on the most photographed day of your life. Enter: Cottagecore wedding dresses. Cottagecore dresses are a romanticized take on clothing worn in rural settings, and exude a feeling of living in a rustic retreat or secluded countryside.

Ahead, 20 cottagecore wedding dresses romantic enough to make it in the country, yet modern enough to complement any less-than-rural lifestyle.

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For a Rustic Wedding: Love Shack Fancy Kalani Dress

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We can see it now: This vintage-inspired dress flowing in the breeze, train trailing behind you as you walk down the aisle. Complete your picturesque moment with gold accessories and suede sandals.

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For a Modern Bride: Love Shack Fancy Clay Mini Dress

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This mini dress strikes the perfect balance with a high hemline and even higher neckline. The frilled edges, lace panels, and ruched detailing scream "modern bride at her springtime wedding."

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Best Sleeve Detail: Míe Gozo Phi Phi Dress

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While puff sleeves are a dead giveaway for the classic cottagecore look, there are plenty of other elements to help you master the aesthetic. An empire waist and off-the-shoulder double puff sleeves are just the places to start.

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Best Floral Embroidery: ASOS Needle & Thread Bridal Frieda Ditsy Maxi Dress in Ivory

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For the bride that obsesses over the tiniest of details, we introduce the dress covered in them. From the ruffled seams to the delicate embroidery and sheer layers, this maxi is quite possibly the most important detail of your wedding that is sure to be the simplest to commit to. 

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Best Open Back: Shona Joy La Lune Balloon Sleeve Open Back Maxi Dress in Cream

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While structured waists often go hand in hand with the cottagecore trend, this ethereal wedding dress proves you can go for a looser and sexier fit and still nail the look. The silk fabric, voluminous sleeves, and open back details are bold as ever and would pair perfectly with a silver sandal.

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For a Formal Wedding: Reformation Stars Dress

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While the cottagecore trend feels most appropriate for garden and rustic settings, don't underestimate the black-tie power it possesses. The trio of tiered puff sleeves paired with a structured bodice allows you to explore the trend for a more formal setting. Pair it with diamond accessories for a seriously sophisticated look.

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For a Destination Wedding: Reformation Hyland Linen Dress

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This gorgeous dress with a fully smocked bodice strikes a feminine chord that would pair perfectly with sandy toes and waves crashing in the background. The voluminous sleeves and thigh-high slit feel both relaxed and feminine—a look we love for a destination wedding.

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Most Classic: Reformation Luciana Dress

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It doesn't get more quintessentially cottagecore than this corseted bodice and puff sleeve combo. Style this midi-length dress with a stiletto to balance the demure design.

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Most Romantic: Reformation Luce Dress

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This long-puff-sleeve combo, also known as the leg of mutton sleeve, has a vibe that feels impossibly romantic. What could be more wedding appropriate than that? Pair it with delicate jewelry and a soft wave in your hair for a look that will stand the test of time. 

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For the Fashion Forward Bride: Danielle Frankel Ruby Satin Gown

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Perfect for a fall wedding, this Victorian-inspired design epitomizes the trend with total sophistication. The tulle, shirred sleeves exude cottagecore romance from shoulder to wrist.

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For a Courthouse Wedding: Lulus Divine Love White Striped Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

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This dress is a twist on classic cottagecore if we've ever seen one. Upon second glance, the simple silhouette boasts shimmery lurex stripes and peek-a-boo cutouts on the sleeves for a take on the trend that still feels appropriate for the modern bride.

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Best Wrap Silhouette: Lulus Have Faith Ivory Satin Button Sleeve Wrap Maxi Dress

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Does it get more cottagecore than puffed shoulders, blouson sleeves, and a corsetted bodice? We don't think so! Style this vintage-inspired silhouette with a barely-there sandal to balance the demure design. 

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Best Under $100: Lulus Give You My Heart White Long Sleeve Maxi Dress

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With long, billowy sleeves, this floor-length dress is a romantic option for a summer wedding in the country, or daytime nuptials in the spring. It boasts a formal touch in sheer chiffon but can be further dressed up with gold accessories.

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Most Non-Traditional: Anthropologie Ruffled Eyelet Jumpsuit

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If you find yourself struggling to settle on something traditional, and would like to go with something completely unexpected, this number will channel your non-traditional bridal aesthetic. The ruffle and eyelet details feel cottagecore chic, and this jumpsuit can be worn long after you say "I do."

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Most Feminine: Jonathan Simkhai Fira Ruched Paneled Open Back Maxi Dress

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This tiered, ruched dress is perfect for more of a laidback ceremony, boasting feminine touches like a fitted waist and puff sleeves. Dress it up with heels and drop earrings, or keep it low-key with flats and minimal jewelry.

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For a Garden Wedding: Rosie Assoulin Winter Garten Party Dress

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For warm-weather nuptials, this poplin dress is the perfect way to nail the cottagecore look for a daytime garden setting. The light and airy design pairs perfectly with minimal lace-up sandals and delicate jewelry.

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Most Playful: Huishan Zhang April Belted Ruffled Tiered Silk Organza Gown

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When it comes to the cottagecore trend, there's no sleeve too puffy or skirt too ruffly. This silk organza gown, featuring ample proportions, is just the dress to exchange your "I do's."

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For a Beach Wedding: Temperley London Felicity Off-the-Shoulder Lace-Trimmed Silk Gown

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Cottagecore, but make it beachy with this tiered silk dress. Style it with drop earrings and bare feet for an oceanside ceremony.

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Best Mini: Caroline Constas Wren Eyelet Puff-Sleeve Short Dress

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This puff-sleeve number is made even more show-stopping when coupled with the babydoll silhouette. To keep the length feeling wedding-day appropriate, pair your modern design with a low kitten heel.

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For the Minimalist Bride: Kalina Dress Piece of White

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Billowing long sleeves and an off-the-shoulder neckline bring balance to this voluminous midi for a look that’s equal parts modern and sweet. Style yours with a sleek hairstyle and statement earrings for a look your daughter’s daughters will love.

FAQ
  • Who can wear cottagecore?

    Anyone! Cottagecore is a universal trend that can apply to all body types, budgets, and venues.

  • What shoes do you wear with a cottagecore wedding dress?

    It all depends on the style of the dress and your wedding venue. However, you can wear heels, strappy sandals, and even wedges with this trend.

  • Are cottagecore wedding dresses appropriate for black tie weddings?

    Of course! You can dress up this trend by focusing on luxury fabrics and floor-length gowns to make it feel more formal.

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