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Imagine a wedding void of the stress that accompanies months of planning. No guest lists, no elaborate dinner menus, no live band, no maid of honor — for some, the very idea of the absence of these bridal ingredients sounds incomplete. For others, it's utterly freeing. If you fall into the latter camp and are considering (or have already chosen) to elope, then one of the very few tasks you need to sort out is your outfit.
What is Eloping?
Eloping is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple's family and friends. Couples who elope typically choose to forgo a formal wedding and opt for an intimate ceremony instead.
Naturally, an elopement rarely calls for a statement-making ball gown. However, that doesn't mean you can't still put thought into a unique dress or jumpsuit. In fact, once you decide to opt for a more casual aesthetic, your options multiply. The first consideration is what vibe you're going for. Will it be a minimal dress? Perhaps something airier and boho-inspired? Or perhaps a piece that nods to artistic modernity (think architectural sleeves and elaborate detailing). Once you've nailed down the direction, all that's left is choosing the dress length and any other details that might matter depending on the season (e.g., sleeves for winter, linen for summer).
Whether your plans have been altered this year, or you're just not keen on throwing an elaborate traditional wedding, we've rounded up the best elopement dresses for every bridal style and budget.
For the Minimalist Bride: Emilia Wickstead Belted Midi dress
For the bride with a classic and minimalist aesthetic, this Emilia Wickstead midi dress is a no brainer. Whether you're eloping in a city or in your backyard, this belted style will always be a timeless choice.
Planning to elope? We've answered three common questions brides-to-be have about shopping for an elopement dress.
- What is eloping? Traditionally speaking, eloping is a marriage conducted without the knowledge of the couple's family and friends, however, couples can also choose to have planned elopements where family and friends are aware of the wedding but not in attendance. Couples who elope typically choose to forgo a formal wedding and opt for an intimate ceremony instead.
- What is an elopement dress? Typically an elopement outfit is more casual than a formal wedding gown and runs the gamut from white mini dresses to modern jumpsuits.
- Can I wear a wedding dress to my elopement? Of course! While some brides may opt to wear a simple slip dress or wedding suit to their elopement, it's also perfectly acceptable to wear a formal floor-length gown – you do you!