18 Chic and Casual Dresses for a Backyard Wedding

From modern minis to bohemian maxis.

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More casual and relaxed, backyard weddings have an effortless feel and an intimate vibe. When these qualities are translated into a wedding dress, you've got yourself a laidback look that's undeniably chic.

No matter your bridal style or budget, your options for backyard wedding dresses are endlessly sophisticated. If you're a modern bride who covets sleek and minimalist silhouettes, consider effortless slip dresses, and semi-structured sundresses. Fashion-forward brides will love styles with bold allover floral patterns and edgy bridal suits. The laidback bride will appreciate casual silhouettes and outfits crafted from easy fabrics like cotton and linen. And for the bride-to-be who's searching for the perfect short dress for your ceremony or after-party (yes, backyard weddings can have multiple outfit changes too!), we've rounded up a selection of stunning leg-baring minis.

Whether you're getting married in an elegant garden behind a French chateau or on your back patio, read on for the best wedding dresses for a backyard wedding.

Best Floor-Length Gown: Rime Arodaky Embroidered Tulle and Crepe Gown

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Who says you can't wear a floor-length gown to your backyard wedding? This statement-making gown from Rime Arodaky is an utterly romantic choice for a garden wedding.

For the Minimalist Bride: Emilia Wickstead Square-Neck Cloqué Midi Dress

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We love a midi dress with a retro twist and this style from Emilia Wickstead is no exception. Beyond its vintage charm, this fit and flare midi cinches you at the waist and is a flattering silhouette for many body types.

For the Boho Bride: Whistles Lace Tiered Dress

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Tiered lace is a great way to add a little playfulness and movement to a dress. This best-of-both-worlds dress combines a modern silhouette with boho elements like a relaxed skirt and soft lace trim.

Best Separates: Reformation Puff Sleeves Linen Set

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If you're not feeling a full on dress for your laidback backyard wedding, consider a matching skirt and top set. This light linen style will keep you cool under the summer sun and can be worn over and over during your honeymoon and beyond.

Most Size Inclusive: David's Bridal Collection Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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You can never go wrong with an elegant off-the-shoulder neckline, especially when it comes to getting married outdoors. This body-skimming stretch-crepe gown is simple yet stunning and features subtle pearl embellishments along the flounce neckline. Wear yours with your hair pulled back into a loose updo to really showcase your shoulders.

Best Mini: Sachin & Babi Strapless Dress

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Warm weather calls for bare legs! Show them off (and your shoulders while you're at it!) in this strapless midi dress from Sachin & Babi. Structured and traditional in style, this dress is the perfect wedding or afterparty dress for the classic bride.

Best Allover Lace: Whistles High/Low Lace Wedding Dress

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Getting married in your backyard certainly doesn't mean you have to forgo your dream of wearing a floor-length gown. Wear yours with simple accessories and strappy sandals.

Best Subtle Details: Temperley London Embellished Tulle Dress

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If you're looking for some subtle sparkle that can take your wedding look from day to night, then this Temperley London style has got you covered featuring whispy tulle embellished with glimmering beads.

Best Open Back: Especia Cut-Out Dress

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We can easily see this ruffled tea-length midi floating down a backyard aisle. With cut-out side details and a stunning open back, this dress will photograph beautifully from every angle.

For the Laidback Bride: Reformation Off-the-Shoulder Dress

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A summer backyard wedding calls for a dress crafted in easy, breezy fabrics like cotton and lace. This effortless off-the-shoulder number is crafted from lightweight and breathable georgette. Wear yours with a casual pair of sandals or wedges.

Best for the Beach Backyard: Charo Ruiz Crocheted Lace-Paneled

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If your backyard just happens to be the beach, this crocheted lace-paneled style is a no brainer. Light and breezy, this dress would also make a great addition to your honeymoon wardrobe.

Best Jumpsuit: Rime Arodaky Cape Jumpsuit - OOS

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Just because you're throwing a casual backyard wedding doesn't mean you can't still bring the drama! Give them glamour in this statement-making and truly unique jumpsuit.

Best Slip: BHLDN Slip Dress

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It doesn't get more effortlessly chic than a slip dress for the minimalist bride. Unfussy, elegant and timeless, a slip dress is one of our favorite options for a backyard wedding. Wear yours with a pair of statement earrings or keep it simple with delicate personal jewelry and monochromatic shoes.

For a Casual Ceremony: Rosie Assoulin Winter Garten Party Dress

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Details like a sweetheart neckline, ruffled edges, and slightly puffed sleeves lend this dress a decidedly romantic aesthetic. We love it with delicate personal jewelry, loose waves, and fresh dewy makeup.

Best Pattern: Reformation Floral Dress

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If you're getting married in a gorgeous garden setting, why not consider wearing a colorful floral dress? After you say "I do" this Reformation frock can be worn all summer long and paired beautifully with simple sandals or grass-friendly espadrilles.

Most Effortless: Reformation Off-the-Shoulder Maxi Dress

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A wedding dress with an off-the-shoulder neckline is always a romantic choice. This beautiful maxi from Reformation feels effortless for a bohemian wedding.

Most Unexpected: Sachin & Babi Detachable Bow Dress

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Add a little drama to your look with this mini dress that features an oversized bow and detachable train.

Most Sleek: DB Studio Cuffed Off-the-Shoulder Stretch Crepe Jumpsuit

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A bridal jumpsuit is always a chic option for intimate nuptials. This sleek silhouette from David's Bridal is perfect for showing off your shoulders, décolletage, and back.

What to look for in a backyard wedding dress

To find the perfect backyard wedding dress for you, let your venue and personal style help guide your decision-making process. If your backyard happens to be a garden full of luscious greenery, look to diaphanous silhouettes with floral embroidery or pretty prints to complement the romantic setting. For a more casual ceremony, opt for effortless and breezy styles like cotton mini dresses or tea-length frocks. And of course, just because you're throwing a backyard wedding, doesn't mean you have to forgo formal attire. If you're planning a black-tie bash, go for an elegant floor-length gown or a mini dress with a dramatic train.

FAQs

What should I wear for my backyard wedding?

It's really up to you! Let your personal style and the season help guide your decision. Some popular outfit choices for a backyard wedding are short dresses, casual slip dresses, bridal suits, jumpsuits, and dresses crafted from fabrics like cotton and linen.

What shoes should I wear for my backyard wedding?

If you're going to be walking on the lawn, block heels, wedges and flats are always a grass-friendly choice.

Do I have to wear white for my backyard wedding?

Definitely not! While bridal white is beautiful and forever classic, there are lots of colorful styles and prints to choose from for your backyard nuptials.

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding parties, guests, and more. Sophie's favorite looks for a backyard wedding are romantic puff sleeve dresses and modern jumpsuits.

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