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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.
Most Size Inclusive: David's Bridal Collection Off-the-Shoulder Dress
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.
For the Laidback Bride: Reformation Off-the-Shoulder Dress
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 Slip: BHLDN Slip Dress
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.
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.
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.