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Although 2020 has caused many brides to forgo large weddings for smaller at-home nuptials, a backyard wedding has always been a classic favorite, especially for spring and summer weddings. 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 laid-back 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, we've curated the best wedding dresses for a backyard wedding for every style and budget.
Best Floral Print: Brock Collection Silk Square Neck Dress
If you're not into bridal white or ivory, cream or anything in between, go bold with an allover pattern. We love this printed silk dress that would be right at home at a backyard wedding. Wear yours with pared-back accessories and casual sandals for an effortless look.
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 a City Wedding: Johanna Ortiz Jacquard V-Neck Midi Dress
For the fashion-forward bride who loves a dramatic sleeve, this Johanna Ortiz midi is for you. Crafted from jacquard and featuring a supremely elegant draped neckline, this dress could easily be worn with a casual sandal or a playful pump for a pop of color.
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.
Best Wedding Suit: Alexander McQueen Cotton-Blend Guipure Lace Blazer and Pants
We're getting serious Bianca Jagger vibes from this unique and impossibly cool Alexander McQueen suit. While you might be thinking this style could be too structured for a backyard wedding–think again! The guipure lace is sheer and lightweight enough for the spring and summer months. Opt to wear a silk cami underneath the blazer or go bare for a totally daring look.
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.
Throwing a backyard wedding? We've answered three common questions brides asked about shopping for a wedding dress for a backyard wedding.
- 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 easy-breezy fabrics like cotton and linen.
- What shoes should I wear for my backyard wedding? If you're going to be standing on lawn, block heels, wedges and flats are always a grass friendly choice. If you'll be standing on a hard surface – the sky's the limit! Wearing a pair of statement-making shoes is an easy way to elevate a simple (but elegant!) wedding dress.
- 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.