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Although current trends have been leaning towards smaller at-home nuptials, a backyard wedding is a classic favorite especially for spring and summer weddings, and it's easy to see why. 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.
From bohemian to romantic, there are many bridal styles that work for a backyard wedding, but they all have one thing in common-the dress should be light and airy and crafted from fabrics like breezy cotton and linen to beat summer's temperatures and match the wedding's atmosphere.
For the modern bride who covets sleek silhouettes, we've found effortless slip dresses and semi-structured sun dresses. The fashion-forward bride will love styles with bold allover floral patterns and edgy bridal suits. And if you're a bride-to-be who's searching for the perfect short dress for your wedding or the after party, we've rounded up a selection of stunning leg-baring minis.
Whether you're getting married in an elegant garden behind a French chateau, rustic barnyard beyond the farmhouse, or the lawn of your own house, we've curated the best wedding dresses for a backyard wedding.
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.
Thierry Colson Floral Print Set
If you're getting married in a garden among flowers, then why not consider wearing a floral dress for your backyard wedding? After you say "I do" this adorable set can be worn all summer long. Considering styling the cropped top with your favorite high waisted jeans or pairing the midi skirt with a white tee.
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.
Acler Square-Neck Stretch-Knit Midi Dress
For a dress that accentuates your body in all of the right places, look no further than this Acler stretch-knit midi dress. A modern square neckline gives way to a body-skimming bodice and a flouncy skirt for an entirely flattering and curve-hugging silhouette.
Jonathan Simkhai Belted Guipure Lace Dress
This guipure lace dress is a no-brainer for a courthouse or backyard wedding. We love the juxtaposition of a sleek and modern belt against graphic lace. Not only does a belt add an element of sophistication but it cinches you at the waist and can tie a whole look together.
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.
Agua by Agua Bendita Floral Maxi Dress
If you're not into bridal white or ivory, cream or anything in between, go bold with an allover pattern. We love this floral maxi that would be right at home at a backyard wedding. Wear yours with pared-back accessories and casual sandals for an effortless look.