23 Chic and Casual Dresses for a Backyard Wedding

From modern minis to bohemian maxis.

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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.

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Self-Portrait Lace Panel Midi Dress

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What could be more lovely than a lace frock set against a spring backdrop? This pretty midi is packed with feminine details from a bustier bodice to sheer paneling with scalloped edges to shoulder straps that tie sweetly into a bow.

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Charo Ruiz Off-the-Shoulder Crochet-Trimmed Midi 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 made from a breathable cotton-blend and could easily be worn with a casual pair of sandals or wedges.

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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–quite the opposite! We love the idea of a gown among the gardens, especially if it boasts delicate floral and eyelash lace.

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Azeeza Puff Sleeves Dress

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For the bride whose style leans towards the romantic with victorian vibes, a dress with puff sleeves is a must for your at-home nuptials. Made from 100 percent silk, this style from Azeeza is supremely sophisticated and comfortable.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Temperley London Tie-Waist Sleeveless Shirt Dress

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For brides looking for a structured dress that doesn't feel too stiff for the summer air, look no further than this sleeveless shirt dress. Crafted from a light fabric, this dress will hold its shape but it won't weigh you down.

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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.

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Thierry Colson Floral Print Set

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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.

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PatBO Mesh Trim Sheer Hem Gown

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Just because you're getting married at home doesn't mean you can't show some skin! Opt for styles with leg-baring high slits or plunging deep V-necklines for a dress that is sexy but still works with the setting.

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Johanna Ortiz Jacquard V-Neck Midi Dress

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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.

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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.

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Reformation

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This slim-fitting, floor-length gown is aptly named the "Daisy" and features feminine details like a slightly ruffled sweetheart neckline and allover lace without feeling too sweet or overly girly.

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Zimmermann Ruffle 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.

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C/Meo Collective Strapless Midi 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 C/Meo. Structured and traditional in style, this dress is the perfect wedding or afterparty dress for the classic bride.

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Acler Square-Neck Stretch-Knit Midi Dress

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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.

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SNDYS Strapless Cotton Blend Jumpsuit

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We love a bridal jumpsuit and this strapless cotton style is no exception. Not only are jumpsuits incredibly easy to walk and dance in, they're also incredibly chic and come in a wide range of styles from structured and modern to comfy and casual.

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Jonathan Simkhai Belted Guipure Lace Dress

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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.

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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.

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Alexis Semi-Sheer Cotton Blend Dress

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For bohemian brides who want to be unencumbered by heavy or embellished fabrics on their wedding day should opt for this semi-sheer cotton-blend dress. Not only will this airy fabric keep you cool, but you'll feel like you're practically floating down the aisle.

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Alexander McQueen Cotton-Blend Guipure Lace Blazer and Pants

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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.

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Agua by Agua Bendita Floral Maxi Dress

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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.

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