Typically 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.
Read on for the best wedding dresses for a backyard wedding.
Sachin & Babi Archie Dress
Add a little drama to your look with this unexpected mini dress by Sachin & Babi. Designed with a detachable train, this flirty frock offers the perfect mix of casual and formal. Complete your ensemble with a simple veil and classic drop earrings.
Best Under $300
ASOS EDITION Willow Embroidered Twist Front Midi Wedding Dress with Statement Sleeve
You can never go wrong with an elegant cold shoulder neckline–especially when it comes to outdoor weddings. This ASOS dress is so pretty for an intimate ceremony and is packed with unique details like floral embroidery, ethereal organza sleeves, and a cut-out bodice. Plus, it's budget-friendly, to boot.
Reformation Yucca Linen Two Piece
Consider a matching skirt and top set for a wedding look that feels both laidback and put together. This lightweight linen style from Reformation is beyond chic for spring and summer weddings. Style yours with a simple wildflower bouquet and delicate, personal jewelry.
Best Allover Lace
Self Portrait Ivory Floral Guipure Midi Dress
What could be sweeter than a lace frock set against a backyard backdrop? This pretty midi is packed with feminine details from a flattering plunging neckline to lace trim with scalloped edges. We love it for the bride-to-be who's looking for a modern take on a classic lace dress.
Markarian Elliot Lace Midi Dress
This exquisite lace midi dress was born to be worn to a courthouse ceremony or backyard bash. The A-line silhouette boasts a flattering fit while the sweet shoulder bows frame the shoulders and neckline. Wear with pastel accessories for a spring-inspired look.
Best Wedding Suit
Misha Liam Satin Blazer and Pants
We're getting Bianca Jagger vibes from this seriously chic suit. Bold and eye-catching, a wedding suit is a great option for the bride who's looking for an outfit that's both statement-making and comfortable. Opt to wear a silk cami underneath the blazer or go bare for a totally daring look.
Rime Arodaky Enola Tie-Detailed Open-Back Embroidered Tulle and Crepe Gown
Getting married in your backyard certainly doesn't mean you have to forgo your dream of wearing a floor-length gown. After all, there's no rule that says backyard wedding dresses have to be short and casual. For formal at-home weddings, we love this Rime Arodaky dress. It's simple yet striking and is decorated with delicate floral embroidery to complement a garden setting.
For a Summer Wedding
Lulus Absolutely Stunning White Lace Off-the-Shoulder Midi Dress
At once casual and elevated, this versatile off-the-shoulder number feels special enough for a backyard wedding and casual enough to be worn again. Wear yours with a pair of grass-friendly wedges and shoulder-grazing earrings to round out your summer wedding look.
BHLDN Bette Gown
We love a midi dress with a retro twist and this style from BHLDN is no exception. Beyond its vintage charm, this fit and flare midi comes with a removable puff sleeve jacket. We love the idea of wearing the delicate lace jacket during the ceremony and then removing it for the reception for a more playful look.
DB STUDIO Cuffed Off-the-Shoulder Stretch Crepe Jumpsuit
A bridal jumpsuit is always a chic option for a backyard soirée This sleek silhouette from David's Bridal is perfect for showing off your shoulders, décolletage, and back. Plus, it's designed with pockets perfect for stashing your phone and lipstick.
Best Puff Sleeves
LoveShackFancy Ryan Dress
If you're a bride who covets Victorian-inspired silhouettes or the cottagecore aesthetic, a dress with puff sleeves should be right up your alley. Made from Catalina lace and designed with a sweeping train, the Ryan dress is the perfect blend of dramatic and romantic.
Rime Arodaky Patsy Jumpsuit
Just because you're throwing a backyard wedding doesn't mean you can't bring the drama! All eyes will be on you when you walk down the aisle in this statement-making jumpsuit from Rime Arodaky. It's designed with a daring sheer bodice, an alluring open-back, and a flower-flocked train to create one seriously showstopping look.
Best Slip Dress
BHLDN Cali Satin Cowl-Neck Midi Slip Dress
Whether you choose to dress it up or down, a slip dress is one of our favorite options for a backyard wedding. Effortless and understated, the Cali dress from BHLDN is a timeless silhouette for any type of wedding and features a draped cowl neck for added elegance.
Selkie Bubble Puff Dress
If you're getting married in a gorgeous garden setting, why not consider wearing a floral print dress? This dreamy dress is full of sweet and whimsical details like Victorian-inspired puff sleeves, a flirty mini dress silhouette, and a playful voluminous skirt. Plus, it's crafted from sheer organza so it will feel like next to nothing when worn.
Shona Joy La Lune Tie Front Bias Midi Dress
For the fashion-forward bride who loves a dramatic sleeve, this Shona Joy midi dress should definitely be on your radar. Featuring side cutouts, an open back, and a plunging neckline, this kimono sleeves dress boasts an undeniably eye-catching and sexy silhouette.
LoveShackFancy Emme Silk Mini Dress
Warm weather calls for bare legs! Show them off (and your shoulders while you're at it!) in this strapless mini dress from LoveShackFancy. We love the idea of pairing this floral frock with a pretty blusher or fingertip veil for added whimsy and romance.
Best for the Beach
Charo Ruiz Sophia Crocheted Lace-Paneled Cotton-Blend Voile Maxi Dress
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. Simply accessorize with a pair of espadrilles and a woven clutch to complete your beachy aesthetic.
Erdem Vacation Selene Floral Linen Halterneck Dress
If you're not into bridal white or ivory, cream, or anything in between, go for a pretty pastel color. In a beautiful blue hue, Erdem's Vacation Selende dress feels on theme for a backyard wedding but doesn't feel overtly bridal. What's more, unlike a white wedding dress, this floral print number can be worn again and again.
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?
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.
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