10 Simple Wedding Dresses for the Minimalist Bride

No muss. No fuss. No problem.

Updated 11/02/19

Photo by Greg Finck

Let’s face it, a lot of wedding dresses are well, extravagant. From intricate bead work to layers upon layers of tulle to fine lace detailing, many gowns come with a lot of adornment. And that’s okay. As a bride, you should indulge and be true to your personal style by choosing a wedding dress that makes you feel your absolute most "you." If that means decking yourself in all the glitz and glamour a gown has to offer, do it. But what about the brides who follow that Marie Kondo life? If your visions of "the one" are less lace and ballgown and more clean, architectural lines, and zero fuss—you're a minimalist bride. And for you that means finding a simple wedding dress that still makes a very big statement. (Above, wedding dress by Alexandra Grecco)

As a minimalist, you prefer things simple. This by no means equates to boring, especially when it comes to your wedding dress. A simple wedding dress can have more impact than one that is bedecked in rhinestones or diaphanous layers of fabric. Honestly, what’s chicer than imbuing a sense of nonchalance on your wedding day by wearing a minimalist wedding dress? You don't clutter your life so why would you clutter your wedding dress?

The simplicity of a minimal wedding dress highlights extraordinary craftsmanship and showcases your figure in a way that is subtly sexy. Speaking of which, going for a simple wedding dress doesn’t mean you’re restricted to body-skimming columns or mermaid silhouettes. Plenty of designers, like Monique Lhuillier, Viktor&Rolf, Lela Rose, Carolina Herrera, and Isabelle Armstrong (to name a few) offer voluminous shapes with a simple aesthetic—even ball gowns. The minimal effect is achieved through structured fabrics and pristine design that reads clean, elegant, and impactful.

A variety of fashion brands offer pristine gowns that minimalist brides will love despite not technically being bridal. It’s a great alternative if you’re hoping to spend a little less on your dress, or, want something you know you can wear again. In this case, we look to labels like Roksanda, Jason Wu, Gabriela Hearst, Roland Mouret, Stella McCartney, and Solace London, among others.

Ahead, we’ve culled an edit of 10 minimalist wedding dresses for the bride-to-be craving simplicity. From simple slips to A-line gowns, you’re sure to be inspired.

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Roland Mouret "Addover" Satin Gown

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"Addover" satin gown by Roland Mouret.

SHOP NOW: The Outnet, $1,088

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Honor "The Astrid" Top and Skirt

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"The Astrid" silk faille crop top and high-waisted skirt.

SHOP NOW: Honor, $3,750

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Jenny Yoo "Ashton" Gown

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

"Ashton" gown featuring a modified boat neck, pockets, and deep-v back.

SHOP NOW: Jenny Yoo, $1,100

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Wtoo by Watters "Atlee" Gown

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"Atlee" mikado ballgown.

SHOP NOW: Wtoo by Watters, starting at $1,429

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Halfpenny London "Luella" Satin Gown

Halfpenny London Luella Gown

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"Luella" organza-trimmed satin gown with low back, by Halfpenny London.

SHOP NOW: Exclusively at Net-A-Porter, $1,340

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Viktor&Rolf Marriage Draped Bow Train Gown

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A column-meets-mermaid gown with with bow detailing on the draped train.

SHOP NOW: Viktor&Rolf Marriage, (price upon request)

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David's Bridal Draped Off-The-Shoulder Crepe Sheath Gown

David's Bridal off the shoulder dress

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Crepe, sheath gown with off-the-shoulder neckline and draped skirt, by DB Studio.

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $229.95

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Reformation "Sauvignon" Dress

Reformation

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"Sauvignon" slim-fitting, ankle-length dress with open back.

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $528

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David's Bridal Collection "Faille" Mermaid Wedding Dress

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"Faille" mermaid dress with cuffed neckline and bow back.

SHOP NOW: David's Bridal, $299.99

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Amsale "Frankie" Gown

Courtesy of Nouvelle Amsale

"Frankie" crepe column gown with open back and charmeuse bow.

SHOP NOW: Amsale, $2,395

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