10 Simple Wedding Dresses For the Minimalist Bride

No muss. No fuss. No problem

Updated 01/31/18

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, to boot. 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

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Addover Satin Gown, $4,095, Roland Mouret available exclusively at Net-A-Porter

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Honor 'The Astrid" Top and Skirt

Courtesy of Honor

The Astrid Top And Skirt, $3,750, Honor

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Jenny Yoo Ashton Gown

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Ashton Gown, $975, Jenny Yoo

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Wtoo by Watters Atlee Gown

Courtesy of Wtoo by Watters

Atlee Gown, $1,350 - $1,643, Wtoo by Watters

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Jason Wu Crepe-Trimmed Satin Gown

Courtesy of Net-A-Porter

Crepe-Trimmed Satin Gown, $2,495, Jason Wu available at Net-A-Porter

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Viktor&Rolf Marriage Draped Bow Train Gown

Courtesy of Viktor & Rolf Marriage

Draped Bow Train Gown, price upon request, Viktor&Rolf Marriage

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

Courtesy of DB Studio

Draped Off-The-Shoulder Crepe Sheath Gown, $179.95, DB Studio available at David's Bridal

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Reformation Eliana Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

Eliana Dress, $598, Reformation

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David's Bridal Collection Faille Mermaid Wedding Dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal Collection

Faille Mermaid Wedding Dress with Bow Back, $299 - $349, David's Bridal Collection

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Nouvelle Amsale Frankie Gown

Courtesy of Nouvelle Amsale

Frankie Gown, $2,200, Nouvelle Amsale

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