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Springtime is all about romance and new beginnings. With so much natural magnificence abounding from blossoming blooms to fresh scents, seemingly every locale can transform into a secret garden, ready for a celebration. What better time to have a wedding? Better yet, what better time to dress for a wedding?
From ethereal chiffon to delicately structured lace to goddess-like simplicity, springtime unfolds with a plethora of picture-perfect wedding dress options. Draw inspiration from all that gorgeous garden foliage by experimenting with color for your own gown. From petal pinks, light lavenders, and even the slightest shades of gray, spring wedding fashion can showcase softness and femininity. But mild temperatures also lend themselves to serving some bold, fashion-forward looks from daring prints to bold hues to architectural appliqués. And if you're longing to show some leg after the longest winter ever, now's your chance to wear something short, flirty, and perfect for late-night dancing on the grass—barefoot and dewy, of course.
Read on for the best garden-ready dresses perfect for any floral-filled fête. Let the spring wedding fever begin!
For the Sophisticated Bride: Anna Sui Roane Gown
Cue the romance: This elegant peekaboo lace gown is characterized by heart-shaped motifs and intricate embroidery. Whether you're tying the knot at a private estate with gorgeous manicured gardens or a botanical garden, this pièce de résistance is guaranteed to be a hit.
Most Victorian-Inspired: DÔEN Nerine Dress
A secret garden elopement calls for a vintage-inspired dress that can be dressed up or down with a flower crown and heirloom accessories. We love the juxtaposition between the non-fussy fit and feminine accents (namely, the puff sleeves and delicate pintucks).
For the Bohemian Bride: Meadows Rosa Dress Maxi Daisy Embroidery
For the bride who desires a destination wedding in the bucolic Cotswolds, this adorable smocked dress is utterly dreamy. Look closely and you'll notice a daisy embroidery and voluminous tiers—photos in an open meadow may be in order to fulfill your cottagecore wedding fantasy.
Best Plunging Neckline: Berta Style 18-113
Turn up the heat with this precious, yet scintillating, style. A sheer, illusion bodice with a plunging neckline and ultra-low back is sweetly juxtaposed with crystal straps and tender tulle bows. Floral embroidery and a cathedral train up the ante on this delicate gown.
For the Feminine Bride: Costarellos Appliquéd Embroidered Tulle Gown
Sophisticated elegance at its finest. Sweet floral appliqués and latticework detailing soften up this high neckline design. Tiers of silky tulle and fluted sleeves give this structured silhouette some feminine flow without becoming too diaphanous.
For the Romantic Bride: Zimmerman The Lovestruck Silk-Linen Lace Gown
This jaw-dropping lace gown will leave you speechless. With puffed sleeves, embroidered hearts, and a scalloped hemline, it's chock-full of feminine details. A botanical garden or greenhouse setting will heighten the look.
Best Off-the-Shoulder: Reformation "Butterfly" Dress
You had us and our retro-loving hearts at the midi-length, trumpet skirt. A sweetheart neckline and off-the-shoulder sleeves are perfect for showing off some sun-kissed skin. The tailored bodice and slim fit keep the relaxed style undeniably chic.
For the Contemporary Bride: Grace Loves Lace "Inca" Lace Dress
Romance is definitely in the air when lace is brought into the mix. This effortless dress has all the antique vibes with French and Japanese lace, long sleeves, and a straight boat neck. But the classic style is anything but boring with a curve-skimming fit and sultry low back.
Best A-Line Silhouette: Willowby "Galatea" Oversized Dalia-Inspired Floral Motifs Dress
A picture-perfect silhouette for gliding down a flower-flanked aisle. Soft layers of tulle practically float about you creating a beautiful A-line silhouette while the gentle gray hue introduces a refreshing twist. A large dahlia print and barely-there velvet ribbon detailing finish the look.
For the Simplistic Bride: Markarian "Arabella" Dress
If the onset of spring fills your head with reveries of pastoral bliss and wholesome simplicity, this dress was custom-tailored to your tastes. Silk moire composition gives the design an organic, homegrown feel while ruffle detailing sweetens the deal. A bustier-style bodice anchors the airy ensemble while a slit adds a little peek-a-boo factor.
Best Slip Dress: Grace Loves Lace "Loyola" Dress
Minimalism, but make it spring. A slinky slip dress with an exaggerated train is about as sexy and effortless as it gets. A silk burnout floral motif adds dimension and femininity to the timeless style.
Best Goddess-Inspired: Pronovias "Woodward" Dress
A dreamy design fit for all the garden goddesses amongst us. Frothy tulle and cascading bishop sleeves need no introduction, while an embroidered bodice closely hugs every inch of your curves. You'll be the very vision of an ethereal, Renaissance muse basking in her gardened fortress.
Best Budget: David's Bridal Short Illusion Lace Dress
Perfect for a courthouse ceremony and garden party reception, this dress ticks all of the boxes. Flirty allover lace, fluted sleeves, and ribbon detailing (check, check, and check). The sheath silhouette keeps the romantic look smart and sophisticated.
For the Whimsical Bride: Marchesa Organza-Appliquéd Velvet-Trimmed Tulle Midi Dress
This gown is nothing if not the very essence of every sweet girly dream come to life. Delectable blush tulle froths into a midi skirt while a velvet belt cinches in the waist. Organza flowers, beading, and embroidery add to the whimsical aesthetic.
Best Sweetheart Neckline: Reformation "Hollyhock" Dress
Visions of running through a flower-filled meadow into wedded bliss filling your daydreams? This springtime staple may even have you singing a melody. A fitted bodice, sweetheart neckline, creamy hue, and skirt that moves with you hit all the right notes.
Most Regal: Justin Alexander "Abrianna" Dress With Illusion Mandarin Collar
A dress fit for a regal affair. A high illusion neckline and lace bodice flow into a smart cummerbund before flaring into soft chiffon. We envision a cathedral ceremony followed by drinks in the garden and an alfresco reception.
For a Wedding Under the Stars: Needle & Thread "Petunia" Gown
Floral fantasies come to life in this fairytale dress. Intricate details of beautiful embroidery, a softly dotted texture, ribboned waist, and floral appliqués are oh-so sweet. A ruffled bodice and silhouette made for swaying complete the dream.
Best Floral Print: Meadows Bella Dress Roses
This modern prairie dress is beckoning the approval of spring brides. With voluminous layers and a sweet floral print, it calls to mind a field of wildflowers. We imagine it looking idyllic with a handpicked bouquet and maybe even a straw hat for a free-spirited vibe.
Best Sheath: Maggie Sottero Bernadine Wedding Dress
As traditional brides can attest, a timeless silhouette combined with an illusion back and plunging neckline work together to create a spectacular finish. A beaded bodice and allover lace motifs—not to mention a detachable train—make this bridal look a perfect 10.
Best Tulle Skirt: Watters "Avignon" Dress
A delicate design full of enchantment and whimsy. With a bodice of leafy accents, a frothy tulle skirt, and precious ribbon at the waist, this piece will have you feeling every bit the garden-fairy bride. Customize with blush ribbon and lining for an extra dose of femme.
Most Flirty: Brock Collection Abito Quesyn Dress
Be prepared to get swept off your feet with this gorgeous guipure lace number. The classic A-line silhouette and knee-length offset the plunging neckline. All that's missing is a lush garden setting with fresh blooms to really make your wedding photos pop.
For a Rooftop Garden Wedding: BHLDN Belize Dress
Equal parts sophisticated and timeless, this long-sleeved gown will command attention at first twirl. With a flowy silhouette, subtle beading, and embroidery, it's practically made for an enchanting rooftop garden ceremony.
Tying the knot at a botanical garden or secret garden? Ahead, we've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for a spring garden wedding dress.
- What type of wedding dress do you wear for a garden wedding? For a spring garden wedding, you can go flowy with an enchanting chiffon gown or channel the charming countryside with a romantic floral dress. Vice versa, a blush-toned or lace gown can be just as impactful for a ceremony at a historic estate or castle.
- What are some factors to consider when selecting a garden wedding dress? Be mindful of your venue's environment when considering wedding dress lengths and fabrics. If your celebration takes place on grass, for instance, your floor-length gown and the trailing train could possibly snag or get muddy. Additionally, spring temperatures can fluctuate greatly throughout the day. Opting for a long-sleeved style in an airy material will ensure you're comfortable well into the cooler nighttime festivities.
- What are some ways to accessorize a garden wedding dress? Depending on your bridal aesthetic, a flower crown could be the perfect bohemian touch to a lace wedding gown. We also love the idea of incorporating a bouquet of freshly picked flowers or heirloom jewelry for a hint of whimsy.