Selecting a wedding venue that feels true to your relationship, your day-of aesthetic, and your overarching vision is one of the most important decisions throughout your wedding planning journey. From glamorous castles to industrial chic rooftops, your venue sets the stage not only for your decor decisions but also for what you wear. If lush greenery and bright blooms are your main source of inspiration, a greenhouse wedding is likely the best choice.
But what exactly is an appropriate greenhouse wedding dress? According to the vice president and general merchandising manager of David’s Bridal, Heather McReynolds, it’s all about leaning into the natural vibes and playing up the aesthetics of the setting. “Greenhouse venues are stunning for the lush, natural backdrop they provide—no floral arrangements needed,” she explains.
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Heather McReynolds is the vice president and general merchandising manager at David’s Bridal, one of the largest bridal gown retailers in the world.
“The simplicity of an unembellished gown juxtaposed with the lush greenery is very chic,” McReynolds says. On the other hand, “Soft, diaphanous tulle gowns with floral appliques or 3D florals marries beautifully with the natural setting.” But whether you go the modern or the magnificently romantic route, paying attention to the fabric and sleeve length is important since greenhouses are typically humid.
To take out the guesswork, we’ve rounded up the best greenhouse-appropriate wedding dresses from our favorite sellers. All you need is a lush bouquet, and you’ll be ready for a bloom-filled special day.
For the Romantic Bride: Oleg Cassini Illusion Plunge V-Neck Lace Plus Size Wedding Gown
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, lace | Length: Floor-length
An elongating V-neckline, open back, and sweep train skirt make this dream David’s Bridal gown one of McReynolds’ favorites for greenhouse celebrations. She especially loves the look in the ivory/cashmere blush hue to offset the beaded lace appliques and 3D flower details.
Best Halter: David's Bridal Collection Sheer Back Crepe Wedding Dress With Lace Train
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, crepe | Length: Floor-length
Sleek as can be, this stretch-crepe halter gown from David’s Bridal will hug your body and highlight your curves, with its mermaid silhouette and plunging neckline. The illusion lace racerback adds a touch of modern style while the covered buttons hint at timeless beauty.
For the Boho Bride: BHLDN Marina Gown
Size: 0-26W | Materials: Viscose, cotton lining | Length: Floor-length
Modern, bohemian, timeless, and nostalgic, the Marina gown from BHLDN strikes the perfect balance between old and new. The large-scale cutwork, sweeping train, and understated design create a striking look that’s simple in style but overwhelmingly stunning in motion.
Favorite Sleeves: Willowby Marcail Dress
Size: 00-26W | Materials: Lace, tulle, organza, stretch poly charmeuse | Length: Floor-length
Lace on lace on lace—it doesn’t get more luscious than Willowby’s Marcail. The intricate chevroned pattern dances down the skirt while the soft, billowing sleeves add an ethereal touch that’ll look right at home in a nature setting.
Best Square Neckline: Justin Alexander Golda Gown
Size: 4-32 | Materials: Net, tulle | Length: Floor-length
Square neckline wedding dresses are becoming more popular for modern brides who want a touch of vintage style, and this hand-beaded frock from Justin Alexander delights with its flattering A-line design. The low V-back keeps the look from feeling too covered, while the glitter tulle underlay adds a spatter of sparkle.
For a Touch of Sparkle: Justin Alexander Yvonne Gown
Size: 4-32 | Materials: Tulle | Length: Floor-length
With just the right amount of volume, classic A-lines are great for greenhouse weddings, and the plunging neckline and open back make this Justin Alexander number even more flawless. A patterned sequined tulle underlay adds an unexpected shine and the optional flutter sleeves give you the chance to make the look your own.
For the Whimsical Bride: Monique Lhuillier Positano Gown
Size: Contact retailer | Materials: Printed organza, crepe | Length: Floor-length
Standing among all the plants in your greenhouse venue, the Positano gown looks right at home. The blooming floral print, corset bodice, and pleated neckline play off the magical setting.
Best Empire Waist: Sachin & Babi Sabrina Gown
Size: 0-14 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length
The Sabrina gown from Sachin & Babi is cool and comfortable with embroidered floral straps, a front slit, and soft, textured chiffon. The empire waistline makes it extra flattering for all figures and bump-friendly for expectant brides.
Subtly Sexy: Alexandra Grecco Cassia Gown
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Silk crepe, tulle | Length: Floor-length
An illusion bodice, V-neckline, and plunging back make the Cassia gown a sexy-yet-tasteful choice for modern brides. The empire waistline and figure-skimming silk crepe skirt show off your curves without feeling too restrictive, and the sweet flutter sleeves add an extra dash of femininity.
Most Versatile : Jenny Yoo Everly Gown
Size: 2-16 | Materials: Tulle | Length: Floor-length
Fluffy tulle, a pleated bodice, and a strapless, sweetheart neckline have all the trappings of a classic bridal favorite. But it’s the four included panels that set this stunner apart. Twist and tie the straps to form endless neckline variations—from halter to asymmetrical to cap-sleeves—so you can easily change up your style between ceremony and reception without a second gown.
Regency-Inspired: BHLDN Daphne Gown
Size: 0-26W | Materials: Viscose, polyester lining | Length: Floor-length
If you’ve been channeling Bridgerton for your “I dos,” a Regency-style gown is a must for your Mrs. Whistledown-worthy wedding. The floral stripe pattern of this strapless BHLDN gown was inspired by Regency wallpaper, and the horsehair trimmed tiers will make you feel like you’re stepping out in front of the Queen’s court.
Favorite Lace: Oscar de la Renta Long-Sleeve Floral-Lace Gown
Size: 2-16 | Materials: Polyester, lace | Length: Floor-length
A floral tiger lily pattern and elegant trailing hem will have you feeling like you’re one of the flowers in a greenhouse with this exquisite Oscar de la Renta gown. The lace long sleeves are able to keep you cool, but its best to save this gown for spring and fall nuptials when the weather isn't too hot.
Best Budget: MAJORELLE Zelda Fitz Gown
Size: XXS-XL | Materials: Lace | Length: Ankle
If you want to let the beauty of your venue shine, stick with a simple silhouette like this ruffle dress from MAJORELLE. The breezy style is easy to dress up on your special day, with a statement headpiece and earrings, and fun to dress down with boots and a jacket after the “I dos.”
Most Chic: Alexis Shayanne Embellished Crepe Midi Dress
Size: XS-L | Materials: Crepe | Length: Tea-length
Crepe is a timeless bridal choice, and this chic option from Alexis is a vision for a greenhouse affair. The beaded shoulder straps and tea-length design keeps the look beautifully bridal but still modern.
Best Ruffles: Needle & Thread Genevieve Ruffle Gown
Size: 0-16 | Materials: Polyester | Length: Floor-length
Inspired by old Hollywood glamour, Needle & Thread’s Genevieve gown is playful, pretty, and fun with layers of frothy sculpted tulle and tiered ruffles. The style also comes in red, pink, black, and blue if the Champagne hue isn’t for you.
For the Reception: Alexandra Grecco Dali Dress
Size: Custom sizing | Materials: Silk blend, lace | Length: Floor-length
This Edwardian-inspired mini from Alexandra Grecco is ideal for dancing the night away at your reception. The structured dress cinches in slightly at the waist to define your figure and the sheer sleeves—which come in floral lace or organza—add to the elegance of the understated look.
Best Slip Dress: Lulus Love and Cherish White Satin Sleeveless Mermaid Maxi Dress
Size: XS-XL | Materials: Satin | Length: Floor-length
Lulus' Love and Cherish gown is a favorite with its sleek slip and empire waist silhouette. Whether you choose to wear this for the rehearsal dinner or actual wedding ceremony, this elegant style is a timeless option you'll forever love.
For the Modern Bride: Amsale A101 Gown
Size: 00-28 | Materials: Satin| Length: Floor-length
Amsale’s most iconic gown, A101, is a magnificent greenhouse choice for the modern bride-to-be. The sleek column silhouette, illusion back, and pleated train feel contemporary, while the satin fabric and hand-rolled silk rosettes nod to classic bridal beauty.
Best Embellishments: WTOO by Watters Tippi Gown
Size: 00-32W | Materials: Poly lining, tulle | Length: Floor-length
Three-dimensional flowers scatter this sensational tulle Wtoo dress, making it the perfect choice for a wedding among the blooms and greenery. Add in the floaty tulle skirt, strapless bodice, and clear sequins and you have a dream gown fit for floral lovers.
For the Playful Bride: Houghton Gwen Gown
Size: 00-30 | Materials: Moire, crystal | Length: Floor-length
With playful puff sleeves and an extreme open back, this crepe and moire gown from Houghton—complete with a removable chiffon cape—is gorgeously greenhouse-friendly. What really takes the look to the next level is the sparkling crystal embroidery that lines the neckline and back.
For Vintage Loving Brides: Melissa Sweet High Neck Cap Sleeve Lace Plus Size Wedding Gown
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, lace | Length: Floor-length
McReynolds adores the vintage-inspired mix of Chantilly lace and point d’esprit tulle on this high-neck David’s Bridal gown—especially when paired with the feminine cap sleeves and open, self-tie back.
For the Glamorous Bride: DB Studio Plus Crepe Off-the-Shoulder Sheath Wedding Dress
Size: 0-30W | Materials: Polyester, spandex, crepe | Length: Floor-length
Elegant and essential for a sophisticated affair, this draped crepe gown is one of McReynolds’ favorites. The off-the-shoulder neckline gives an undeniable air of glamour without detracting from the understated elegance.
Favorite Separates: Reformation Carlow Two-Piece Gown
Size: 0-12 | Materials: Organic cotton | Length: Floor-length
A strapless, slim-fitting top and full, high-rise skirt come together to create the Carlow, a two-piece dress that was made for a tropical greenhouse environment. Switch out one of the pieces for an easy second look or throw on a personalized jean jacket as a modern twist for your grand exit.
What to Look for in a Greenhouse Wedding Dress
While there’s no one style that works best for a greenhouse wedding dress, McReynolds says you do need to keep the environment of the venue in mind. “Consider the humidity that is typically found in a greenhouse as it relates to the fabric of your dress,” she advises. “Brides may want to look at more lightweight, breathable fabrics.” Lightweight cotton, chiffon, and lace are all great options, but if you want something heavier, try to find pieces with slits, plunging necklines, and/or open backs to keep you from getting overheated. When considering looks with sleeves, McReynolds suggests strapless, spaghetti straps, tanks, and cap/short sleeves for a greenhouse event. If you do envision longer sleeves, select a style with lace or illusion that’ll still allow for plenty of airflow.
How should you accessorize a greenhouse wedding dress?
Since greenhouse weddings can be humid and sticky, heavy jewelry can sometimes feel stuffy and overpowering, and it can detract from the natural beauty of the setting. Pay attention to your gown and play up the details by adding a simple pendant neckline, a few stackable bangles, or classic drop earrings for an understated look that compliments the natural aesthetic.
Can a greenhouse wedding dress have sleeves?
The best sleeve options for greenhouse events are short, spaghetti, or strapless due to the humidity of the venue. If you do want sleeves, opt for a cap sleeve dress or a style with lace or illusion sleeves to keep you from overheating.
Are greenhouse wedding dresses expensive?
Depending on the type of fabric, amount of detailing, and designer, greenhouse wedding dresses can vary greatly in price. That being said, since gowns for greenhouse nuptials are typically lighter on the embellishments and feature shorter sleeves, there are often plenty of budget-friendly options.
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Contributing writer Rachel Varina is a full-time freelancer with over 10 years of editorial experience and six years of experience in the wedding industry. Her work has been featured in Cosmopolitan, Women’s Health, Elite Daily, Betches, Zola, and The Financial Diet.