Are you dreaming of an intimate elopement but also want to please your parents with a traditional wedding? Are you having a religious as well as a civil ceremony? Do you need a low-key wedding dress to change into for your mix-and-mingle reception vibe? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, we have the wedding gown for you! Keep scrolling for our rundown of elopement wedding dresses for a casual ceremony, romantic getaway, international adventure, outdoor party, or relaxed reception look for 2020!
We are super thrilled to report that today’s post is inspired by one of our real brides-to-be, Libby Vilner of @lifewithlibby. Libby is planning a chic, stylish, and intimate ceremony on Valentine’s Day (in New York City, no less!), as well as an ultra-romantic Israel destination wedding for spring. Check out Libby’s Instagram for all the fabulousness to come!
Libby has sent us some gorgeous images from her boutique visit to try on some of her favorite Maggie Sottero Designs, featuring some of our top gowns for a relaxed and effortless vibe. Take a look at her selection below, and try to guess which one she chose for her NYC Valentine’s getaway (to be revealed this month!).
Vintage Wedding Gown for an Urban Street Wedding: Ettia by Maggie Sottero
First up is our iconic Ettia, a glitzy yet easy-to-wear gown inspired by 1920s glamour. Featuring a satin slip underlay and lightweight beaded details, this shimmery sheath is one of our favorite elopement wedding dresses and the perfect complement to an industrial-chic weekend in the city or urban street wedding abroad. Ooh la la!
Cocktail Reception Wedding Gown: Carmella by Maggie Sottero
You’ve got killer style. You’re changing your look between ceremony and reception. You’re picturing somethings sexy, playful, and above all, uniquely unexpected. Cue Carmella, this party-ready A-line wedding dress (with a sheer textured skirt!) for a showstopping statement. (We are swooning over those 3D florals, an especially whimsical detail to match your adventurous style.)
Rustic Elopement Wedding Dress: Mildred by Rebecca Ingram
Planning a sweet and simple celebration in the woods? Consider feminine and casual wedding dress Mildred by Rebecca Ingram. Nothing fits and flows like this chiffon skirt, and geometric lace and soft floral motifs add flirty details and modern charm. (And not to mention it comes at a perfectly affordable price point!)
Simple Sleeved Wedding Gown with Accessories: Olyssia by Maggie Sottero
If you’re ever questioning your style game, opt for a minimalist fabrication and demure coverage. And if you’re loving the Second Look trend but don’t feel like ponying up a two-gown budget, try the detachable overskirt on Olyssia—a great way to change up your look between ceremony and reception. With this chic silhouette and easy accessories, you’ll be loving your bridal portraits for decades to come.
(Psst… this Olyssia gown is also perfect for a “modern royal” vibe because the understated fabrication and formfitting silhouette channel Meghan Markle’s 2018 May wedding look. Check out more sleeved wedding dresses similar to both Meghan’s bridal style and Kate Middleton’s classic lace gown here.
Unconventional Wedding Jumpsuit: Milan by Maggie Sottero
And finally, for only the most daring and fashionable of brides—a chic, unique, and thoroughly modern bridal jumpsuit in romantic allover lace! This unconventional style can be worn for a civil ceremony or casual wedding—or can offer a stylish change-up for your reception. Milan can also be worn with a tulle overskirt + beaded belt for an extra dose of girly charm (and dramatic wedding portraits, of course). Trés chic!
Are you and your sweetheart both wearing gowns for your ceremony? A bridal pantsuit is also a great way to distinguish your looks between a traditional skirt style and a modern tailored style. However you mix and match, you’ll both look exceptional!
Love these relaxed, easy-breezy elopement wedding dresses for a low-key and casual wedding? We’ve got lots of options for your browsing pleasure. First, check out our Rebecca Ingram line, featuring classic and elegant gowns at affordable price points—from lightweight, beach-ready sheaths to flirty ballgowns and boho A-lines. You’ll also be inspired by our selection of simple wedding dresses from all three of our lines—including sweet styles from Rebecca Ingram, romantic elegance from Maggie Sottero, and couture minimalism by Sottero and Midgley.
And finally, give our Real Bride Libby some love for her upcoming celebration! Follow Libby’s blog to see her gorgeous wedspo, elopement style, and destination wedding adventure in Israel!