Bridal Looks for Small Weddings

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Brunette woman wearing a strapless wedding dress with lace detailing, sheer back, and sweetheart neckline.

Small weddings provide the perfect opportunity for couples to celebrate their love with an intimate ceremony. Cutting down your guest list or making a sudden change of venue doesn’t mean having to give up your bridal dream. Whether it’s because of local restrictions, eco-friendly concerns, or you prefer city hall ceremonies, ensure you look and feel your best by creating a micro wedding look tailored to you. Not sure where to start? Read on to explore the different aspects that can help you create the look of your dreams.

Small weddings with various dress codes

Smaller, more intimate wedding attire can vary based on your preferences. A shorter guest list doesn’t necessarily mean a more casual look. Below are a few bridal looks based on smaller wedding ideas according to the dress code.

Formal small wedding attire

Capture your glamorous style by opting for a more formal small wedding ceremony. Consider a floor-length princess wedding dress with a sweeping skirt that contrasts with a fitted bodice for a memorable entrance. Pick out a cascading gown in shiny satin, which creates an ethereal, elegant look that effortlessly elevates any smaller celebration, highlighting your unique style while adhering to your black tie dress code.


Woman wearing a princess wedding dress with lace bodice and flared tulle skirt.

Semiformal micro wedding outfits

Strike the perfect balance for your celebrations by opting for a semi formal dress code for elevated attire with more freedom. Select a simple wedding gown in a mermaid cut to highlight your feminine figure and choose a lightweight fabric that captures the relaxed atmosphere of your romantic small wedding. Consider accessorizing with minimal jewelry, or capture your artistic style by incorporating more vibrant hues according to the season.

Casual small wedding attire

For brides who wish to create a laid-back atmosphere for their small gathering, consider a more casual bridal look. Short wedding dresses are ideal for private wedding ceremonies, or pick out a bridal jumpsuit or pantsuit that best showcases your modern taste. 

Garden goddess for a small backyard wedding

Capture an ethereal feel for your small wedding reception by creating a breathtaking garden attire ensemble. Embody the romance of your special day by slipping on one of our floor-length designs in lace, complete with intricate floral detailing that matches the backdrop, creating the perfect photo opportunity.  

For a fairy-tale gown, slip on our tulle bridal dresses that gently sway as you celebrate outside. Prefer a luxurious yet lightweight look for your private ceremony? Decide on our A-line wedding gowns in chiffon for a relaxed yet elegant design that highlights your classic taste. 


Woman wearing a simple wedding dress with lace detailing on the mid-section and the short sleeves.

Bohemian for small beach weddings

Preparing for a small destination wedding in a sandy location or gathering your close friends and family by your favorite oceanside lookout? Explore how to dress for a beach wedding to tailor your look according to your taste.  

For a relaxed feel, consider our A-line cuts with a flowy skirt complete with lace details for a bohemian-inspired look. Alternatively, consider a beach wedding dress in a fit-and-flare silhouette that tastefully highlights your feminine figure. Preparing for an even more casual beachside ceremony? Slip on our shorter dresses in lightweight tulle for a modern ensemble. 

Elegant romance for small chapel weddings

Our simple wedding dresses are perfect for pared-down religious ceremonies. Think classic A-line silhouettes that express the romantic essence of the occasion, or our long-sleeved fit-and-flare gown that provides even more coverage. Create an unforgettable, youthful bridal look with our minimalist wedding dresses, complete with softly gathered skirts and subtle detailing. 

Styling your intimate wedding look

Personalize your small, elegant wedding attire by accessorizing your gown to best highlight your unique style. Decorate your backyard venue with floral arrangements, adding a matching floral headpiece as an unforgettable final detail, creating the perfect photo opportunity. For intimate beach weddings, take into consideration the elements and ensure optimal comfort on your special day by opting for wedges or flats for extra support on the sand. Complete your beachy look with a simple veil to complement your relaxed wedding gown. 

Prefer a more glamorous twist for your small black-tie wedding? Slip on a pair of sparkly bridal heels that complement your sequined gown and one of our lace bridal jackets for a unique final detail that effortlessly elevates your bridal attire. Sweep your hair into a low bun to allow the cape and dress to stand out. 


Blonde-haired woman wearing an A-line wedding dress with a long white bridal cape.

Whether you’re preparing for your civil wedding ceremony or simply prefer smaller gatherings to celebrate the love between you and your soon-to-be husband, ensure you capture a bridal look tailored to your preferences by following our helpful tips. From selecting the right fabrics according to your dress code to capturing your wedding day theme, begin gathering some ideas based on our list to celebrate your smaller, special day in your bridal dream look. 

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