From Beach Ceremonies to Courthouse Weddings, 32 Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Celebration

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Whether you’re saying I do beneath an oak tree in the backyard or tying the knot on the rooftop of a swanky hotel, sifting through all of the best wedding dresses and selecting the perfect one to mark the occasion is a daunting (and exciting) task to check off of the bridal to-do list. And while different events call for different looks, one fact remains the same: It’s your day to shine. So make sure that the dress you select is a reflection of your personality, the wedding you and your partner have planned, and—even more importantly—makes you feel like your best self.

Is your ceremony being hosted on the beach? If so, perhaps it’s something breezy that will ripple in the wind. Are you headed to City Hall? This is the chance to wear something befitting a modern bride—like a pencil skirt or a pantsuit. We’ve considered a range of popular wedding venues and selected some gowns for each. But if one speaks to your heart, feel free to shop it and wear it, regardless of what you have planned.

Backyard Gala

Photo: Chloe Rosey

Bring a classic elegance to your outdoor celebration with designs that have timeless silhouettes similar to Markarian’s gathered waist gowns and Emilia Wickstead’s draped dress.

Markarian Celeste off-the-shoulder silk gown

$3,295

MODA OPERANDI

Eliza J off-the-shoulder 3-D floral sleeve crepe scuba evening dress

$228

NORDSTROM

Alex Perry Alder crepe satin gown

$2,745

MYTHERESA

Emilia Wickstead diamond duchesse satin gown

$5,775

NET-A-PORTER

Tropical Destination

Photo: Valorie Darling

Grab a dress that’s just as beautiful as the backdrop. Details, like the appliqued blooms on Lela Rose’s gown or the floral-shaped pearls on Erdem’s will add the perfect finishing touches to your day.

Les Reveries one-shoulder ruched silk-jacquard gown

$795

NET-A-PORTER

Lela Rose appliqued wool-blend crepe gown

$2,990

NET-A-PORTER

Anna Quan Delfina crepe strapless dress

$1,025

MODA OPERANDI

Erdem Alphonse crystal-embellished Chantilly lace dress

$9,075

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Civil Ceremony

Photo: Virgile Guinard

Structured pieces, like a suit or blazer dress, are courthouse favorites. But don’t be afraid to mix things up with structured mini dresses and stand-out jumpsuits by Galvan.

Matériel linen cut-out blazer dress

$675

INTERMIX

Zara dress wit cut outs

$40

ZARA

Vivienne Westwood draped single breasted satin jacket

$879

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Galvan paneled crepe jumpsuit

$1,665

NET-A-PORTER

Beach-Side Union

Photo: Shore Shooters Beach Photography

The best wedding dresses for beach-side ceremonies can easily move with your body and keep up with you as you trod through the sand. So look for flowy silhouettes or lightweight fabrics.

Solace London Bysha strapless stretch crepe gown

$410

NET-A-PORTER

Halpern bustier draped duchess-satin mini dress

$1,931

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Gabriela Hearst Haring shell-embellished open-back silk gown

$4,935

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Fifth & Welshire Jade midi pencil dress

$215

FIFTH & WELSHIRE

Elopement Festivities

Photo: Daisy Johnson

There are so many ways to make an elopement feel extra special, starting with the dress. Here’s your moment to splurge or go all out with crystal embellishments to mark the occasion.

JW Anderson crystal-embellished beaded silk-blend dress

$7,390

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Area open-back crystal-embellished stretch-jersey maxi dress

$650

NET-A-PORTER

Danielle Frankel Delilah jumpsuit

$2,990

MODA OPERANDI

Valentino hemp midi dress

$5,900

MYTHERESA

Wedding at the Vineyard

Photo: Samm Blake of The Wedding Artists Co.

Let the beautiful landscape be the star and keep things clean and sophisticated with a crepe gown, like ones from Tom Ford and Rasario.

Tom Ford one-shoulder crepe jersey gown

$2,990

MYTHERESA

Rasario halterneck gown

$2,350

MYTHERESA

Vivienne Westwood Ginnie draped off-the-shoulder satin dress

$1,935

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Badgley Mischka Collection sweetheart balloon-sleeve crepe combo gown

$750$563
NEIMAN MARCUS

Rooftop Cocktails

Photo: Max Bernetz

Count on an Oscar de la Renta mini dress or a Roland Mouret jumpsuit to keep you on the dance floor during a cocktail celebration.

Oscar de la Renta A-line knit dress

$2,390

MODA OPERANDI

Black Halo Ara tie-neck puff-sleeve jumpsuit

$525

NORDSTROM

Roland Mouret one-shoulder wool jumpsuit

$1,955

MYTHERESA

Maticevski Ectasy one-shoulder draped cady dress

$1,575

NET-A-PORTER

Winter Wedding

Photo: Anne Rhett Photography

From Brandon Maxwell’s dreamy crepe gown to Self Portrait’s romantic lace number, keep arms covered with long-sleeve options that are undeniably beautiful.

Brandon Maxwell cold-shoulder twill and crepe gown

$4,195

NET-A-PORTER

Reformation Hestia dress

$598

REFORMATION

Self-Portrait Guipure lace and taffeta midi dress

$540

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Cult Gaia Larissa dress

$498

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