Finding just the perfect dress for your elopement can be just as difficult as finding one for a big wedding. Even though you won’t have a bunch of guests to admire you, you still want to feel beautiful and confident. And you should!
Some brides dream of going out and trying on a million dresses to find the right one. But if you’re eloping, we’re guessing that isn’t quite your style. With an intimate wedding and a (usually) shorter timeline, you’ll want to be flexible in finding the best elopement wedding dress in time for your romantic escape.
Let this be your validation: you can totally shop for and buy an elopement dress online, and it can be amazing. There are so many high-quality options that can hit on the style that you’re looking for – and often at very reasonable prices.
From casual and flirty to elegant and memorable, check out our favorite elopement dresses. There’s something on this list for every bride!
What Type of Dress is Best for an Elopement?
There are a few things that you should consider when it comes to picking an elopement dress. Depending on location, venue, weather, if you want a traditional designer, and what your favorite style is, there is a huge variety of dresses from which you can choose.
If you are getting married in a warm or tropical situation, you may not want a full traditional dress. You could easily get overheated and sweaty, which is not what you want for your special day. The other problem you may have with a traditional dress is the timing. If you are planning on eloping quickly, you may not have time to order, receive and alter a designer wedding dress, or any gown that may need adjustments.
On the other hand, if your elopement ceremony will take place in a more temperate climate or if you have some more time, you could invest in a more traditional dress if that’s what you’ve always dreamed of. You could go with a classic look, lacy, modern style, jumpsuit, formal, mini dress, full skirt, separates, or something unconventional.
One of the best parts about an elopement is the freedom to plan every detail of your day, without having to consider the opinions of guests and extended family. This means that the wedding dress world is your oyster! You can choose from practically any dress cut out there, like a daring mermaid, a classic A-line, or even a modern two-piece. With elopement dresses, it is also helpful to be able to move easily, so consider lightweight fabrics and lace to move around better and stay cooler.
If you are planning on having a formal wedding or reception later, you may want to use the same dress or find a different one that’s more dance-floor-friendly. If taking pictures in your dress is important to you, you can do it the same day or later on at your large reception.
When it comes down to it, the final dress is your choice. You can pick whatever you want. An elopement is still a wedding, and you deserve to wear whatever you like. Fortunately, there are many, many options to choose from.
Our Favorite Elopement Wedding Dresses
1. Two Piece Tea Length
For a memorable wedding outfit you can comfortably move around in, turn to Cocomelody. This unique tea-length two-piece is a beautiful option when you’d prefer something with pants. This outfit is light and airy but still looks like a wedding dress thanks to the stunning floral detailing and dreamy fabrics.
It is available in all ivory or a combination of ivory and nude for a different look that is reminiscent of modern wedding dress bodices.
2. Molinetti Tiered Maxi Dress
For a lovely and cost-effective option, check out this sleeveless dress featuring tiers of white floral lace. We love the plunging V-neckline and high-fitted waist over a stunning tiered maxi skirt. This wedding dress would look right at home in a natural venue, such as a garden or beach – and it would make a great reception dress after the fact.
You can buy it in white for a traditional wedding look, but it is also available in burgundy and navy blue if you would rather break from tradition.
3. Paneled Crepe Jumpsuit
This perfectly tailored daring neckline will certainly capture your groom’s attention at your elopement ceremony! Ideal for the modern bride, this crepe jumpsuit from Net-A-Porter almost resembles a formal wedding gown thanks to its unique silhouette. The form-fitting bodice extends down to wide-leg pants for a chic, clean design you’ll love.
4. Marina Gown
This stunning bohemian style gown is inspired by French Regency design. The relaxed sleeves and flowing train lend themselves well to a wedding dress, while silk taffeta creates the perfect texture and look. Eye-catching cutouts along the puff sleeves, bodice, and hem complete the beautiful look. We can just imagine how gorgeous this gown will look in the wedding photos!
5. V-Neck Plus Size Wedding Dress
This minimalist dress from David’s Bridal is more on the traditional side of things, with crisp satin fabric and a sweep train. The front is simple elegance, but the back brings in some detailed beading to make a stunning impression. This is the perfect dress for the bride who doesn’t want her wedding ensemble to outshine her!
6. Naya Mini Dress
Elopements are meant to be fun! If you are hoping to shake things up with a shorter hemline, check out this modern mini dress from Watters. This little white dress is great if you are eloping in a warmer locale or want to make a statement. The simple, elegant silhouette makes it easy to dress up or down with the right accessories.
7. Sheath Column Knee Length Dress
If a mid-length wedding dress is more your style, you’ll love this lacy sheath option. The mixture of ivory embellishments, including flowers and nude fabric underneath creates an alluring, daring figure while the sleeve adds a touch of whimsy. You can also order this dress with the under-layer fabric in ivory also for a more subdued look.
8. Ivory One-Shoulder Midi
Does it get more “elopement” than a tailored bodycon?! This ivory, sleeveless midi dress features hidden side boning to add support. To make this dress even more nontraditional, you can also order it in red or lilac for a completely different look. Whatever shade you choose, you are sure to turn heads and create some wedding day memories with your new spouse in this one-shoulder midi!
9. Love in the Abstract Maxi Dress
Going for a boho look? Just imagine how stunning this unique maxi dress would look in an outdoor setting – just you and your love and someone to officiate! This elopement dress is made from lightweight jacquard fabric with a cool pattern woven throughout. Although the dress is one connected piece in the back, the front cutout looks like a two-piece dress with a fitted waistline. How fun!
10. Ruffle Mini Dress
How romantic is this ruffled sundress?! It has definite boho vibes with its flowy nature, balloon sleeves, tie back and ruffle accents. This dress is ideal for warm-weather weddings because of its mid-thigh length and low neckline. It presents a unique look for a more low-key elopement wedding.
11. Gigi Lace Crop Top
For another lightweight option, check out this stunning lace mini dress that gives off all the wedding feels. The floral eyelash lace gives it a delicate, youthful look. The long sleeves and short skirt present a unique silhouette that will be sure to have your partner’s head turning.
12. Chelsea Gown
by Kennedy Blue
Just because you’re eloping doesn’t mean you have to opt for a pared-down gown! This A-line wedding dress is ideal when you want something a bit more traditional and reminiscent of a ballgown wedding dress. It has a gorgeous train, beaded details, and it flows in all the right places. The leg slit in the front of the skirt draws the eye while an open back completes the modern look.
13. Sheath Floor Length Dress
This stunning off-the-shoulder sheath dress is an elegant option for your elopement. The affordable gown is made of knitted fabric, creating a comfortable drape that hugs all the right places. It has a slimming silhouette that can flatter so many different body types, and we love the subtle knotted detailing on the neckline. Pretty appropriate to wear when you tie the knot! (So sorry. Couldn’t resist.)
14. Ivory Off-The-Shoulder Mini Dress
Looking to combine the off-the-shoulder feature with a shorter skirt? This ivory mini dress is drop-dead-gorgeous for brides who want to show off that hourglass. This option is also great for the bride on a budget who may be getting married in a warmer location. The fitted look and kick pleat on the back are certainly wedding day worthy.
15. V. Chapman Luna Dress
For brides who aren’t afraid to bare their tummy, check out this midi silhouette from BHLDN. Take a break from plain white gowns with these delicate florals and off-white beading. The tummy cutout combined with the bow in the back offers a unique option that will be super cool and comfortable, no matter the weather.
16. Parks Sheath Dress
When I came across this sheath dress by Watters, my jaw dropped. Nude underlayers are featured in many modern wedding gowns, but the addition of stunning Sidalee lace turns this dress into something unforgettable. Perfect for a waterfront wedding ceremony or destination nuptials, this elopement dress features a deep V-neck in the front and a matching plunge in the back for all-around appeal.
17. Butterfly Sleeve Boho Mini Dress
by Etsy: BLUSHFASHION
Boho brides must check out this mini dress with butterfly sleeves and a V-neckline front and back. The ivory lace is soft to the touch, which ensures that this dress will be not only beautiful but super comfortable as you marry the love of your life. This one is a great choice if you want to keep your elopement low-key.
18. Bella BG Jumpsuit
For the brides that would prefer pants over a skirt, you need to take a look at this amazing bridal outfit. This jumpsuit marries the elegance of a sweetheart neckline wedding dress bodice with the modern look and enviable comfort of a pleated crepe pant. This is what modern elopement dreams are made of!
19. A-Line Court Train Dress
Dancing the night away will be effortless in this gorgeous A-line dress. It has a V-neck bodice embellished with stunning sewn floral details. The lightweight tulle fabric of the dress and train will move along with you, creating an ethereal silhouette as glide down the aisle and, later, onto the dancefloor. This is another elopement dress that can double as a reception dress when you return from your travels!
20. Opal BG
In our humble opinions, elopement dresses should make a statement. They should be the perfect embodiment of what you as a bride want to wear on the most important day of your life.
With a square neckline, unique sleeves, and an incredible buttoned back, this elopement dress IS a statement. The stretch crepe dress features billowing balloon sleeves with fabric-covered buttons. From the back, additional buttons offer more interest, but there is a hidden zipper, so you can choose exactly how far you want the slit to go. It’s your day, after all!
21. Gilded Grace Lace Dress
Breaking tradition doesn’t have to look like a jumpsuit or two-piece bridal outfit. A simple color shift to a romantic champagne tone can set a gown apart. This sweet dress from Modcloth is covered in lace and features layers of tulle to make a poofy skirt. Even though the skirt is on the shorter side, it also has a good amount of volume (for maximum twirling potential!).
22. Tassiah Jumpsuit
For another interesting wedding jumpsuit, check out this matte satin option. It also has a bodice that looks just like the top of a ruffled neckline and sleeveless wedding dress. The wide pant legs add to the illusion of a dress. Plus, it has pockets!
23. Sequin Halter Mini Dress
Even an elopement can turn into a party! For something a bit more flirty, this mini dress is adorned with sequins and has side splits. The halterneck style makes this dress perfect for a low-key wedding ceremony – and all the adventures that will come after.
24. Michael Lo Sordo Kora Gown
This elegant gown is perfect for a destination wedding. It gives you everything you want in a traditional sheath wedding dress: a long and lean outline with gentle fitting throughout. The daring low-cut back and high leg slit also add some intrigue to this refined gown.
25. Cottagecore Wedding Dress
by Etsy: BelleAndKai
For a more casual look that’s ideal for outdoor ceremonies, take a gander at this gauzy lace maxi dress. The flowy fabric and short sleeves will keep you comfortable in alternative settings, while a bit of belly is revealed by the wrap top.
26. Off-The-Shoulder Mermaid Maxi
Tropical romance abounds with this destination elopement maxi dress! If you love the mermaid cut and the look of bridal lace, this gown is perfect for you. It features an off-the-shoulder top and stunning tiered skirt. The lace details and train are just gorgeous.
27. Daphne Gown
If you’re not into white dresses, check out this beautiful gown’s floral stripe pattern. The dress design was inspired by Regency-era wallpaper and presents such a unique look for your wedding. The fabric was chosen to mimic the texture of the wallpaper as well. Romantic ruffles and a sweetheart neckline complete this unforgettable gown.
28. Sheath Column Knee Length
A wrapped sweetheart bodice? An oversized bow in the back? Say no more! If you’re into modern minimalism, this knee-length taffeta beauty should be on your list. I highly recommend adding the white boots to complete the look.
29. Liana BG
This tea-length A-line gown is one of the most romantic dresses out there. If you are looking for something that oozes fairytale romance, it’s this one. The bodice features gorgeous lace details, while the tulle skirt flares out beautifully when you spin. The buttons up the back add another pretty detail to complete the romantic look!
30. Sierra Satin Mini Dress
For a sleek and silky look, this satin mini dress is ideal for your elopement. This mini gown has a plunging neckline and cutout back that wraps around the sides for added appeal. This sexy number might be just what you’re looking for for your elopement day.
31. Caledonia Dress
If you’re all about the details, this is the ideal gown for you. From gold stitching to floral embroidery, an open back, and plunging neckline, you’re likely to wear this gown long after the wedding bells ring! This gorgeous maxi dress even has adjustable straps for an ideal fit. We love that this dress has all of the interest without the traditional wedding gown stuffiness.
32. Pleated Maxi Dress
If you’re not into super form-fitting dresses and want something a bit looser, check out this casual maxi gown. It features a metallic pattern on the pleated mesh that makes for a really cool look. Lined in satin with adjustable straps, this calf-length dress is super comfy for a laid-back ceremony.
Elopement Dress FAQ
Even though the traditional concept of elopement is pretty secretive in that couples get married without their friends and family knowing, it has changed over time.
Now, it doesn’t always have to be a secret. Instead, the couple might choose to tell friends and family ahead of time. It could also be an intimate ceremony with just a few guests in place of a large ceremony. Elopement is what you make it!
Elopement dresses can really be whatever you want them to be. There are so many options out there that you can truly tailor your dress to whatever you want. This flexibility includes style. Everything goes, from ballgowns to mini dresses. If there is a difference between traditional wedding dresses and elopement dresses, it’s that you have many more choices.
You can choose a simple dress, or something as extravagant as you like, so the price can really vary. This answer all depends on what you want. If you want something with a ton of beading and details, it will usually cost more. But in the end, you should get something that makes you happy. It is still your wedding, after all!
Nope! You can wear whatever color you want. You’re having a nontraditional wedding, so feel free to have a nontraditional dress. Even if you were having a large wedding, many brides still choose to change their dress or add in colors. I had a white dress for mine, but added dark blue accents to it to make it unique.
Wear What You Love
Even though you’re eloping or having a small wedding, that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t get the dress of your dreams. The choices above really run the whole gambit of gown choices from simple to extravagant. You can add floral patterns or colors, or you can go with a traditional white.
Get the dress you want and build some beautiful memories of your elopement with your sweetheart!
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Kristen Winiarski lives in Wisconsin with her husband and two children. She loves to play with her kids, read, and watch classic movies. Kristen specializes in writing about parenthood, products, history, entertainment, and self-care. You can often find her writing on her phone or battling her kids' hangry moods with bacon and Cookie Monster impressions. Being a freelance writer and stay-at-home mom can get pretty crazy, but coffee sure helps. At least she gets to wear unicorn leggings whenever she wants!