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


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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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.

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.

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