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Feb 16, 2024

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Some brides are all about the glitz and glamor, and some like to keep it more lowkey. If you’re a bride who’s looking for a laid-back wedding atmosphere, then a casual wedding dress is for you. Casual certainly doesn’t mean boring or simple; relaxed silhouettes, delicate details, and styles that are all around easy-to-wear, casual wedding dresses have a beauty all their own. Whether you’re looking for second marriage casual wedding dresses, are an older bride, or just want a relaxed gown, we’re sharing our favorite casual wedding dress ideas for our 2024 brides!

What Does Casual Wedding Mean?

You don’t have to have an extravagant wedding to make the night magical and memorable. Many couples are now opting for having a casual celebration. So you might be wondering, “what is a casual wedding?” Casual weddings start with an attitude, this idea of a laidback and carefree affair where informality meets the self-expression of the bride and groom. Oftentimes, this starts with a venue. Hosting your wedding at a restaurant versus a church, a courthouse rather than a ballroom, or a backyard instead of an estate. These locales offer a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere that encompasses the whole vibe of a casual wedding. There is no right or wrong when it comes to casual weddings, no traditions you have to follow—other than the ones you may want to make—no rules or expectations. Things like your dress will often reflect this attitude. For an outdoor patio wedding, you might go for something a little more alternative, like a short wedding dress, wedding jumpsuit, or two-piece set. It’s important to note, a casual wedding doesn’t have to mean “low budget,” casual weddings can definitely be elegant and elevated. 

What Should a Bride Wear to a Casual Wedding

For a casual wedding we usually recommend relaxed gowns, like whimsical A-lines and breezy bohemian styles, or even sleek sheath silhouettes. You can also go for more unique styles like the jumpsuit or two-piece we mentioned earlier, your options are endless! Part of casual weddings is simmering the day down into everything that makes you happy and expresses who you are as a bride and groom, so pick a dress that makes you feel uniquely you!

Finding the Perfect Casual Bridal Look for Each Season

Depending on the season you’re getting married in the dress you wear can greatly differ. We’ll recommend different fabrics, silhouettes, and details to perfectly suit a casual meets seasonal look! Though the dresses may look different for each season, they all perfectly exude the cool, carefree, and casual vibe that you want for your wedding. 

Casual Spring Wedding Dresses

We love the fresh and feminine feeling that comes with a spring wedding and we definitely think your gown should match with these casual spring wedding dress ideas! Our Prospera Wedding Dress is a favorite! The dreamy dress is full of whimsy with botanical-inspired appliqués that bring in the feeling of spring. The relaxed, A-line silhouette perfectly matches the laid-back feeling of a casual spring wedding and we love the addition bishop sleeves with a lace underlay. Casual doesn’t have to mean plain or boring, and our Primula Wedding Dress proves that you can be effortless and embellished. The ethereal A-line is designed in lightweight allover embroidered net in a delicate leafy pattern with a sheer overlay featuring frosted, embroidered floral appliqués, that screams spring!

Casual Summer Wedding Dresses

From backyard bashes to beachfront parties, summer is a great time for a casual wedding. The fun and carefree attitude that comes with summer can definitely influence your wedding and should certainly influence your dress. Since the season is the hottest of the year, we recommend lightweight fabrics—like chiffon or tulle—and breezy styles that are sleeveless or strapless, with cute embellishments like open backs and illusion details. Here are our top picks for casual summer wedding dresses. Our Peyton Wedding Dress has a simple and sleek look in clean stretch crepe accented by sheer, beaded botanical embroidered signs that help to contour the body and create a stunning illusion back. The neckline features an oversized oversized cuff creating chic off-the-shoulder sleeves that make this dress cool for the summer! If you’re style leans a bit more boho, then we think your love our Phila Wedding Dress. The free-spirited A-line has a sweetheart bodice featuring asymmetric draped chiffon with botanical beaded embroidery on the sheer waistline and back. The airy skirt delicately floats around you, and we love how the matching embroidered off-the-shoulder sleeves add to the bohemian look.

Casual Fall Wedding Dresses

With the foliage changing colors and the crisp feeling in the air, fall has a cozy feeling that makes it a great time for a casual wedding. We’re talking stunning sleeves and delicate details in fabrics that will keep you feeling warm and comfortable, while still looking beautifully bridal. One of our top wedding dresses for fall is our London Wedding Dress. Simply classic, the silky crepe fit and flare is effortlessly chic. The gown features a high v-neckline and vintage-inspired bishop sleeves. Tie-back streamers cinch you in, defining your figure, and create a playfully dainty bow. Buttons down to the hem are a traditional touch that brings this fall look together.  If you’re more of a trendy bride, you might like our Leighton Wedding Dress. The timeless fit and flare has a draped bodice enhancing the sweetheart neckline and leading to bow sleeves that perfectly fit the trending coquettish style. The heavier brocade fabric will keep you warm in the cool fall weather with a beautiful floral pattern that we think totally fits the season.

Casual Winter Wedding Dresses

The blank canvas of a snowy winter can serve as inspiration for casual winter wedding gowns. With clean crisp lines and delicate sparkle, these dresses are hard to resist. Our Molly Wedding Dress may not be your traditional winter wedding dress, but casual weddings certainly don’t have to be traditional. The striking, yet simplistic gown glows in lustrous satin with chic details like the straight neckline with a subtle cowl effect and slouchy off-the-shoulder long sleeves. Our favorite part is the peek-a-boo of glamorous pearl and crystal beading that glitters on the neckline like freshly fallen snow. If you do want something that feels more classic, then meet our Nigella Wedding Dress. The vintage-inspired fit and flare has a radiant look in soft stretch satin that drips down the body like water. The high neckline and cuffed bishop sleeves are a modest touch that also makes this perfect for chilly winter weddings with a draped waist detail to cinch you in and define your figure.

Casual Wedding Dress Ideas for Older Brides 

Whether it’s a second wedding, you and your partner decided to wait to get married, or you found “the one” later in life, our older brides still need a beautiful wedding dress. With more life experience, you may have a better sense of self and style and know exactly what you’re looking for in a wedding dress. But if you’re still looking for your dream dress, we can help you with one of these casual wedding dress ideas for older brides. Some mature women tend to prefer more coverage, covered shoulders, looser silhouettes, and conservative necklines. Our Norma Wedding Dress makes a gorgeous casual dress for our more mature brides with its relaxed and understated look. The sculptural style has an artfully draped bodice featuring a soft scoop neckline and delicate cap sleeves. The soft satin fabric has a radiant look and beautifully dances off the body for a flattering A-line shape. The tie-back sash is a feminine and dramatic addition to the classic gown. Women of all ages want to feel sexy and our Nori Wedding Dress does just that in a mature and sophisticated way. This simple and chic gown has a modified sweetheart neckline to subtly enhance your curves with defined seaming on the bodice for added structure. The banded waist helps emphasize the sultry shape of the fit and flare silhouette, with a front skirt slit for added movement. The soft satin fabric looks and feels luxe and we love the classic touch of buttons to the hemline. 

Casual Wedding Dress Ideas for a Second Marriage

When getting married for the second time, you might not want all the pomp and pageantry that typically comes with a wedding. Whether you’re having a casual backyard wedding or a chic trip to the courthouse, these unique casual wedding dresses will be perfect for your second trip down the aisle. While you may think second-time brides can’t wear white, we’re here to tell you that’s so not the case. Unless you come from a very religious background, the notion that a white wedding dress represents “purity” or “innocence” is outdated. You can absolutely wear white, but in truth, most modern brides don’t wear pure white anyway. Wedding dresses are often made in ivories or creams, because they have a softer look than true white wedding dresses, which can have an almost blue tint that washes out a brides’ complexion. We think that our Nyssa Wedding Dress is a perfect style for a second-time bride who wants a cool and casual look. The slinky gown features a draped cowl neckline and open back with delicate lace edging that adds a feminine touch. The front skirt slit ands more movement to the dress and reveals a sultry pop leg, with more lace to soften the look. If the vibe for your second wedding is civil chic at the courthouse, then our Leah Wedding Dress is the one for you. This darling dress has a vintage flair with its short sheath silhouette, cuffed strapless neckline, and dainty waistline bow. Buttons down to the back give the dress a timeless touch that perfect for our casual second time brides. For the princess brides out there, our Nitza Wedding Dress is elegant, effortless, and easy to wear. The flowing ball gown has a sheer bodice with textured ruching and a sexy plunging neckline supported by corset boning. The delicately beaded waistband adds a subtle sparkle that enhances the flare of the A-line skirt that floats around you in lightweight tulle.

Casual Beach Wedding Dresses 

We love a beach wedding and if you’re hosting a casual beach wedding you need the perfect dress to fit that carefree vibe. Details like stunning slits, lightweight fabrics, and breezy silhouettes all make for the perfect beach wedding dress, and these gowns certainly don’t fall short. Our Harper Wedding Dress may be simplistic in design, but is big on style. This total “cool girl” dress has a sheer, sculptured v-neck bodice and chic faux-wrap skirt making movement super easy—great for walking in the sand. The unique embroidery has a boho feel and we love how the straps create a v-shape in the back giving a geometric effect. For our plus size brides, we think our Nadia Wedding Dress is beachy and beautiful! Free flowing chiffon creates beautiful movement on effortless gown. The strapless bodice has a chic angular neckline with asymmetric draping for added texture on the simple gown. A front skirt slit offers a sultry pop of leg and the detachable bishop sleeves are a whimsical touch. Edgy, yet effortless, our Parvati Wedding Dress is for our beach baddies; featuring a draped chiffon bodice with a unique asymmetric waistline and plunging sweetheart neckline. The contrast between the textured bodice and simple skirt creates a beautiful balance and the slit offer a sexy pop of leg. The detachable off-the-shoulder sleeves make this a versatile gown.

Casual Boho Wedding Dresses

Boho wedding dresses are one of the most popular styles in the bridal industry today. These gowns have an effortless and free-spirited quality that makes them a perfect choice for a casual wedding dress. With flowing silhouettes and botanical details, casual boho wedding dresses are easy to love. Our first pick for a casual boho wedding dress is our Posey Wedding Dress. The feminine and effortless A-line has delicately beaded, floral embroidered lace cascading down from the romantic sweetheart bodice. The dreamy tulle beautifully billows off the body leading to a romantic lace trimmed train for an elegantly boho look. If you love free-spirited florals, than you’ll love our Parthena Wedding Dress. The dreamy A-line has a corset bodice with a simple v-neckline featuring three-dimensional, floral embroidered lace. The airy tulle skirt floats off the body with a lace lined slit to add more movement to the dress and a sultry pop of leg.

Casual Wedding Dress with Sleeves

Whether it’s personal preference or time of year, some brides want a wedding dress with sleeves. Sleeves can give you warmth during autumn and winter weddings, extra support for our bustier brides, and the added coverage our more conservative brides are looking for. Our Layla Wedding Dress has an effortless feel in delicately draped chiffon with a simple v-neckline. The wrapped bodice has boning to give the gown structure and shape, enhancing the look of a narrow waist on the A-line silhouette and bishop long sleeves that beautifully billow keeping you covered while looking cool. If you love sleeves for their aesthetic rather than for coverage or support, then we think you like our Pearlina Wedding Dress. The gown is dripping in pearls featuring a breezy A-line silhouette in glistening pearl beaded net. The sculptured strapless bodice has delicate pleating, leading to a geometric keyhole in back. Detachable bishop sleeves have matching pearl beading and delicate pickups for a tiered effect that elevates the look of this casual wedding dress.

Casual Colored Wedding Dresses

You do your casual wedding your way, and that might include a splash of color! Cool, colored wedding dresses are the perfect way to show off your personality at your low-key wedding and make sure that it’s a day people won’t forget. Joanie, style 4111 is modern meets classic in sleek satin with a chic cuffed neckline and perfectly placed seams that cinch in your figure and emphasizes that A-line silhouette. The front skirt slit adds to a more relaxed feel and in misty blue, this dress feels like one-of-a-kind. If you want a little more mystery when it comes to your casual wedding dress, then we think you should try black wedding dresses. Our Nalani Wedding Dress is an unexpectedly elegant black wedding dress. The airy A-line has a boned sweetheart bodice featuring asymmetrical draping with three-dimensional floral accents that float down the dress. The lightweight tulle has an effortless look and we love the playful addition of the detachable floral off-the-shoulder sleeves.

Casual Country Wedding Dress

Perfect for a backyard bash or barn wedding, a country wedding dress embodies a rustic feel that many brides seem to love. Fluttering details and lovely laces, there’s a certain charm to a casual country wedding dress that’s hard to resist. Our Polly Wedding Dress has a rustic charm with a delicately beaded embroidered bodice, over romantic Chantilly lace. The sculptured neckline has a lovely scalloped edge while the lace-up corset back will keep you looking cinched. The chiffon skirt beautifully billows off the body with a relaxed A-line silhouette that will have you floating down the aisle. Elegance with a country flair, our Noah Wedding Dress has a modest look with a high bateau neckline on a crepe bodice. Sheer bishop long sleeves, which keep you covered, are balanced by the open, v-shaped back lined with lovely lace trim. The chiffon skirt billows around you with a banded waist to help emphasize the soft flare of the A-line skirt. 

Finding the Perfect Casual Wedding Dress for You

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