Unique Fall Wedding Dresses for 2024 (+Outdoor Dress Ideas)
Aug 15, 2022
Real Bride Stories
Brides are falling in love with fall weddings! While spring used to reign supreme, Wedding Wire found that September and October have jumped up to the two most popular wedding months. And it’s no surprise, from the crisp feeling in the air to the cozy vibes, fall weddings are truly lovely, especially for wedding gown pictures. So what you need next is the perfect fall wedding dress to match! We’re sharing unique fall wedding dress ideas for 2024 to help you capture the magic of the season.
What Kind of Wedding Dress Should A Bride Wear in the Fall?
- Lace Wedding Dress
- Lace wedding dresses are a classic choice and can help enhance the rustic feeling of a fall wedding. Fleur, style 2477, and Doreah, style 2410 are gorgeous options for a lace fall wedding dress.
- Long Sleeve Wedding Dress
- With the weather getting cooler, long sleeve wedding dresses are a great choice in the fall. Eleni, style 3103 is a stunning choice with its lined long sleeves and leafy lace pattern and makes a great outdoor fall wedding dress.
- High Neck Wedding Dress
- High neck wedding dresses are coming back in a major way, and we think they look extra special at a fall wedding. If you’re looking for a high neck wedding dress check out Guadalupe, style 30129, and Georgette, style 30121.
- Illusion Wedding Dress
- An illusion wedding dress is stunning year-round, but there’s something special about an illusion gown in the fall. Farrah, style 2483 is what fall wedding dress dreams are made of.
Indoor vs. Outdoor Autumn Wedding
There are some factors that can help you decide if you should host an indoor or outdoor autumn wedding. First and foremost is your wedding date. If you’re thinking about getting married in early fall, that’s a great time to have your wedding outdoors. With the remnants of summer slowly slipping away, the weather starts to cool making it an optimal time to be outside. If you’re worried about cold weather affecting your wedding day, consider having a tent wedding. A clear tent will allow you to stay comfortable, away from the elements, while still enjoying all the beauty the season has to offer.
If you’re getting married in late fall, we would recommend an indoor wedding. Depending on where you live, you’re certain to feel a chill in the air come November, so hosting your wedding inside will be best. A venue like a barn helps to embrace all the rustic vibes that autumn brings. Fall is all about feeling cozy, so make your space feel the same with touches of flannel, warm colors inspired by the changing foliage, and decor like aged wine barrels and dried flowers. These elements will help bring that seasonal effect inside, creating an ambiance of southern charm that suits fall weddings so well.
Not all fall weddings follow this trend. If you live in states like Florida or California or are looking to celebrate in a tropical destination, you can have a beach wedding any time of year. This gives you a chance to step away from the sleeves and lace of typical fall wedding dresses and have fun with beautiful beachy gowns! For beach weddings, you can choose from boho A-lines to slinky slip dresses and loads more beach wedding dress ideas.
Unique Fall Wedding Dress Styles & Silhouettes
You want a dress that feels uniquely you when getting married, and that’s no exception for an autumnal wedding. From chic styles to antique-inspired silhouettes, there’s a dress for every fall bride. Florals for spring may not be groundbreaking, but we think wedding dresses with a bevy of botanical details are a beautiful option for the fall season. From vine-inspired embroidery to leafy appliqués, these floral details are totally inspiring for a fall wedding. Whether it’s a delicate illusion neckline or breathtaking back, illusion wedding dress designs scream fall. There’s something so elegant and romantic about illusion long sleeves, either fitted to the arm or beautifully billowing, this illusion detail is a beautiful addition to a fall wedding dress. A-lines and ball gowns reign supreme when it comes to fall wedding dress silhouettes. These silhouettes are timeless and versatile and will totally give you that princess bride feel. A-lines can fit any theme and venue making it an easy silhouette to wear for a fall wedding.
Fall Wedding Dresses with Sleeves
Fall is the perfect season to start embracing a wedding dress with sleeves. From delicate illusion sleeves to lovely lined long sleeves, a fall wedding dress with sleeves is an easy choice. For the true romantic at heart, we think Felicity makes a beautiful fall wedding dress. From the elegant high neck to the stunning illusion detailing and bold floral patterned lace, this dress is a modern classic. For a more vintage-inspired wedding dress, try Frieda with lovely lace that creates an antique look, delicate off-the-shoulder neckline, and breathtaking sheer back. A modest, yet opulent, choice is Graciela: a showstopping fit and flare with a chic high neckline and long sleeves. The Chantilly lace gown features allover embroidered lace that totally reminds us of the beautiful fall foliage, and if you’re looking for more drama add on an overskirt to create a fuller silhouette.
Simple Fall Wedding Dress Ideas
Simple is stunning, especially at a fall wedding. The clean lines and delicate details of a simple fall wedding dress allow you to stand apart from the beauty of the season. Modern minimalists will love Fila, a couture stretch crepe fit and flare with a plunging sweetheart neckline balanced by lined long sleeves. The illusion back is absolutely gorgeous, with Alençon lace trim that is reminiscent of falling leaves. Flavia takes the classic ball gown silhouette we love for fall and gives it a contemporary twist. The elegant gown glows in petal satin and with a chic corset bodice featuring a square neckline, soft basque waist, and box pleated skirt, this dress was made for the modern minimalist princess.
Casual Fall Wedding Dress Ideas
Fall weddings give us cozy vibes, so we can see why some brides might take a more casual approach when it comes to their wedding dress. But casual certainly doesn’t mean plain or boring. A casual fall wedding dress can be full of details and sparkle, but in an effortless way that makes it easy to wear. Fidelina is the perfect example with its flowing A-line silhouette in soft tulle that has a cloud-like effect. The Chantilly lace bodice features a v-neckline trimmed in beautiful beading, and flirty flutter sleeves finish off this fresh fall wedding dress. Glenda is another great option if you’re looking for a cool and casual fall wedding dress. The effortless organza skirt delicately billows off the body contrasted by the chic crepe bodice with a wide waistband to help define your figure. The horsehair trim adds beautiful texture to the chapel train for a truly dreamy look.
Plus Size Fall Wedding Dress Ideas
Plus size brides deserve to look just as fabulous at their fall wedding. Regardless of your body type, there’s a perfect dress for you. We usually recommend an A-line silhouette for our curvier brides, as it tends to be the most flattering on all bodies with its tight fitted bodice and billowing “A” shaped skirt. We do have some recommendations for plus-size brides who are looking to address specific concerns with their fall wedding dress. For our plus-size brides who have a bigger bust, our pick is Garcelle, a truly romantic ball gown! The bodice features supportive cap sleeves and a wide v-neckline that will keep you secure while offering a peek of cleavage. The real wow factor comes in with the fantastically full, flounced skirt, making this a top choice for a plus-size fall wedding dress. Gillian is an elegant fall wedding dress, perfect for curvy brides! The wide, illusion neckline with sweetheart detail is a great choice for women with broad shoulders, as it creates an effect of slimmer shoulders and draws the eyes inward to the sheer chest area. Romantic Chantilly lace and allover frosted embroidered appliqué feel both rustic and charming on this fit and flare silhouette, and we love the stunning sheer back and beautiful petal-shaped train.
Bohemian Style Wedding Dresses For Autumn
Free-spirited and effortless bohemian wedding dresses perfectly suit the fall season. With a stunning mix of fabrics, chic laces and embroidery, and billowing silhouettes a boho wedding dress is one of the most popular styles. And with all the beauty of autumn on full display, we say choose a dress that’s also inspired by these natural elements! Felista is a dream bohemian fall wedding dress with a relaxed ball gown silhouette in cloud-like net that delicately floats off the body. Botanical crystal beaded, frosted lace decorates the bodice and delicate sheer bishop sleeves and we love how the keyhole back adds to the boho vibe. Colleen is the definition of effortless beauty. The flowing English net A-line features a breathtaking illusion bodice with vine-inspired crystal beaded, embroidered appliqué that cascades down the sheer long sleeves. The high skirt slit is that extra touch that makes this dress one of our fall favorites!
Fall Wedding Dress Colors: Is it okay to wear a champagne wedding dress?
There are so many breathtaking colors during autumn that it’s hard not to take inspiration from all the stunning hues the season has to offer. So when a bride is wondering “Is it ok for me to wear this wedding dress color?” Our answer is absolutely yes! Warm tones like champagne and cappuccino are beautiful accents to a fall wedding dress. Gwen is a gorgeous champagne fall wedding dress. The soft ball gown is a soon-to-be classic, with a lovely off-the-shoulder surplice bodice and frosted floral lace. The best part is that champagne colored underlay that shines through the tulle giving you a subtle pop of that pretty hue. If you’re looking to make a bolder choice in color try a gown with our cappuccino underlay! Cleopatra is the perfect example. The sultry fit and flare features a chic mix of geometric and medallion style lace with pearlescent beading that perfectly pops against the warm cappuccino underlay, giving you a truly unique colored fall wedding dress.
Picking The Right Fabric for a Fall Bride
As the weather cools down during the fall season, you want to make sure you’re picking the right fabric for your wedding dress that will keep you cozy and comfortable all night long. Depending on the month of your wedding and where you live, it’s safe to say you may need a heavier fabric for your fall wedding dress. Something like mikado is a beautiful choice. Mikado is a heavier variation of silk that is sleek and chic and is better suited for cooler climates. Bijou is a magical mermaid with a stylish combination of mikado and tulle that will keep you warm while also looking fabulous. Brocade fabric is another great choice for a fall wedding dress and is distinguished by the unique jacquard, or raised design, that’s woven into the fabric. The stiffer material is great for structured ball gowns, like Rose, a minimalist brocade ball gown that is all about texture. The clean lines of the plunging neckline and box pleated skirt help to show off this unique fabric.
Selecting the Perfect Neckline for a Fall Wedding Dress
When it comes to the details of your perfect fall wedding dress a lot of it comes down to personal preference. We can offer you some recommendations when it comes to necklines that we think best suit the season. Our top choice is an illusion neckline! Elegant and effortless, an illusion neckline offers you the beauty of a strapless style with all the support you could need. The sheer effect allows for stunning appliqué designs that are sure to wow your guests. Freya is our pick for an illusion neckline fall wedding dress, with swirling medallion embroidery accenting the sheer net. Another neckline we love for fall is the mock neckline. A mock neckline is a lovely high neck option without feeling suffocating like a turtle neck style can be. Grazia is a breathtaking mock neck ball gown that will steal the show at any wedding! An off-the-shoulder neckline is a perfect choice for any season! From straight neck styles to sweethearts to draped sleeves, an off-the-shoulder wedding dress will look lovely at your fall wedding.
Cute Back Details for a Fall Wedding Dress
The back of your wedding dress should look as good as the front! We have a selection of cute back details that will help take your fall wedding dress to the next level. First is an illusion back. When you walk down the aisle and your guests catch a glimpse of a gorgeous sheer back we’re positive it’ll take their breath away. A dress like Fontaine will do the trick with bold allover floral embroidery on a fit and flare silhouette and a striking illusion back featuring dainty buttons. This dress is the perfect modern twist on classic bridal. Another cute back detail for a fall wedding dress is a keyhole. Geometric and chic or a sweet and simple circle, keyhole backs come in all shapes and sizes. Our pick for the perfect keyhole back fall wedding dress is Fiorenza, a fairytale of a gown. The elegant A-line has blooming three-dimensional floral lace appliqués and sheer cap sleeves that lead to the lovely keyhole back. A lace-up corset back is also a beautiful choice for a fall wedding dress. Corset wedding dresses are totally trending and suit all seasons. Fiorella is a chic twist on the classic corset, great for our fall brides who want to make a statement. The whimsical A-line features a structured bustier bodice that laces up in the back and three-dimensional floral appliqués for that extra pop!
Which Sleeve Style is Best for an Autumn Bride?
Fall is a great time to embrace sleeves on your wedding dress. From dainty cap sleeves to stunning illusion long sleeves, there are lots of great choices for a fall wedding dress with sleeves. Bishop sleeves are a vintage style that’s becoming new and trending again in the bridal industry. A pouf sleeve that gathers at the wrist, for a bubble-like effect, these sleeves look lovely both fully lined and with illusion detailing. Gwendolyn brings back bishop sleeves in a big way. The soft mermaid dress is absolutely enchanting with embroidered lace appliqué, patterned sequins, and crystal beading, but the real winner is the detachable bishop sleeve with a chic slit up the side. Another sleeve style we love for fall is cap sleeves. This classic style totally fits the season with its delicate and dainty vibe. Georgette is our winner for a cap sleeve fall wedding dress. This fitted gown features a unique illusion high neck, with v-neck detail, and delicate cap sleeves that just cover the shoulder. Finished off with embroidered lace appliqués and a petal-shaped train, this dress is a dream. We saved the best for last with Fabrizia. Seductive and sophisticated, this wedding dress takes sleeves to the next level with a detachable, illusion long sleeve, bolero jacket. Paired with the fit and flare silhouette the bolero jacket creates a cool keyhole effect in both the front and back of the gown. Accented with delicate embroidered lace you definitely get the most out of this two and one long sleeve fall wedding dress.
Pairing the Perfect Accessories for Your Fall Wedding Dress
Once you’ve found your perfect fall wedding dresses you need the right accessories to match! A classic bridal pairing is, of course, a veil. A cathedral-length veil is a great way to feel grand and the unique leafy lace lining the edge of veil style VL3108 totally embraces the stunning foliage of the autumn season. If you’ve found your dream dress, but are looking for a little more sparkle, an overskirt is the way to go. The detachable sparkle tulle overskirt, style 11400, has blingy beaded trim and is the perfect addition to a cool and classic fall dress. An overskirt is also a great way to create more volume in your dress for the ceremony revealing a slim gown for the reception, giving you two looks in one. If something understated is more your style, go for a delicate and dainty hairpiece, like style HP4105. This crystal and pearl beaded comb is definitely serving fall vibes and reminds us of a sweet juniper branch. For some brides, there’s no such thing as too much drama, so we say add on a bridal cape! Style 11392 is a flowing tulle cape with gorgeous Veniçe lace appliqués for a regal and royal wedding day look.
Fall Wedding Dress Ideas for Your Bridal Party
It’s not just the bride who should look seasonally appropriate. The whole bridal party should definitely embrace the feeling of fall in their dresses. From the mother of the bride and groom to your bridesmaids, we’ve got plenty of options to invoke autumn’s warm and cozy spirit.
Fall Wedding Dresses for Mother of the Bride
Jewel tones definitely scream fall and are a sophisticated and mature color choice for the mother of the bride and groom. Think deep emeralds, warm reds, rich plums, and radiant blues. Our MGNY style 72625 is bold in a sapphire blue with lots of tailored elements to keep you feeling refined. The scuba jersey fabric is ultra comfortable and with unique design details like the wrapped waist and chic buttons, this dress is definitely a winner.
Fall Wedding Dresses for Mother of the Groom
The mother of the groom deserves to look just as classy at her son’s wedding day. When it comes to standing apart from the other members of the wedding party, it’s the sophisticated embellishments that can make all the difference. MGNY style 72607 is the perfect example! In a glowing emerald green shade, the fitted stretch crepe gown stands out with an elegant appliqué at the waist creating a draped skirt effect and beautifully beaded cap sleeves. This fall appropriate dress is totally fashion forward.
Fall Wedding Dresses for Bridesmaids
Your bridesmaids should compliment you when standing by your side at your fall wedding. Since you now have all the tools to find your perfect fall wedding dress it’s time for the besties to find festive fall styles that are truly stunning! When it comes to fabric, velvet is the ultimate fall fabric for bridesmaids. This weightier fabric makes it a great choice for when the weather cools down and the texture looks luxe. If you’re looking for your bridesmaids to mix and match, try using both our floral velvet and regular velvet styles. Having someone like your maid of honor stand out in style 21790 is a great option. The chic floral velvet gown has split flutter sleeves, ruched waist detail, and sultry skirt slit. Have your other girls mix in our various velvet styles like 21660 and 21724. If your fall wedding is all about being elevated and sophisticated, we recommend style 21795, a sleek and chic one-shoulder silky satin gown. The asymmetrical neckline is the epitome of cool and with details like the ruched waist and wrapped front skirt slit this fall bridesmaids dress is a definite winner. In our warm bronze color, you’ll certainly be fall ready!
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