5 Best Wedding Dress Styles for Eloping

You’ve decided it’d be best for it to just be you two (or maybe a handful of friends too) at your nuptials, but have you decided what you want to wear? No matter what location you decide to elope, your dress can still be a showstopper. Looking for the perfect dress for your elopement? Here are the 5 Best Wedding Dress Styles for Eloping!

A few tips when picking our your elopement dress

When it comes to eloping in the outdoors there is a chance that there will be a good amount of wind throughout your day. This is important to keep in mind, because having a flowy dress can make for some epic photos on your wedding day!

Getting a dress that is lightweight would be a great idea to keep in mind! Elopements typically come along with more walking, hiking, exploring and moving around in general. So, a dress that you can be comfortable in is super important! Try to avoid dress styles that are constricting or puffy or having ribbing in them.

Dresses can look fairly different when they’re sitting on a hanger versus when you’re moving around and the wind is blowing. A simple dress can look crazy dramatic when blowing around in the wind so when you’re looking at dresses in person pick it and and spin around and twirl and see if you like how it moves as well! Try skipping in it and jumping around, as you want something that allows for you to move around easily and comfortably.

However, the utmost important thing is that you wear a dress that makes you feel gorgeous and that you’ll be comfortable in!

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Best Wedding Dresses for Your Elopement

1. Off the Shoulder Styles

Off the Shoulder dresses are perfect for the laid-back vibe of many elopements. The style looks so chic and elegant paired with a flower crown, or your bouquet. Off the shoulder styles come in all different necklines, and sleeve types, which is super helpful when searching for a gown that’s perfect for you! Whether you’re looking for an off the shoulder style that’s more timeless, or a boho off the shoulder vibe, you’re sure to be able to find a dress that suits your needs.best wedding dress styles for eloping

2. Long Sleeve Elopement Dresses

Thinking of having your elopement when the leaves are changing, or the snow has fallen? Having a long sleeve gown can ensure you stay at a comfortable temperature, while also looking stunning. Long sleeve gowns = even more area for dress details *insert 100 heart eye emojis here*. Dress details are the perfect way to make your dress feel more custom to you!best wedding dress styles for eloping

3. Bell Sleeve Gowns

This style of dress also helps brings in the boho vibes that can add to the environment of where your elopement is taking place. Whether you’re in the hills, at a beach, or on a mountain top, a bell-sleeve gown is the perfect way to add in a touch of romance and elegance to the big day. Many bell sleeve gowns feature a lace sleeve, which is a great way to cover your arms, without having your dress feel like it’s weighing you down.best wedding dress styles for eloping

4. Gorgeous Lace Wedding Dresses

Lace dresses are perfect for nearly any setting you could possibly elope in. They look just as beautiful in the mountains, as they do on the beach. The details of a lace gown are sure to be breathtaking at your intimate ceremony. Reclamation and Grace Loves Lace are known for their epic lace dresses!

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Best Wedding Dresses for Your Elopement

5. A-Line Wedding Dresses

A-line dresses are timeless, and come in so many different styles. My favorite part about this particular style? It looks flattering on all body types! Whether you’re looking for a strapless, spaghetti strap, quarter sleeve, mid-sleeve, or long sleeve gown, there is sure to be one in the A-line variety! For some epic A-line and flowy dresses check out Daci Gowns!

Whether you’ve dreamt of your wedding dress your whole life, or you’ve just begun thinking about it now that you’re engaged, I hope that this list has helped you narrow down what you might be looking for. No matter what dress you choose just remember your dress should feel 100% your style, and you should feel 100% confident in it! Elopements are intimate, but that doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice getting married in your dream dress. Still looking for a photographer to document you in your showstopper 😉 on your big day? 🡪 LET’S CHAT!

Or, you can check out my related blog posts:
The Ultimate How to Elope Guide
7 Signs You May Want to Elope
5 Helpful Elopement Tips
3 Reasons Eloping is Better Than A Traditional Wedding
How to Make Your Elopement Special
5 Tips to Start Planning Your Wedding
Ultimate Elopement Planning Guide

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You probably have a million thoughts running through your head making you a bit overwhelmed.

How does this work? What can I do during my elopement? How do I choose my location? Is the ceremony legal? Can I elope with family?

One of the reasons you're probably eloping is because you want to have a stress-free day, but with so much uncertainty on how to plan an elopement how is it even possible?!

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Courtney has a very warm and bubbly personality that shows through her work! She made my husband and I feel SO comfortable throughout the whole day.

We were very confused on how to start planning our adventure and she was there to answer a lot of our questions in the beginning and honestly with a very short time frame! We planned and got married in 6 weeks, because we knew we really wanted her there for our day and that is what she had available! It was a challenge well accepted for all three of us.

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Courtney was so helpful during the whole process! She helped put together a wonderful day!  She really wanted to make sure our wedding was just right for us. She made our elopement perfectly formulated for us, and I can't think of a more beautiful day!

One of our concerns going into an elopement was wanting to have pictures that let us remember the entire day. Courtney was there from start to finish and captured the whole day! Because of her outstanding work, we can share it with our loved ones, and they can experience the event almost as if they were there. We also really appreciated that she captured genuine moments between us instead of making it a photoshoot.

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We are SO happy we decided to go with Courtney for our wedding photos! Originally we were supposed to elope in Italy, and she helped a TON with planning things like travel and what our day was going to look like.

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When my now husband and I started planning our elopement, we were confused to the max. We didn’t know where to start or how to go about planning anything. We knew we wanted to get married in Ireland, but had too many options on exactly where. After doing some research of elopements, I was scrolling on Pinterest and came across some BEAUTIFUL photos taken by Courtney!

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"Planning for our day and the day itself would have been completely different without Courtney. We only knew that we wanted to share our vows in the Tuscan countryside and have beautiful photos, and Courtney planned the perfect agenda for that to happen.

She coordinated our timing around sunset, and not only were the photos breathtaking, but the actual evening was too. I remember looking out over the vineyards as the sun set, the view becoming more and more stunning by the minute. There were no moments that felt forced or posed, every shot was comfortable and fun and full of love.

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"Working with Courtney was an extremely easy experience, seamless, positive and obviously fun. My wife and I went on our honeymoon and wanted to surprise her with a surprise honeymoon adventure session.

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