The best bridal outfits for a micro-wedding

The pandemic undoubtedly forced 2020 and 2021 wedding couples to scrap their plans of a big guest list and wedding reception party, in favor of a virtual at-home ceremony or micro wedding. With this new reality also comes new priorities for how to dress, as the look of your day changes, so does the need for attire. Maybe the all over lace gown with a long train that you had your eyes on before the wedding now feels somewhat over the top.
We listed some great options for you below, plus tips on how to style a look which is appropriate for the new circumstances of your wedding. The bottom line: you definitely don’t have to miss out on style because your wedding is smaller!
We have listed some beautiful dress options for your small wedding ceremony, plus tips on how to style a look which is appropriate for a covid-wedding. The bottom line: the pandemic doesn't mean you have to miss out on great wedding style!

The modern Minimalist

The minimalist wedding dress style is on-trend and suitable for a micro wedding or courthouse ceremony. With the many options out there you can feel understated yet elegant with sleek designs such as square necklines, twist details, skin- exposing cut outs or added wow factor with a detachable cape. The minimalist wedding dress will highlight your natural beauty and not compete in a small wedding celebration. It creates a balanced look that can still be creative and flattering.

Even though you are going for a simple look you have a range of design options such as a simple wrap gown, puff sleeve detail or a vintage cut. The result will be effortless, yet sophisticated.

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Short and sassy

Short gowns are playful, modern and come with the added bonus of being easy to wear again as a party dress. There are so many different designs available and the short wedding dresses are simply perfect for covid-weddings. It is a fun and cute look that can be very elegant too. Style it with a long veil and killer wedding heels.

If you don’t see yourself wearing the shortest styles, tea or ankle length are great alternatives.

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Power up with pants

To don a striking pantsuit is especially fitting for a city hall or courthouse ceremony. Your suit outfit can also be something you change into from ceremony to dinner. These kinds of separates can easily be worn again as part of your regular wardrobe staples. Whether your choice is a jumpsuit, luxury croquette style pants or fitted ¾ pants styled with a bold blouse, this is a fashion-forward and memorable statement look which is very practical too.
Pair with statement heels and why not also wear a removable train?

Effortless silhouettes

It can make sense to not go for over the top couture styles for a micro wedding. For your small wedding day, silhouettes such as sheath or slim A-lines might just feel more befitting than a thigh hugging mermaid or dramatic ball gown. Dressing down doesn’t mean you miss out on glamour. Go for timeless elegance, fluid fabrics such as silk and tasteful yet luxurious embellishments. The neckline or the sleeve is the right place to add detail and drama – look for gowns with embroidery, beaded patterns or a balanced amount of lace for a look that exudes femininity and unique style without being over-powering.

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High quality fabrics

Soft, fluid and less restrictive silhouettes made of light layers of high quality fabric allow you to move around your outdoor celebration comfortably.

With many micro weddings set to take place outdoors, airy and ethereal gowns are the right choice. A gown that has movement and flow are well suited for a romantic small wedding in nature, and an graceful design with embroidery, lace or floral elements will highlight your femininity and give instant bridal allure.

These luxurious floaty styles can be worn with heirloom jewelry and casually styled hair for the ultimate boho-luxe feel.

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Bo & Luca

Consider a cape

If your wedding style has become less traditional and your gown is simple, you might cease this opportunity to swap the veil for a cape. It is the ultimate style statement that will take your micro wedding look to the next level.

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We have listed some beautiful dress options for your small wedding ceremony, plus tips on how to style a look which is appropriate for a covid-wedding. The bottom line: the pandemic doesn't mean you have to miss out on great wedding style!
We have listed some beautiful dress options for your small wedding ceremony, plus tips on how to style a look which is appropriate for a covid-wedding. The bottom line: the pandemic doesn't mean you have to miss out on great wedding style!
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Jo Malin created this blog for modern couples who yearns for the extraordinary. Based on her sheer love of transparent planning advice, artful styling and contemporary bridal looks, she writes for the freedom of getting married the way you want. When she is not editing the blog, you can find her sketching and sewing for the new label Sheer Bride, vintage shopping, building a ceramic sculpture or walking on the beach.