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16 Simple & Glamorous Wedding Dress Ideas For Downsized Weddings

Updated: Sep 18, 2023

Things have certainly looked different as of late, we've had to make adjustments across the board. In my own business I've noticed that brides have begun requesting more simple dresses for more simple weddings. Some have even opted for a mini wedding look, while they wait for their "bigger day". I thought I'd give some suggestions for beautiful alternatives to the big white gown. Simple yet elegant designs, that still stand out and say "I do".

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A bride may go for something structured and elegant while still keeping certain aspects if the traditional bridal gown appearance.

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This soft satin style shirt dress is great for going from small ceremony to the reception. Shop Here

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I love this playful dress, and I’m very partial to bishop style sleeves they tend to be a very romantic style. Shop Here

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This ode to 60’s style of dress is both simple and classic, the pairing of the bow sandals works beautifully. Shop Here

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I enjoy this more severe look as well, it gives off a modern vibe and allows one to be more fluid with accessories and styling.

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The "bride-groom", for the more non traditional bride looking to mix up her look. This is a feminine twist to the suit jacket. Shop Here

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Dreamy, is the word that best describes this dress, beach wedding or someplace enchanting is where this dress is best worn. Shop Here

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Sexy and sophisticated, clean lines soft and pretty design with subtle sex appeal.

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The “Great Gatsby” glitz, sequins, & feathers this dress has it all. She is the perfect party inspired dress. Short sweet and playful. Shop Here

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If you need a little abstract and interesting bridal look that still checks a lot of those boxes, then something fun and interesting like this design may suit you.

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I love the elegant bows in this design, the look is chic and simple and really perfect for a very small assembly wedding. Shop Here

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A playful flirty design that can be liven up with some really amazing shoes, and have them be the center piece of the design. Shop Here

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Soft and sweet dress design, dresses with hints of femininity like feathers and bows can really elevate a simple look, that along with a silk finish fabric scream formal and elegance. Shop Here

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The flow of this gown is so 1970's but still so very modern and elegant. You still get the fullness and float, that you would get with a more exaggerated gown.

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The lace of this dress is really eye catching, if you are a bride who is looking for, something bridal inspired but, you still want to incorporate your own sass and style this is a fun look. I can see this paired with some glitter booties or a pair of patent leather Doc Martens. Shop Here

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Short and sweet. I love the shoulder design on this dress it really is the focal point of the dress very subtle and romantic. If you are wondering "where's the sparkle?" Look a little closer you'll see that the bust area has a beautiful beaded design. Shop Here

What was your favorite look? Let me know in the comments below!

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Jasmine Terry-Ankobil owner and operator of LAIDIECLOTH fashion house, where I create custom designs and perform alterations for formal occasions. Online Couture Sewing School LAIDIECLOTH U. Please feel free to share this article and/or visit my site

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