While ornate ball gowns or glamorous sheaths are the One for some brides, others prefer a more laid-back approach. Casual wedding dresses are the answer for such bridal styles, whether you’re planning a relaxed beach wedding, saying “I do” at city hall, or eloping to a unique destination. But, of course, there’s another reason you might consider a casual wedding dress for your big day: the price. When scaling back on layers of tulle, chiffon, or delicate appliqué, you’ll find there are loads of stylish designs that feel perfectly bridal and cost a lot less than extravagant bridal dresses.
You might be wondering: Can any white dress serve as a casual wedding dress? Not exactly; you don’t exactly want your pick to get lost amid your wedding guests’ party dresses. Even when going casual, opt for something with a fashion-forward element to your bridal look—think a cotton midi with ruching or a smocked linen style with pretty puff sleeves. If you’re craving a little more elegance, a cap-sleeve mini with embellishments (we see you, sequins) or high-low silhouette will skew dressier but still won’t get into fussy territory.
Your favorite brands and retailers have tons of options for all aesthetics: boho, classic, romantic, trendy. And the best part? Whatever casual style you choose, you’ll be able to wear it on repeat postnuptials—really. (We know it’s been said about many a bridesmaid dress, but this time it’s true.) Ahead, 26 casual wedding dresses for any style and budget in 2021.
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