2023 Guide: Choosing your Elopement Wedding Dress

So you have chosen to elope for your wedding! This is your chance to wear what you love, feel amazing and enjoy every breathtaking moment of your intimate ceremony. Even though you have chosen an intimate wedding doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice feeling amazing, and more specifically, like a bride. Whether you will be exchanging your vows while on a mountaintop, on the beach, or in edgy, art-filled city laneways, this guide will help you find the perfect elopement dress for you.

Plus scroll down to the end where we have a selection of stunning elopement-style wedding dresses available to purchase NOW.

How to choose your Elopement Wedding Dress

"Your intimate or elopement wedding doesn’t mean you need to sacrifice feeling amazing"

  1. Choosing to go out-of-the-box

One of the perks of eloping is being able to choose the wedding dress you want to wear without the expectations of family, tradition and external opinions that can come with the more traditional wedding dress search.

Your elopement wedding dress can be fun, funky and completely unique for the special day. It may not even need to be a dress!

  1. Oh-so-Traditional

Simply because you and your fiancé have chosen to elope, may not mean that you shirk all the tradition. It is your dream day and if that means choosing the long white dress. Then that works too! See here for this heavenly elopement shoot with a gorgeous white wedding dress.

  1. Take into account the Destination

Think about the type of wedding you are planning when choosing the elopement wedding dress. Which season have you chosen? Will you be on a deserted beach somewhere or the base of the Fjords in Norway?

A hot climate means you will need all-natural fibres to avoid melting like an ice cream on Australia Day. Long sleeves will not work for an island destination wedding, or keep it sheer with lace sleeves - see below. An elopement consisting of a deliciously romantic snow mountain ceremony, may not call for an ankle-length tea-dress number.

  1. Comfort Factor

Just as above, taking into consideration your elopement destination and format also requires you to think about how comfortable you need to be. Are you heading to San Francisco’s City Hall? In which case, you may be in and out taxis all day. A short or midi length look will mean less fumbling in and out of transport and more time making lifelong memories.

As typical with elopements, it will just be you and the love of your life. Less hands mean you most likely be getting ready and dressing yourself. So keep this in mind when choosing your elopement wedding dress. A two-piece option enables ease of movement as well as the ability to transport well in your suitcase or carry on. Fabric is also a large part of the weight and comfort of your wedding dress. Choose natural and LIGHT fibres like French lace or 100% silk crepe or chiffon.

  1. Take into account your transport method

Travelling to elope means being packing

Packing for your elopement wedding may be a non-romantic part of the part process, but it is important. The weight and bulk of your dress can affect the ease in which you pass through airports. Your weight restrictions for carry-on luggage are also something you will need to remember (I only ever recommend carrying your wedding dress with you on-board when travelling. Never send or check it in.)

Disclaimer: Having said all this; love really does conquer all and if your dream elopement wedding dress means having to purchase an extra seat for it, then go for it! You won’t be the first and you certainly won’t be the last!



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 woman wears short wedding dress for elopement wedding with gucci shoes and white bouquet

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