While ornate ballgowns or glamorous sheaths are The One for some brides, others prefer a more laidback 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 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 post-nuptials—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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