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The Perfect Dress to Elope In

How to Choose the Perfect Dress for Your Elopement

Elopement doesn’t have to mean letting go of your bridal gown fantasies. In fact, it opens the door to a whole new category of gowns you might not have gotten to wear at a traditional wedding. Choosing your elopement dress can be as casual or as special an event as you choose – the important thing to remember is that it’s up to you. Don’t let an elopement get in the way of feeling your most beautiful on your big day.

Keep it Short and Sweet

One of the easiest ways to transform your dream dress from chapel to courthouse is to make it tea length. Shorter gowns are every bit as dreamy as floor-length, but they keep things more casual. Browse the racks for dresses already hemmed at the knee or shin, or find a dress you love and get it tailored. Tea-length dresses give you the opportunity to show off your shoes – so make it count with a great pair of pumps.

Make it Fun

One of the perks of elopement over a big traditional wedding is that you can skip the “ceremony” dress and go right for reception! Your dress can be fun, funky, and totally unique for an elopement, as there won’t be any guests with more traditional expectations. Choose a dress with a breezy feather skirt, or one bedecked with crystals. Walk down the aisle in peach, sky blue, bright purple – any color you want! There are no rules when it comes to elopement.

Go Vintage

Make your day even more special by wearing a vintage gown. Your family might have a vintage wedding gown already hanging in the closet – use it as-is or create something custom with help from a trusted tailor. Wearing a dress your mother or grandmother wore can be an awesome way to vamp up your elopement and keep family members who may not be able to attend close to your heart. If you don’t have a family heirloom dress, hit some vintage stores and find a beautiful piece that matches your personal sense of style.

Wear the Pants

There are tons of jaw-dropping non-dress bridal options out there, like couture bridal playsuits, rompers, jumpsuits, and pantsuits. These are perfect for a non-traditional courthouse wedding – plus, you’ll probably want to wear them again! Dress up a bridal pantsuit with a pair of gorgeous heels, flowers in your hair, or a veil. Wearing pants to your elopement can be the perfect way to express your individuality and non-conformity.


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