White Dresses for Intimate Weddings and Elopements

Weddings this year are looking drastically different than they typically do, that’s for sure! COVID and the global/nationwide pandemic are impacting weddings and celebrations more than any of us ever thought or expected, and carefully laid wedding plans are being completely turned upside down this year. I have a lot of thoughts about all of this – and a whole lot of stories to share someday! – but one thing is for certain: love is not canceled. I shared a heartfelt letter to 2020 brides a few months ago (and more thoughts on why you need a wedding planner now more than ever!), and this is the thought that keeps me going day in and day out, despite all of the heartache and pivoted plans and emotional moments (for my couples, their families, their friends, for the wedding industry, and even for myself). Love never fails. If, at the end of all of this, I can look back and remember how hard we all worked to create joyful moments, even in the hard circumstances, and to celebrate love… then I will count this year as a success, even when it sometimes feels like anything but.

Love is still celebrated, friends. Even if it’s on a much smaller scale and with pivoted wedding plans, love truly never fails. I firmly believe in a hope greater than the pandemic and the current state of the world, and this is what keeps me going. Being able to serve my couples well during an unprecedented time is what I am here to do… and trying my very best to infuse these hard days and smaller weddings with as much abundant love, heartfelt joy, and beautiful, meaningful celebration as possible!

All that to say, several of my 2020 couples have made the hard (but necessary) decision to postpone their larger wedding celebrations til 2021. While we hope to celebrate their ceremony and receptions with their full group of family and friends next year (with the same venues, vendors, and design plans as before  – just a change of date), many of these couples have decided that they wish to get married and make it official on their original wedding date! These intimate ceremonies and dinners are, of course, much different than we all originally planned for that date to look like, but I am so touched and so proud of how resilient, strong, flexible, and gracious these couples have been when their worlds are being turned upside down.

Several of my brides have decided to save their wedding gowns til their larger wedding celebration next year and instead wear a shorter or midi-length white dress as they are married on their original wedding date. Some brides have chosen to wear their wedding gown twice, both at their intimate celebration and again next year. Whatever each bride chooses is absolutely what’s best for her! And I know all of these wonderful 2020 brides are going to be so radiant, so stunning, and just so beautiful because they are marrying the love of their lives.

For the brides who have decided to elope or wear a different dress for their celebration, I’ve rounded up some of my favorite white dresses to consider as options! Whether it’s at a courthouse, in your childhood backyard, at your wedding venue, at a park, or somewhere special to you two, I can guarantee that your wedding day (or both of them!) will be the sweetest, most meaningful, most joyful day. Above all, it’s the day that your marriage begins. And whether it’s witnessed by 2 or 10 or 50 or 250 of your family members and friends, in person or virtually, as you always dreamt it to unfold or not… it’s a beautiful day and a beautiful marriage worth celebrating.

Needle & Thread from BHLDN // Monique Lhuillier from BHLDN

Monique Lhuillier from BHLDN // Ted Baker London

BHLDN Parsons dress // Amsale LW165

Amsale LW130 // Amsale LW137

BHLDN Promenade dress // Express floral lace

Carolina Herrera // Lela Rose Positano

Bloomingdales Rebecca Taylor // Bloomingdales Carmen Marc Valvo

David’s Bridal plus size // David’s Bridal plus size

Thankfully, there are countless stunning white dresses for elopements and intimate weddings – at all different styles, designers, sizes, and price points. It almost makes me wish I had a good reason to wear a new white dress! Brides, if you’ve had to pivot your wedding plans, I hope you find comfort in knowing that your wedding day (or both of your wedding days!) will be even more magical and marvelous than you’ve ever dreamt. I firmly believe that! And hopefully this little roundup of some beautiful dresses helps you envision what you may wear on your wedding day – or at any of your wedding events. No matter what you wear, your beauty and inner joy and excitement will shine through!

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