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Elopement Dresses: Top Tips for Choosing What to Wear to Your Elopement

With elopements growing in popularity by the day, elopement dresses are becoming a hot topic. A common question among couples considering eloping is, “What do I wear to my elopement?”. Luckily, the team here at Dgass Photography has put together the essential guide for choosing your elopement dress.

Choosing Your Elopement Dress Style

These smaller weddings put all of the focus on you and your partner, and this includes what you choose to wear. That’s why it’s important to first consider the general style that you want to wear. Will you choose an elegant and grand style, a casual, yet refined look, or are you looking for a completely unique approach? A lot of times, this depends on the wedding venue that you choose.

Elegant and Grand

Many couples choose to create an elegant and grand experience with their elopement. Just because the wedding is small doesn’t mean it has to feel small. To complete your luxurious wedding experience, choose an elegant dress to match.


One of the best things about eloping is the fact that you won’t be spending as much on the venue, allowing you to shift those funds to your dress. This means the sky’s the limit when it comes to your elopement dress. Especially for couples who choose to elope in a grand venue, an elegant dress may be the most appropriate choice. Here are a few excellent examples on Pinterest.

Casual but Refined

Another avenue for couples choosing to elope is to dress more casually. Because elopements are so couple focused, it means that you can choose to be as casual and comfortable as you want. That being said, there are many ways to maintain your refinement while dressing casually.


Eloping couples have never had more options when it comes to comfortable, yet refined wedding dress options. With big name wedding dress brands, like David’s Bridal, offering stunning options, specifically for more casual wedding looks, there’s never been a better time to elope.

Show Off Your Style

Your elopement is all about you and your partner, this is why many couples choose to showcase their own styles at their elopement. There are no rules when it comes to what to wear to an elopement. Because of this, many couples choose a unique approach by picking a look that exemplifies who they are.


With tons of unique options out there, choosing your elopement dress is going to be fun. Options that include short dresses, more colors, floral designs, jumpsuits, and fun accessories ensure your elopement is sure to be as unique as you are.


Being able to show off your own style at your elopement means you can turn pretty much any dress into your wedding dress. The most important thing to consider is that this day is your special day. Whether you want to wear an elegant, vintage gown or a colorful romper, you can. Your elopement can be anything you want it to be, and that includes how you and your partner choose to dress.

Dressing for the Venue

Something to keep in mind, especially for adventure elopements, is to dress with the wedding venue in mind. If you and your partner choose to have an outdoor elopement or a destination elopement, then respecting the weather is a must. Not only will this help avoid any wardrobe malfunctions, but it also ensures you stay comfortable all day.


If your outdoor elopement venue is in a forest or park, try to avoid long, flowing gowns, especially long trains. These get caught by branches and tend to collect everything on the forest floor. When eloping in the mountains, make sure to at least bring an extra pair of comfortable hiking boots. With long dresses, you can discreetly wear your hiking boots all day long.


One great idea is to bring a backpack or duffel bag. This allows you to wear whichever dress you choose without having to worry about inclimate weather. Pack your important documents, the essentials, and emergency things to ensure your special day stays special.

Best Things to Pack in Your Backpack or Duffel Bag:

  • Rain jacket
  • Collapsible umbrella
  • Comfortable shoes or boots
  • Headlamps
  • Warm hat or sunhat
  • Gloves
  • Scarf
  • Warm jacket
  • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Water and snacks

Best Places to Buy Your Elopement Dress

BHLDN by Anthropologie

One of our favorite places to find your elopement dress is BHLDN. Pronounced “beholden”, this Anthropologie offshoot specializes in wedding dresses and accessories. The simple elegance and airy boho styles, made famous by Anthropologie, shine through in every stunning option. With prices between $149-$2495, BHLDN has a wedding dress for just about everyone.

David’s Bridal

Another excellent place to find the perfect elopement dress is at David’s Bridal. This is one of the most widely-known places to buy a wedding dress and it’s for good reason. The gowns and dresses offered by David’s Bridal are some of the most exceptional. They have perfect wedding dresses for every type of wedding, including elopements. With stunning choices for every body type, David’s Bridal ensures everybody feels as beautiful as they truly are; and with prices between $49.99-$1774, they don’t make you break the bank for it.


When it comes to luxurious wedding dresses with looks that’ll kill, but prices that won’t, Lulus may be the place to go. With a loaded catalogue of dresses ranging from the ornate and glamorous to simple and elegant, Lulus has something for everyone. Prices for their bridal dresses range from $48 to $450.

Rue de Seine

One of the best places to find a unique elopement dress is Rue de Seine. The Classics Collection and, more recently, their Golden Rhapsody Collection are full of gorgeous options to choose from. Their floral designs bring a beautiful pop to your dress and the elegant lacework and design further compliments you. Prices for a dress here range from $2950 to $4200.


Finally, if you’re looking for the widest array of styles, colors, and designs to choose from, then Etsy is the place for you. Etsy has some of the most beautiful elopement dresses from a wide variety of sellers. These handmade dresses are truly unique in every sense of the word. Make sure you check out the reviews of any seller you’re buying from before making your purchase.

Best Elopement Dress Stores on Etsy:

Capture Your Perfect Elopement Dress with Premium Photography Services

No matter which dress you choose for your elopement, make sure you capture the beauty with the best wedding photography services. The expert photographers here at Dgass Photography ensure your special day is captured in all of its beauty and intimacy. With premium wedding photography and videography services, you’ll never forget your perfect day.


Call us at (402) 708-8812 or send us a quick message to get started today. Check out our blog for all of the latest wedding tips and make sure you follow us on Instagram and Facebook to keep up with our latest news and offers.

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