32 Wedding Dresses for Every Type of Celebration, From a Beach Ceremony to a Courthouse Wedding

Updated: Apr 23




Whether you’re saying I do beneath an oak tree in the backyard or tying the knot on the rooftop of a swanky hotel, sifting through all the best wedding dresses and selecting the perfect one to mark the occasion is a daunting (and exciting) task to check off the bridal to-do list. And while different events call for different looks, one fact remains the same: It’s your day to shine. So make sure that the dress you select is a reflection of your personality and the wedding you and your partner have planned—and, even more important, makes you feel like your best self.

Is your ceremony being hosted on the beach? If so, perhaps it’s something breezy that will ripple in the wind. Are you headed to City Hall? This is the chance to wear something befitting a modern bride—like a pencil skirt or a pantsuit. We’ve considered a range of popular wedding venues and selected some gowns for each. But if one speaks to your heart, feel free to shop it and wear it, regardless of what you have planned.


Winter Garden


Photo: Anne Rhett Photography

Whether you go for a style like Brandon Maxwell’s dreamy crepe gown or Reformation’s romantic lace number, keep arms covered with long-sleeve options that are undeniably beautiful.


Backyard Gala

Photo: Chloe Rosey

Bring a classic elegance to your outdoor celebration with designs that have timeless silhouettes similar to Markarian’s gathered-waist gowns and Emilia Wickstead’s draped dress.


Tropical Destination


Photo: Valorie Darling


Grab a dress that’s just as beautiful as the backdrop. Details like the appliquéd blooms on Lela Rose’s gown or the floral-shaped pearls on Erdem’s will add the perfect finishing touches.


Civil Ceremony