The Best Alternative Dresses for Your Micro-Wedding

Image via Orseund Iris Night Out Maxi Dress Ivory

It shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone that weddings have taken a serious hit in 2020. While a lot of people chose to postpone their weddings until sometime in 2021 (and even 2022), there’s a new trend on the horizon for couples who have decided to move forward with their 2020 nuptials—the micro-wedding.

The micro-wedding is a very small, intimate wedding that usually tops out at around 10-20 guests including the bride and groom. It’s a bit more casual than a classic wedding and therefore calls for a more easy-going wedding dress than is seen in most bridal shops. Still, that doesn’t mean that the bride shouldn’t feel stunning, so we’ve rounded up our favorite micro-wedding dresses that strike a more intimate tone, while still making sure the woman of the hour stands out.

Orseund Iris Night Out Maxi (Click Here)

From the moment we saw this dress, we fell in love (and isn’t that how we should all feel about our wedding dress?). This maxi strikes the perfect balance between elegant and sexy. The long sleeve and high neck work to balance out an open back and plunging, cutout neckline—and it all comes together seamlessly in a glowing white, shimmery satin. Unlike many classic wedding dresses, this dress doesn’t have volume or embellishment, so it is the perfect style for a small celebratory gathering of family and friends.

Reformation Butterfly Dress(Click Here)

Less is more with this delicate, off-the-shoulder number. A body-skimming silhouette on top does all the work, so you can be comfortable and twirl the night away with a less structured lower half. The neckline is ultra-flattering, and the best part is this is definitely a dress you could wear again and style a million different ways. Coming in at only $278 never hurts when it comes to a wedding dress.

BHLDN Cali Dress(Click Here)

We can’t say this enough, we love a slip dress. It is the most versatile item in our closets, and the Cali Dress is the dolled-up wedding version of the slip dress. What sets this style apart is the cut, which gives you a bit more shape than a classic slip dress—plus the side slit adds an unexpected flirtatious element for your micro-wedding. With the right accessories and shoes, this dress can easily be a showstopper.

Katie May Elle Mini Dress(Click Here)

All the drama of a big wedding gown, but make it short. This micro-mini, covered in tulle, delivers everything you could want in a wedding dress, while still playing to the micro-wedding theme. Don’t be afraid to show a little leg on your wedding day—it was an unconventional year, why be a conventional bride?

Jay Godfrey Ace Mini Tuxedo Dress(Click Here)

As a bride, you mean business, so why not show that in your outfit? This tuxedo dress has a refined and understated look, but still manages to steal the show in an all-white number. We love an out-of-the-box option when it comes to wedding dressing, and this tailored tuxedo mini is checking all the boxes.

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