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The Best Wedding Dresses for a Micro-Wedding


From statement two-pieces to short, vintage styles we’ve curated an edit of the best wedding dresses for a micro-wedding as the new trend continues to take hold this year.

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Iris slip dress and Ariel bow, Halfpenny London

It’s no secret the wedding industry and couples planning to tie the knot have been hit hard by the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. From lockdown rules to tier systems, social distancing to travel bans, brides-to-be had to get creative when it comes to their big day. While many couples have opted to postpone their 2020 and 2021 weddings, some are still planning to go ahead on a smaller scale (providing restrictions are eased slightly).

After becoming somewhat of a buzzword over the 2020 wedding season, micro-weddings show no signs of disappearing any time soon. Moreover, with the roadmap out of lockdown still setting out limits on the number of guests attending weddings this summer, many of you may be opting for a more intimate ceremony and reception.

Read More: Everything You Need to Know About the Micro-Wedding Trend

Wedding dresses for a micro wedding

With less than 50 people on the guest list and chic, intimate city venues being a popular choice for smaller-scale ceremonies, there’s plenty of opportunity to break away from tradition when it comes your micro-wedding wedding dress. We’ve picked out a few of our favorite ready-to-wear bridal pieces for your minimony.

Short wedding dresses

Candice Silk Shift Dress, RIXO

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Candice silk shift dress with feather hem detail, £ 650.
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Keep the micro-theme running through to your wedding dress with this via chic mini-dress from RIXO’s inaugural bridal collection. The vintage look of this silk shift dress with feather trim will also score you some serious style points and look picture perfect against the backdrop of a seriously cool boutique hotel venue.

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Read More: Short Wedding Dresses: Styles and Inspiration

Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

The Loop by Grace & Gadsby

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Azzaro Wedding Dress, £ 875, available at The Loop

Wanting to bridge the gap between ready-to-wear and bridal wear, The Loop features sleek, versatile and elegant preloved styles for the modern 2021 bride. Launching with a small selection of carefully chosen pre-loved designer pieces from a variety of global brands like Cult Gaia, Azzaro, Valentino and Jenny Packham.

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Wedding Dresses to Rent from By Rotation

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Molly’s vintage gown is available to rent for £ 350 a day.

While the allure of a sparkling brand-new dress is certainly appealing, there’s something quite romantic about wearing a dress with a bit of history. And the wedding dress rental trend is proving popular among brides wanting to incorporate a vintage theme to their wedding. Molly Whitehall’s stunning 1930s dress is available to rent on By Rotation.

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Read More: Why Brides-to-be are Rushing to Rent Their Wedding Dresses

Statement Bridal Separates

Bridal suit, Ghost

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Viola jacket, £ 225, Senna trouser, £ 195 both Ghost

Emanating sartorial prowess with a nod to androgyny, Ghost’s beautifully cut Viola jacket can be styled with the matching Senna trousers to create a contemporary wedding suit.

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Read More: The Bridal Two-Piece Wedding Trend

Sleek silhouettes

Alara Wedding Dress, Rowley Hesselballe

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Alara silk satin wedding dress, £ 799

Micro-weddings may be something of a blessing for minimalist brides wanting to keep things pared down on their wedding day. A sleek and simple silk dress is a minimalist bride’s uniform, but with delicate fabrics and modern cuts, there’s something bold and alluring about Rowley Hesselballe’s ready-to-wear silhouettes.

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Bridal jumpsuits

Frankie jumpsuit, RIXO

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Frankie silk jumpsuit, £ 850

Picture the scene: you’re stepping out of Chelsea Town Hall, exuding style and sophistication in a perfectly-tailored jumpsuit, hand-in-hand with your dashing new husband and a vintage roller pulls up to take you on to your exclusive hire townhouse for an oh-so intimate private dinner with a handful of you closest friends and family. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?

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Clover jumpsuit, Ghost

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Ghost’s Clover bridal jumpsuit hits the sweet-spot for prettiness and practicality, and the wide-leg silhouette flows flawlessly for all our dancing queens.

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Bold bridalwear

Extreme Organza Sun Sleeves, Halfpenny London

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Iris lip dress and Sun sleeves, Halfpenny London

While the guest list and budget may be smaller, there’s still a lot to be said for going big with your wedding dress at a micro-wedding. Add volume with organza sleeves or a statement bow from Halfpenny’s Out Of This World and we guarantee all eyes will stay firmly fixed on you.

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