15 best casual wedding dresses 2023: Simple & low-key bridal gowns for a small ceremony

Many brides are choosing to have smaller wedding ceremonies these days, which means intimate venues and often a more casual wedding dress.

The good news is that low-key bridal gowns can be equally as stunning and will make you feel just as special as their lavish counterparts. You don’t always need sparkles, bows or big trains to make a statement on your wedding day. 

If you’re looking for proof, we’ve found the best styles available to buy online now from ASOS, Whistles, Net-a-Porter and more…

asos hope ivy wedding dress

Hope & Ivy embroidered maxi dress, £140, ASOS


This sleek bridal gown by Hope & Ivy features an embellished body and open back. It’s special enough for your wedding without being extravagant.

reformation bridal dress

Hollyhock dress, £448, Reformation


With its slim-fitting bodice and flowing skirt, this beautiful Reformation dress is so flattering and comfortable enough to wear through the night. It’s fully lined and has a romantic sweetheart neckline.

jenny yoo bellini dress

Jenny Yoo Bellini satin midi dress, £250, Selfridges


A perfect indicator of a low-key bridal dress is whether you can picture yourself wearing it after your big day – and this is the case with Jenny Yoo’s new season midi. Add a pair of sandals to dress it down on a summer’s day, or wear it with heels and a leather jacket for an evening look.

whistles mia dress

Mia square neck wedding dress, £499, Whistles


Whistles’ sell-out Mia dress is now back in stock. With its square neckline, deep back and subtly cinched waist, this casual wedding dress is beautifully sophisticated and understated. 

vanessa mini dress

Vanessa Cocchiaro C.J. shirred crepe mini dress, £192, Net-A-Porter


Trade a traditional bridal gown for an effortless 60s-style mini dress by Vanessa Cocchiaro. It features delicate ruffles around the high neckline and pairs perfectly with strappy heels.

coast wedding dress

Long sleeve maxi dress with train, £143.20, Coast


This casual Coast wedding dress looks far more expensive than its £140 price tag. Mixing a fitted bodice and cutaway back with a maxi length skirt flowing into a fishtail hem, it’s a toned-down take on a traditional style.

phase eight dress

Phase Eight caterina embroidered wedding dress, £295, John Lewis


Shorter wedding dresses are an easy way to look more casual without compromising on detail. This gorgeous midi is made from intricate lace and completed with a detachable satin tie belt.

galvan wedding dress

Galvan Pandora silk-satin halterneck midi dress, £895, Net-A-Porter


Crafted from silk-satin with a silhouette-skimming fit, pair Galvan’s Pandora dress with statement shoes for a stunning wedding ensemble that’s still low-key.

farfetch midi wedding dress

Sachin & Babi midi wedding dress, £1,040, Farfetch


The cropped length and spaghetti straps make this midi dress perfect for dressing down after your wedding. We love the delicate crystal-embellished brooches.

lkbennett dress

Vintage satin wedding dress, £999, LK Bennett


How stunning is this vintage wedding dress from LK Bennett? The ivory satin crepe maxi dress features a 70s rounded collar, buttoned bodice and high slit to the front.

self portrait bridal mini dress

Self-Portrait Grosgrain-trimmed corded lace mini dress, £350, Net-a-Porter


Instead of bright white, try an ivory mini dress covered with pretty guipure lace, complete with a fit-and-flare silhouette and scalloped edges.

monsoon wedding dress

Gillian spot mesh embellished bridal dress, £499, Monsoon


Monsoon’s Gillian dress has a simple cut but features beautiful sheer flutter sleeves and all-over delicate embroidery. 

needle and thread nancy dress

Nancy frill wedding dress, £455, Needle & Thread


Keep your outfit romantic with Needle & Thread’s champagne dress featuring delicate layers of gathered tulle scattered with sequins. You can take your pick from a mini, ballerina or full-length gown. 

blazer bridal dress

Rime Arodaky Jax belted lace-trimmed crepe mini dress, £1,195, Net-a-Porter


If you’re in the market for an alternative style, take a look at this mini dress by Rime Arodaky. It’s cut from crepe, trimmed with netted lace and tailored in the shape of a blazer for a truly modern bride.

ghost wedding dress

Laurel dress, £495, Ghost


This timeless maxi dress is made from flowing satin-back crepe and is fully lined. With a cut that edges on conservative, it’s perfect for a low-key wedding.


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