Searching for a flowy wedding dress? You’ve come to the right spot!
You’re engaged and planning an elopement. Congrats—plans are in motion. Some of you have been dreaming about your dress since you donned your mom’s heels and put on a makeshift veil. Or maybe your wedding attire is crossing your mind for the very first time, and you’re thrilled about the prospect of finding that one fantastic gown. No matter what, you are preparing for a life-changing experience. It’s an exciting time!
Picking out a wedding dress is a highlight for many brides, but before you get your heart set on a specific style, there are a few things you need to consider. As a photographer, I have a particular method of capturing your elopement experience, which includes movement. So let’s have a chat about a few elopement flowy dress ideas to get that movement you crave.
Tips for Picking Out a Flowy Wedding Dress
Stay away from restrictive silhouettes.
Some of the most stunning wedding day images are from gorgeous vantage points requiring a hike or at least a long walk, so steer clear of mermaid and trumpet styles. Although they are beautiful for a traditional wedding, they restrict movement quite a bit. Bending, climbing, or jumping over a small stream may not be feasible in a dress that fits your legs or hips tightly.
Others in the bridal shop may think you’re a bit crazy, but be sure to do things like touch your toes, squat, jog a few yards and sit down in your favorite styles. Doing so ensures they’ll work with all the activity an elopement requires.
Comfort is key.
While you’re in the bridal store giving your dress a test run, pay attention to any irritating elements. Stiff lace, boning—ahem, the stuff that provides structure to a corset—and scratchy decorative details should be a no-go for your wedding dress.
You’ll be spending a lot of time in your gown, and restrooms may be sparse for quick wardrobe adjustments to alleviate itchy clothing. Avoid discomfort at all costs, and ignore that old “fashion is pain” adage.
Use the COT method to choose your fabric.
The what? Ok, I totally made that up, but it’s a pretty handy acronym to remember while searching for the perfect gown. For movement-filled photos, go with chiffon, organza, or tulle (COT). Other cloth choices work well, so take a peek at the full list below of fabrics I’d recommend if you want to go with the flow.
- Light silks
- Cotton voile
Elopement Dress Ideas for Movement
Now’s the fun part! There are quite a few designers and dresses I adore and recommend. Here are a few of my favorite gowns and styles for the bride who wants the wind to catch her dress just right while she’s on the mountaintop.
Rue de Seine
Known for their boho elopement dress styles, Rue de Seine has a knack for producing stunning gowns that photograph well. In particular is the Nahla gown, which flows beautifully but features softly colored flowers, an attractive bodice, and off-the-shoulder neckline. It’s genuinely a bride’ s—and photographer’ s—dream.
Other fabulous styles by Rue de Seine include the Sedona Gown with a tulle and lace skirt or the Wild Harlow, which features long, bell sleeves and a wrap dress. The uniqueness of their entire collection is astounding and worth a peek.
When an art student and fashion designer gets a hold of fabric, she—as in Daci herself—can work wonders. Each gown is designed and handmade in Boise, Idaho, and the results are stunning!
The Allison Wedding Dress features mounds of free-flowing tulle, which is complemented by beaded lace from Germany, and the Paris Romance gown has long sleeves and a breezy silk chiffon skirt. Beautiful!
As a national company, Hailey Paige is a bit more accessible, and they even partnered with BHLDN for a few designs. Dresses such as the Topanga Gown offer the perfect movement-oriented silhouette.
Another fun option is the Drew Romper with Winona Overskirt. The flexibility of wearing a romper and accompanying skirt provides the appearance of a flowy dress with the opportunity to ditch the gown and play in the romper.
Allure Bridal / Wilderly Bride
Allure Bridals has a run of gowns under the Wilderly brand that are romantic, long, and flowy. For a more unique neckline than a strapless sweetheart, check out their Autumn gown. It manages to have a halter neck while also showing a little skin with a deep keyhole cutout.
If you’re digging a slightly more form-fitting gown, but still has lots of detail and movement, Wilderly’s Anniston gown has me drooling. Her train is unreal. This isn’t the dress for twirls, but the drape and lines make up for it.
No matter your taste, rest assured that there are dress options out there for each dress-wearer that offers comfort and the flexibility to move around with ease. Choosing a dress that allows for a breezy, flowy movement makes for some of your elopement’s best memories—and photos, too.