How to Choose Your Elopement Dress?

In recent years, elopements have surged in popularity, offering couples a chance to exchange vows in breathtaking landscapes with an intimate ceremony and in a beautiful setting. Whether you're hiking through majestic mountains, wandering through desert sands, or sharing vows under a canopy of stars, choosing the perfect wedding dress can enhance the magic of your elopement experience. Here, we explore some of the best elopement wedding dresses that blend elegance with practicality, ensuring you look and feel stunning throughout your adventurous journey.

Things to Consider When Choosing Your Elopement Dress:

First of all you should decide what kind of elopement are you going to have. Is it going to be hiking adventure, winter elopement, desert elopement, city elopement. Because of nature of elopements: uneven surface, varying weather, nature elements etc you should alway prioritize comfort over looks. That doesn't mean you can't look absolutely fabulous it just means you want to wear a dress that allows you for movement and a dress you don't mind getting a little...dirty. Your dress should be:

  • comfortable more than anything if you're planning on moving around, hiking, climbing some rocks or sitting down for a picnic
  • have a flow and texture to it if you want some dramatic photos
  • it should speak your personality
Oregon coast hiking elopement
bride hiking in her wedding dress

Practical Yet Elegant Hiking Dress:

Embarking on a hiking elopement amidst towering peaks and lush forests requires a dress that can withstand the elements while still exuding grace and charm.

  • Consider a practical yet elegant hiking dress crafted from durable fabrics like stretchy jersey or lightweight tulle.
  • If you're going to hike for a few miles and don't want to do it in the dress, make sure you find one that fits in your backpack or isn't big enough to carry.
  • Look for features such as a high-low hemline or a detachable train, allowing you to navigate rugged terrain with ease.
  • Pair your dress with comfortable hiking boots and embrace the spirit of adventure as you journey to your scenic ceremony spot.
mermaid style wedding dress hanging on a post
flow bohemian dress in the salt flats
flowing dress in a mountain setting
lace type dress at sunset
wedding dresses hanging in a window
beautiful flowing wedding dress in a fall

Elopement Dresses Perfect for Editorial Photos:

To enhance the romantic ambiance, consider wearing a veil with delicate lace trim, creating a mesmerizing effect as it catches the soft, warm light of the setting sun. A flowing train adds an element of drama and mystery and it looks great in photos taken at sunset.

Flowy Bohemian Dresses For

Desert Elopements:

For a desert elopement where the sun casts golden hues across the dunes, a flowy bohemian gown is the best choice for effortless beauty. Picture yourself walking hand in hand with your beloved, the soft fabric of your dress dancing in the desert breeze. Opt for lightweight materials like chiffon or lace, adorned with delicate details such as floral appliqués or intricate embroidery. I always encourage brides to choose flower bouquets in brighter desert colors as well as som complementary colors such as blues, or purples. This style not only complements the natural surroundings but also allows for some contrast in the desert landscape.

bohemian wedding dress
bride wearing a suit and short cocktail dress
bride in a short dress
bride in a colorful dress
bride wearing orange dress in a desert
bride wearing short sparkling dress
romantic sunset photo at the arches

Alternative Wedding Dresses

For a timeless and romantic elopement,

  • a lace midi dress strikes the perfect balance between sophistication and simplicity. Imagine exchanging vows in a secluded meadow or by a tranquil lake, the delicate lace of your dress complementing the natural beauty surrounding you. Opt for a silhouette that flatters your figure, whether it's a fitted mermaid or an A-line style with a subtle flare. You want to make sure you have enough room to allow for comfortable movement.
  • Breaking away from tradition, go for a chic jumpsuit which offers a modern and stylish alternative for your elopement celebration. Ideal for elopements in urban settings or intimate gatherings in unconventional venues. This is a great choice for lesbian couples where both partners want to dress but one prefers more comfortable casual look/ Choose a sleek and tailored design in a luxurious fabric like silk or satin. Paired with elegant shoes or embellished flats, a jumpsuit allows you to move freely and dance the night away with your loved one.
  • Opt for color different than white that best reflects your fun personality. There isn't right and wrong when it comes to choosing a wedding dress. I know old school traditions are a big part of the wedding industry and white is a gold standard but feel free to experiment and wear something colorful. Many brides opt for shades of orange for all the desert and red rock elopements. Some prefer black for more dramatic look, some choose fun florals and patterns. the choice is yours, and what matters most is that you feel comfortable and beautiful o your wedding day.


When it comes to planning your elopement, selecting the perfect wedding dress is an essential part of creating a memorable and meaningful experience. Whether you envision exchanging vows atop a mountain peak or beneath a canopy of stars, choose a dress that reflects your unique style and complements the breathtaking backdrop of your elopement adventure. With the right attire, you'll not only look radiant but also feel confident as you embark on this extraordinary journey of love. But as always choose comfort over anything. You want feel confident, stylish and comfortable on your elopement adventure.

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