In 2011, Kate Middleton walked down the aisle of Westminster Abbey in a stunning lace Alexander McQueen dress designed by Sarah Burton; instantly, the world was smitten. Lace sleeves took the bridal industry by storm and soon lace embellishments and sleeves were the norm for wedding dresses. Fast forward seven years and I’m planning my own wedding and it’s a bit overwhelming (to say the least). Planning seating arrangements will always be complicated, but at least I can keep my dress was simple, which is why I was overjoyed to see Meghan Markle wear two very simple gowns to her recent wedding to Prince Harry. The new duchess is becoming a style icon in her own right and her wedding day was no exception. Her simple, minimalist gowns were so chic — and you better believe brides like me have their hearts set on minimal styles. Here are twenty minimalist dresses that are beyond elegant for your big day.
Gotta love a wedding dress that can be worn two ways. This dress can be styled off-the-shoulder or with spaghetti straps. It’s the perfect way to change up your look for the reception without breaking the bank.
A classic strapless cut with a romantic neckline for under $1,000 — what a bridal dream come true.
The ruched detail and sleeves on this dress are super flattering. Plus, it works well for a more conservative ceremony.
Heading to the beach for your big day? This simple gown is ideal for getting hitched at the seaside.
The '90s are alive and well with this minimalist slip dress. This chic design leaves plenty of room to accessorize.
The off-the-shoulder hype is here to stay. The romantic trend is particularly pretty when applied to a wedding dress.
If it’s Meghan’s ceremony dress you have your heart set on, then this nearly identical style should do the trick.
This dress is almost a dead ringer for Meghan Markle’s second wedding dress, but it comes at a non-royal price. For under $200, you can have a special reception dress too.
Can we talk about how gorgeous this scoop neck is?
If you’re going for old Hollywood glamour, then this gown will steal the show.
This designer gown is a bit of a splurge, but the train will make for an unforgettable entrance.
If you’re aiming for a sultry look, this ruched gown is waiting for you.
The full skirt on this gown gives you your princess moment, but is still appropriate for more casual venues.
Just think of how many gorgeous necklaces would pair perfectly with this low neckline.
If you’re a shoe lover, then this cut is the perfect style to show off your favorite pair.
If you like simple styles — but still want a classic bridal detail — the small lace embellishments on this dress will be perfect for you.
Think simple can’t wow? Guess again and check out the cool design on the back of this dress. Oh and at under $300, the price is pretty impressive, too.