Not every bride dreams of walking down the aisle in an intricate lace wedding dress with lots of detailing. In fact, some brides want something fuss-free and simple.
Simple wedding dresses have been favoured by celebs over the years, but perhaps most famously by Meghan Markle. She wore a simple yet high-impact gown designed by Clare Waight Keller for Givenchy, which felt both contemporary and classic.
If you’re a bride who wants a plain wedding dress that still feels super modern, browse through our pick of the latest simple wedding dresses to hit boutiques and the high street. You’re bound to find something you adore.
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4 Top Tips for Rocking a Simple Wedding Dress
1. Think About Shapewear
Simple dresses are often crafted from fabrics such as satin or silk, so you’ll want to make sure you choose seam-free underwear or shape wear to give you a smooth silhouette.
2. Consider a Bold Veil
If you have a simple wedding dress then you might want to use your wedding accessories to make a statement. We love the idea of teaming a simple wedding dress with a full-length veil or sparkling tiara.
3. Keep Your Hair Simple
4. Have Fun With Your Shoes
If you are going to be wearing a simple wedding dress then you might want to have fun with your wedding shoes. Consider some sparkly heels, something designer (check out our favourite designer wedding shoes which are worth blowing the budget for), or a pair with a pop of colour. Something blue, perhaps?
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The 51 Best Simple Wedding Dresses
1. Bianca – Pronovias
This gown is made from a clean, crisp crepe fabric and features a feminine V-neck and court train. We’re huge fans of long sleeved wedding dresses at the moment, so the long, slim sleeves on this piece have really caught our eyes.
2. Penelope – Wilderly Bride
How beautiful is the Penelope dress by Allure Bridals? We’re head over heels in love.
The front is simple and demure, where clean lines will give you the simplicity you want. Meanwhile, the stunning twist detailing on the back adds a glamorous edge to the dress which will wow your guests as you walk down the aisle.
What’s more, if you’ve got a larger bust, the straps and V-neck on this dress will have you feeling both comfortable and sexy. It’s an all-round winner.
3. Clo – Grace Loves Lace
If you're after a classic gown with a sexy feel then Clo by Grace Loves Lace could be the dress for you.
Featuring a fishtail silhouette with a low back and cinched details, this gown is perfect for confident brides keen to make a statement on their way up and down the aisle.
Wear with killer heels and an undone up-do for a look guaranteed to wow.
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4. Mia – Whistles
If, like us, you've been harbouring a secret desire to channel a nineties supermodel on your wedding day, then this square-neck creation from Whistles is the perfect gown.
With a silhouette that's just fitted enough to show off your shape without being too clingy, this gown is effortlessly sexy.
Wear with long straight locks à la nineties Kate Moss.
5. Lawrence – Jenny by Jenny Yoo at BHLDN
If you're loving the square-neck trend but fancy something a little more princess-worthy, then check out Lawrence.
This stunning gown features mesh cut-outs under the arms to reveal a sexy flash of flesh and a flowing skirt that would make Cinderella proud. Plus, it also features pockets - perfect for slotting your bridal lippy in!
Team with a tiara or embellished headband for stunning fairy tale vibes.
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6. 9656 Dress – Allure
This simple gown by Allure is timeless and classic, with a full skirt and cathedral-length train.
7. 9662 Dress – Allure
We’re huge fans of the 9662 dress by Allure Bridals, a simply-cut A-line gown with flattering panelling and a sexy V-neckline.
The star of the show is definitely the back of this dress, where luxurious lace is intricately beaded for a touch of glamour. We love this dress for summer brides, and it would look stunning teamed with a pair of designer wedding shoes.
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8. Fernley – Charlie Brear
The ultimate in simplicity, the Fernley gown from Charlie Brear is our top minimalist choice.
From the V-neck to the simple sheath skirt, every inch of this dress is simple, sophisticated and made for a fuss-free bride.
This dress is easy to change up from day to night using bridal accessories. Let the gown shine during the ceremony and add a headpiece, sparkling belt or show-stopping earrings for the evening do.
9. MJ565 Dress – Madison James Bridal
We’re in love with everything by Madison James, but this dress has got to be one of our favourites. It ticks every box when it comes to simple wedding dresses – elegant, demure, chic and stylish.
The figure-hugging shape is sure to turn heads and the subtle fishtail skirt makes for an elegant touch. Oh, and just wait until you see the back…
10. 3256 Dress – Allure Romance
Gowns in the Allure Romance collection are endlessly soft and timeless, and the 3256 style is certainly no exception.
It takes inspiration from Meghan Markle’s wedding dress, where a boat-neckline sets the design apart from others. It also has a low back and an elegant string of buttons which run right the way to the end of the skirt. This dress is beautiful.
11. D2653 Style – Essense of Australia
The visible, curved seaming across the gown gives a gorgeous silhouette and promises to enhance your curves. There is a lovely V-neckline and a subtle fishtail, and for that added touch of glam, a sparkling waist belt. What’s not to love?
12. 2717 Dress – Essense of Australia
A sexy update to today’s Royal Family-inspired wedding dress, this simple sheath dress by Essense of Australia will look just as great walking down the aisle as it will dancing the night away.
The off-the-shoulder, banded neckline gives the gown a sophisticated look, accentuated by the fabric belt which highlights the waist.
Visible seaming curves through the sides of the body, creating an enviable shape. Style your hair in a simple up-do if this is the dress you choose, and let the gown do all the talking.
13. 2639 Dress – Essense of Australia
This ball gown wedding dress is perfect for a bride who wants something simple but that still makes a statement.
It’s cut in a classic silhouette and features a plunging neckline with wide straps which extend into a deep V-back. We’re also huge fans of the skirt’s lace appliqués, which are matte and subtle enough to maintain overall simplicity.
Oh, and the best part? This skirt features pockets, which are super handy for storing your wedding day essentials.
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14. Ainsley Dress – Maggie Sottero
How gorgeous is the Ainsley dress from Maggie Sottero’s brand new collection? It’s got us all flustered here at Hitched HQ.
It is cut from Chardon crepe in a sheath silhouette. Soft ruffles create an off-the-shoulder neckline and sleeves glide into an illusion back. Beaded floral lace motifs add a touch of shimmer to an otherwise fuss-free design.
This dress is finished with beautiful crystal buttons.
15. Lilana Dress – Maggie Sottero
Okay, there might be a little bit more happening on this Maggie Sottero gown than on the other designs we’ve featured, but the clean-cut silhouette keeps it simple and demure all the same.
Subtle geometric lace makes up this simple, boho-inspired wedding dress which has a lovely fit and flare shape to it.
It comes complete with a deep sweetheart neckline and lace spaghetti straps, and is finished with a zipper closure. You’ll feel a million dollars.
16. Josie Dress – Rebecca Ingram
Exquisite and demure are the two words which pop into our minds when we look at the Josie dress by Rebecca Ingram.
It features a sweetheart neckline with off-the-shoulder sleeves and covered buttons which trail the entire way down the train. This dress would look beautiful at a church wedding.
17. 69411 Dress – Ronald Joyce
This dress by Ronald Joyce proves you can still have fun with a simple design. It is clean-cut and fuss-free, with a sexy keyhole cut-out and halter-neckline. We’re also huge fans of the sparkling waist belt which will really flatter your figure.
If that wasn’t enough, this dress has a cape. Since capes are taking over from veils as one of the hottest bridalwear trends of 2020, we’re pretty obsessed.
18. Short Dress – Kate Edmondson Bridal Couture
A full-length wedding dress isn’t for everyone and we reckon that if anything's going to tempt you over to the short side, it'll be this beaut from Kate Edmondson.
Featuring puff sleeves (SO on-trend right now), with a deep V-neckline, wrap-around and button detailing, we think this is the ideal registry office wedding dress.
A short dress really allows you to show off your dream shoes, so make sure you pick out a pair that will dazzle your guests!
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19. 18111 Dress – Ellis Bridals
We love how simple the front of this Ellis Bridals wedding dress is. The high neck is stylish and flattering while the long train adds understated glamour.
That said, once you turn around to walk down the aisle, your guests will be wowed by the intricate sheer lace back. It is totally stunning.
20. Frankie Dress – Amsale New York
Wow. How gorgeous is the Frankie dress by Amsale New York!
This piece has a chic, form-fitting silhouette, and the simple V-neck gown turns to reveal a gorgeous open back and delicate bow. This dress is understated with a capital ‘U’ – we love it.
21. Honey Silk - Grace Loves Lace
Grace Loves Lace certainly brought their A-game when it came to designing simple wedding dresses with serious wow-factor.
Featuring a classic cowl neckline and spaghetti straps, Honey Silk shows just the right amount of décolletage while the fit and flare skirt creates a super-flattering silhouette.
We love this gown when paired with a classic full-length veil.
22. Arlo Dress – Grace Loves Lace
As you can probably tell, Australian wedding dress label Grace Loves Lace has been a long-time favourite here in the Hitched office.
Don’t let the name deceive you – not all of the brand’s dresses are covered head-to-toe in intricate lace. The Arlo dress would be a beautiful choice if you’re after a simple wedding dress.
This gown has a flattering and soft V-neckline, thin silk straps and adjustable gold hardware. How about teaming it with a veil? Grace Loves Lace has some beautiful choices in their ELIXIR collection.
23. Leyden - BHLDN
Up next we have a midi gown, perfect for registry office weddings or simply brides who want to show off their shoes!
We think Leyden is ideal for older brides looking for something low key. Don't get us wrong, though, low key doesn't mean boring. In fact, with the on-trend puff sleeves and beautifully fitted silhouette, this gown will earn you plenty of style points.
A pair of stunning shoes are a must with short and midi styles and with this gown priced at just $198 (approx. £150), we reckon you can totally afford to splash out on some extra-special heels.
24. Meghan Dress – Chi Chi London
If it’s a long sleeve wedding dress you’re after, Chi Chi London will be able to help.
We love this fitted maxi dress which features a Meghan Markle-esque boat neckline and plunging V-back. Oh, and can we talk about that satin waistline? So flattering.
25. Avelynn Dress – Flora Bridal
Look like a Hollywood movie star on your wedding day with the beautiful Avelynn dress by Flora Bridal.
The statement sleeves are a feature we can totally get on board with, while the chic and fitted silhouette will have you showing off that lovely figure to all your guests.
26. Lynette - Watters at BHLDN
If you love the 50s-style tea-length designs but aren't mad about the lace and embellishments that often come with them, Lynette could offer the perfect solution.
Made with subtly spotted tulle, this dress gives off chic and simple vibes with a hint of ballerina style.
Team this gown with cute strappy shoes and get ready to wow.
27. Open-Back Crepe Gown – Stella McCartney
Stella McCartney is responsible for dressing some of the world’s most beautiful women for moments that’ll go down in history.
Add yourself to that list by wearing this stretch-crepe bridal gown on your big day. It is inspired by the look she created for Rihanna at the 2014 Met Gala; the back features the same open back and pooling train which photographers captured when the singer posed during her appearance.
28. Stretch Crepe Halterneck Gown – Stella McCartney
Fancy wearing the exact gown Meghan Markle wore to her wedding reception after marrying Prince Harry? Well, now you can, as this is the dress.
It is cut from weighty stretch-crepe so it skims your curves, and has a column silhouette with long train that will look beautiful as you walk down the aisle.
29. Whiteley Silk Gown – Galvan
Cowl-neck satin dresses have been ever so on-trend this year, so why not rock the style on your wedding day?
30. Strapless Crepe Gown – Safiyaa
Keep things super chic and simple with this gorgeous strapless gown by Safiyaa.
It is cut from smooth crepe and has curved seams running through the front to enhance your figure. It skims just above the floor so you’ll be able to walk down the aisle with ease.
31. Silk Gown – Michael Lo Sordo
This dress will look so elegant on your special day. It is made from smooth silk-satin and has a deep V-neckline and back.
It is fully lined and thanks to its amazing structured straps, drapes beautifully to an ankle-grazing hem.
32. Rosa Gown – Jenny Packham
Don’t you just adore this simple, halter gown by Jenny Packham? Dresses of this shape are perfect for girls with broad shoulders because they draw attention to the centre of the body.
This dress floats down to the floor beautifully and features pretty, jewel detailing in the centre. What’s not to love?
33. Calvin Dress – Nouvelle Bridal
We’re head over heels in love with this Mikado high-low gown by Nouvelle Bridal.
It has a deep V-neckline which is effortlessly elegant, and the luxuriously heavy fabric makes it look endlessly more expensive than it is. This is the simple wedding dress of our dreams.
34. Rosa Dress – Nouvelle Bridal
Up next is another beautifully simple dress by Nouvelle Bridal. This time, we have the Rosa dress, a simple gown with a fit and flare silhouette.
We love the asymmetric bow detail on the skirt – it adds a little something to the design at the same time as being understated enough to keep the dress fuss-free.
35. Esther Dress – Nouvelle Bridal
A bold take on the simple wedding dress, the Esther gown by Nouvelle Bridal takes inspiration from the wedding ball gown.
It is embellished with shimmering sequins at the plunging V and wide, modern waistband. What’s more, the skirt offers pockets for an unexpected twist.
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36. Cream Satin Maxi Dress – Self Portrait
Self-Portrait is our go-to occasion wear brand and so it's no surprise that we've fallen in love with their unique (and reasonably-priced!) bridal collection.
Cut from cream silk with a bodice underlay, the soft pleat details and V-neck and back offer just enough detail to this simple and elegant gown.
Team with a cream satin headband for classic bridal styling that will never date.
37. Madison Crepe Gown – Safiyaa
When it comes to simple bridal gowns made from high quality fabrics and cut in the most flattering silhouettes, Safiyaa is the place to go.
We adore the off-the-shoulder style of Madison, and the thigh split gives it a casual cool vibe that would look right at home anywhere from a swanky hotel to a beachside resort.
Team with some show-stopping earrings and you're good to go.
38. Livvy – Catherine Deane
The slim-fit Livvy from Catherine Deane is simple and modest from the front with a show-stopping ribbon tie back that will look stunning as you stand at the altar.
We'd keep this look simple and let the back grab all the attention by sticking to an up-do and teaming it with some classic pearl drop earrings.
39. Rita – Catherine Deane
Perfect for a beach wedding, Rita is made from stretch crepe and features detachable straps.
The versatile gown can be worn alone or paired with a bridal jacket that can then be removed for an evening reception. The simplicity and clean lines of the design also leave plenty of room for dazzling accessories.
40. Hannah - Monsoon
You don't need to spend a fortune on a gown to look amazing on your wedding day, and at £349 the Hannah gown from Monsoon is proof!
We love the Bardot neckline and crossover bodice of this gown as well as the subtle high-low skirt.
We'd team this high street beauty with some dazzling dangly earrings and a pair of killer heels.
41. Fern - Halfpenny London
Simple and demure from the front, cute and sexy from the back, Fern is a show-stopping simple bridal gown.
We love how the low back finishes with a soft bow and the skirt softly drapes, giving a slim silhouette without being clingy.
42. Olsen - Constellation Âme
Wrap-around styles are universally flattering and the Olsen gown from Constellation Âme is no exception.
This gown comes with a choice of necklines, so you can take the plunge or keep totally covered - it's yours to customise!
Lined with poly crepe and made from a heavy-weight luxury silk, this gown will feel as luxurious as it looks.
43. Rebecca – ASOS
Seriously simple yet totally aisle-worthy we love Rebecca from ASOS.
The plunge neckline and keyhole back show just the right amount of skin while the skirt offers a romantic train.
44. Thean Crepe Dress – Roland Mouret
45. Halter Neck Maxi Dress - ASOS
46. Cester Satin Gown – Max Mara
Calling all beach brides! You're going to want to check out this slinky V-neck number from Max Mara.
Made from white satin, this dress has enough wow-factor for the biggest day of your life while retaining a casual air that's simply perfect for beachfront nuptials.
Bridal sandals are a must with this gown. Whether they're flat and laid-back or heeled and embellished, this gown is crying out for a pair of stunning sandals.
47. Dress with Detachable Train – Justin Alexander
Show off your shape in this sleek fit and flare dress by Justin Alexander.
It will have you feeling confident and sexy with the plunging neckline in the front and a deep-V back. How about pairing this dress with a detachable chapel-length train for your ceremony?
48. Ball Gown with Cuffed Neckline – Justin Alexander
This striking yet simple gown is made for a modern princess.
It features a cuffed neckline and cut-out illusion V in the middle of the bodice. With a full skirt and delicate buttoning down the back, it has everything you need for your big day.
49. Pleated Trumpet Gown – Justin Alexander
Brides with an hourglass figure will love to show off their shape in this off-the-shoulder wedding dress.
It features asymmetrical pleating on the bodice and trumpet detailing on the skirt. The stretch Mikado fabric will have you feeling comfortable and confident to dance the night away.
50. 6758 Dress – Stella York
Simply beautiful, this royal-inspired wedding dress is as timeless as love itself.
It is perfect for the classic bride, and is made from a matte Mikado fabric. A small pleat allows the ball gown skirt to keep its stunning shape, while fabric covered buttons and the square-shaped back are two details we can’t help but adore.
51. Bariano – ASOS
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