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The Best Wedding Dresses to Elope In

Here at The Nomad’s Direction, we love weddings, travel and yes, even wedding fashion. As wedding industry professionals, we’ve seen every type of wedding and wedding outfit under the sun. Here are some of our top picks for a number of different types of weddings. Enjoy!

Boho wedding dress

BHLDN Odalis Dress
Boho weddings have been all the rage for a while and don’t show any signs of slowing down. We love a boho elopement or microwedding, for places like Joshua Tree or your backyard. BHLDN has been crushing the boho wedding dress trend for quite some time and offers locations all over the US or online. We love their Odalis Dress for its intricate graphic lace, cascading flutter sleeves and cape details that will flatter everyone. They also offer plus sizes (which all wedding dress companies should).

Long sleeve wedding dress

White by Vera Wang Bell Sleeve Lace Dress
If you’re eloping in a place like Colorado or Iceland, it could get chilly. I may be biased as I had a long sleeve wedding dress and loved it, but not having to worry about getting a matching jacket or freezing your butt off during your vows makes a big difference. Our top pick for long sleeves is the White by Vera Wang Bell Sleeve Lace Wedding Dress.  This fitted sheath gown features long, flared sleeves, a plunging squared-off neckline and open back. 

Beachy wedding dress

L. Wells Julianna Dress
Beach weddings are almost always a bit breezy and you may want a dress that catches the wind just right for some epic photos. Beach wedding dresses should also be made of a breathable fabric because no one wants to sweat through their dress. That’s why Juliana Dress by L. Wells is the perfect beach wedding dress. Light fabric sleeves, a thigh grazing slit and multiple color options make this a top contender.

Classic style wedding dress

Jenny Yoo Ivette Dress
Small weddings were very popular in the past, which is why we love a classic, timeless dress for an elopement or microwedding. Just like your love, your dress should be timeless and comfortable. We love Jenny Yoo’s Ivette Dress for the clean and classic lines, timeless boat neck silhouette and a chic open back.

Short wedding dress

BHLDN Elliat Rosay Dress
There’s no “wedding law” that says your dress has to be long (or that you even have to wear a dress at all)! We love the playfulness and retro style of the Elliatt Rosay Pearl Mini Dress from BHLDN. Flirty and fun, this strappy mini is decked out in allover embroidery and pearls, plus it won’t break the bank. As a bonus, you may actually wear this one again, unlike a wedding gown.

Cost-effective wedding dress

Ruolai A Line Lace Dress
We know 2020 has been hard on a lot of our wallets, and there’s nothing to be ashamed about for wanting a cheaper wedding dress. While we always try to avoid Amazon, if you need a cheap dress quickly, seller Ruolai has a number of cost-effective wedding dresses. Their cap sleeve, A-line vintage dress comes highly rated as does their customer service ratings. After you order they contact you to verify that the size and length is correct and ask if you want the modest or deep neckline.

Black wedding dress

Jenny Packham Tiered Metallic Ballgown
Black wedding dresses have exploded on the bridal scene over the last few years as more brides choose to throw tradition to the wind and wear what they really want to. Black dresses can be classic, dramatic, or just plain fun like this Tiered Metallic Ball Gown from Jenny Packham. It has me wanting to divorce and remarry my husband just so I can wear it.

Wedding jumpsuit

Rime Arodaky Patsy Jumpsuit

Not everyone wants to wear a dress on their wedding day, and that’s OK! Bridal jumpsuits are becoming more and more popular and there’s one that been called “the” jumpsuit of 2020. Rime Arodaky’s Patsy Jumpsuit is the perfect jumpsuit for a bride that wants a classic bridal style with a twist.


No matter what you wear or how you choose to celebrate, your wedding will be a special day to remember! The Nomad's Direction may not be able to pick your wedding outfit for you, but we're always happy to recommend our favorites of the season.

P.S. Can we get some diversity in the wedding dress model industry? Yikes.

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