Wedding Dress Styles to Complement Your Garden Wedding

Wedding dresses should complement the venue. We suggest some styles that we think will pair best with a whimsical garden affair.

By Taylor Bryant

Garden Wedding Dress Styles
Photo by Vince Fleming

Just like the decor and theme, your wedding gown should complement the venue. Church affairs call for more classic styles, while large, expansive halls deserve something equally as dramatic. Garden weddings, on the other hand, exude whimsical romance, and your wedding dress should reflect that.

From layered tulle, soft chiffon, flirty ruffles, and light pastels, we’ve gathered up some springtime appropriate picture-perfect garden wedding dress options to choose from. If you’re in need of further inspiration, Pinterest, Instagram, and bridal runway shows are always great places to look. Just keep in mind that these are just suggestions—your choice should come down to your taste and what you feel most comfortable wearing on your wedding day.

Floral Additions

Selecting a floral print or some kind of embroidery is an obvious—if not predictable—choice. But it’s also the perfect complement to a garden wedding, so who cares? We love the idea of leaning into a theme and bringing a truly dreamy fairytale vision to life.

If you don’t want to go too obvious, butterfly prints have become more popular. It’s a great, tangential take on floral prints.

Short(er) Length

If you’re anxious to show some leg (or ankle), are going for a more modern look, or simply cringe at the idea of having your train touch the dirt, then opt for a shorter, midi or tea-length dress The style gives off a vintage vibe and is just as chic as a floor-length ball gown.

Soft Chiffon

An elegant affair calls for an elegant fabric. Chiffon drapes beautifully, is soft to the touch, comfortable to wear, and can be transformed into a variety of styles and silhouettes to make the perfect dress. It’s reliable year-long, but tends to be popular for warmer seasons, thanks to its lightweight nature.

Lots of Lace

Forever a breathable and beautiful addition to any dress, incorporating lace into your look is a fantastic choice. Whether it’s all over in a boho-esque fashion, along the sleeves, or present via dainty peeps, a lace wedding dress will pair impeccably well with your garden wedding and add a dash of femininity to your dress.

Simple Yet Flattering A-Line Dress

Wedding Dress Styles to Complement Your Garden Wedding Photo Credit // Shoot The Cake Photography2

A-Line silhouettes are classic for a reason—they’re timeless and universally flattering. Nipped at the waist and loosely flowing around the hips, these dresses work whether your style skews romantic and ethereal or boho and minimal. And, most importantly, they look great for practically any venue, including a whimsical outdoor wedding.

Light, Romantic Ruffles

Is there any style more romantic and flirty than ruffles? Picture a ball gown silhouette with a poofy, ruffle-filled skirt. It’s a look fit for a princess.

Caped Up

For the more fashion-forward bride, we absolutely love the addition of a cape. They’ve become a modern alternative to the veil and add a sophisticated and classy touch to any bridal dress. You can go for a pretty, simple capelet or lean into the drama and choose a floor-length or floor-skimming version. Add in some floral embroidery to the cape to bring the garden theme to life.

Layered Tulle

Tulle is the kind of tender fabric that screams fairytale. We love the image of a layered, blossoming tulle skirt that practically floats around the bride as she walks down the aisle. Placing that image with a garden backdrop makes us want to find our very own secret garden.


When we think of people frolicking through the garden, images of forlorn princesses or Shakespeare plays immediately come to mind, which is why a Medieval-inspired dress is a great option for an outdoor affair. Think dramatic voluminous long sleeves (Enchanted, anyone?) that would look at home in any Renaissance painting.

Going with a long-sleeved style will also ensure you stay warm if the temperature dips throughout the night.

Pastel Color

Wedding Dress Styles to Complement Your Garden Wedding Photo Credit // First Student

Pull from the colorful garden foliage that surrounds you, and go for color with your bridal gown. A sweetheart neckline dress in blush pink, pastel lilac, muted yellow, or light gray-blue are all perfectly subtle shades that also showcase your softer, more feminine side.

While these are our own subjective suggestions, there aren’t any hard-and-fast rules when choosing your wedding dress style. Like w e mentioned before, as long as you love it and feel comfortable while wearing it, that’s what matters the most.