4 types of spring weddings & the best spring wedding dresses for every ceremony!
by Jess Keys

There's no better time of the year, when the snow starts to melt, the days get longer, and the sunshine seems cheerier than ever. That being said, a springtime celebration is one of our favorite ways to tie the knot–whether you're planning to elope, have a back yard bash, or a black tie affair, here are a handful of our favorite spring wedding dresses for any occasion.

Elopement Trip

There are quite a few factors to consider when searching for your elopement gown. First, it must be easy to pack, and travel well (a dress with tons of dramatic tulle is clearly out of the question!)

Second, consider where you're going and what you'll be doing throughout the day. Whether you're eloping in Paris or in the woods, often times the day might call for more activity than your average wedding at home. Chances are, you'll want a comfortable dress (aka NOT restricting) with a shorter hemline. If you want a full length gown, make sure its easy to pick up while you're walking. And don't worry, a practical dress doesn't mean you'll be sacrificing glamour! One with intricate lace, beading, or fringe details can be practical and gorgeous at the same time. On another note, a classic, white trench could be just as chic!

Photo by  Benj Haisch

Photo by Benj Haisch

Photo by  Stacy Reeves

Photo by Stacy Reeves


Outdoor bash

Whether it's the beach, the back yard, or the barn, you want your dress to match the effortless, laid-back-chic vibe of your outdoor wedding. Think soft, feminine lace, or breezy chiffon. Barely there stapes and open backs are perfect for this occasion.

A couple things to keep in mind: make sure your gown is breathable, and that it's not too terribly long. A floor length gown with a small train is great, just make sure it's easily bustled. You don't want a dust-caked dress in all of your photos, so avoid the long train!

Photo by  Maison Pestea

Photo by Maison Pestea


The Courthouse

If you've chosen a courthouse wedding, you're likely a low-key bride that either doesn't want all the fuss, or would rather reserve those funds for something more practical (or both)! If so, you have two routes to go: simple, classic elegance–or, switch it up, and wear a white romper, or a dress with a bit of color.

Photo by  Denueva Photo

Photo by Denueva Photo

Photo by  Denueva Photo

Photo by Denueva Photo

Photo by  Laura Hotz

Photo by Laura Hotz


Indoor or tented reception

When you're planning a wedding with an indoor reception, there tends to be more room for drama when it comes to your gown. The more adornments, the merrier. Since air conditioning will be aplenty, you don't have to worry about getting too hot in a heavy dress. Plus, an indoor hotel, ballroom, or country club setting will ensure your dress stays clean, and train friendly!

Photo by  Lara Hotz  via  Ruffled

Photo by Lara Hotz via Ruffled

What type of gown will you wear for your spring wedding? 


Jess Keys is a graduate of Indiana University, a Chicago transplant and Founder of The Golden Girl Blog. She was first bitten by the wedding bug at age 11, when she purchased her first Brides magazine in the Lexington, KY airport. She's partial to red lipstick, French Bulldogs, and a lover of the written word. You can often find her at the closest Dim Sum establishment, or exploring the Windy City with her camera in tow.