“Here comes the bride, all dressed in white.” Today’s brides can sing those immortal wedding song lyrics to a whole new tune! Instead of being limited to the traditional ball gown type of wedding dress, all frilly and flouncy, you can now express your personal style as you walk down the aisle.
Just take a look at this fabulous selection of white summer dresses—from lacy fabrics, to boho looks, to knee-length or mini cocktail frocks, to figure-hugging sheaths. Stunning choices for modern summer weddings held in outdoor venues, like the beach, aboard a boat, on a farm, or atop a mountainside. Plus, we kept our picks within a budget of $1,000 or less! (*this post contains affiliate links)
12 Styles for Modern, Free-Spirited Brides
1 – Temptation Positano Women’s Udine V-Neck Long Dress
This dress available on Amazon is sewn from light and airy gauze cotton fabric, with a lace-trimmed V-neckline and a tiered skirt edged with ruffles and ending in open cutwork lace.
2 – Temptation Positano Women’s Andamane Skirt
Another airy number from Amazon, this features a peasant-inspired crop top with ruffle-edged sleeves over a fitted skirt ending in a flaring hem—all in dainty 100% cotton lace.
3 – Temptation Positano Women’s Matera Dress
For the boho bride, here’s another lacy dress with a strapless empire bodice leading to a flowing skirt—interestingly paired with pull-on bell sleeves in matching lace fabric.
4 – Calvin Klein Illusion Trim Sheath Dress
From Macy’s, we found this sleek, form-fitting number with a minimalist look—with illusion bands on the knee-length hem and adding a bit of flounce on the elbow-length sleeves.
5 – Adrianna Papell Off-The-Shoulder Beaded Sheath Dress
A fittingly sparkly choice from Macy’s for a summer wedding under the stars! A flattering off-shoulder neckline and sheath silhouette are glammed up with all-over hand beading and sequins.
6 – Aidan by Aidan Mattox Embroidered Fringe Fit & Flare Dress
For a look with a bit of sass, this mini fit and flare dress from Macy’s is a chic choice. A halter neckline bares the shoulders, while embroidery, sequins, and a fringe trim on the skirt up the glam factor for the occasion.
7 – LIKELY Carolyn Sheath Dress
Cut a truly striking figure with this sharply styled body-con dress we found via Bloomingdale’s. Its unique crossover neckline calls attention to bare shoulders.
8 – FRENCH CONNECTION Whisper Ruffled V-Neck Mini Dress
Another minimalist style for a modern bride, also from Bloomingdale’s—with a fitted A-line silhouette, V-neck, and mini length skirt. Ruffled cap sleeves provide a sweet, softening touch.
9 – Farm Rio Elliot Off-the-Shoulder Jumpsuit
This feminine take on a jumpsuit from Anthropologie is a practical and pretty option for a windy beach or boat venue. Designed for comfort in viscose fabric with an elasticized off-shoulder neckline, the lacy pattern makes it wedding-worthy, too!
10 – Jenny Yoo Shep Dress
Don a classic tea-length dress with clean lines, but with the softness of a full skirt. This LWD from the BHLDN collection, available via Anthropologie, features ivory plaid embroidery for a subtle preppy touch and a plunging back for that mid-century vibe.
11 – Aidan Mattox Embellished Shift Dress
The mini swing silhouette of this sleeveless, knee-length shift from Bloomingdale’s is courtesy of a slightly stretchy fabric. While the bead and sequin embellishment on the round neck and arm openings add the perfect touch of glitz.
12 – Jenny Yoo Penelope Cross Back High-Low Lace Dress
You’ll be dancing the night away in this lovely halter-style dress with an alluring open lace back and a high-low hem! Available on Amazon.
So the bride can certainly still be “all dressed in white.” But what a statement you can make with designs, cuts, fabrics, and embellishments like these white summer dresses offer!