From statement two-pieces to short, vintage styles, we’ve curated an edit of the best wedding dresses for a micro-wedding as the new trend continues to be popular into 2022.

Iris slip dress and Ariel bow, Halfpenny London

It’s no secret the wedding industry and couples planning to tie the knot were hard by the restrictions brought about by the coronavirus pandemic. From lockdown rules to tier systems, social distancing to travel bans, brides-to-be had to get creative when it comes to their big day. Restrictions on weddings have now eased – though, after becoming somewhat of a buzzword over the past year, micro-weddings show no signs of disappearing any time soon going into 2022.

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Wedding Dresses for a Micro-Wedding

With less than 50 people on the guest list and chic, intimate city venues being a popular choice for smaller-scale ceremonies, there’s plenty of opportunity to break away from tradition when it comes your micro-wedding wedding dress. We’ve picked out a few of our favourite ready-to-wear bridal pieces for your minimony.

Short Wedding Dresses

Candice Silk Shift Dress, RIXO

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Rixo Candice silk shift dress with feather hem detail, £650

Keep the micro-theme running through to your wedding dress with this über chic mini-dress from RIXO’s inaugural bridal collection. The vintage look of this silk shift dress with feather trim will also score you some serious style points and look picture perfect against the backdrop of a seriously cool boutique hotel venue.

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Self-Portrait Bridal Lace Mini Dress, Harrods

Self-Portrait Mini Dress, £390

Up your style credentials with this super-cute mini dress, perfect for a micro wedding – or perhaps your second dress on the big day?! Self-Portrait proves its prowess for lace once again with this gorgeous lace bridal mini dress. Its tiered layers, embroidered fabric and cinched waistline ensure an ultra-flattering fit.

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Pre-Loved Wedding Dresses

The Loop by Grace & Gadsby

Azzaro Wedding Dress
Azzaro Wedding Dress, £875, available at The Loop

Wanting to bridge the gap between ready-to-wear and bridal wear, The Loop features sleek, versatile and elegant preloved styles for the modern 2021 bride. Launching with a small selection of carefully chosen pre-loved designer pieces from a variety of global brands like Cult Gaia, Azzaro, Valentino and Jenny Packham.

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Wedding Dresses to Rent from By Rotation

Molly’s vintage gown is available to rent for £350 a day

While the allure of a sparkling brand-new dress is certainly appealing, there’s something quite romantic about wearing a dress with a bit of history. And the wedding dress rental trend is proving popular among brides wanting to incorporate a vintage theme to their wedding. Molly Whitehall’s stunning 1930s dress is available to rent on By Rotation.

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Statement Bridal Separates

Bridal Suit, Ghost

Viola jacket, £225, Senna trouser, £195 both Ghost

Emanating sartorial prowess with a nod to androgyny, Ghost’s beautifully cut Viola jacket can be styled with the matching Senna trousers to create a contemporary wedding suit.

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Kinsale Set, Reformation

Reformation Kinsale Set, £‌495

Style powerhouse Reformation have, unsurprisingly, hit the nail on the head with their affordable, chic bridalwear options. We can just a cool, laid-back bride at a city wedding in this two-piece pant suit with its super-stylish oversized blazer and wide leg trousers.

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Sleek Silhouettes

Alara Wedding Dress, Rowley Hesselballe

Alara silk satin wedding dress, £799

Micro-weddings may be something of a blessing for minimalist brides wanting to keep things pared down on their wedding day. A sleek and simple silk dress is a minimalist bride’s uniform, but with delicate fabrics and modern cuts, there’s something bold and alluring about Rowley Hesselballe’s ready-to-wear silhouettes.

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Starlet Bridal Midaxi Dress, ASOS

ASOS Starlet Bridal Dress, £96

A micro wedding doesn’t mean you have to skimp on the glam. We’re obsessed with this off-white ASOS number with its sequin embellishment and cowl neck for the laid-back bride who wants something stand-out but less traditional.

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Bridal Jumpsuits

Frankie Jumpsuit, RIXO

Frankie silk jumpsuit, £850

Picture the scene: you’re stepping out of Chelsea Town Hall, exuding style and sophistication in a perfectly-tailored jumpsuit, hand-in-hand with your dashing new husband and a vintage Roller pulls up to take you on to your exclusive-hire townhouse for an oh-so intimate private dinner with a handful of your closest friends and family. Sounds pretty perfect, doesn’t it?

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Olive Jumpsuit, Ghost

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Ghost Olive Jumpsuit, £195

Ghost’s Olive bridal jumpsuit hits the sweet-spot for prettiness and practicality, and the wide-leg silhouette flows flawlessly for all our dancing queens.

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Bold Bridalwear

Extreme Organza Sun Sleeves, Halfpenny London

Sun Sleeves, Halfpenny London
Iris lip dress and Sun sleeves, Halfpenny London

While the guest list and budget may be smaller, there’s still a lot to be said for going big with your wedding dress at a micro-wedding. Add volume with organza sleeves or a statement bow from Halfpenny’s Out Of This World and we guarantee all eyes will stay firmly fixed on you.

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Rebecca Vallance Rosette Strapless Gown, £1,250, Farfetch

Rebecca Vallance Dress, £1,250

OK, we’re obsessed. Be right on trend with this oversized bow dress from Rebecca Vallance, with its bustier-style neckline, straight hem and slimline skirt ensuring a flattering fit that’s just perfect for a city wedding.

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Ruby is Digital Editor of Wedding Ideas and the brand's sister magazines, Baby and Little London. Overseeing Wedding Ideas' online presence, Ruby covers everything from bridal fashion and beauty trends to venues, budgets and whether Brexit will affect your big day. When she's not navigating the world of weddings or scouring the internet for the latest lifestyle and beauty trends, you'll probably find Ruby trawling through the Zara sales, escaping the city for a weekend at the spa or cashing in the discount vouchers at her local Pizza Express. And when that doesn't work, she'll be parked on the sofa midway through a Netlfix crime documentary binge.