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Five Super Stylish Looks For Your Small Wedding Ceremony

27th July 2020

With so many brides asking "What do I wear now my plans have changed?" Amy has investigated the best wedding day styles for those smaller ceremonies that are taking place across the UK.

The summer of 2020 sees us slap bang in the middle of a wedding season like no other. The outbreak of the Covid-19 virus has swept across the world bringing everything to a standstill. The lavish wedding day thousands of brides were expecting has been turned on its head, and brides are making the choice to postpone or get married with heavy restrictions in place. While some couples just want to be married no matter the circumstances others are happy to wait out the storm and plan an even bigger event. Then there are the couples that plan on having the legal ceremony now but reschedule their wedding celebration and include a blessing later.

While brides are usually so excited to walk down the aisle in the dress of their dreams, some dresses are a bit extravagant for a simple ceremony at the registry office. Now, don’t get me wrong if you want to rock that frock down the aisle then please do so, heaven knows we need a bit of joy this year, but if you would feel more comfortable in something a bit more subtle, store that dress away for the postponed big day. You will get your chance to dazzle in that dress.

In true wedding style the trends have adapted for the city hall wedding, meaning Dior and Chanel are right on trend. 2-piece outfits, suits and simple subtle dresses are big for the small ceremony. We are also seeing links to weddings in the 30’s and 40’s with these simple ceremonies being stripped right back to the basics just like the days after the war. With hats instead of veils and short dresses featuring for the subtle bridal look. Florals and pops of colour make the look less bridal for your small meal to celebrate afterwards.

Programs like ‘Don’t Tell the Bride’ and ‘Say Yes to the Dress’ really highlight how important a wedding dress is to a bride, and from an early age girls used long skirts as dresses and put makeshift veils on their head to play weddings. Picking a special second dress is going to be an important part of planning your new wedding day and with lockdown restrictions making things a bit more difficult the logical way to buy your subtle wedding dress would be online. I have scoured the internet to bring you a few of my favourites.


Right on trend for 2020 with a puff sleeve and a pop of yellow is this coast dress. Pair with yellow heels, a simple birdcage veil and a bouquet of sunflowers.


Why not mix things up with this ASOS jumpsuit? The beaded embellishments keep it bridal and the wide legs make it a comfortable option. Style with a hat instead of a veil, strappy heels and a colourful bouquet.


Slip back in time with this pleated skirt and Bardot top for a 1940’s wedding day look.


For ultimate style and comfort this wedding suit from whistles has you covered. Strappy sandals pair well with these wide leg trousers and a birdcage veil will make this look more bridal.


For an off the peg tea length dress for your smaller ceremony the wed2b franchise has a selection of perfect dresses. You also get to experience the full wedding dress shopping experience if you have missed out on this due to lock down. We love the classic Audrey dress paired with a bright bouquet and a flamboyant heel.