How to Style a Wedding Around a Slip Wedding Dress

Bride in white slip wedding dress and four bridesmaids in black dressesPhoto: Bella Minneapolis / Trish Burtzel

Choosing THE dress is one of the best parts of planning a wedding.

Some brides come up with a vision for their big day and choose a wedding gown to fit that vision.

Other brides do the opposite and fall in love with a dress, then design their wedding around that dress.

Either way works!

Some dress silhouettes, such as the ball gown, skew towards a more traditional wedding look. Other silhouettes, such as the slip dress, can work for any wedding celebration.

If you’ve fallen in love with a slip wedding dress, you’ve got it made. There are tons of chic options to choose from and many ways to style a wedding around a slip silhouette.

What Is a Slip Wedding Dress?

Bride in white slip wedding dress with nine bridesmaids in pink wedding dressesPhoto: Bella Jackson / Sara Williamson

The slip wedding dress takes its inspiration from the lingerie slip. It’s a relatively simple garment, much like a camisole top that pulls on over the head. The slip silhouette has a slim, straight skirt, and it’s always sleeveless, usually detailed with spaghetti straps. 

But, like all garments in our wardrobes, there are many variations of the look.

Slip dresses can have an open back or a closed back. They can have a halter neckline, a scoop neckline, a cowl neck, or a V-neckline.

They can have a high front slit or a side slit. They can be long, short, or midi length. Some are plain and unembellished, while others are ultra-glamorous with beading and sequin details.

The slip dress is figure-flaunting in a slim silhouette, and since it can take on many different forms, it’s a chic choice for any wedding celebration.

How to Style Your Wedding Around a Minimalist Slip Dress

A simple slip bridal gown is the perfect choice for a minimalist wedding.

From a bias-cut silk slip dress to a floor-length slip dress in fluid jersey, nothing screams minimalist luxe more than an unadorned slip dress with thin straps.

If you plan to rock a simple slip dress on your big day, it’s time to start touring modern venues, blank-space venues, and industrial venues with minimal décor.

When styling a minimalist wedding around a slip dress, keep your décor and flowers to a minimum, too. Minimalism is all about less is more, which is exactly what makes a slip dress the perfect style for a minimalist bride.

How to Style Your Wedding Around a Glam Slip Dress

Bride in white slip wedding dress with five bridesmaids in red dressesPhoto: Bella Indy / Hunter Ryan

The slip dress may be simple in silhouette, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be super glam.

A satin slip dress is the epitome of old Hollywood glamor. Just imagine the oohs and aahs you’ll hear when you walk down the aisle in a backless dress or a slip dress with a low back or interesting back details.

Call attention to your décolleté with a draped cowl neckline or a pretty scoop neck. For ultimate glamor, choose a gown with sequin embellishments or beaded accents.

Layer a seamless bodysuit or seamless shapewear underneath, and you’ll look smooth, sultry, and super polished in shimmering satin, just like a Hollywood starlet!  

To plan a wedding around a glamorous slip dress, have your reception in a grand ballroom or a swanky hotel with crystal chandeliers. Create luxe tablescapes, serve mountains of decadent food and desserts, and decorate with tons of flowers and tall centerpieces.

See also: How to Throw a Roaring Great Gatsby Wedding

How to Style Your Wedding Around a Casual Slip Dress

A floor-length slip gown is a smart choice for a casual wedding on a ranch, in a backyard, or on the beach.


Because dragging a voluminous dress with a massive train isn’t ideal if you’re planning to say your vows on sand, gravel, or grass!

To pull off a gorgeous but casual wedding day look, opt for a lace slip dress or a chiffon slip dress that moves with ease.

Wear your hair in a loose pony or let it hang down in natural, beachy waves.

Choose a natural makeup look that screams I’ve perfected my skincare routine.

If this is your vision, congrats; you’re about to be the most gorgeous, effortlessly cool bride of all time.

Which Bridesmaid Dresses Go Best With a Slip Wedding Dress?

Bride in white slip wedding dress with fourteen bridesmaids in green dressesPhoto: Bella Atlanta / Wendy Adams

No matter how, when, or where you plan to say “I do,” the bride should always be the star of the show.

The bridesmaids’ dresses should never overshadow the brides’ gown, so if you’re planning to wear a straight slip dress, choose streamlined silhouettes for your wedding party.

Slim A-line silhouettes are a perfect choice for the wedding party, and they’re easy to find in all colors, sleeve lengths, necklines, and sizes.

You can find slim A-line silhouettes in maxi dresses with strapless bodices.

You can shop sleeveless A-line midi dresses with V-necks or high necks.

You can even find slim A-line silhouettes in the form of jumpsuits, which are a super chic way to differentiate the bride’s look from the ‘maids!

When it comes to bridesmaid dresses, brides have endless options, so if you want your entire wedding party to wear a slip dress, go for it!

To create a distinction between the bridal dress and bridesmaid dresses, just choose a shorter hem length for your wedding party.

For example, if the bride wears a full-length gown, choose wedding party dresses in a midi length. If the bride wears a midi-length dress, outfit your bridal party in mini dresses.

It’s as easy as that!


Compared to other wedding dress silhouettes, the slip dress may be too simple for some brides.

But for others, the understated silhouette of the slip dress is exactly what makes it such an excellent choice!

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