There has been a constant rise of "low-key" weddings held at very "home-y" locations. Whether the reason for a downscaled nuptial is brought about by practicality, budget, or anything else in between, it doesn’t mean that you can’t dress stylishly. Due to that, casual wedding dresses suitable for intimate ceremonies have also been increasing in number. From tea-length frocks to pantsuits, there’s a lot to choose from if you’re looking to shop at the RTW rack or even have something bespoke made by a local designer.
If you still need a little convincing, these local celebrities with "micro-weddings" prove that you don't need to dress too grand on your wedding day. After all, something simple has a beauty of its own.
10 Casual Wedding Dress Ideas, As Seen on Filipina Celebrities
1. Angel Locsin
First on the list is actually a celebrity that opted not to wear a wedding gown. Angel Locsin tied the knot in white blazer and sneakers! Talk about "low-key!" This is a perfect peg for those who want to prioritize comfort, practicality, and simplicity yet still look chic.
2. Jessy Mendiola
The next celebrity bride is a great peg for those who aim to look feminine. Jessy Mendiola's Patricia Santos tea-length frock fashioned a square neckline and scooped back that made her look effortlessly stunning on her big day. Perfect length to still move around freely while flaunting cute shoes too!
3. Bianca King
The actress wore an RTW polka-dotted piece from the Aussie sustainable label SIR for her DIY wedding. This is a perfect for brides who, like Bianca, never wanted to wear a gown. Bonus points if the frock is eco-friendly, too!
4. Rachel Peters
Beauty queen Rachel Peters is just like us. The Miss Universe Philippines 2017 wore a wedding dress from the local Instagram shop Just Bonita—that showed off her cute baby bump, BTW! For those who value simplicity above all, this empire-waist dress with butterfly sleeves is definitely one to peg!
5. Yam Concepcion
If you’re eyeing a basic silhouette, it’s best to pick a dress in an interesting fabric. For Yam Concepcion, a lace frock was her top choice. The actress wore a puff-sleeved maxi dress paired with a straw hat that gave her such a dainty feel on her wedding day. You better take note of this look if you’re aiming for a soft and sweet vibe when you walk down the aisle.
6. Megan Young
Miss World 2013 Megan Young surprised everyone by how casual she opted to look on her special day when she wed actor Mikael Daez. The beauty queen and actress was the epitome of comfort and understated elegance during her reception when she changed into a simple Boom Sason gown and Air Jordans to match.
7. Sarah Lahbati
A couple that postponed their dream fairytale wedding due to the pandemic is Sarah Lahbati and Richard Gutierrez. Instead of having a grand celebration for the safety of their guests, they had a last-minute intimate gathering with loved ones. Sarah wore a Mark Bumgarner dress that was only made in a day! The silk-organza mid-length dress had an off-the-shoulder neckline and sheer pleated skirt.
8. Dionne Monsanto
Another practical bride is Dionne Monsanto, who only spent P300 on her wedding gown! In her caption, she explained her choice, "As I've gotten older, I realize more and more that things are just things. That I don't need a lot to be happy. That love and respect from people I love are more important than any material possession." She could not be any more relatable! Further proof that you don’t need to spend a lot (or on anything new) when you tie the knot.
9. Alex Gonzaga
The definition of a "home-y" wedding was epitomized by Alex Gonzaga's ceremony with long-term boyfriend, Mikee Morada. The YouTuber and host married her beau in the comforts of their own home. Alex walked down the aisle in Manolo Blahnik’s Hangisi flats that perfectly matched her Victorian-era-inspired Rajo Laurel wedding dress. Who says you need to wear heels on your big day, anyway?
10. Dennise Lazaro
Dennise Lazaro wore a mid-length tulle bustier gown and a glittery pair of Keds x Kate Spade sneakers when she said “I do.” The athlete definitely stayed true to her laid-back style off-court with her dressed down ‘fit most girls couldn’t help copy! We also love how she kept her beauty look simple—opting for barely-there makeup and a fresh ponytail.
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