14 Cottagecore Dresses for a Romantic Wedding
The cottagecore aesthetic took over the internet in 2020, and it looks as though it is here to stay. It is defined as a romanticised interpretation of a simpler, agricultural life.
Unsurprisingly, the pandemic and nationwide lockdowns have led to a yearning for an idealised past where there were no small apartments and only endless rolling hills. While this may not have been the reality of people during the agricultural revolution, it has been a source of comfort and inspiration for those who are feeling stifled by the current restrictions.
This is also true for weddings. In a year where so many weddings had to be cancelled because of lockdown restrictions, the desire for a perfect wedding day, surrounded by your loved ones, in a beautiful setting sounds like a fairytale.
In fashion, the cottagecore style brought together the idea of comfort and designs in harmony with a life spent in the gardens or fields. Although varied depending on minor, aesthetic tweaks, elements of the cottagecore style draw inspiration from garden foliage. These include lace-up bodices, puff sleeves, delicate lace, soft chiffon fabrics and mid-length skirts.
Unsurprisingly, these elements combine to make the perfect spring or summer wedding dress. Made to complement a barnyard, wine farm or garden wedding, these dresses will work well with a country-style wedding.
We’ve selected some of our favourite cottagecore wedding dresses that combine these unique details in various ways, offering unique takes on the dreamy garden look, which will make your big day feel like a fairytale.
All About Lace
Lace is a standard addition to wedding dresses. This is because lace was a sign of wealth and beauty, making it a staple for a wedding day. The cottagecore aesthetic draws lace details from nature. Flowers, leaves and vines make up the designs that speak to the garden theme running throughout this style.
These lace applications can be a simple addition to the bodice, sleeves or train or cover the entire dress for a more dramatic finish. Lace is especially significant, most often floor-sweeping if you’re choosing an off-white or colourful dress. It’s a great way to incorporate the traditional colour on your big day.
Layers and Layers
The soft femininity of flowing layers immediately sets your look in an ethereal, romantic space. While cottagecore is most often a mid-length skirt, combining a long train and floor-sweeping skirt with other elements like a puff sleeve or lace-up bodice immediately combines the everyday cottage core with a heightened wedding look.
Although you can choose a wide range of fabrics for your layered skirt look, lighter options like chiffon or tulle make it easier to move and less hot during a sweltering summer wedding. You can go even more significant with these softer materials, having the long train of your dreams.
Puff Sleeve Dreams
Puff sleeves are quintessentially cottagecore. This is because they identified easily by their stylised prairie farm design. These sleeves are characterised by billowing sleeves pinched at the bottom to create the perfect balloon effect. In many cases, they provide a counter to the rest of the dress with see-through softer material.
These are a beautiful addition to a wedding dress because the sleeves are quite unique. Strappy or strapless dresses have been the most popular wedding dress style for the last few years, making a puff sleeve addition a stand-out look.
While researching your options to accessorise your wedding day look make sure you check our list of bridal crown and headpieces.