Classic and Elegant Wedding Dresses


Classic and Elegant Wedding Dress Styles

While many brides may opt for wedding dresses with an opulent feel (think countless sequins, layers of tulle, detailed beading, and the like), just as many are looking for a simpler yet elegant gown. Minimalist wedding dresses continue to be a trend in current bridal fashion, and we believe that trend is here to stay.

When it comes to classic designs without a ton of embellishments, our Moonlight Collection and Moonlight Tango bridal lines offer an amazing selection!

10 Simple, Elegant Wedding Gowns

If big ball gowns layered with flowing tulle and cathedral trains with intricate beading aren’t your style, there are plenty of simpler bridal dress designs that offer just as much glamor.

There are also benefits to choosing this type of dress. For example, they can typically be worn during any season and fit many styles of wedding ceremonies including beach weddings, destination weddings, formal weddings, and more. These designs tend to be more comfortable and lightweight, which is very important to consider on your big day.

An elegant, simple wedding dress certainly doesn’t mean boring. Here are 10 classic styles that are still show stoppers.


Looking for an elegant style with a unique touch? Style T963 is a stunning crepe wedding dress that may just be perfect for you! The romantic flutter sleeves lead to a fitted bodice that’s adorned with perfectly placed pearls. The pearls continue down the mermaid style silhouette all the way to the delicate sweep train. The luxurious crepe back satin material exudes elegance while the pearls provide the perfect classic touch for your wedding day.

Bride standing in front of flower arrangements in a romantic crepe wedding gown with pearls placed all over

Modern Classic 

Style T938 infuses classic detailing with modern twist. Made for the modern bride, this elegant wedding gown is made of rich Mikado fabric. It features a scoop neckline and a demure band that wraps around the waist to highlight the natural waistline. To add that touch of sparkle to an already beautiful gown, there’s an illusion bateau back with embroidered floral lace appliques, tonal beading and sequins that twinkle under the lights. 

Bride looking over her shoulder wearing a simple, elegant wedding gown with an illusion bateau back


Style T922 exudes elegance and understated glamor with its mermaid silhouette, simple beaded details, and low illusion open back. This crepe wedding gown features a plunging neckline paired with beautifully beaded straps. This lightweight design is just as perfect for a beach wedding as it is for a formal black and white themed affair.

Bride leaning up against a balcony railing in a sleek crepe wedding dress

Style T104 is another formal option for the brides that want to make a big entrance in a classic style. This simple, satin ball gown wedding dress features a chapel train that will make any bride feel like royalty. The off-the-shoulder sleeves highlight the neck and shoulder area. This design fits well in a more formal setting while maintaining an effortless, elegant aesthetic. 

Woman wearing a classic stain ball gown wedding dress walking through a formal venue


If you’re in search of a style that includes classic wedding gown elements, but is minimal in design, Style T109 may be your dream dress. This sleek crepe wedding dress features a mermaid silhouette and a classic sweetheart neckline with horizontal pleats, giving it a modern twist. Other modern details include a high leg slit and a sultry low back.

Bride outside on a balcony wearing a simple crepe bridal gown with a high leg slit


Style T861 is a design perfect for a minimalist bride that wants to accessorize. A blank canvas gown does not have to be boring! This style features a strapless sweetheart neckline and an open back. The simple, elegant design leaves plenty of room to add any jewelry or accessories you wish. Not only is this A-line wedding dress a classic choice, but the beautiful satin fabric brings a contemporary feel.

Bride wearing an elegant A-line wedding dress with a sweetheart neckline

Black gown

Style J6852 is a simple, elegant gown that’s sure to make a statement on your wedding day. The luxurious black Mikado fabric adds a unique aspect to an otherwise classic style. This strapless, A-line dress includes a pointed sweetheart neckline, a pleated skirt, a flowing sweep train, and a high slit. 

Woman standing in front of a grand entrance wearing a simple black Mikado wedding gown with a front leg slit


Style T132 is perfect for the bride looking for a simple, yet stunning design. It’s a great option for a casual wedding or beach ceremony setting. This chiffon wedding dress includes a sweetheart neckline, an unlined lace bodice, and detailed cap sleeves, and the flowy material creates a beautiful A-line skirt. You’ll be able to dance the night away in this lightweight gown.

Woman standing outdoors wearing a chiffon wedding dress with a stunning lace bodice


Style J6900 is a smooth satin wedding dress that offers two looks in one design. With an overall minimalist aesthetic, this mermaid gown features elegant ruching, a classic sweetheart neckline, and a detachable chapel train. The detachable element attaches at the natural waist and allows brides to have a dramatic train during their ceremony, and then remove it at the reception.

 Bride standing outside wearing a satin wedding dress with a detachable chapel train that's fanned out


If you’re looking for a simple gown but love the look of a voluminous skirt, Style J6916 is a perfect match. This elegant, romantic ball gown is both figure flattering and sophisticated. The sleeveless Mikado bodice includes a deep V-neckline and a dramatic V-back. The skirt is crafted with cascading organza fabric that ends beautifully with a chapel train. 

Bride looking over her shoulder wearing an elegant ball gown wedding dress crafted with organza fabric

Next Steps

No matter what your style may be, at Moonlight Bridal we have a wide variety of options available. If you have always loved retro styles with emphasis on fabrics and flattering your shape, then a simple and minimally detailed bridal gown may be the perfect fit.

Classic, elegant wedding dresses are popular because they are typically comfortable and allow you flexibility with accessories and jewelry. When you have a simple gown such as the ones shown, don't be afraid to make yourself stand out with a unique headpiece or statement necklace. Explore our collection of simple dresses for your big day.

To see more of our Moonlight Bridal collections find an authorized retailer near you, and start your search now.

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