The Perfect Wedding Dress for a Wooded Setting

Every bride is different, and for those couples who feel a connection to the Great Outdoors, having a forest or other type of rural wedding is a magical experience. Finding the right dress can add to the wow factor for the bride, groom, and guests.

Dramatic or Subtle?

The first thing to decide is whether or not you want to contrast with the natural environment by rocking a dramatic dress, or you want to complement nature with a subtler gown. Tulle, beading, or rhinestones create a beautiful contrast to the deep green colors of a wooded setting. Lace, ribbon, or silky textures will make a softer statement when worn in the woods, near a lake, or even in a botanical garden. Imaging your ceremony location while trying on different styles of dresses at a local shop will help you make your selection. Bring pictures of your forest cathedral with you to help picture the scene.

Choosing the Color

Of course, the most popular wedding dress colors are bright white and ivory or creme. However, the non-traditional bride who’d dream is a woodland wedding may favor a less common dress color. Begin by looking at an online bridal boutique to see how different colors look in different situations before you make an appointment. Some brides love the pop of bright white, and some prefer an ivory tone. Your own skin tone should inform this decision as well, not just the location of your dream wedding.


A rural or woodland wedding is a fun statement in itself; don’t forget to accessorize your beautiful dress. Consider a colorful belt or adding a veil adorned with crystals, even a tiara to make your personal statement. You may also consider a long train that some would avoid for an outdoor wedding.

The day is yours; use your location and your dress to make it an event that you and your guests will always remember.