Convertible Wedding Dress Styles for Small Weddings, Elopements & Minimalist Brides

Banner Image: Model is wearing the Sakura Lace Convertible Wedding Dress in a reverse wrap style with the waistband at the front to create a cut-out look. Photo by Amaros Media.

This blog was written by Sonia Dong

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown weddings for a loop, with postponed events, cancelled parties and many, many altered wedding plans. 

As we all continue to navigate this new world, we know there are and will be challenging moments, and we're cheering you on, and rooting for your big day. We see you, the amazing couples of 2020, and we see your frustrations but also your resilience, and most of all your focus on celebrating love. 

And that's where Henkaa comes in - to make things less complicated and stressful so you have more time to celebrate! You might be holding a more intimate or casual wedding or elopement, like a backyard wedding or micro-wedding at a cool venue. Or maybe it's a nearby destination wedding such as at a cottage or local heritage space or farm. Whether you intended on having a minimalist wedding at the get go, or had to switch things up and want to save your dream wedding dress for a bigger event next year - we've got you covered with simple yet elegant wedding gowns for your special day.

At Henkaa, you'll find a wedding dress for under $400. All of our dresses are size flexible up to size 24, saving major $$$ and time on multiple fittings and alterations. Ready to wear, in-stock dresses arrive in 7-11 days, just in time for your special event. 

How to Choose a Convertible Wedding Dress

1. Choose a Wedding Dress with Sleeves or No Sleeves

Each of our bridal gowns come with two separate layers that are paired together. The bottom layer is made of our super-stretchy, wrinkle-resistant and machine washable Lenaa fabric. The top layer is in one of our luxe lace, chiffon or double-layer Peony fabrics.

We offer our wedding gowns in our popular infinity dresses the Sakura Convertible Infinity Dress, the Iris 3/4 Sleeve Multiway Wrap Dress, and the Daffodil Convertible Dress all in a maxi convertible dress length in our Pure Ivory colour. 

The Sakura is our bestselling wrap dress that can be styled in over 21+ styles. Many styles are backless which you can wear with one of our Infinity Bras. Or add a convertible bandeau for more coverage and the ability to wear a full bra! 

Henkaa Sakura Maxi Convertible Wedding Dress Hunter Green

Sakura Peony Convertible Wedding Dress
Bridesmaid on left: Iris Maxi 3/4 Sleeve Multiway Dress in Hunter Green
Bridesmaids middle and right: Sakura Maxi Convertible Infinity Dress in Hunter Green
Image: 11elevenpmd

The Iris is our convertible dress with sleeves - if you've ever owned a classic wrap dress, you'll know it's super easy to wear - the Henkaa wrap dress version is just that much more versatile because it can be wrapped in over 10+ ways! The Iris offers a very elegant look and the ability to wear your own full bra without the addition of a bandeau.

Iris Peony Maxi Convertible Wedding Dress

Iris Peony Convertible Wedding Dress
Image: 11elevenpmd

Each Sakura and Iris wedding dress comes with a sheer skirt overlay - see #2 for details!

The Daffodil is the perfect choice for a boho, vintage wedding. It comes with a maxi strapless dress with a sweetheart detail, and either a lace or chiffon full dress overlay (see #2 for more)! Our newest addition to our convertible wedding dress line-up, it's sure to make a statement.

Daffodil Lace Wedding Dress

Daffodil Lace Convertible Wedding Dress
Image: Avanew Studios

2. Choose Which Fabric to You'd Like for Your Overlay

You've got the dress silhouette chosen, now choose the dress variation that's right for you by picking the overlay. Each Pure Ivory Sakura or Iris convertible dress is bundled with an overlay skirt, in lace or chiffon or our two-layered super-soft Peony skirt (see above section). Our Daffodil convertible wedding dress comes in both lace and chiffon options too!

Henkaa Sakura Maxi Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress Strapless

Sakura Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress wrapped in Sweetheart Strapless style

Henkaa Iris Maxi Lace Convertible Wedding Dress 

Iris Lace Convertible Wedding Dress
Image: 11elevenpmd

Daffodil Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress

Daffodil Chiffon Convertible Wedding Dress (jewelled belt not included)
Bridesmaids: Sakura Maxi Convertible Infinity Dress in Dusty Rose
Image: 11elevenpmd

3. Choose a Size

Choosing a size for a wedding gown has never been easier - Henkaa is unique in the wedding industry because we do not conform to traditional, rigid dress sizing AND we fit up to plus sizes 24 (and that's street-size, not the super-confusing wedding dress sizes you usually see). And bonus if you're a tall bride - our dresses accommodate women up to 6' tall wearing flats.

Sakura Convertible Dresses only have 2 size ranges: One Size (0-14) and Plus (14-24).

Iris and Daffodil Convertible Dresses have 4 size ranges: XS/S (0-6), M/L (8-14), 1X/2X (14-18) and 3X/4X (20-24). 

For more specific sizing information, check out our size chart and the measurements on each dress's product page. 

If you do need to change the size, we have a 30-day return policy for regular-priced online orders, so you can easily send the dress back and get another size.

Henkaa Sakura Lace Convertible Wedding Dress One Size Plus Size

Sakura Lace Convertible Wedding Dress (model on left accessorized with brooches)
Image: 11elevenpmd

4. Choose your Undergarments and Add Some Accessories

Need something to wear under your convertible dress? If you're wearing a Sakura convertible wedding dress you can get one of our silicone or fabric Infinity Bras for backless looks. We also have seamless underwear to complete your look. 

Add a convertible bandeau for more coverage and modesty with the Sakura, or add a convertible sash if you'd like to add more colour.

Want to add something extra to glam it up? We've got some gorgeous brooches to add to the dresses too!

5. Watch our Tutorials and Choose a Wrap Style You Love

Find easy ways to style your dress by checking out our tutorials. We've curated the most popular styles here for you. Sign Up for a Virtual Styling Session webinar and learn how easy it is to style your dress!

6. Have an Amazing Day!

Last but not least, have an awesome day - you deserve it! Share pictures of your special day with us - we love to share and celebrate with you! Tag us @henkaa #henkaa on Instagram and Facebook! Get inspired with real weddings on the Henkaa blog.

P.S. Don't Forget to Outfit Your Bridal Party

If you have a wedding party attendants or the groom needs a tie or bowtie, we have that too! Convertible bridesmaids dresses can  be worn in a way to showcase each bridesmaid's unique style and then worn again for a future event! Have a little one in your party? Use this handy guide to learn more about each of our dresses and choose what's right for your bridal party! Find the cutest flower girl dresses that your little human can continue to wear as she grows. 

If your wedding is still a few months away and you're deciding on colours, order some fabric swatch samples

Have more questions? Contact Us, we're here to help.

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