Post # 1
So I’m getting married at a beach locale. It will be on the beach if the weather is great or in the town hall if it is raining. At the store they encouraged me to get wedges and just hem the dress for heels. Part of me loves the idea of going barefoot on the beach (it’s just easier), but then i will definitely need shoes for the tented reception right? Which is worse a too long dress at the ceremony or a too short dress at the reception.
Just wondering if anyone else dealt with this, and if so, what length did you hem your dress for? Did you do a front bustle?
Post # 2
i had a full length dress with a train. I wore flat sandals (BHLDN jeweled ones!). It got dirty as hell but i didn’t care lol
Post # 3
SeaRhapsody: Anytime I have a long dress getting hemmed (usually to be in a wedding), I get it hemmed for flats. I think it’s better to get a peak of the shoes then trip at some point. Also, in my experience, it seems that seamtresses (and I’ve used a couple) tend to hem it on the longer side, so I if I’m wearing flats, it’s usually sweeping the floor a bit anyway.
Post # 5
Sorry i forgot to comment, but i went for tea length because i wanted to run in the ocean after we said our vows!!!
Post # 6
I actually had my dress so that heels was the ideal length, BUT I did go barefoot most of the night and it didn’t look weird. I suppose it was a LITTLE longer than it should’ve been but it didn’t seem like a major problem in the pictures.
This is me barefoot:
And this is me WITH the heels (but keep in mind, it was only a few inches. Not some crazy 5 inch heel)
Post # 7
I performed at a beach wedding a few years ago and the bride (I kid you not) wore an ivory satin gown with a LONG TRAIN.
By the time she got back to the boardwalk, the train was (naturally) an absolute MESS.
Why did she wear it? Because SHE WAS THE BRIDE ANS SHE’D ALWAYS WANTED TO WEAR A GOWN LIKE CINDERELLA.
I cannot begin to imagine how it must have felt to drag the wet, sandy mess around all night at the reception, but that was apparently what she planned to do.
Common sense- as long as you are prepared to drag a grayish brown, moist appendage with you for cocktails and photos, live it up.
Before you do though, consider ankle length and barefoot, or even with dressy flipflops- you can find them, probably available on Etsy.
Post # 8
I am having everything on the beach – ceremony, reception, after party.
I am having a long dress, but it is a convertible dress that converts into a cocktail dress for the reception. In other words the skirt comes off to leave a fitted mini cocktail dress underneath for the reception.
I plan to be in the long dress for the ceremony and reception and then remove the skirt for the first dance, which opens the dance floor for the after party (we are bringing in a dancefloor on the beach). I don’t plan on wearing shoes for the ceremony. The dress will drag a bit because I don’t want my shoes to show. I will likely wear flats for the reception, but maybe put on heels for the first dance and the after party. Still up in the air.
I don’t plan on getting in the water on the day of the wedding. We are doing a photoshoot (trash the dress session) the day after the wedding and getting in the water then (jumping off a cliff).
Post # 9
ann.reid.9277: i think it really depends on the material! i got a long, tulle/lace dress with a huge train despite having an outdoor ceremony/reception. after the ceremony, there were TONS of twigs/leaves/dirt in my dress (especially after a potted plant fell on it LOL). after we did our portraits, the tulle totally dried up and all of the debris just fell right out! and you can’t see any of that stuff in the pictures. it was a bit of a pain at the time, but looks soooo stunning in the pictures and felt like a dream (aside from watching spiders crawl up the netting haha). i’m sure the bride you’re talking about in the satin dress was seriously weighed down.. but you only get married once (hopefully) so why not go all out? 🙂
OP, i chose to wear flats during my ceremony and recpetion both rather than deal with differing hem lengths.
Post # 10
sleepyhead22: Agreed! The satin bride seemed oblivious to the mess, so definitely not my choice, but more power to her.
Post # 11
I am wearing a tea length dress.
Post # 12
mscuppycake: It looks perfect! So very pretty.
Post # 13
ann.reid.9277: that seems more of an issue of dress style and fabric choice than shoe choice. My issue was more hem length, my dress should be fine on the beach.
Post # 14
I wore a full length dress (no train) and flip flops.
Post # 15
I am planning to wear a trumpet or mermaid style for my beach wedding 🙂 and barefoot…which I am trying to figure out because my fiance is 6’4 and I am 5’3 LOL