Post # 1
I’ve got a dilemma which I’d really value some different perspectives on.
We’re having a small backyard DIY wedding (75 people) with a shabby chic theme. I’m thinking of going a tea length lace gown as it will be less formal, more fitting for my theme, and cheaper. My groom will also be going something a bit different and casual, not a standard suit more a cotton chino style suit with a bow tie.
My dilemma is I am not sure if it will look too childlike. I’m quite tall and busty and although ‘cute’ is always nice, I am not sure if I would rather look glamourous and sexy on the day with more a mermaid style or something similar.
This is the tea length dress I’ve fallen in love with.
Appreciate an thoughts.
Post # 3
That dress is lovely but I could see how it could be too cute for the look you’re going for. I think it’s because of the poof. Have you thought about something more slim fitting?
Post # 4
@Tellemonster: I think trying on a few dresses would be the best way to go.
I love the fashions from the 50’s and 60’s and I think those styles would look amazing at your Casual Shabby Chic Vintage Wedding.
You can be classy and VaVa Voom all at the same time in the right dress.
Think Jackie O Kennedy, Audrey Hepburn, Marilyn Monroe and Grace Kelly; Elegant and VaVa Voom!
Post # 5
Hi @Tellemonster: First & Foremost… as I see you are NEW to WBee… a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
Short Dresses are always appropriate for a Backyard Wedding… and Tea Length for a Garden or Vintage Theme.
The dress you have linked to is GORGEOUS.
But like all Wedding things… it has to be seen in person, tried on, etc…
Because a Wedding is such an emotional event… and everyone has different visions & feelings about the day, it is hard to plan from afar with just photos
You really & truly have to TRY THINGS ON TO SEE HOW THEY WILL WORK.
If you cannot do that with this dress (say it has to be custom made) then the next best thing is to at least go out and try on something similar in regards to shape, style, etc.
Hope this helps,
Post # 6
@AlwaysSunny: Thanks so much for the pics. Possibly the poof adds to the cute factor but thats one of the parts I like about it! hehe The straight ones are a bit more sophisticated though, you’re right.
Post # 7
@This Time Round: Thank you for the warm welcome 🙂
I agree that trying the style on will be best. The dress I linked is from the UK and I am in Australia so fittings would be a bit tricky. But I think you’re right that seeing what suits me in the flesh would be best.
Post # 9
@Tellemonster: There’s no reason why tea length should always equal cutesy. If you pick a plunging meckline it can look very sophisticated – think Marilyn Monroe.
I think you’d look good in something like these:
Silver sixpence (Australian designer)
French Knot Couture
Post # 10
I think you could definitely make tea length work, and depending on the style I think tea length can be cutesy or vavavoom. but i agree with others that you really have to try on a dress to know how it will look on you and how you’ll feel in it. so i would encourage you to only buy something that you can try on (or at least limit yourself to dresses where you have tried on something very similar).
Post # 11
@Tellemonster: WOW, I LOVE IT. I suppose it is a little bit cutesy but I looooove it. I think you could va va voom it up with some stilettos, and do more sophisticated hair and makeup. That would create a really nice balance of cutesy/va va voom.
Post # 12
@Tellemonster: that dress is gorgeous. i can see why you love it.
the fullness of the skirt definitely makes it cutesy (think shirley temple) but i think there are ways to make it sexy too.
i would change solid (under) part of the dress to a deep v or sweetheart neckline and keep the lace the same. you can also make the back lower/deeper so that your back is covered in just lace. this would make the dress modestly sexy.
would you consider having a coloured crinoline? that could really bring out some personality too.
Post # 13
@Tellemonster: I felt like I was a good mixture of cute and vavavoom on my wedding day 🙂
I am 19 and have a ridiculous baby face! This is what I looked like the day of:
Post # 14
I don’t think that dress is “too cutesy” at all! Is it cute? Of course! But your wedding is one day where you can be as awesomely girly as you want to be, and I think that dress is perfect!
Definitely try it on!
Post # 15
I don’t think that dress is “cutesy” at all. It’s really pretty. I would personally take out about half of the petticoat that’s making the skirt puff up so much.
Post # 16
I love the dress you picked out! I don’t really see it as cutesy; I see it as vintage and unique. And you can glam it up with heels, lipstick, and hairstyle. Great choice!