Help! 2nd wedding, brunch reception…what kind of wedding dress do I wear??

posted 3 years ago in Etiquette
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@kimmybeth:  Tea or calf length?

Post # 4
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love tea-length dresses!

But really, you should wear whatever you want!

Post # 5
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

I would still wear a full length gown. My ex’s brother married a woman and she was 42 or 43. It was her second wedding and they had a very small reception on a boat. SHe wore a poofy dress. Nobody said anything negative. She looked great!

Post # 6
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@kimmybeth:  I would stay away from a ballgown,not because it is age inappropriate, but because it is brunch inappropriate. but other than that, you can wear what you love.

 

 

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Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I think full length, no train would be brunch appropriate!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

Full length sheath dresses are beautiful! 

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@kimmybeth:  Anything fitted will look great for a brunch! I second @julies1949: choices, I think a full ballgown would look a little odd for brunch. A full length more fitted gown will look awesome. Keep in mind this is in an ideal world and if you go with a ballgown everyone will be happy just to see you look happy.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee

@kimmybeth:  It is not that a full-length gown would be too “dressy”, but that as julies1949 says, it is inappropriate for daytime wear. Sure, your friends and family love you and no-one will say anything against you if you choose to be married in a duck costume, or in jeans and a tee-shirt, or wearing an evening dress in the morning — you are after all the bride, and your guests will be expected to indulge your foibles. But since you are asking this on an etiquette board after all, I have to state the recurring caveat: anything that would be rude when you are not a bride, is also rude when you are a bride. Dressing inappropriately for the time of day and level of formality is bad manners.

A tea-length dress or other day dress however is perfect for a brunch; and it can be made very formal and luxurious by your choice of cut, fabric and embellishment. Here’s one that is a little less pouffy.

http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pisarro-nights-beaded-mesh-dress/3558377?cm_cat=datafeed&cm_ite=pisarro_nights_beaded_mesh_dress:934656&cm_pla=dresses:women:dress&cm_ven=Linkshare&siteId=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-Kzl7YuyrzJHpJJME6Tth2g

Or something like this one — if you could find its twin in white, or if you are not stuck on having white as your dress colour:

http://www.saksfifthavenue.com/main/ProductDetail.jsp?FOLDER<>folder_id=2534374306423953&PRODUCT<>prd_id=845524446600733&site_refer=AFF001&mid=36548&siteID=Hy3bqNL2jtQ-Zm7bI7.0WBPkVI7WEAK3kQ’ defer=’defer

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

Dress on top right would be perfect for brunch wedding.  I think if you put something in your hair (or on head) that it would complete the bride look and look fresh.

 

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@aspasia475:  would a maxi dress be ‘inappropriate’ for a brunch then? It would be floor length. The dresses that other PP’s have been posting would seem perfectly fine to me if I attended someone’s wedding and they wore something like that. (I’m asking because my knowledge of etiquette isn’t the greatest.) 

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