- Wedding: October 2014 - UK
I would say something with a simple but elegant cut – I would go for lace, personally. I don’t think you need a big floofy ball gown, I think for somewhere like that something classic would be more suitable. You don’t need to fill the venue with your dress, and I think some of the modern floofier things would really look out of place there.
I’ve not personally been to Oxford, so I don’t know the size of the cathedral inside – but from that picture it looks quite small width-ways even though it’s tall. It can be difficult to tell though! I mean, this is my church:
This picture makes it look a lot bigger than it is!
I think for the area and the atmosphere though, elegance – and to a point simple elegance – would be what you should look at!
I think something like this from Pronovias might be good!
Comparitively simple cut – the material does most of the speaking, and it looks elegant. Also the shrug would be good for modesty in the church part of the service – not sure how strict they’d be on that, but it’s something I’m having to think about.
(Mainly I think I’m sold on a lot of the Pronovias styles because the model looks uncannily like Grace Kelly though, who I hold up as a pinnacle of style and elegance – but other designers have similar styles too).
But it’s all about the style that flatters you – and that you feel comfortable in! You like simple dresses, I don’t see why you couldn’t wear a simple dress:
This one is quite simple, but with some slight detailing, which I think would look beautiful.
Or this one, which combines a couple of elements:
The lace shrug/train is removable, so you could have that on for the cathedral part, but remove it and have the stunning, very simple and elegant dress underneath for afterwards.
ETA: Just been reading the wikipedia page – apparently it is one of the smallest cathedrals in the country, and given as it was built in the 1500s, it makes sense that it looks comparatively… cramped (not in a bad way, but couldn’t think of another word!) Found a picture of it full:
And reports of its capacity vary from 150, to 600, somewhere even reckons 1000, but that’s with most people standing and barely anyone able to see because the only line of sight is down the centre, everyone else is plonked in the wings either side. So whilst it’s a cathedral, it’s not like a giant imposing building, more just a pretty church. I think you’ll be able to wear whatever you want, but maybe check with the vicar beforehand about whether you’ll need to cover up during the service with a bolero etc.