(Closed) Outdoor brides, what are you wearing?

posted 9 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
113 posts
Blushing bee

I am getting married outside in June and it can be pretty sweltering here in the south that time of year. I didn’t want to be stuck in layers of tulle or a formal dress with a long train to drag all over. I ended up going with a Jim Hjelm Ocassions gown in Ivory. A lot of his designs look great as wedding dresses when you order them in ivory and they are MUCH cheaper than a traditional wedding gown. It’s worth a look…also Jenny Yoo makes some great gowns that would be perfect for an outdoor wedding. 

Post # 4
121 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

The Pronovias dress you like is very similar to the Pronovias dress I’m wearing for my outdoor wedding at the end of June.  I’m wearing their diamante, and I had the train cut to a sweep train instead of the longer train. It still gives a bridal look, but then I don’t have to drag a train around all day.  I won’t even have to bother with a bustle–it’s small enough that I just have to remember it’s there and swish it out of the way.  We’re getting married in an aspen grove, so I’ll be walked on packed dirt or grass all day.  The Diamante is made of raw silk (dupioni), so I am told it will both breathe well and wick sweat (!!) — so you may want to check what the dress you like is made of, also.  Good luck!

Post # 5
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m also getting married outdoors (in Puerto Rico, so it’s hot… but it’s February and in the mountains, so while it will still be hot it won’t be THAT hot), and I’m also wearing a Pronovias gown. Only my ceremony is outdoors though (reception is in a hotel ballroom), and I’m not going to be walking on grass at any time, at least that I’m aware of. Here’s my dress, Pronovias Huesca:



(though I’m going to be altering it to not be a halter top but rather a regular v-neck, and I’ll have the neck ruffles sewn down so they’re not all sticky-uppy like that)

The train is not that big, and the dress/fabric feels very light and breathy. You should definitely make sure that the fabric of the dress is breathable, so you don’t feel like you’re suffocating in the dress if it’s too hot outside.

Post # 6
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m getting married outdoors in October in Texas in a very light & gauzy (100% polyester! ha!) gown with a fitted bust and otherwise sheath shape. It has no train, and I’ll be walking predominately on concrete.

Like so:


Post # 7
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maggie Sottero’s Irina!

Post # 8
1074 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I wore lace with a train. It wasn’t too hot or heavy, but it was early May in Pennsylvania, not Hawaii. 🙂


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Post # 9
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I’m getting married outdoors in September (in Ohio, still could be hot). I’ll be walking over grass for the ceremony and then will be indoors for the reception. I’m going to be wearing a tea lenghth, strapless dress from Mori Lee. I like the shorter lenght and don’t have to worry about the hem getting dirty.

Post # 10
7082 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

I’m definitely not adhering to the outdoor light material rules.  I went more glam… What can I say? It might be hot, but we’re doing late afternoon, so hopefully it’ll be cooler!

Post # 11
2000 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

Umm … have you seen the pics of my dress? And i’m getting married outdoors in July. TOTALLY not practical.

Sometimes I wish I’d picked something different, but then I the pics of my dress or go for a fitting and think "It’s just for a couple hours, and look how pretty it is!"

Post # 12
558 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Ha! We are getting married outdoors in Missouri in AUGUST… and here’s my dress! I know it’s probably to glam for an outdoor wedding… but I don’t care! I LOVE IT!!! Oh, and I’ll be walking mostly on concrete and a boardwalk over a lake.

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Post # 13
368 posts
Helper bee

I have a fancy-schmancy dress for my outdoor wedding next June. At first I was just planning on a plain a-line white dress…. but I found this (fancy) dress and FELL IN LOVE, and I thought, "it’s my day to be dressed up and fancy, it’s my day to wear the dress I love, and I’m going to wear it, no matter what!" so here I am with a fully beaded/rouched taffeta dress for my outdoor ceremony. I have no doubt it will be beautiful and wonderful not matter what – and yours as well!! Best of luck!!! 🙂


Post # 14
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I don’t have my dress yet, but I want to wear a lace dress to my outdoor daytime wedding in June 🙂 I think I will have to keep in mind breathability when shopping, but the end I’d rather be uncomfortable and beautiful than not wear my dream dress! I want a pretty short train, though, but more because its daytime than outdoors.

Post # 15
2373 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2008

I wore a nicole miller dress.  I loved the back.

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Post # 16
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Our ceremony and reception will be in my parents back yard in upstate New York in July.

I will be wearing the J. Crew Celeste Pique Dot Dress.

I love it love it, but I have had a lil bit of dress envy, especially now that our wedding has taken a turn towards vintage… but If I call it a "whimsical vintage garden party" I guess it can still work.


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