Post # 1
I am getting married in May 2010 in a small white chapel in a fairly casual wedding. The groomsmen are wearing grey vests and pants, the groom is wearing a grey suit, bridesmaids are wearing right above the knee dark purple dresses from davids bridal.
Last June, I bought the Alfred Angelo knock-off of the Maggie Sottero Capri Marie Dress – given this was before we had really developed the “Feel” of our wedding but I knew at the time that it would be casual and hadn’t envisioned picking a ballgown-y type dress, but I fell in love with it.
Now, I worry that its too formal. The wedding is at 3… the reception is from 4-8 in an outside pavillion. I’ve considered getting a shorter white dress to change into, but haven’t found anything I loved for a reasonable price.
What do y’all think? Is it too formal? I’m torn – I love the dress but don’t want to look/feel out of place at my own wedding.
Apologies for the awful face in the picture 🙂
Post # 3
I can’t see the picture. :/
Post # 4
Just added it again. Also – here is a link to the maggie sottero version, which I think looks more formal in the pic…
Post # 5
If it were me, I would consider buying a new dress to wear for the ceremony and reception. So, I think at the very least you should get a more casual dress for the reception if you don’t think you can afford to purchase a whole new wedding dress. I don’t think you should have a problem finding a shorter white dress at a reasonable price.
Post # 6
I say… It’s YOUR day! Wear what you want… do the dress for the ceremony and get all your pictures in it since you are in love with the dress. Then change into a pretty white dress for the reception. I am sure you will be able to find one! Try White House Black Market, or Calvin Klein, J. Crew, Ann Taylor Loft…. You are sure to find something you love for the reception!
Post # 7
I think that you may want to consider getting a shorter more casual dress for the reception. I think the dress you have should be fine for the ceremony.
Post # 8
Well since the reception will be at a pavillion i would buy a reception dress or just have a less formal dress all together.. that dress is beautiful though
Post # 9
I think you should wear whatever you want! I don’t think its too formal. But I love the idea of having a reception dress. So if your budget allows for it, I’d say to look for a nice informal, still white, dress.
Post # 10
You are the bride- you can wear pretty much anything! My dress is a bit fancier than our wedding, but I don’t care- I’m just wearing what makes me happy.
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Post # 12
you’re the bride! do what you want =) i know it sounds simple, but it’s true…sure, your guests will be more casual, but you set the precedence for the event.
Post # 13
Honey, you’re the bride – unless you’re wearing a burlap sack, it would be hard to look out of place. You’re meant to look bridal. I honestly don’t think anyone at the wedding will question your dress – they’ll see a bride in a wedding gown… exactly what they expected.
Your dress is lovely and your wedding sounds great. Don’t worry about it.
I, too, am getting married in May and have the men in grey suits and the ladies in knee length dresses (in burgundy). My dress is also a Maggie Sottero and just as (if not more) formal than yours. I love it, and I’m not worried that it will look wrong. This is your chance to wear the big poofy beautiful dress. Flaunt it!
Post # 14
Thank you all! The variety of comments pretty much express exactly how I feel from one day to the next. On Monday, I’ll feel like I should wear whatever I want that I’m meant to stand out. On Tuesday, I’ll feel like I might feel out of place and unhappy the day of….
Stupid wedding stress emotions!!
Post # 15
I am on the side of you’re the bride! It’s your day to be extremely dressed up and pretty or casual and laid back. If you have already purchased the dress, go for it!!
Post # 16
Given you are the bride you are allowed to wear your beautiful gown. You can wear flats/comfy shoes, limit jewelry and you can still look bridey without looking too formal.