Wedding Dress – Too Formal for Casual Wedding?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Is it too formal?
    Yes, too formal - you should buy another dress : (12 votes)
    13 %
    No, not too formal - it'll look great : (53 votes)
    55 %
    Maybe - Wear the dress for the ceremony, find a shorter dress for the reception : (31 votes)
    32 %
  • Post # 3
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I can’t see the picture. :/

    Post # 5
    2475 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    24 posts
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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
    3709 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    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
    829 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    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
    4001 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    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
    948 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: March 2010

    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.

    Post # 12
    3285 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: November 2009

    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
    1020 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    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 # 15
    10218 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 2010

    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
    138 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    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. 

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