Post # 1
I looked in the encore section, but I figured I’d post here too. I’ve already been married once (happy marriage to a wonderful man who died too soon) so I already know I’m not wearing white, or cream, or ivory etc. I want our wedding to have a picnic / BBQ feel to it, something laid back and fun for the guests (like a giant party) with little frills…but I still want it to be ‘nice’. As if this wasn’t confusing enough, I have NO idea what kind of dress to wear!! I’m thinking something in a lighter color, but other than that I’m totally clueless! Also, I’m very full figured and my legs are not my favorite body part (I’m also short) so tea length is not my friend. Advice? Thoughts? LOL, help!
Post # 3
I should also mention that I’m only 30, so while I don’t want anything too ‘young’ I’d like to stay away from older style (IE mother of the bride dresses)…UGH
Post # 4
I am so sorry to hear about your 1st husband’s passing.
This is my second marriage also. I didn’t have a dress the first time. So this time I got a real Casablanca wedding dress – in white nonetheless. I love it.
Here’s a lady in a lilac colored wedding dress. Is this too dressy?
Alternatives to the Garter Toss/Bouquet Toss?
Post # 5
Once upon a time people just wore their best dress, whatever color it was!
What’s your favorite color? Would you consider wearing a lighter version of that color, whether it’s pink or light blue? I’d also check out the destination style gowns, they tend to be less formal because they’re meant for a casual ceremony and to travel well (big poufy ballgowns don’t squeeze into a suitcase easily). Finally, maybe look at long bridesmaid gowns to see if there is something there that you like (with the added bonus that you’ll save some cash if you don’t buy a bridal gown).
Post # 6
Maybe some kind of maxi dress? You could get a solid colored one in light gray, blush, lilac, etc., or a print with white/ivory and whatever your other colors are.
Post # 7
This is my second marriage as well and I am looking at informal bridal gowns, but I had also considered bridesmaids gowns. Maybe look at Dillards or Macys and see what they have in their formal section?
Post # 8
Are you looking for structured? Are you comfortable with sleeveless? I’m plus size too and intend to do a BBQ type wedding too 🙂
Post # 9
I think you should feel free to wear whatever color you want! White/ivory/cream included!
That said, if you prefer to stay away from those, blush is an incredibly popular choice for wedding dresses right now so it should be fairly easy to find one in that color. Champagne is another excellent choice–sophisticated and elegant without looking like a prom dress.
I just did a super quick google search for “blush gown” under the “shopping” tab and immediately got a ton of GORGEOUS and affordable non-uber-formal dresses (ie. they won’t look out of place in a more relaxed style, outdoor wedding)
A few examples:
Post # 10
You ladies are amazing, thank you!!
@sienna76: That’s actually the idea I’m going for…loose and flowy but had no idea where to even look LOL.
@kay01: I have looked at bridesmaids gowns, but thanks for the destination wedding dress tip! My favorite color is red, which was the color theme to my first wedding (LOL) so I can’t do that, and lighter versions tend to look pink which I’m not a fan of. I’m a huge PITA
@MissBananaBread: I love some of those, especially the top left next to Paris…is that Eva Longoria? I can’t tell, but they’re all beautiful.
Thanks ladies!! You have given me dress inspiration, yay!!!!!
Post # 11
even a bridal gown in chiffon could suffice – im not sure of your budget but they play off as a dressier maxi and would be a whimsical touch for your type of theme!
even if you arent close to mn – i always use the wedding shoppe’s website to do some searching. i love their website because you can search by designer, price, length, fabric or what have you. and ive found it very hard to find any dress/bridal site that lets you really narrow down a selection! then if you found anything you could google it to order it from wherever you find suitable!
like the lilac dress the pp mentioned – check out two birds! http://www.twobirdsbridesmaid.com/
let us know what you decide!
Post # 12
@bearlove: They are all beautiful, thank you!! I’m off to google right now teehee!
Post # 13
these say “prom dresses” but could totally work- there are even a few in there that are intended to be wedding dresses
Post # 14
@bearlove: love the blue fly chiffon gown!