- 4 years ago
- Wedding: June 2015
I am fairly newly engaged. I’ve been to a bridal shop and was kinda underwhelmed with the experience. I’m not sure exactly what I want, but I do have pretty firm ideas about our wedding day. I’m not much of a girly-type and we are trying to keep this low-stress, so I think something that works well for the day is going to be much more important to me than a certain type of detail.
So far we have agreed that we would like to get married at my grandparents home. I grew up there, and my folks were married on their lawn many years ago. The house has a wrap-around deck overlooking a pond, is surrounded by aspen and evergreen forest, and has an upper and lower lawn with some natural flowering bushes that have been transplanted and some columbines my grandma planted.
We would like to have a morning wedding, either in June of 2015 or in September of 2015. Either way the temperature and weather should be similar– fairly nice if not on the cool side early in the morning, but warming up by 10:30 or so. We are doing something very simple, no decor, have small plates of pastries and breakfast foods from a local place that is very well-known for that sort of deal. No bridal party– my grandfather will probably officiate for our guests– at the most 60 total, and most of them are local family.The evening after we will probably have immediate family over to the house or out to a restaurant for dinner.
That said, dress-wise I am concerned about a few things. Because of the grass, I know I want to wear flats– I don’t have great luck with ballerinas, but they may be an option. I’d also considered wearing boots or my moccasins (a gift from a dear Navajo friend who won’t be able to attend). Originally I was thinking a tea-length dress to avoid dragging a hem over gravel, the dirt road, etc. but I really only see them with heels.
I want some sort of straps or sleeves– I want to be able to wear a regular bra. I know seamstresses are miracle workers, but I’m not looking for the type of dress with a lot of internal structure and am considering budget options that might not have it built in.
I would like something that hides my bony hip bones and minimizes my broad shoulders but emphasizes my waist.
I’m concerned about the fabric choices potentially being hot, heavy, too thin, etc. Also, the house is a 9,200 feet in elevation and the sun is very strong. Something highly reflective (shiny satin, beading, etc) might literally blind our guests. Another reason I don’t want to fuss too much with a lot of complicated cutouts or a complete lack if sleeves is that I will definitely need sunscreen on any bare skin and also could STILL end up with funky tan areas or a burn if I go strapless.
I have a rough wooden staircase to go down, and we will be standing near rosebushes and a rough rock wall, so something super-delicate could easily be damaged.
Any ideas for easy-care or non-fuss options or styles?