Post # 1
Okay, so I have ALWAYS wanted a huge ballgown. Always. When I went dress shopping, I tried on other styles but ultimately I ended up with a sweetheart neckline, layered tull ballgown (and I want it BIG – I think I’m gonna but a hoop skirt underneath it to achieve the big drama look that I drool over).
Fiance and I are getting married in Cancun this coming June. So it’ll be warm (hoping the hoop skirt will allow some breeze to get up in there haha). We won’t be on the actual beach (I hate the feeling of sand in my shoes! Eek!), so we’re gonna do it in a gazebo or garden or something like that with an ocean view.
My question is this… Is my dream dress totally ridiculous for a desitnation wedding? And if so (since its too late and I’m already in love with it and definitely want to wear it for the ceremony), should I purchase another, more casual/sexy dress for the reception?
Here is a pic of my dress (not me in the picture). I’m having the straps removed so it’s a simple sweetheart neckline, and adding a more intricate belt. What do you bees think? Is a second reception dress in order? And if so, what style? Any recommendations? Thanks so much for your help!
Oh! And PLEASE post pics of your destination wedding dress and/or your ballgown! Thanks bees! <#
Post # 2
I love a huge ball gown and I wouldn’t let the heat stop me. It didn’t stop Scarlet!😉😂
Post # 3
I love it and I say do you!! If you want to be in the ball gown all night then you absolutely should be. In your situation I might consider a second dress (be it, sexy, beachy, short-whatever is your personal style and most comfortable to you. I would probably pick a light flow maxi because that’s my style, but again, you do you) to change into later in the evening if you were getting overwhelmed by the heat in the poofy dress. In this case, I wouldn’t spend much and would maybe buy something that if you don’t change into it could still be worn to a nice dinner or something afterwards on your trip.
Lovely dress and if you love it you should definitely rock it for as long as you are comfortable.
Post # 4
I think it’s perfect for a beach wedding. I’ve always thought ballgowns look great in beach photos, provided they’re the right fabric (a bit floaty, not heavy satin, no lace hem if you’re walking on sand).
The only other issue is comfort – how heavy and hot the dress is to wear. The hoop skirt should help with that.
I’m not convinced you need a reception dress especially for a Destination Wedding – and that’s speaking as someone who had one herself.
I’d only go with one if the ballgown is going to be too hot to wear all night, too hard to dance in, there are sentimental or cultural reasons or you really love two dresses and can’t decide. I don’t have any preference on the style other than it should be easy to dance in (not a full mermaid), otherwise what’s the point?
Post # 5
Awesome. Thanks for your positive input 🙂 And I love Scarlett, so what a perfect reference!
Thank you! I think I agree with you about the flowy maxi, and I really like your idea about purchasing a second dress that doesn’t break the bank and that could be worn at a dinner on our honeymoon or something, if I decided to stay in the ball gown all night. Good idea.
I didn’t think about the fact that mermaids aren’t good for dancing! That didn’t even cross my mind, but that is a REALLY good point. ElectroFish suggested a flowy maxi. That may be the way to go, if I go the route of a second dress. I don’t know how I will know if I’ll be too hot or not… until I get there. It’s Cancun in June so I’m thinking it’ll be fairly humid. :/ On a positive note, I’m glad you think ballgowns look good in beach photos! Mine is layered tulle so I’m hoping it’ll “float” more than drag haha 🙂
Post # 6
If you want something fitted, you still can. There are fit and flare dresses that are only fitted to upper-mid thigh, which should be OK to dance in so long as you’re not planning to do the splits or breakdance. It’s just the mermaids that are fitted to the lower thigh or knee you want to avoid.
FWIW, if it’s going to be that hot I’d lean towards a short dress – maybe something with a low back as well to keep you extra cool.
Post # 7
My bestie wore Pronovias Mosaico for her beach wedding & it was perfect!! This isn’t her but a picture of the dress!
Post # 8
I say wear what you want! (as long as it isn’t a dress you’ll faint it)
There’s nowhere that says you can’t wear a ballgown in an outdoor wedding.
Post # 9
I’m having a somewhat destination wedding at a beach town a few hours away. I’m getting married on a boat, followed by a 2 hour boat ride, photos on the beach, etc and this is my dress (on the model). I’ll be wearing a sparkly belt with mine, flower crown and veil. I say wear what you want and rock it!:)
Post # 10
Wear your dream dress – sod whethe it “goes” with the location. If you can handle the heat and weight etc, I say rock it!
Post # 11
My biggest concern would be transporting the dress and hoop on a plane…
Post # 12
We are getting married in a Portuguese Resturant private party room with about 50 guests. I’m going to try this bad boy on and I don’t really care how excessive it is!
Post # 13
I wore a ballgown to my outdoor wedding and it was 98 degrees. It wasn’t a big deal. I was so happy to be getting married I don’t even remember if I was hot.
Post # 14
My friend wore a big fluffy ballgown for her wedding in Cancun and it was perfect! Rock it if that’s your style
Post # 15
Absolutely you should wear the dress of your dreams! I’m getting married on the beach in Punta Cana next January and I’m also wearing a dress that is not traditionally “beachy”. Sorry for the larger than life pic 🙂