(Closed) Does your wedding dress have to match your venue?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
2133 posts
Buzzing bee

It doesn’t have to match. If the shoe fits, wear it (aka dress)! 

Post # 3
3804 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

You can wear what you like! And actually while that dress does have sparkle it is still very delicate and a little bit different. I think it would go very well with an orchard, chandelier and candles!

Post # 4
2841 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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soon2bemrs10142017 :  it’ll be fine. Possibly a ball gown with a lot of bling would be out of place, but not that dress. 

I don’t think that dresses have to match venues but rather compliment the venue in some way and reflect any practical limitations the venue might bring.

That means no big ballgowns in venues that are super crowded and intimate, no heavy satin dresses for tropical beach weddings, no delicate laces trains if you’re walking on sand or in a forest.

Other than that the only thing that really matters is how your dress will look in photos and the venue is part of that. Like I think blingy dresses go well with venues with chandeliers, candlelight and string lights because the lights help highlight sparkle – which is why your venue is fine. 

Post # 5
2916 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2018

I don’t think it has to match at all. We are also having our reception in a barn (no rustic theme here either) but we have decided on a subtle astronomy “theme” with lots and lots of gold sparkle and my dress is very simple and flowey. 

Post # 6
599 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2016 - Athol Hall, Mosman

Nope, your gown does not have to match your venue. I got married on a lawn in front of an old historical house in a huge ballgown compete with a long train. My venue was definitely more suited to rustic weddings but my husband hates hessian and hay with a fiery passion, lol.

Post # 7
3606 posts
Sugar bee

For me, yes. I wanted the style and level of formality of my outfit to match my venue. I think it looks more cohesive that way. It’s totally up to you if you love the dress enough to look past the lack of cohesiveness, though.

Post # 8
535 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I think it will be fine!! Your dress doesn’t have to match exactly. It sounds like you’ll still have some bling with the chandelier. Maybe if you feel worried about it, add a tad of bling to bouquets, or maybe sprinkle a few pieces of bling around centerpieces, etc.

Post # 9
1685 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

I never understood this concept. I think a bride should wear what she wants!

im getting married in the mountains in a very cabin like feel. I wouldn’t even know how to “match” that!

Post # 10
5016 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2017

I guess I am going against the grain on this one. I do think that a gown should compliment it’s venue.  It’s a part of the entire look and some gowns may look out of place if venue is not taken into consideration.  Just like a provocative gown may not be appropriate for a church or a heavy long sleeved ballgown on the beach.

Post # 11
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I don’t think it has to – I think you wear whatever you feel beautiful in! I’m wearing a ball gown to my garden wedding and was first worried it might be overkill but then decided that if i feel gorgeous in it that’s all that matters 🙂 

Post # 12
10353 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: City, State

No way! I’m wearing a big lace/tulle gown and we’re getting married in a roadhouse (think Patrick Swayze, without Patrick Swayze. All though, his picture is framed on the wall). Wear what you love!

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