(Closed) Does your wedding dress need to "match" your venue?

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
381 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2016

I think you’re going to get a lot of responses telling you to pick whatever you want, they wore a ballgown on the beach, etc.

1. What you’re describing is a very popular dress style (lace fit and flare) and a fairly popular setting (rustic). I think a lot of brides have had some version of this combo, and it won’t be out of place at all to your guests, unless maybe it’s bright white with tons of beading, etc. If you veer more rustic in the venue, you may want to go a little more soft and lacy in the look of the dress. If you go more industrial, the structured look will be great. Both options give you a fairly blank canvas to add to. 

2. Right now it sounds like you’re planning, versus actually visiting venues and trying on dresses. Me and my Fiance also loved industrial-ish venues, with exposed bricks and beams, old factories, downtown lofts. Unfortunately in our area, these are mostly out of budget for us. Same thing for dresses–what you love on Pinterest may not work on your body or appeal to you in person. It’s good to have an idea of what you like, but in the end, it will probably work out for the best on its own. And if you’re still undecided once you have a venue picked, you can always post here, preferably with tons of pics. 😉

Post # 3
1461 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I agree with everything bourdon: said! The style you are drawn towards and the style of your wedding seem to mesh well.    If your venue changes dont let that deter you from your dream dress.  Wear what you want to wear.  We got married at a winery and my original dress was a lacey sheath that worked well, and then plans changed and I got another dress–a big ball gown. I wore both and loved both!! I didn’t have anyone tell me that the ballgown looked out of place, all I heard was how beautiful and happy I looked in both dresses. 

Post # 4
3043 posts
Sugar bee

It can be an interesting contrast that you can even take beyond the dress.  If, for example, you go for a rustic-look venue, you might have nice wood tables with no tableclothes but with beautiful, ornate candlesticks, such as these.

Post # 5
48 posts

 Big ballgown on a beach might look kind weird, but the dress you described sounds like it would fit with the type of venue you described.

Post # 6
2844 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I think it should be fine. Also bear in mind that there are many different types of lace. Some are more delicate and some are bolder.

More delicate/softer 

More traditional 

More graphic/Less traditional 

So if you wanted to go something edgier, you could choose a lace pattern to suit.

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