- 5 years ago
- Wedding: June 2014
I’m new here and early in my planning process, but have started looking for dresses because I’m trying to keep the cost down and am also a wee bit particular and know I might need to have something made if I can’t find what I want. My great grandmother and grandmother made my mother’s dress, but I don’t want to stress my grandmother out that much!
I don’t have something specific in mind, but I would love ideas as to what might suit my venue, since everything I’ve tried on in local bridal stores has been a miss.
I’m getting married on my grandparent’s property in the rockies. The ceremony and reception themselves will be held on bi-level lawns. There is a patio for dancing and another for the buffet. We are expecting to take pictures both on the lawn and on the rest of the acreage (pine and aspen forests, hay fields, a pond, and some antique farm equipment and cars). There is also a flight of 4.5 foot wide stairs which are made of brick and railroad ties I have to descend while coming down the aisle.
It will be june, which can mean anything from high 50s to mid 70s and the sun is pretty harsh, so sunscreen is a must if something more bare is going on.
The guests will likely be dressed in their country sunday bests, which ranges from slacks and sport coats to jeans and button downs.
The groom hates ties and runs hot, so he will likely be wearing slacks, boots, and a nice shirt and belt.
I would like to wear a pair of my leather boots (maybe my cowboy boots) to avoid sinking into the lawn and be comfy.
However, since I’m not having a “country” wedding persay, I don’t necesarilly want to show them off with a short dress.
I’m thinking ankle length or just above grazing the floor. Definitely no train.
I can’t have anything too poofy or I won’t fit down the stairs comfortably with my dad or between tables filled with guests at the reception (or through doors). I’m not heart broken about this since I’m not a poofy girl.
I’m also not much for beading or sparkly. I’m worried about how some materials are going to hold up to contact with potentially rough surfaces, or how hot things might be, since the dancing part of the reception will be during the hottest part of the day. I’m thinking satin might not be a great choice.
I would really like to be able to wear a normal bra— I’m chesty and I have a heart condition and corsetry, strapless bras, and boned bras can cause chest pain for me. Of course, this means picking straps, sleeves, or a style that can be fairly supportive with sewn in cups or with a criss cross, halter, or one shoulder bra. I’m a 32 DD or DDD.
I’m thinking that I’d like to show off my height (long legs) and fairly small ribcage or waist.Everything I’ve tried on feels a bit too fancy.
Other than our beautiful setting, we are decorating with brown paper, yellow and orange roses (my gmas favorite and my favorite), and old family wedding photos– we are trying to keep things simple. We are having a breakfast buffet reception (9 or 10 am wedding) and minimal dancing.
Any ideas of places to search or styles?