(Closed) Dress for Morning/Afternoon Wedding

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

While your time of day and venue should be taken into consideration, I think you should wear what you want.  Daytime doesn’t necessarily mean informal–think Princess Diana.  My sister’s wedding was very similar timing to yours and she wore a lace sheath with a chapel-length train.  It would have worked equally as well for evening.  Mori Lee has a great assortment and great prices so you can’t go wrong there.

Post # 5
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

wow. this is the exact opposite for England and Australia and perhaps most other commomwealth countries still adhering to formal english customs. morning weddings are the most formal and ‘traditional’. gentlemen wear a morning suit which consists of a cutaway coat, ascot/cravat, waistcoat and striped trousers, plus, if you’re really going to town, a tophat and gloves. the bride, of course, is done up to the nines. a full on bridal extravaganza.

i’m getting married at 11am, with a traditional wedding breakfast (nothing ‘breakfasty’ about it – it’s just a term to indicate that it will be the first substantial meal for the day) with a high tea feast of cakes, yummy nibblies, hordeauves and a river of french champagne. (plus beer for the blokes 🙂

@SpringBride511: this would not have caused you any confusion if you had simply remained colonies of dear old England. go to town on your dress; you will be staying faithfully true to the most traditional and formal wedding occasions.

Post # 6
1871 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think the bride should wear whatever she wants whenever she wants (and boo on all those wedding planners that tell you you have to “match” the decor).

If you want to do picnic BBQ or breakfast buffett in a ballgown, have at it!

Post # 7
699 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@blossom_bee: LOL! at the colony comment.  Your reception sounds fabulous, too!

Post # 8
2344 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We had a morning wedding, and I wore a pretty formal, lace gown with a train! Do what makes you happy. Brunch weddings can be very elegant anyway, IMO!

Post # 10
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

My ceremony is going to be at 10:30 am, and the reception will start at 11:00. As Blossom bee mentioned above, morning weddings are quite formal in other countries, and they have been so in the past in the US. The draw I had to the brunch was that I LOVE brunch parties, enjoy that time of the day, and will be saving on cost per plate.

My dress is off white and non traditional. No train, poof or corset. Furthermore, I am not going to wear a veil. That has more to do with my tastes than with the time of day of my wedding.

Your groom can wear a formal stroller or morning suit if you’d both like. I would love the morning suit for my guy, but it is not recommended for somebody with his height and stocky build. They’re great for taller, leaner men. 

However, your guests are not going to be thinking of dress etiquette and that you should be wearing something else because the sun is where it is in the sky.

So, my advice to you is to wear that fancy gown if that is what you want to wear.

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