Post # 1
I bought my dress on friday, I’ve totally fallen in love with it! I can’t imagine another dress :/
The problem, is that the dress would probably be deemed much more formal than both the venue and the tone we want to set. Does it matter? Is it something you would side eye?
We’re going for something more mellow and laid back, is it possible to tie formal attire (not black tie or anything) together with an outdoor and fun reception?
Post # 3
I think its your day and you should wear whatever you want. I’m also having a small wedding in Vegas and purchased a very elegant dress, because I love it and feel fantastic in it. At the end of the day the way you feel in your dress is what matters. Go for it and Enjoy it 🙂
Post # 4
@juno0522: Thanks Juno 🙂 I’m hoping it wont be a big deal, my Future Mother-In-Law kinda acts like it is, but I try to not listen LOL.
Post # 5
You love the dress, you can afford the dress, the dress makes you happy. Done and done. Future Mother-In-Law can say what she wants, but it’s not her wedding. So tell her that while you appreciate her opinion, you would also appreciate it if she would can it! 😀 OK, maybe don’t say that, but you get the point!
Post # 6
@Belle2Be: We’re going for the same sort of thing at our wedding (non-formal, outdoor wedding, etc.) and my dress is more formal than our venue, but I don’t care one bit!! I am absolutely in love with it and I honestly don’t think anyone will be thinking about how my dress doesn’t match the venue well enough 🙂
I don’t think it matters as long as you love your dress 🙂
Post # 7
I had this same problem. I had a very casual backyard wedding, and my dress was lace. It looked fine, don’t worry. Here are some pictures that show the short, casual dresses everyone else wore.
Post # 8
My Fiance and I are casual people and our venue is in between fancy and casual (at least I think so). I’m doing more casual things like wear flip flops or Nike shoes, and having small/simple bouquets. Maybe having more casual accessories will help with the casual setting.
Post # 9
@babymilka74: You look stunning!
Thanks everyone 😀
Post # 10
i agree with the others. and i am having a beach wedding. couldn’t find a “beach” dress i liked….and after one dress consultant told me to stop worrying about whether the dress was “beachy” because the contrast of fancy on casual actually looks really good, i did! i just found a dress i LOVE! and i can’t wait to wear it. i don’t think you need to worry AT ALL!
Post # 11
I would still wear it. If your wedding is casual maybe don’t have a veil and have more fun accesories.
Post # 12
Ok great! Thank you so much Bee’s!!
Post # 13
go for it! you’re the bride, so everyone expects you to be a little overdressed. you can downplay the formality with your accessories — a statement necklace or a colored sash maybe?
Post # 14
I am having the same issue… My dress is on the formal side, and we are having an outside ceremony and an indoor reception at an Inn. I have come to the conclusion- I DONT CARE…lol
It’s my day and I dont think anyone is really going to have an issue with it….
Good Luck !!
Post # 15
Yeah I bought my dress when I thought we would be getting married in DC at a hotel. Well, uh, yeah now we’re getting married in a far less formal location by the sea! So my all lace with some beading dress looks super formal. But you know what? I love the dress. I don’t want another dress. And I HIGHLY doubt that anyone will criticize me for having a dress that’s more formal than the venue. And you know what? If they do….well, then they are far too negative and need to get a life 🙂
Post # 16
I freaked out about the same thing, and the bees told me that you can never be too dressed up for your own wedding :o). It made me feel so much better, I hope it does the same for you!