(Closed) How do I make my dress look less formal?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
1006 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

You’re the bride! You can never be too dressed up! I think if you keep the jewelry minimal and simple and do a hair flower or something instead of a veil and loose just picked from the garden kind of bouquet you’ll look fab!


Post # 5
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2012


Ha! Couldn’t have said it better.


There’s no way to really ‘un-formalise’ a gown by adding more to it.

A veil will definately make you look more formal. A flower in the hair and some bright summer blooms and non formal hair-do (say half up, half down or all down) will look lovely.

Post # 6
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

If you look on Style Me Pretty there’s a ton of “backyard” summer weddings where the brides are still all glammed up and looking like a million bucks – I think it’s a stunning combination actually.

But…if you really want to tone it down a bit I would say all you need to do it put a flower or headband in your hair instead of a veil and keep the jewelry to a minimum.

Post # 7
3261 posts
Sugar bee

IMO a bride can never be too formal. But if you really wanted to change something to make it look less formal, you could probably shorten the train. 

Post # 9
1183 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I think a flower in your hair would be really pretty with a loose hairstyle!

I’d also like a nice big sash with no bling. 🙂

Post # 10
1133 posts
Bumble bee

Fun jewelry! Like a big chunky statement necklace. Hair loose and down. Flats. BOOM! 🙂

Post # 11
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I think you’re worrying too much. As PP said, you’re the bride. You will never look out of place or too formal!

Post # 12
1723 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I also agree with a PP who said to shorten the train as well for a little less formal look. Even though I think as a bride, its the perfect day to be formal and look all made up!

Post # 13
4824 posts
Honey bee

Agree with PPs and I will add that the material kind of says soft, garden feel more than a shiney satin or silk would.

Post # 14
410 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

No heavy jewelry and no veil would do the trick in my opinion. It gives a nice garden/romantic feel

Post # 15
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Maybe if you don’t want to shorten the train, just have it bustled? Also, I agree with everyone else talking about flowers in your hair to make you look less “ethereal.” It’s a gorgeous dress, though!

The one I fell in love with (and could miraculously afford thanks to it being a discontinued model), is also a tad more formal than the informal, day-time wedding we’re planning, but I’m just keeping the jewellery to a minimum and having the train bustled. I will be wearing a veil for the ceremoy only, but it’s one of those tiny little ones.

It might also help if you opt for a more “natural” look for your make-up (as opposed to mega-glam!)

Good luck!

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