(Closed) Informal wedding– formal dresses??

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
  • poll: Can long bridesmaids gowns have a place in an informal, rustic wedding?
    Absolutely not! : (4 votes)
    16 %
    Of course! : (11 votes)
    44 %
    If done right. (Please post examples of "done right"!!) : (10 votes)
    40 %
  • Post # 3
    4352 posts
    Honey bee
    Post # 4
    12973 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m sure it can be done, but I’ve never seen photos where I think it looks right. 

    🙁 Sorry!

    Post # 5
    8424 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2012

    Well I used to worry myself sick over my dress matching my venue. I am getting married in st Thomas on a roof top terrace and my dress is def not your  typical destination type of dress….. That just wasn’t me. Also my bm dress is long as well. I decided I had to have the wedding that made me happy!! No one at your wedding will judge your dress or your bridesmaid dresses and think badly…. It took me a while to come to realize this! With that being said, don’t sacrifice… Get what you want!!

    Post # 6
    511 posts
    Busy bee

    @glitterbee:  Heck, it’s your wedding and hopefully the only one you’ll ever have.  Do what makes you happy and to heck with whatever anyone else thinks! 

    Post # 7
    6394 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2011

    First of all, your dress is amazing! I think that long dresses can definitely work! I would probably choose a material other than satin, though. I like the idea of flowy chiffon in maybe a softer color. 

    Post # 9
    1269 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I’m planning a backyard kind of thing buuuut this is my dress (CT2406 also from David’s):

    It’s all lace and beading and much facier than I thought so I needed to find something more elegant for my girls but thought the gowns were a bit much, I thought these were classy and elegant but not overly formal:


    $99 each too! ($79 with the discount for getting your dress at David’s)

    I’m going with Truffle with the matching satin ballerinas (which they dye to match) because Fiance and I are short-ish.


    But long dresses would not be too much, but like others said I’d go with the simpler softer ones. =D

    Post # 10
    7561 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2013

    What kinds of long dresses do you like? Don’t you think they might get hot outside in August? 

    Post # 11
    11347 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Traditionally, the length of the bridesmaids’ dresses is determined by the time of day of the wedding (long dresses after 6 p.m. only); however, I realize that that very few modern brides follow this traditional guideline.

    Post # 12
    171 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    I definitely love the look of long chiffon dresses at an outdoor wedding. My girls are also wearing long chiffon dresses, but in black to keep it a little more semi-formal. 

    Post # 12
    1 posts
    Post # 13
    2501 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2014

    You could, but depending on where you live, an outdoor wedding with a long hot dress might make your bridesmaids super uncomfortable and look awkward to your guests.  I had an indoor summer wedding, and while we looked at long dresses (as my dress was very formal), we ended up with short dresses.  We were only outside for a short time for some pictures and my bridesmaids couldn’t thank me enough for not picking long gowns (it was so humid and hot outside).  Long doesn’t always mean more formal- you can definitely have super elegent formal gowns that are short.    

    Post # 14
    6532 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    glitterbee:  yes, there are plenty of long gowns that will still have a casual feel. 

    Just don’t pick a taffeta or charmeuse material. Maybe get a chiffon, something flowy!

    Post # 15
    2351 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2014

    glitterbee:  Totally.  I’m having an autumn barn reception (church ceremony).  Here’s a pic of me with my Maid/Matron of Honor.  That’s her exact dress.  

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