(Closed) Is a ballgown too prom?

posted 5 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
8686 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

There are plenty of ball gown wedding dresses. I see ball gown prom dresses and lots of sheath, mermaid, high-low, etc type of prom dresses so I don’t see one as a prom dress unless it’s colorful or something. Most girls in my area now wear mermaid or tight sort of prom dresses….

Post # 3
2347 posts
Buzzing bee

Dogmummy:  If you post a pic of it or a pic similar to it you will probably get more replies. 

Post # 4
256 posts
Helper bee

Dogmummy:  Do you have a photo? Kaley Cuoco wore a pink Vera Wang ballgown and I thought it was so beautiful! I think it really will depend on the dress. Maybe hers works more because it lacks the beading most ballgown-type prom dresses have.


Post # 6
2662 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Dogmummy:  That sounds gorgeous! Some ballgowns felt promy to me but others were obviously bridal. It is how it makes you feel after all. I wore a Justin Alexander ballgown for mine and absolutely loved it! 🙂

Post # 7
256 posts
Helper bee

Dogmummy:  No I don’t think it looks prom-y at all. Very bridal. Even in the color you’re talking about. I wouldn’t sweat it. =)

Post # 10
297 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

I did not wear a ball gown to any of my proms nor did I see anyone wearing one. Personally, I don’t associate it with prom, but it’s really up to you and how you feel about it. Maybe there’s a similar dress in white that you can try on if you’re really concerned about it looking like a prom dress.

Post # 11
8482 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

I rarely see a wedding dress (ballgown or not) that I’ve looked at and thought, “oh well that’s a prom dress.” And I’ve even seen people wearing prom dresses as a wedding dress. 

Post # 12
243 posts
Helper bee

I think this dress is lovely and very bridal. I really wanted a ballgown and ended up going with a fuller A-line. To be honest, I was one of those girls in high school who wore a big ballgown to my senior ball, complete with a heavily beaded and pearled bodice. I’ll be honest and say that I, too, struggled with questioning my choice of a ballgown or A-line wedding dress because too often the dresses that I was attracted to in the store reminded me so much of my prom dress. This is how I talked myself out of second and third guessing every dress I put on. My opinion is that, in so many ways, proms mimic weddings (not the other way around). Young adults often plan their prom events like one might plan a wedding event. This is a time in their life when they are trying out relationships and figuring out what important qualities their potential life partner should have in the future. Nowadays, girls get asked to prom in some sort of creative/ lavish/ special way… much like a marriage proposal, yes? (My sisters have been to proms in recent years- their friends were asked by romantic dates, on picnics surrounded by candles, on beaches sprinkled with rose petals. Seriously, in some cases it was so “proposal”, it was impossible to ignore). In my experience they spend tons of time trying on different dresses, planning pre-prom pampering and activities, deciding who they will spend their time with (which, apparently is called a “prom party”, like a wedding party), planning where they will take pictures (with parents who offered sparkling cider/appetizer send offs), arranging their fancy transportation, etc. The long and short of it is, I think the prom industry follows the trends of the bridal industry, because proms are marketed as romantic/fun “once in a lifetime” events, much like a wedding, which appeals to girls in this developmental stage. Ballgowns were big and trendy when I was in school, now formfitting mermaid prom dresses are more the rage. The bottom line, in my opinion, is to not worry about whether a dress will look like a prom dress and to wear whatever makes you happy. Your wedding will obviously not be a prom, and you better believe that some young prom-aged gal will want to rip off your wedding look because of how gorgeous you are, and because on your wedding day your heart will be full and you will glow with happy. And afterall, isn’t that what we all are looking for? I can’t wait to know what dress you will be glowing in on your happy day!

Post # 13
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Mmm I don’t know if it’s different in other places but I don’t know a single person who wore a ballgown to promo haha 

Post # 14
5543 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2011

It’s a dress you are wearing to your wedding therefore it is a wedding dress. If you like it then wear it.

Post # 15
1111 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

1st let me say NO I do not think it is “prom”. I think what you wear on your wedding day should be what makes you feel bridal in your own way… Now as for my personal self I wore the big poofy strapless prom dress and the wedding dress I thought I might want was the same shape and it was beautiful but I FELT like I was in my prom dress not that it looked like it and I didnt want to feel that way I wanted to feel like a bride… My point is what will make you feel like you are wearing the right dress for your wedding is all that matters. 

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