Post # 1
Hi bees, please help! I have been through, um, some things with selecting a wedding dress. Suffice it to say that I am now under three weeks away from my wedding and still kind of choosing between two dresses. I know which one speaks to me more but I am a little afraid that it might not be formal enough for my wedding.
We told guests to wear cocktail attire and my bridesmaids are wearing this long chiffon dress: http://www.jordanfashions.com/1119 The guys are wearing tuxes with vests and regular ties (not bow ties). The ceremony is a stone building with a vaulted ceiling that feels sort of church like but isn’t a church (it’s on our old college campus) and the reception is at a hotel in a room that’s a cross between a ballroom (big chandeliers, dance floor) and a greenhouse/atrium (all glass with hanging plants/flowers and nice white iron lattice-back chairs). It’s on a Sunday; the ceremony is at 4:30 and the reception is from 6-11.
Here’s the dress I want to wear – it does have beading on the bodice, the top of the bust, and the straps (note: it currently is being altered to flatter me better – e.g., the bust currently is being altered to be a bit more rounded and fitted to my small chest, lol):
Here’s the other dress I have and like, just not quite as much (I’d wear a nice necklace):
I have chapel or cathedral length veils for either dress.
Post # 3
I love the 3rd dress! How formal is your wedding?
Post # 4
Oh, I absolutely love the last picture, that dress looks fantastic on you!
Post # 5
The last picture is gorgeous!
Post # 6
I think that whatever dress you want to wear is perfect! I have a big ball gown and a small wedding with 50 people. Haha. And my Bridesmaid or Best Man are in short yellow dresses, not even the same dresses, just yellow chiffon. Wear what you love and feel good in, either way both dresses are gorgeous!
Post # 7
I don’t think the first dress would really be appropriate honestly. The final dress could be jazzed up- a sash, hair piece, necklace.. anything really. It is a blank slate you can make whatever you want. It looks great on you too.
Post # 8
The dress you don’t like as much looks amazing on you!
Post # 9
I like the last dress better than the first and it is more formal.
Post # 10
Both are gorgeous but id say maybe your first one is a little less appropriate for your venue/long Bridesmaid or Best Man dresses… I think you should wear the second one with a blingy sash and maybe change into the first one later on in the reception??
Post # 11
Is there a particular reason why you don’t like the second one? You have a great figure and look beautiful in both dresses, but the second one looks more “bridal” to me. And I can see it standing out much more between your bridesmaids’ dresses.
Post # 12
The back of the first one is pretty, but it doesnt really flatter you from the front. And it looks more suited to a beach wedding.
The second one is absolutely gorgeous though, and it looks SO good on you.
Post # 13
Thanks for your honest comments! I know, everyone says the 2nd dress (last photo) flatters my figure well and it’s a more traditional/widely appealing dress. That’s not really my question although I appreciate hearing that …
and FYI – the first dress looks better in person and the alterations in progress make it much more flattering (skirt will be a little more trumpet-ey, straps are no longer halter and there’s just one low criss-cross in the back, maybe a flower detail on one side at the top of the bust) …
… but yes, the question remains about whether it is formal enough. So far, it sounds like maybe not? Here’s a pic of the reception venue: http://themadisonhotel.com/weddings-social-events/index.cfm
Post # 14
Honestly, I feel like the BM’s dresses are more formal than the first wedding dress.
And wow, that place is beautiful.
Post # 15
The last one is amazing. The first one is pretty, but you look much better and more formal in the second one!
Post # 16
The last one is beautiful!