(Closed) Must my dress "match" my venue???

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
7637 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

A wedding dress is an exception to all rules. A wedding dress is (usually) an over the top white dress which doesn’t match *any* venue.

It’s your wedding, so do exactly what you want. If that means a huge ball gown in the forest, then do that. 

Post # 3
235 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I agree with @aussiemum1248  the wedding dress doesn’t HAVE to match the venue.  Some women want to and some don’t.  Go with a dress that makes YOU feel amazing and have that butterfly feeling and really see yourself walking down the aisle in.  That’s all that matters! It’s your wedding! Do what you want to do!!

Post # 4
1257 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I think a dress should compliment the venue and season but there is a lot of room for interpretation in that. 

Post # 5
1298 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I think as long as it’s not completely blinged out, a ballgown can work for this setting. If you’re concerned, have you tried on a-line dresses?  They might give you the ballgown feel while being a little smaller.  Anyway, the most important thing is that you feel amazing in your dress, so choose what you love!

Post # 6
305 posts
Helper bee

I think a ballgown could definitely work!  I couldn’t see a satiny gown in an outdoor venue as much as a billowy tulle-skirted gown, but if the dress is “you” and the venue is “you” then you’re fine!

Post # 7
284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2015

I think all this “the dress must match the venue” expectation is a bit much. If you love the dress and can see yourself walking down the aisle in it, then rock that ballgown!

Post # 8
4695 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I don’t think your dress needs to match your venue, but it certainly has to complement it.

Wearing a dress that doesn’t ‘fit’ with your venue will look silly in photos, I wouldn’t say ballgowns are out of the question though.. Maybe try something with not so much poof, with lace elements and not satin, something more tulle-like. Soft, romantic, and still a ballgown. 

Post # 9
7305 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I think there are ways to pair a ballgown and a barn that work in a cohesive fashion. It’s a matter of details and overall vibe rather than exact dress silhouette.

Post # 10
2091 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I’ve seen plenty of people wear ballgowns for outdoor/barn weddings and looked great! Lace on the dress is a great way to tie in that rustic feel I think.

Post # 11
265 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Powel Crosley Estate, Sarasota, FL

I had this SAME question a while back because I fell in love with a satin mermaid gown, and am also having an outdoor ceremony and reception. Persoally – I LOVE the current high/low trend going on right now… rustic chic, modern vintage, and all that. I think a glam ballgown against a rustc barn will make for gorgeous, dramatic and unique pictures. I say do it!

Post # 12
97 posts
Worker bee

A simple and elegant gown of any silouhette would be perfect. I think ‘bling’ would be too weird in an environment of hay bales and wood beams. I am sure as you plan & secure a venue it will all fall into place for you 🙂

Post # 13
698 posts
Busy bee

I think the dress might actually create a nice contrast with the environment. I think it would be beautiful actually. I say go ahead and try on whatever dresses you want and get the one you fall in love with. You won’t regret it once you find the one. 🙂

Post # 14
580 posts
Busy bee

Tulle &/or lace would work on a ballgown outside.

A satin or blingy ballgown would not.

Post # 15
7 posts
  • Wedding: September 2014

Nature princess!!! Of course your dress will match your venue, and that is part of what will make it YOUR wedding. If you find a gown that you feel confident and amazing in, it will show. If that happens to be a ballgown, you rock it girl!!

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