Post # 1
I have just begun trying on dresses and, much to my surprise, I am falling in love with ball gowns! Our wedding, however, will be an outdoor ceremony and we are leaning toward a reception in a barn. We love the outdoors and nature and will want lots of outdoors-y pictures.
Is a ball gown going to work with this?! Prior to trying them on, I imagined a simple A-line dress. Does my dress have to “match” my venue? Will our pictures out in the woods look goofy with a ball gown? Do I settle for a different style dress, or change our venue ideads, or say screw it and play nature princess for a day???
Post # 2
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
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
I think a dress should compliment the venue and season but there is a lot of room for interpretation in that.
Post # 5
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
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
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
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
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
Tulle &/or lace would work on a ballgown outside.
A satin or blingy ballgown would not.
Post # 15
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!!