(Closed) Outdoor Garden/Beach wedding…can I wear a Tulle dress?

posted 8 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
562 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I’m not married yet, so I don’t have any good advice, but I just wanted to say I LOVE the dress you posted 🙂 Sorry I can’t be of more help though…

Post # 4
1314 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

i haven’t had my wedding yet but i am doing my reception outdoors on a hot day. I was wondering the same thing…hopefully we can get some input on this!

Post # 5
7295 posts
Busy Beekeeper

i am getting married on a beach and was concerned with a getting a light “beachy” dress, but i didn’t like any of them! finally a dress consultant told me not to let the “beach” influence my choice of dress as the contrast of fancy on dress will look amazing. plus, as everyone says, you are the bride and ARE supposed to be the best dressed one there! so based on all that, i say go for it!  if it is an issue of comfort, i decided my dress based on how i felt standing in the store in it. some dresses were so poufy that i got really hot just from trying them on, so they were a big NO.  the one i ended up getting has lots of layers and is poufy, but its not overwhelming.  so i would just say go with your instinct. (unless other brides here tell you otherwise!)

Post # 6
1701 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Love this dress!  I think this works well for the beach because the bottom is light.  One of my friends had a tulle skirt and it was pretty trashed by the end of the night, but her wedding got pretty wild too (in a very fun way, long story).  My dress was satin, but neither my crinoline or veil ripped.  However, they did pick up lots of stuff–our wedding was outside.  I think that would happen with any fabric. No matter what, people are going to step on your train. I wouldn’t worry about this stuff–just be extra careful with the pictures before the ceremony.

Post # 7
89 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: April 1999

I think you can wear WHATEVER you want!!!!

As long as you’ll be comfortable and you love what you are wearing, do what you want!

It’s a lovely dress!

Post # 8
6597 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

I had a tulle dress with a five foot train (and I am only 5’3″) and I wouldn’t change a thing – I felt like the most beautiful bride ever on my wedding day.

My ceremony was supposed to be outside; however, we got rained out. We still had our first look in the park and took pictures outside. Ya there were a couple leaves and things in between the layers but no big deal – My BMs just swept them out.

I must admit though my bustle did break! I think it broke when I sat down so I think you should pick up the skirt a bit before you sit so it doesn’t pull from your knees, if that makes sense? However, this was no big deal either as I just used the loop underneath as a wrist loop and enjoyed my dress all night 🙂

By the end of the night it was kind of dirty at the bottom but no more than any other dress I would assume.

A week after the wedding we went back to the park to take the pictures we couldn’t take because of the rain. On the sunny day a lot more things got caught in the tulle including some bugs LOL. But they were pretty easy to shake out. 

I would still choose my tulle ballgown again and again!

Post # 9
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I almost bought Ella 5504 which has a few layers of tulle. I am the same as you, park ceremony across from the beach. I didn’t think about whether it would pick up dirt but when I tried it on (on a 30 degree day, no aircon in the salon, which is the expected temperature of Sydney in November when I get married) I was sooo hot and couldn’t imagine spending several hours in the dress in the hot sun.

I found silk satin dresses with one or no layers of tulle to be a bit more comfortable in the heat, but you can’t achieve certain sillhouettes with less padding so it depends if you have your heart set on a certain shape.

Post # 10
303 posts
Helper bee

You can wear whatever you want (though, like the above poster, I can’t picture myself in a full-on ball gown on an Australian beach day!)

One trick with getting sand off fabric is to wait until it’s totally dry. That way it sort of loses its stick and you can brush it right off. If there’s a bit of dampness (which there often is with beach sand), I find that it stays put no matter how much you brush it.

Post # 11
69 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

i say go for it. it will get dirty but so will most dresses. you are only going to wear it once so the dirt on the bottom won’t really matter. especially if you take you pictures early on.

Post # 12
50 posts
Worker bee

I have a dress very similar to yours (Enzoani Dabra) and Im getting married outside. I thought the same thing but I just thought forget it! It’s our day! I think it will be fine.

Post # 13
12 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

I agree with all of the other posters. I am getting married in Vegas outside in a garden ceremony in the middle of September. I also just bought the Dabra by Blue by Enzoani. When I tell my friends about the dress, they all say the same thing. You’re gonna be too hot. But it’s my day and it’s the dress I always pictured myself in. I love the fullness of the bottom and how I felt like a princess as soon as I put the dress on. I read on the boards about another girl who bought the Dabra and had them take out a few layers of tulle so I might consider that but I love the fullness of the bottom and don’t want to lose any of that. I’m also worried that it will get dirty but I think (just like everyone else said) that all dresses will get dirty if you are outside. I personally know I made the right choice and can’t wait to wear my dress!


The dress you posted is beautiful and I think if you want it, you should get it. 

Post # 14
1486 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Beautiful! I say go for whatever you want! I did a google search looking for beach weddings with tulle gowns to see what it looks like… seems beautiful! Not sure about problems like rips though. 

Post # 15
849 posts
Busy bee

I’m planning to wear a tulle dress to my garden wedding, however it is tea length 🙂

Post # 16
55 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I’m also wearing a tulle gown outside at the valley of fire in Vegas.  All it is is RED sand, so my dress will definitely get dirty on the bottom.  Just like everyone said, it will get dirty no matter if you are outside or inside.  No floor will be spotless anyway :).  Just wear the dress of your dreams and don’t worry about the bottom!

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