(Closed) plain dresses versus “fun” dresses..

posted 7 years ago in Dress
Post # 3
4582 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think when choosing your dress, it’s important to consider things like your venue and the theme of your wedding. Those can help dictate whether you should go with something fun and different or something classic and timeless.

Ultimately, though, you should buy whatever makes you feel fabulous. 🙂

Post # 4
214 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You have to order what YOU want and what you will look at 30 yars from now and still say “I LOVE MY DRESS, I MADE THE RIGHT DECISION”… My dress is nothing but DRAMA! Yes, it may be out of style years from now and 10 years ago no one would be caught dead in a dress like this since it is so not the norm, but it’s my personality and I love it! Here is my dramatic dress: 


Hope this helps… Get a dress that YOU love!!

Also-I’m getting married on the beach and could totally not care how heavy my dress is or what others might say. I love it!!

Post # 5
2584 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I personally don’t see how people can call certain dresses “trendy” vs. “timeless.” If you go back and look at wedding pictures from 20, 50, 100 years ago, you probably would never choose any of them to wear. And yet, my mom, aunts, and grandmas have always said how much they loved their dress.

I say, pick what you like and look good in now, you’ll still look good in the photos 50 years later. And yeah, your kids will say “What were you thinking?” But I think that’s unavoidable, lol.

Post # 6
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think these “fun dresses” will be timeless eventually. But I also think you should feel comfortable in what you are going to pick. If you feel beautiful and like a bride in the dress then you shouldn’t worry about whether its “safer” to go with a more classic dress. It’s your wedding, you decide what is safe!

I just purchased my dress a few weeks ago and it is a mermaid with lots of ruffles and layers and small detailed beading. I think it is absolutely breathtaking and will look amazing in pictures! I could care less whether it is safe or not, because its me 🙂

Go with your instinct, what type of dress is more “you”???

Post # 7
188 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I Love the Jasmine dress.  It’s fun, elegant, and dramatic all  wrapped in 1. You will make everyone gasp in awe when they see you. But you have to get the dress that ultimately speaks to you.  It’s YOUR day!!

Let us know what you decide.

Post # 9
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

For, me, there is something a bit more long-lasting about Vera Wang. Something about how the fabric falls and flowy-ness that all her dresses seem to have even if they are simple. I think it represents femininity. Sort of the softer side of a woman. That is why they seem so elegant.

And, I think that some dresses are timeless. Vintage Dior. Classic sheaths. Ball gowns (even though I don’t like them). And more broadly: dresses that make women look good. Puffy sleaves never did a thing for a woman’s body. Mermaids are not flattering on some.

Just make sure the dress shows off your face. That is the imprant bit.

Post # 10
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

What is your normal style? What feels the most “you”? If your wardrobe is filled with ruffles, that tells you something. If you’ve never been one for ruffles in the past, that also tells you something. In the past 3 years I’ve developed a thing for flower enbellishments, so it was no surprise when I picked a dress that has a huge flower embellishment at the hip.

What fits with your venue, season, and how you want your day to feel? I know some people don’t care to coordinate their look with their venue and such, but I think it helps for a variety of reasons (your comfort, not making your guests feel out of place, etc). My ceremony venue is rather small, so I knew that a dress with a huge skirt and long train simply would not fit in my venue because there isn’t enough space to accomdate a huge dress AND our guests. Likewise, my venue has a formal air about it, so a casual tea length dress would feel out of place.

What makes you feel fabulous and gives you that extra spring in your step or swish in your walk? When you find the right dress, you won’t want to take it off. You will want to stare at yourself in the mirror for hours because you look and feel so beautiful and so right in your own skin.  

Post # 11
2450 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

i don’t get people wanting their dress to stand the test of time… style-wise.

i want to look back at my photos and be able to see who i was. i want to be able to see the time period. i want my photos to show what was really going on. i don’t want a photo that could be anyone, anyplace, anytime. i want it to be me.

so go for what YOU want.

Post # 12
2392 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@rosworms:  I agree with this.

I also think everything is going to look dated to a certain extent.  Sure, the more dramatic elements a dress has, the more those elements will go in and out of style, but even what looks fairly simple today will end up being reminiscent of this era thirty years from now.

Since you’ve been looking at old pictures of yourself, look back at how you’ve dressed over the years.  Do you tend to be more in line with timely styles or do you wear the same basic thing that really does look like it carries year to year?  That’ll help you tell what you’re more comfortable with.

I feel like even the most intentionally timeless weddings are going to have some things that make us go OMGWTF2011?!?! when we look back at our pictures, so if you’re the type to embrace current styles and fun outfits, do it!

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