(Closed) Wedding dress way too fancy for venue – looking for quick backup

posted 4 years ago in Dress
Post # 2
46753 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

sarahsakura:  I don’t agree that a wedding dress can be too fancy for the venue. Brides have worn ballgowns on the beach, in barns, in backyards etc.

You could just shorten the train if it bothers you.

Do you have a link to a pic of your dress?

Post # 3
451 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

Wear the wedding dress…all day!!  How many times in your life do you get to do that? It’s your day, You are the bride…there is no wedding dress too fancy for any venue!

Post # 4
443 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I think you’re totally fine wearing your dress to the ceremony and then the champagne one for the reception. that being said, I agree with the pp. ‘You’re the bride! This is the one day you can/should be dressed more formally than everyone else. Wear the fancy dress if you love it! Shortening the train or putting it into a bustle will make it less fancy if you are worried. 

Post # 6
2070 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

sarahsakura:  do not get a new dress! Wear the dress you have and cherish every moment! You only get to wear a wedding dress once.

Post # 7
171 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

I agree with everyone else – totally up to you and changing into a more ‘appropriate’ dress is very practical…but it’s your WEDDING! Wear the dress that you’re going to be thrilled with, the venue is just background to the bride anyway – everyone will be looking at you! 

Post # 8
465 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

i agree that whatever makes you happy goes! if it were me i would buy a second dress for the reception, but i tend to have a “more is more” attitude about pretty dresses. =)

Post # 9
375 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I think the dress you already have would look beautiful at an outdoors venue. 

Post # 10
384 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2015

would love to see a pic of the formal gown.  maybe shortening the train, or reducing the crinoline/hoop, or something could lower the formality factor.


if not, then wear it for the ceremony, and rock that champagne dress for the reception.  maybe get a new headband/hairpiece to wear with it, instead of your veil, so you still have that “new stuff for my wedding” feeling to your outfit.  (that champagne dress is beautiful, btw)

Post # 11
329 posts
Helper bee

I don’t think a dress can be “too formal” for any wedding. You are the bride, do it up. Actually, I think its kind of cute when a dress is super formal in a rustic venue.  I wore a long dress with a short train for my super tiny wedding at an amusement-park style Pier.  It was great! The pictures are so cute. If you love the dress, do it.  I originally was going to wear a short dress because my wedding was so informal, but decided to just go for the long one. 

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