(Closed) Which Came First, the Gown or the Venue?

posted 6 years ago in Dress
  • poll: Which Came First, the Gown or the Venue?
    Wedding Gown : (66 votes)
    23 %
    Wedding Venue : (219 votes)
    77 %
  • Post # 3
    7339 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: November 1999


    What a beautiful dress. I bought my dress first then came the venue and things just fell into place after that.

    Post # 4
    853 posts
    Busy bee

    @MsGingerHoneycutt:  I had a similar experience, but kind of opposite lol. We had an outdoor wedding and I fell IN LOVE with a light, airy gown that was perfect for the venue (we picked the venue first). However, it didn’t fit me and alterations would have been ridiculously expensive. So, I had to let the dress go and eventually I found one that was actually the total opposite of light and airy. We still had the outdoor venue, and I worried that it was too heavy, but I went with it anyways. I think that if you look for a venue in conjunction with the dress (don’t make any big decisions or deposits until mulling it over a bit), it all comes together in the end. Good luck!

    Post # 5
    5428 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I have my dress too. The venue is still “out there” somewhere! LOL

    Post # 6
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Normally, I would recommend selecting your venue first, simply because there are more gowns available than there are venues on the date and day of the week that you desire to be married. However, if you have already fallen in love with a specific dress, I think you should order the dress you want and not stress at all over whether or not it will be too formal for your venue.

    For what it’s worth, I LOVE the gown you chose! I think it is absolutely gorgeous!! Stunning!!

    Post # 7
    46 posts
    • Wedding: October 2014

    @MsGingerHoneycutt:  OMG your dress is beautiful!!! Who is the designer of your dres???

    Post # 8
    3367 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 2011

    You’ve definitely got a “WOW” dress!  If you love it that much, then just go with it.  The dress I knew was right for me was not something I would’ve thought fit into an outdoor, garden wedding~ but it did. 

    Post # 9
    10453 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: February 2014

    The venue came first. But I knew what type of wedding I wanted (formal, in the winter, our home city) so it wouldn’t have mattered anyway if I had bought a dress first. I also don’t believe in letting the venue dictate your dress – wear what you want, who cares if it’s too formal? You only do this once right? Have the dress of your dreams!

    Post # 10
    3471 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - The Gables Inn, Santa Rosa, CA

    The venue– although I already had a good idea of what I wanted out of my dress… I just procrastinated for another 6 months before going shopping. 

    Post # 11
    5009 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    To be honest, I think you could get away with that dress at any venue (as long as it wasn’t super-duper tiny). You’ll find your venue but don’t worry too much about it matching your dress!

    Post # 12
    4464 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: February 2012

    The dress is beautiful and I love blush. I think the blush in Florence is just breathtaking. Ok, I know, it’s the idea of Florence you don’t have a venue yet. But honestly, I think I found my dress before the venue and unless you’re really at extremes – planning something super casual or planning something super formal – then mostly everything can fall into place. I have seen other brides who got married at my venue wear dresses that are WAY different than mine, but it wasn’t the venue that complemented the dress, it was their flowers and decor and colors, etc. 

    Post # 13
    2335 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012

    That dress is awesome!  You’re getting married in such a beautiful, romantic, lush place- that dress will look fantastic there.

    Post # 14
    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2013

    It was dress for me.  I was unsure of what type of wedding I wanted, but fell in love with a dress before anything was set in stone.  Now I’m having second thoughts about the dress I fell in love with because it feels like it’s too casual for the venue I have now booked.

    But omg that dress looks amazing on you!

    Post # 15
    11422 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I forgot to ask, who is the designer/what is the name of your gown?

    Post # 16
    3625 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    OMG, that dress is GORGEOUS! LOVE IT! I know the color isn’t traditional but it’s not very very very pink/blush so I think it works.

    Anyway, for your question, we got my dress first. In fact, we got it even before he officially proposed. Then we got the venue. We were fairly particular about what type of venue and atmosphere we wanted, so purchasing the dress wasn’t a problem. We are not the super rustic “barn” type so my more formal, dramatic dress suited our venue/event just fine.

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