Post # 1
I and my fiance are discussing possibly pushing back our wedding date (due to the fact that we will be moving to a new city and finances might be a problem) We really wanted it to be in May but we are now gunning for July or January. But I have my eye on a gorgeous open back long sleeve wedding dress but I just don’t know if it would make everything look out of place for a july wedding or not… What do you guys think?
Post # 2
I think the weather and construction of the dress will determine if it looks strange or not. If it’s 100+ degrees and you’re wearing a dress with many layers of heavy material, yea I think that would look strange. If it’s so warm but the dress is a sheer/lighter material I would probably notice it a bit less.
I would consider what the weather would be like that time of year and then base your decision on whether you are confident it will be comfortable and not just how it could look. A beautiful dress can potentially lose a lot of its appeal if it’s uncomfortable, and an uncomfortable dress can be really distracting. Since you’re talking summer 2017 maybe you can wear a long-sleeve outfit of a similar material this summer to just test the waters?
Post # 3
I am actually wearing a long sleeve wedding dress on my wedding day in July. The sleeves are really sheer and you can see my skin color through it, but I also had the same thought you did.
But then again.. I don’t go anywhere in my life, even in the summer with outfits exposing my back and shoulders unless I am going swimming. I just didn’t want to do the whole strapless show.
Post # 4
This is a common practice in many religions, in which women’s (and sometimes men’s) observance of the religion includes covering their body when in public to a greater extent. Look at halachically acceptable Jewish wedding dresses, for example, especially those worn by Orthodox Jewish women, and you will see many dresses with 3/4 length or full lenght sleeves. These are worn regardless of the time of year of the ceremony.
In short, I think you should wear whatever you want and whatever you’re comfortable with, whatever your reasons may be. Wear a string bikini, wear a full-length ballgown, wear a burka – it’s all good. Whatever works for you, that’s what matters.
Post # 5
I agree with Polyphemus to wear whatever makes you happy.
Another thought on this: If the men have to wear long sleeve collar shirts, then why is it a big deal if the bride choses to have her arms covered on this day?
Take Nicky Hilton for example: She was covered from head to toe, got married in the summer and still looked gorgeous.
Post # 6
My mom wore a long sleeved dress in July thirty years ago and she looked lovely! My parents’ wedding was late, though — candlelight ceremony, in fact. So it may look a little more off if you’re in the sun/heat midday.
Post # 7
I have my wedding this August and I also have sheer sleeves. This thought has crossed my mind but I told myself I would be OK. If my husband has to wear a tux, and at the very least a button down shirt for the entirety of the day, I could wear sleeves on my dress. This is my dress for reference.
Post # 8
The only reasons I wouldnt is if I felt I would be too hot and uncomfortable, otherwise wear what makes you feel gorgeous!
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Post # 10
I definitely don’t think it would LOOK weird, but my concern would just be the comfort level if it’s really hot. I’d say go for it if it’s the dress you want, though!
Post # 11
raquelmareev: i don’t think its weird, but I would be worried you will be too hot and possible sweaty. No one wants to be sweaty on their wedding day. A wedding dress is already heavy enough and then to add sleeves to the mix?
Post # 12
You can always pick up a reception dress that is sleeveless as an option.
Post # 14
My XSIL got married in July, wearing sleeves. The church’s AC broke, she was literally a hot mess!
Post # 15
WeddingBelle625: I love your dress!!