Post # 17
I think it is fine for your venue!! If you have a way to bustle it so it’s not in your way. It is very pretty and not too showy. You are the bride you are suppose to be a little dressed up regardless of your venue!
Post # 18
I agree, I expected to see something over the top, but that is actually very simple and elegant, perfect for a backyard wedding. Just like any dress, there are things you can do to tone it down if you feel like the dress is too fancy… wear you hair down, don’t wear dramatic makeup, go with wildflowers or herbs instead of roses. There are so many options. You chose the dress in the first place because it IS gorgeous on you! : )
Post # 19
I just realized this is the same dress my friend wore for her beach wedding! Trust me, if its casual enough for her to wear barefoot on the beach, then you will be fine in it for your backyard wedding!
Post # 20
At first I was thinking you had a sparkly, beaded ball gown for an outdoor bbq wedding, but girl, you will be fine! I don’t think your dress is out of place for an outdoor casual wedding!
Plus, its all amount the way you dress it. I would suggest minimal jewlrey, and nothing too sparkly, also no necklace (too formal) just earings only.
And do a flower or a birdcage veil, no long veil.
Post # 21
I agree with PPs – I thought the gown you were describing was going to be an ornate ballgown but the gown is beautiful and totally appropriate for your wedding. Especially if it makes you feel wonderful – that will shine through on your day. I also agree with others who mentioned keeping the groomsmen clothing less formal – that will set the tone for the wedding too.
I hope you’ll keep it and be happy with it – it’s gorgeous!
Post # 22
I don’t think that dress is too formal! It’s really pretty and would be fine for your outdoor / casual wedding. Especially if you choose accessories & shoes that are a little more funky/casual. If you can sell it and find something that you’d be happier in then that’s great. But think about it.
Post # 23
I think that’s looks great for the wedding you describe. The dress could swing either way, simple and elegant for something a low key, or you could really play it up with lots of sparkle in accessories. As long as you like how it looks on you, theres no ‘too dressed up’ as the bride!
Post # 24
I too had visions of ball gowns and a HOLY COW THAT’S HUGE type of dress. Not the case at all. I think your dress is gorgeous and perfect for the wedding you’ve described. You don’t want to feel like it’s just another day at a picnic at your wedding… you’re a BRIDE! 🙂 Nothing about your dress screams “too much!” to me. Take a deep breath, walk away for a few hours, then come back to it with new eyes. I think it’s the right balance between bride and casual.
Post # 25
I agree that you can’t ever be too dressed up as the bride. You can always wear that for teh ceremony then change into a short dress which you don’t have to spend a lot of $ on.
Post # 26
OH MY! THANK YOU BEES! I don’t know any of you and here all of you are giving me such good, honest feedback. I know that a lot of my mindset about this gown has to do with my mom’s comment on the dress. I told her I had bought and and showed her pictures and she really didn’t say anything. Then later we were talking about and she referred to it as “that dress”. She told me that she did not think it was the right dress for the wedding venue. I tried to ignore that comment, but I guess I have let that get to me.
I am feeling much better about this now. I mean really, all at once there is a flood of support and positivity from all of you!! I am going to clear my head and do some thinking. After all its not what Mom wants – its what I want!!!!
Thank you so much.
Post # 27
Are you kidding? that dress is beutifully simple and would look perfect in any venue.
Being in your price range and being able to move and sit in it are good things too!
Post # 28
Here I was thinking you had some crazy ornate gown, but guess what you don’t! That dress is perfectly fine…more than fine it’s wonderful! I just had a girlfriend with a similar type wedding and her dress was like yours. I think it works. Plus if you bustle the dress for your reception it will be even more appropriate.
I say go with it! That dress looks amazing on you and it’s really flattering. I agree with the other bees…it’s your wedding, you are the bride so you need to look the part. I don’t think I’ve ever heard someone say, “Gee I think that Bride is over dressed…” haha.
Post # 29
I think it looks totally fine!! Very appropriate for an outdoor ceremony and reception. Wear it with pride!
Post # 30
I think your dress is perfect for a simple outdoor ceremony and reception. It’s very understated, and seems very appropriate for what you descrie above.
Post # 31
Like everyobe else has said, your dress is gorgeous and looks like the perfect choice for the wedding you are having. I have been to many backyard weddings were the bride wore a much more ornate dress than that and it didn’t seem out of place because she is the bride:)
You are going to look wonderful, and of course you can inject as much personality as you want with your accesories!