For most brides the wedding dresses and venues are now chosen with a theme in mind. And almost all brides have their own ideas or dreams of their big day. So which comes first – the dress or the venue? Your wedding gown should look good and you also need to be comfortable for the chosen venue. The places are endless and so is the variety in wedding dress styles.
If you are a bride that doesn’t know what she wants her gown to look like, then the venue may be your answer. From ball room to garden soiree, barn or church, picking a gown that suits your wedding venue pays off if you want the look and feel of your big day to be seamless. Here are some basic guidelines to choose your style that will best complement your venue.
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Church wedding is a traditional wedding. That calls for a traditional dress like classic ball gown or mermaid styles with long train which will make amazing photos of you walking down the aisle with royal-like feeling. Brides do need to follow set of rules like no revealing dress. The wedding is formal in nature and guests tend to dress their best when function is held in a house of worship. Choose a dress with a huge impact but not revealing dress styles means no to strapless style but you can wear one if you wear a bolero or jacket for the ceremony. Traditional accessories like a veil are suitable for this venue. Luxurious fabric finishes like satin or elegant classics like lace are suitable for this venue.
Garden weddings have warm intimate feeling with breezy romance in the air and so should your dress be. Garden weddings are best held in spring and summer when nature creates a glorious palette. With outdoor venues you need to keep in mind many natural elements. Your dress should be both practical and comfortable means choose fabrics that are lightweight and don’t weigh you down and let you move conveniently. Also, delicate wedding dresses with lace and other soft and feminine elements look best in the natural greenery. Avoid heavy ball gowns and thickly layered skirts.
When you are choosing indoor venues for wedding, you have the flexibility for dress to any venue other than a church. Choice is based on formality and theme of your chosen venue. Hotel ballrooms are modern and sleek bringing to mind uplifting and stylish tablescapes. Elegant sophisticated dress styles with soft luxurious fabric finishes are suitable for such occasions. Minimal details on the dress and simple uncluttered styles are ideal for a modern stylish look.
For a beach wedding, it’s a good idea to keep dress simple and comfort and airy and breathable lightweight fabrics are best suited. A long train is impractical. Also most beach weddings call for traveling means opt for a dress that is light with relatively easy maintenance for easy transport. However you have to remember it is still your wedding day so adding some sparkle is a must.
Venues like barn offers intimate, warm and cozy with laid-back ambiance. When it come to barn wedding, rustic is the name of the game and so your dress should be equally country sweet. Barn venues offer flexibility and style. To suit a barn venue, look for a dress that combines easy elegance with a touch of bohemian glamour. Lace and chiffon are dress finishes ideal for barn wedding with simple relaxed silhouettes. A-line and sheath are best and short dress also looks great with birdcage veil and jewel neckline to add a unique detail. Too many details and too ornate embellishments or big bold accessories will not compliment this theme.
Where barn venues offer rustic charm, manor houses offer stately, formal option in the countryside. Look for clean lines, feminine silhouettes with dainty, traditional touches and chiffon, silk and ivory lace are ideal fixes for the soave and stately atmosphere your venue facilitate.
But before you set out on your wedding dress shopping, keep in mind these two things. 1. Always go dress shopping after finalizing the venue. This is because your dress should be comfortable and practical in chosen setting. If you choose a dress first, there is a bigger risk of dress being not suitable for the venue especially when you need to change the venue. And secondly always shop early. As soon as you have an idea of the type of wedding you want, shortlist venue choices. Next start search for your dress. Wedding dress needs multiple fittings and alterations to make a perfect fit so search your dress early to give time for it arrive, which is 10 to12 weeks, 2 or 3 fittings and alterations until the big day.