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Pick a Venue, Pick a Wedding Dress

Posted by Kim on May 23, 2012

One of the best pieces of wedding-planning advice we can share is: Don’t go shopping for your wedding gown until you’ve booked your venue. Sure, it may be tempting to go shopping as soon as you have that ring on your finger, but avoid the pull of the bridal salon until you’re all squared away on your wedding site. Here why: Different types of wedding dresses look best at different types of venues. If you’re getting married on the beach, for example, you probably don’t want to wear a big, heavy ballgown. And vice versa – a barely-there sheath might not be appropriate at a grand house of worship or ballroom. Check out these examples from our Fashion Ideas section:

wedding dresses for your venue, wedding dress Dresses by (clockwise from top left): Anna Maier/Ulla-Maija Couture, Anne Barge, Romona Keveza, Encore by Watters
All photos by Dan Lecca

If you’re having a wedding in a large space, like a hotel ballroom or a house of worship, look for gowns that have the grandeur to match, like these ballgown wedding dresses.

Marrying outdoors, a garden or backyard perhaps? Choose a romantic wedding gown with an ethereal feel and feminine touches.

Destination weddings call for lightweight beach wedding gowns that aren’t overly beaded or structured and show just the right amount of skin.

And if you’re planning a casual soiree, perhaps at City Hall or a restaurant, a short wedding dress will fit in perfectly. These styles even work well for rehearsal dinners, or as cake-cutting or “going away” dresses.

Are you choosing a gown to fit your venue? Let us know in the comments!

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