So he’s proposed, you’ve accepted and you’ve booked that perfect venue. Now for that all important decision… ‘The Dress’. It is so important to choose the right wedding dress for the venue where you will wear it.

The love of the vintage bridal look has been phenomenal, but too often these looks have not been the right choice for where the wedding dress is being worn; it can actually look at odds with the venue. Your dress should look comfortable against the backdrop (think of those photos!).

Dentelle, Jenny Packham Spring/Summer 2013

Dentelle, Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham, undoubtedly the Queen of Vintage, makes superb 1920’s inspired vintage dresses, often with rich beading embellishment. But will that work against a soft, gentle marquee backdrop with lovely English country flowers? Maybe not!

The Church

This is an important statement, usually with full ensemble of bridesmaids and ushers, supported by a richly dressed bridal party, hatted and bejewelled.

Paradise, Suzanne Neville

Paradise, Suzanne Neville

Volume creates importance and impact where a ‘slip of a dress’ may not. Gone are the days of ‘meringues’ in the top boutiques, yet entering centre stage is the new generation of modern grandeur gowns with enduring memories á la Grace Kelly. A bride no longer has to feel apologetic for wearing these modern classics if they are correct for her chosen occasion. And what man doesn’t love looking at a feminine true bride as he has never seen her before?

Beatrice, Sassi Holford

Beatrice, Sassi Holford

The Resort

Getting married abroad is, of course, completely different, bearing in mind the temperatures and practicalities of travel and beaches. This is where the simple, slipper dresses are appropriate; light fabric, floaty, unstructured – perfect for tropical or Mediterranean beach. Read this post for more advice on bridal wear for weddings abroad.

Orange Blossom, Claire Pettibone

Orange Blossom, Claire Pettibone

Keep the vintage dress for rustic barns, the popular yurts and the bunting clad village halls for that relaxed, informal feel, and then you will be perfect.

Guest post by Carina Baverstock of Carina Baverstock Couture

Images from…

Dentelle: Jenny Packham

Paradise: Suzanne Neville

Beatrice: Sassi Holford

Orange Blossom: Claire Pettibone

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