As you’re shopping for your dream wedding dress, the first thing you probably consider is what style you personally prefer, right? Of course, this is a great starting point for finding a bridal gown! You want to find something that makes you feel beautiful and unique on your big day. However, have you considered using your venue to help determine what dress will be best for your wedding day?
For our team at Ania Bridal in Portland, OR, we always encourage our brides to consider what venue they’re getting married at! Choosing the right dress for your venue is actually super important because there are certain aspects of your venue that might impact the wearability of your dress. For instance, a cathedral-length train or veil might not be the best idea for a sandy beach wedding; likewise, a bohemian, flowy gown might not complement a more formal church wedding.
Of course, the dress you wear is completely up to you! But we want to offer some advice for choosing a dress that pairs perfectly with your venue. It might help you narrow down your options when shopping!
VINEYARD OR WINERY WEDDING
We know that there are so many gorgeous wineries near the Portland area that make perfect backdrops for getting married - in fact, there are about 40 wineries in The Tualatin Valley alone! When your outdoor wedding venue is so magnificent, we think that opting for a wedding dress that’s chic, elegant, yet laidback is the way to go.
This bridal gown from Wtoo by Watters is a flawless combination of effortlessly chic. With its full skirt and stunning shirred sleeves, your wedding day backdrop will be the perfect pairing with this dress. It’s both stylish and comfortable - love that!
Church weddings usually call for a traditional bridal gown! These wedding venues tend to be a little more on the formal side, so if you’re having a church wedding, consider trying a dress that really makes a big impact. Ball gowns and anything with a large skirt and gorgeous details are great for this venue!
If you’re looking to feel like a princess at your church wedding, look no further than Cecile! Having a strapless sweetheart bodice paired with detachable blouson sleeves, this bridal gown is the epitome of modern fairytale design. Embraced by the dreamiest, full organza and tulle skirt, the delicate lace detailing gently cascades down.
Who doesn’t love a beach wedding? We absolutely adore the warmth, the sun, the sand … especially if you’re having a destination wedding! Regardless of whether you’re having a daytime or evening beach wedding, you definitely want to go for a lightweight fabric that’s airy and breathable for this natural setting. You might also want to avoid a super long train if you’re walking on the sand. We love a bohemian style for a beach wedding!
Guilla is a wedding dress that’s delicate, romantic, and utterly exquisite for a beach wedding! We love the delicate embroidered bodice paired with the more understated skirt. It’s the perfect way to feel sophisticated while also being comfortable enough for your beach nuptials.
There are so many more options when it comes to indoor venues than a church! The theme and formality of your venue should ultimately determine your choice. In an indoor venue like a ballroom, dressing elegantly and sophisticatedly is appropriate. Stylish silhouettes and luxurious fabrics are perfect for these occasions! Modern, stylish looks are characterized by simple, uncluttered styles and minimal details.
With its stunning, figure-flattering draped bodice, exquisite side draping, a subtly sexy high slit, and a richly modern pointed edge neckline, Delancey is a fresh take on a classic ball gown silhouette! It’s a great choice for a modern bride who wants to be timeless and fashion-forward.
The rustic atmosphere of a barn makes it a great venue for a wedding. Guests can enjoy a laid-back atmosphere at these venues, and your dress should reflect that. There are so many wonderful materials to choose from, including chiffon, lace, and tulle, as these offer beautiful movement and comfort. In addition, choosing a silhouette that's more relaxed like an A-line or sheath will be very comfortable!
This wedding dress is absolutely heavenly, which we think is perfect for a rustic barn wedding! It’s perfectly non-fussy yet will create a bridal look no one will soon forget. The layers of soft tulle and embroidered floral lace are breathtaking!
If you’re having a garden wedding, you’ll be surrounded by lots of greenery and gorgeous flowers. Because the natural beauty of this venue type will impact your decor, why not let your dress style be influenced by the natural ambiance as well? When we think of garden weddings, we think romantic, boho chic, lightweight, wedding dresses.
Adrianna features a classic, fitted sparkle floral lace gown with romantic, body-contouring side cutouts, a comfortable stretch jersey lining, and a signature sculpted lace hemline. If you’re a bride who wants to stand out, feel sensual, and like a flower queen for her garden wedding, this is the one!