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#1 destinationbride07

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    Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:06 PM

    Ladies I am having the hardest time. I can’t decided on style or what is appropriate for the beach. Should I go formal? Not so formal….arrrgh! lol

    So how did you choose?? Was it hard? Am I just making nothing into something??

    My sister says I need to just go try on all the ones I like and pick one! (that is like a lot of dresses lol lol)

    #2 *JillD*

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      Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:19 PM

      When I first started looking I was looking at all dresses I would wear if I were getting married here, and then I realized they wouldn't really look right on the beach. So I've only been looking at dresses with little to no train, not too pouffy, I just try to picture the dress in wedding pics, but I still think that you do have a lot of options. I know what you mean about having a lot of dresses you like, I have a ton, but there are a lot of similiarities between them all too. I think once you start trying on some different styles you'll figure out what you like and then you can decide if you think it will fit right with the type of wedding you're having.

      #3 LCBride2007


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        Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:20 PM

        I agree with your sister. And I may not be the "right" one to answer thsi question - mainly because I haven't chosen my dress yet! I also got caught up on what was the "right" dress for a beach wedding. Honestly, what I've found to be true, is that you should wear whatever dress you love. Whether that's formal or not - you have to be comfortable.

        If you go to the thread(s) where people post a picture of their dress, you will see the styles vary a lot. It really is just a matter of personal opinion - and I don't think the location should dictate the dress you love! If you want the big, ballgown, princess dress - go for it!!!

        #4 Sarah


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          Posted 29 November 2006 - 02:52 PM

          I originally bought a "beachy" dress, but then felt like it wasn't fancy enough so I went back and bought a more formal dress. Lesson: buy what you really want or else you won't be happy and you'll end up with 2 dresses like me!

          #5 anaderoux

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            Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:00 PM

            I think it depends on how formal is your wedding going to be, and what kind of dresses do you like, I chose a mermaid style dress, it's kind of formal but I love it.. let me see if I can upload the pic..

            no I couldn't.. hehe, don't know why it says invalid file and I've already reduced it's size..

            well anyway.. let us know what you like and what you decide

            #6 TammyB

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              Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:09 PM

              When I was looking for a dress, my only concern was that it was not too heavy that I would sweat my butt off for our beach wedding. I just kept that in mind with all the dresses that I tried on. Other then that I didn't care what people thought and if it was "too formal" for a beach wedding.

              #7 A10CalGal

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                Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:33 PM

                My advice is to find a dress you love & feel wonderful in. It may be an easy breezy sheath or it could be a more formal dress...but you will know when you find it. The other question to ask is how formal do you plan your wedding to be? Sometimes that can help.

                Me, personally, I did ALOT of online browsing to narrow down what styles I was drawn to. I came up with some things that I did not expect myself to like. The first dress I tried on was "the one." Apparently that is unusual! Anyway, my dress is more formal than I thought I would like, but it just makes me feel great. The other more destination-y dresses just didn't look right on me.

                So, go try on some dresses girl!

                #8 destinationbride07

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                  Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:42 PM

                  Thanks everyone! Great Tips! I have been searching online extensively. I guess I need to just go try them on and DECIDE!

                  #9 LCBride2007


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                    Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:56 PM

                    Another thing to consider - you could always buy a 2nd dress to wear after the ceremony if the one you buy isn't up for beach dancing!

                    #10 VALERIE

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                      Posted 29 November 2006 - 04:09 PM

                      These ladies have great advice.... I do want to add my 2 cents!

                      I too felt like I needed to go simple and beachy feeling. I started putting on these dresses and they just didn't feel right. I ended up going with a gown that is semi-fancy (if that makes sense!), but I'm not doing a veil.

                      Remember to find something that will travel well. Most resorts/hotels will steam it, but it was very important that it was not too heavy to carry throughout the airports and didn't wrinkle too much!

                      The best thing that I ever did was try on everything that looked like it might work! I immediately knew which dress was the one once I put it on! The rest of the formality or in-formality of the other details revolved around the dress I chose.

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