When you’re planning your wedding, it’s highly likely that you’ll have a wedding style or theme in mind from the word go. Whether you want a grand occasion or a country celebration, everything you choose for your wedding will complement your theme. Once you’ve booked your dream venue, you can turn your attention to your own personal wedding day look and we’ve got the perfect wedding dress styles for a range of wedding venues for you right here. Read on for bridal inspiration from an industry expert plus thoughts on groomswear styles too.
A grand wedding venue
Davenport House in Shropshire is the perfect grand wedding venue. With its opulent interiors and idyllic grounds, it’s a breath-taking venue that will definitely impress your guests. So, if your wedding venue is equally grand, what should you wear? For an expert take on wedding dress styles, we spoke to Laura Ward from the wonderful (and award-winning!) Brides of Winchester:
“A venue that is opulent and grand allow you the dream of being lord and lady for the day and this cries out for a dress of couture femininity and swathes of swooshing fabric. Your dress should stand up to the grandeur of the inside of such a building. This is not the time for being shy and retiring in your choice of dress.”
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For the groom, formal is the way forward. The iconic morning suit is seeing a huge come back at the moment and we’re not surprised. It’s stylish, timeless and totally perfect for a grand wedding venue. Of all the groomswear styles out there, this is the one a grand groom should go for. If you want to know how to rock this look, just click here.
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An elegant wedding venue
Pelham House is one of the hottest elegant wedding venues around and we love this location. The Georgian, country house vibe is beyond perfect for a refined wedding day and the entire venue is beautiful beyond words. If you’ve chosen a similarly elegant venue, Laura has this advice for your wedding dress:
“The clean lines of Georgian architecture and the modern elegance of this type of setting has a modern twist coupled with the wow factor and so should your dress. The clean lines of soft royal satin or Italian Mikado with a touch of lace applique works well here in a glamorous ballroom setting as do A-line lace gowns with a touch of chic sparkle.”
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Guys, if this is your venue then you can absolutely work the morning suit look too. Failing that, how about a tux with a twist? They are unbelievably stylish and they also suit every body shape too – just make sure that you opt for a really well fitting style for maximum impact.
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A contemporary wedding venue
Morden Hall is a contemporary, minimalist venue that mixes Georgian details with modern styling. It’s a really contemporary choice for your wedding and if you’ve booked somewhere similar, then you need to know what to wear. Laura’s here with some more wise words for the brides among you:
“A contemporary venue calls for elegance in a more understated way. The clean lines of a uncomplicated dress in a crepe will see you bang on trend and if cool, confident dressing is your style then explore the dress rails for high quality crepes and beautiful, uncomplicated tailoring.”
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Of all the groomswear styles around, a contemporary venue needs one thing – a fantastically fitted suit. Oh yes, opt for a suit in a modern cut and go for a little luxury with your fabric choice too. Don’t be afraid to work with colour either – blues and greens are really popular or go for a more sombre suit colour and bring the colour with your shirt and tie. Whatever you choose, the fit needs to be absolutely spot on.
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A country wedding venue
If your dreaming of a country wedding venue then Upwaltham Barns is probably what you’ve been imagining. Beautiful barns, surrounded by fields and a warm welcoming atmosphere that’s perfect for relaxed, laidback country weddings. Laura knows just what you should be wearing:
“Barn weddings are where the free spirited brides run unfettered and a wedding with a relaxed theme demands a dress of similar vibe. You will look fabulous in a Boho style wedding gown with flowers in your hair. Dresses that hark back to the 70’s work well here as do soft 1930’s styles and fun 1950’s tea length. Out of all the venues a Barn wedding allows you more choice of dress style, so other than practicalities of the day, you can’t go far wrong. Although, a full on Hollywood ballgown, beehive hair-do and chandelier earrings might be a little out of place!”
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Grooms, it’s time to embrace tweed. This is the perfect look for a country wedding venue and tweed is great at any time of year. Get your country style on with brogues, waistcoats, patterned shirts, bow ties and much more. You don’t need to match fabrics throughout your look and in fact, this style gives you heaps of choice. Find out how to nail that country groom style here.
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Tips for choosing a wedding dress to match your venue
If you’re not sure where to start, Laura from Brides of Winchester has these fabulous tips for you that will make wedding dress shopping a whole lot easier:
“When it comes to choosing the wedding dress, today’s bride has more choice than ever before in the history of weddings. There are many things to consider when making your final choice and your venue is one of the most important. There may be some practicalities to consider – your choice will be different if you are arriving side saddle on your favourite mount versus a stately progression up a long drive in a vintage car. Your venue will play a key part in what you need from your gown.”
“Whatever you choose remember that it is your day and it should be done your way. So, feel free to throw the rule book out, just as long as you’ve thought it all through first.”
“My number one tip is always be authentic to who you are. You have chosen your gorgeous venue for a reason, it speaks to your heart and your wedding gown should complement that vision.”
“If you are going to be outside a lot (weather allowing) a dress with sleeves to protect you from the cold and equally the sun will be worth considering. But, you can have a wrap or pashmina to hand if you aren’t keen on sleeves and a romantic ivory umbrella will do as good a job keeping the sun off you as it will the rain.”
“Those wonderful flights of stairs looked such fun when you first looked round in jeans and flat shoes. Come the big day and you might get very tired if you have chosen a heavy weight dress with an exceptionally long train. Meghan got it right with her statement veil that had the impact of a long, serious train but she could take it off after the ceremony and photos and enjoy the rest of the day unencumbered.”
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