The Best Wedding Dress Styles for Every Venue

Let your venue be your guide when saying "yes" to the dress

Updated 10/25/16

Sawyer Baird

Which comes first — the dress or the venue? If you're the kind of bride who has no idea what she wants her gown to look like, then the venue may be your answer. If you're dead set on a certain setting for your wedding, that place says something about your taste and style; let it serve as your muse when picking out a dress that flatters your body, personality, and wedding location. From a hotel ballroom to a garden soirée, these styles will best complement your venue.

Garden

This delicate outdoor venue is all breezy romance, much like your dress should be. Look for something light and airy and slightly whimsical — not only does it pair well with the venue in aesthetics, but keeps you cool in the heat. A strapless neckline, gently embroidered bodice, and flowing skirt make this Marchesa gown a fairy-like dream.

Museum

A museum is typically an alternate choice, so your dress shouldn't fit the traditional wedding gown mold. Take a cue from the artsy vibes of this venue and opt for a dress with an Art Deco feel, made apparent by the intricate beading on this Jenny Packham gown.

Vineyard

An A-line or trumpet dress with a sweetheart neckline is a romantic choice for an elegant vineyard wedding. Both silhouettes offer a range of styles to best fit your vineyard vibe. This Kenneth Winston confection of English net and embroidered cotton lace would look great trailing down rows of terrain.

Church

This traditional venue calls for a traditional dress—think a classic ballgown like this Rosa Clara number, available at Designer Loft NYC. Simple and chic, lace and a bow bring a bit of femininity to the dress.

Hotel Ballroom

Hotel ballrooms are modern and sleek, bringing to mind uplighting and stylish tablescapes. A contemporary dress mirrors such an atmosphere. The cut-outs on this fitted Rivini gown are a subtle nod to such modernity while still maintaining the more traditional elements of a wedding dress.

Barn

Rustic is the name of the game when it comes to a barn wedding, with a dress that should be equally country sweet. Nail the look with allover lace, a light train, and a jewel neckline, seen in this Maggie Sottero confection.

Grand Estate

An estate often has a lavish vibe, just as your dress should. Find a dress with opulent embroidery and beading or a little glitz and glam, like this Dennis Basso for Kleinfeld gown. The extra touch will take your wedding day look to the next level, much like your venue.

Woods or Mountains

Earthy and bohemian, this outdoor setting calls for a simple and carefree wedding look. What more could a free-spirited bride want? With billowing sleeves and a loose skirt, this relaxed Jenny Packham gown fits the bill.

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