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Matching Your Dress to Your Wedding Venue

How do you want your wedding day to look and feel? Carefree and fun? Elegant and sophisticated? When designing your dream wedding, you’ll want to go for a cohesive, yet flexible theme, and choosing a word or two to guide your theme is an easy way to come up with a look. And of course, you’ll want your wedding dress to complement your wedding. Luckily, matching your dress to your wedding venue is relatively easy.

Young bride having a moment to herself on her wedding day.

Matching Your Dress to Your Wedding Venue

Consider the Colors

Take one look in a bridal salon, and you’ll see all the different variations of white, cream, champagne, and pale blush that you can imagine. Although these colors are strikingly similar, they can look dramatically different depending on their surroundings. For example, if your wedding venue has white walls, your champagne dress might look darker than planned. On the other end, if your wedding will be outside, your dress will look more white than champagne compared to the trees.

If you’re going for a nontraditional dress that isn’t a variation of white, you’ll need to put extra thought into matching the color of your dress to the color of your venue. For instance, if your dress is red and your wedding venue has green walls, your wedding might have a festive holiday look, even though you’re getting married in May. If you choose a gold-sequined dress, you might clash with the silver candelabras (although mixing metallics can be done in a tasteful way).

Match the Theme

Your wedding venue has a huge impact on the theme of your wedding. The architectural elements inside a venue are decorations within themselves, from the candelabras to the shiplap on the walls. If you’re getting married in a classy 1920s ballroom, consider a classy ballgown or a beaded art deco dress. If your reception will be in a dreamy candlelit dining hall, why not go with a romantic lace dress? Are you getting married in a historic church? Look at vintage-inspired dresses. And for outdoor weddings, you can’t go wrong with a bohemian dress. Most wedding dress sites divide their collections by theme, such as classic, modern, and vintage, which will make your search much easier.

Match the Decor to Your Dress

While you should match your dress to your venue, we recommend matching your decor to your dress. Matching your centerpieces to your dress is a fun way to show cohesiveness and attention to detail. Plus, matching your decorations to your dress can actually make the designing process much easier, because it can serve as a guide. For classic lace dresses with a silver beaded belt, use lace table runners and silver candlesticks or votives. You’ll look stunning in the photos of you hugging your guests at their tables.

One important decor element to match to your dress is the altar. This is the spot where you’ll get the most iconic wedding photos taken. In addition, many important moments take place here, from the moment you slip on your wedding rings to your first kiss. Some fun ways to decorate the altar are with flowers, votives, or paper garland.


Matching your dress to your wedding venue is much easier when you have a wide selection to choose from. We recommend picking out your dress as soon as you choose your venue. If you live near Springfield, Missouri, stop by Normans Bridal, a full-service bridal salon with a large selection of dresses and veils. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff can provide recommendations regarding style, fabric, and color, and we will assist you with zippers, laces, and buttons to ensure that the appointment runs smoothly. In addition, we would be happy to offer honest feedback to help you narrow down your choices. If you have any questions or would like to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 417-866-9800.