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Informal Wedding Dresses

When trying to choose a wedding dress, it is best to know the type of wedding you will be having first.  Will you be hosting a destination wedding?  Are you having a small, intimate garden wedding in the afternoon?  Maybe you live near the water and are planning a beach wedding.  If any of these are the case, you will most likely be looking at many informal wedding dresses.  

While it seems that finding an informal wedding dress should be simple, sometimes it can be a bit of a challenge.  This is because the majority of wedding dresses are designed for that "fairy tale wedding" most women have dreamed about all their lives. With that being said, with a little bit of patience and creativity, you will be able to find your perfect wedding dress.  Here are a few tips to help you out.  

First of all, shopping for an informal wedding dress may end up saving you a bit of money.  When looking for an informal wedding dress, you don't even have to look at wedding dresses.  You can shop for a formal gown in white or ivory.  You might even consider a cocktail dress.  Also, the color doesn't have to be white...unless that is really what you want.  When shopping for an informal wedding dress, almost anything goes.

Evaluate the length.  If you are having an informal afternoon wedding, you may not want a long gown.  Consider a tea length dress instead.  Also, if you are having a beach wedding, a shorter dress might be a better choice as well.  This is especially true if you plan to use your wedding dress in the future.  You don't want to ruin it by dragging it through the sand and water.  Also, as a general rule, short dresses are considered less formal than long dresses.  

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You can purchase a long gown and still have it be considered "informal."  Choose less formal fabrics such as chiffon, cotton or a jersey knit.  Save the heavy fabrics such as satin, damask and velvet for the formal dresses.  Also, keep the design simple rather than elaborate with lots of beadwork.  

The style of a long dress will make a difference in its formality as well.  A flowy, empire waist dress is much less formal than say a satin ball gown.  A beautiful sundress will work perfectly for an afternoon garden wedding while a simple one shoulder mermaid gown in a lightweight fabric could be the prefect informal wedding dress for a beach wedding.  

Keep in mind this is your wedding day.  You can basically choose the type of dress you want and you will be sure to look radiant in it.  

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