From the beginning I knew I wanted a short dress for several reasons.
One, the style of the wedding will be pretty casual and the reception will be outdoors in hot Texas so I knew a ballgown wouldn't really work.
Two, I'm a pretty simple girl who doesn't wear a lot of jewelry or like a lot of embellishments or accessories, etc and because I was planning on making the dress myself, I didn't want to attempt something super elaborate with a bustle or detailed beading or anything that would be really complicated and not feel like me anyway.
PS The guiding principle of all my wedding planning thus far has been "does it feel like me?" Is this a slightly fancier, white version of a dress I would wear to a party? Is this the kind of food I would serve if I was having people over for dinner? Does this look similar to the style my house is decorated in? etc. It makes trimming down all the options a lot easier!
Three, the fiance and I love to dance and we would both be annoyed by tripping over a long dress.
Four, I love shoes and I bought fabulous ones for the wedding and I don't want to hide them under a huge skirt.
So it's a short dress for me, and a strapless one. (again because of the heat factor)
Here are the exact shoes I'm wearing, which are fabulous, and obviously the reason for a short dress.
The only thing I'm still slightly undecided about is the drape of the bodice. I'm planning on using a bodice pattern with a sweetheart neckline and draping lace over it (more on the lace in my next post), but I'm not sure how exactly I want it to look. Here are some ideas...
So that's the inspiration! We'll see how it works out!
All images from this pinterest board