Deciding a venue is one of the very first things engaged couples will encounter during their wedding planning journey. Once they’ve decided where they’re going to tie the knot, brides turn their attention to what’s typically the most exciting item on the checklist: you guessed it, the DRESS!
“Tell me about your venue!” It’s one of the first things your stylist will ask you about when you arrive at your bridal appointment. We ask this for two reasons:
First, we want to help you find a gown that compliments your venue and takes into consideration the climate and other possible challenges. And second, your venue says A LOT about your personal bridal style and the way you want to look and feel on your big day.
Our stylist team paired a few popular venue categories with some of our favorite Morilee bridal styles. Let’s take a look!
The Botanical Gardens: Forsythia
(Forsythia from the Morilee Signature collection)
For the gardens, we love a look where the bride is in full BLOOM! Forsythia embodies the beauty of botany with blossoming 3D florals atop cascading appliqués. The Smokey Lavender undertones embrace the soft natural palette of an outdoor venue, while the sparkle tulle skirt and sparkling crystal beading will come alive when met with the glistening rays of the sun.
The Ballroom: Sage
(Sage from the Madeline Gardner Signature collection by Morilee)
When you arrive at your bridal appointment asking for a princess gown, Sage is likely one of the first options that comes to our minds. Madeline Gardner designs ball gowns like it’s nobody’s business, and this is no exception. Classic. Regal. Meticulously detailed. Sage is something out of a fairytale. For the ballroom bride, a bold and polished gown with a cathedral length train is timeless choice.
The Barn: Fauna
(Fauna from the Morilee Signature collection)
Verdant fields, vaulted timber ceilings, wood-plank floors perfect for dancing…barns are candidly built on rustic charm. Whimsical brides will feel right at home in the Fauna gown. The sweetheart bodice is skillfully adorned with lace appliqués that trail all the way down the airy A-line skirt. The all over sparkle tulle will glimmer in the rays of natural light enhancing that all-encompassing bridal glow. The detachable bishop sleeves add an enchanting touch to a naturally charming setting.
The Church: Frieda
(Frieda from the Blu Bridal collection by Morilee)
Sanctuary ceremonies can be a bit daunting. High ceilings, ornate architecture, and a dramatic aisle entrance. It can be challenging to find a gown to complement the sacred and grandiose space. Frieda merges traditional bridal elegance with a gorgeous off-the-shoulder fit to satisfy the modern bride. The delicate sheer lace petal train glides effortlessly down the aisle in this modest, yet modern fit and flare gown.
The Courthouse: Gia
(Gia from The Other White Dress collection by Morilee)
Gia is such a versatile gown fit for just about every environment. We can see this gown working perfectly for a trip down to city hall that could even double as a stunning destination gown. The stretch Larissa satin gives a second-skin type fit that will make any size bride feel gorgeous. Its subtle sultry and immaculate tailoring make this gown a timeless look that will never go out of style.
The Mountains: Fleur
(Fleur from the Morilee Signature Collection)
A mountain matrimony is a dream come true for the rustic naturalist bride. And Fleur is what dreams are made of. Delicate vines of frosted lace embellish the Chantilly lace gown and the sheer bishop sleeves add a chic bohemian touch!
The Country Club: Sofia
(Sofia from the Morilee Signature Collection)
Year after year, Country Clubs have been an in-demand venue essentially since their creation. Brides looking for a clean and classic aesthetic with just a little boost of glam will LOVE Sofia. The diamanté and crystal beaded neckline lines the ornate deep-v bodice and stunning appliqués cascade down the classic chantilly lace fabric. The heavily detailed scalloped train is the perfect finishing piece for your unforgettable, picturesque wedding photos.
The Museum/Art Gallery: Felina
(Felina from the Blu Bridal Collection by Morilee)
When your wedding is surrounded by art, we opt for a more minimalistic gown with no shortage of architectural details. Felina features an expertly tailored Larissa satin bodice with a plunging sweetheart neckline. Though the gown is absent of lace or beadwork, the voluminous layers of its organza skirt supply all the drama one could ask for in this bridal work of art.
The Beach: Dulcie
(Dulcie from the Voyage Bridal collection by Morilee)
There’s a few important gown considerations to make when choosing a beach wedding. Breathability and comfort is a huge factor. A lightweight A-line like Dulcie is a great option. Its semi-sheer sweetheart bodice with detachable pouf sleeves and soft tulle skirt is light-as-a-feather and is finished with a plethora of crystal beaded lace appliqués that will gleam under the tropical sunshine. The train length is perfect for a sandy stroll down the aisle and the soft champagne undertones make for a soft, natural look to compliment the scenery.
The Boutique Hotel: Lizzie
(Lizzie from the Morilee Signature Collection)
A modern hotel is the perfect spot to showcase a sleek crepe gown. If the word “luxe” is in your bridal vocabulary, Lizzie might be calling your name. From a distance, you’ll appreciate the smooth fabric, gorgeous silhouette, and breathtaking lace train. Up close, you’ll fall in love with the intricate beading and appliqué that make this gown an all-around showstopper.
The Vineyard/Winery: Fortunata
(Fortunata from the Morilee Signature Collection)
Vineyards are rustic, yet sophisticated. For an elevated gown that still allows comfort and mobility, Fortunata is the answer. Some gowns have what we like to call “The Goddess Particle”, meaning when you put this gown on, you’re going to feel like a whole new you. It is 360 degrees of glam. From the dramatic plunge bodice, to the illusion back and side panels, every angle is something spectacular. Layer upon layer, this gown is made for the bride who isn’t afraid to sparkle.
The Theatre: Florence
(Florence from the Morilee Signature Collection)
For the bride who wants to be center stage on her big day, you need a gown as showstopping as you are. Florence embodies classic bridal elegance with a few glamourous updates. The bodice is encrusted in allover allover pearl and crystal beading, complemented by a light-as-air tulle that’s finished with an array of frosted 3D florals. Rest assured, this dress will steal the show!
We’ve sent ballgowns to the beach and cathedral trains to backyard weddings. The most important thing is that you arrive at your wedding feeling bridal, beautiful, and especially, YOU! You can shop all these gorgeous styles and many more right here at Bridal Novias. Schedule your appointment today!
– Abby Murphy, Bridal Novias Style Team