When industry experts talk about finding a wedding dress that suits your body type, they often cover a lot of ground: what to wear if you’re curvy, what to wear if you’re short, how to love your body no matter what shape or size you are, etc.
What they fail to cover is tips for the tall bride. This can make it challenging for women above average height to know what to look for and what questions to ask. Here are some wedding dress shopping tips and ideas for tall brides.
Decide to Embrace or Hide Your Height
Some brides feel happy about their height and accept their body as it is. Others feel self-conscious about their height and want to pull attention away from it. There’s no right or wrong answer, but your preference will impact some of your dress-buying decisions.
Accentuating Your Height
If you decide to embrace your height and show it off, there are a few dress styles that can help you do just that. One of the best ways to showcase your height is to wear a long, sheath dress. These often have extra fabric at the bottom, making them a safe bet when shopping at a wedding dress retailer online.
Sheath style dresses are perfect for the bride who appreciates simplicity. The length and cut accentuate the vertical lines, and the light fabric creates movement.
Another style option for tall brides is the mermaid or trumpet gown. This form-fitting gown accentuates the body, enhancing even the slightest curves. This style is a show-stopper on tall brides and will have your guests and partner in awe as you walk down the aisle.
Hiding Your Height
If you’re hoping to offset your height, that’s ok too. Rather than choosing a form-fitting dress or something with long, straight lines, choose something with a wider base. Ballgown style dresses and A-line dresses have strong horizontal components that trick the eye into looking away from your height.
Choose something with a dropped waistline to elongate your torso and take the focus away from your legs. Even if you are longer on top, avoid wearing an empire waistline as it creates the illusion of length (making it a favorite amongst short brides).
Decide on the Shoes
Before you go wedding dress shopping, you need to decide what shoes you’re wearing. This is something all brides should do, but it becomes more important when the bride is above average height.
If you love wearing high heels, don’t feel as though you have to go without on your big day. Most dresses are built for tall brides; it’s the shorter brides that usually have to have adjustments to the height. However, if you’re already pushing six feet tall, heels might put you over the threshold for a standard dress.
Talk to a Seamstress
Adding length to a dress is more challenging than taking it away. Talking to a seamstress about your options before you go wedding shopping can create some framework for your experience. They’ll be able to tell you how much extra fabric to look for and what styles would be most straightforward to adjust. They can also rule out your shoes if need be.
When it comes to buying a dress as a tall bride, your seamstress is your best friend. Trust their judgment and try not to make any final decisions on your dress until they share their input.
Shine Bright Like a Diamond
Your wedding day is your day to shine. If you’re struggling to find the perfect dress that works with your body, consider having a custom option commissioned. Fortunately, there are a lot of online retailers that have something for everyone; you just need to be willing to do the legwork!
The best memory from the wedding day was skiing down the mountain in our formal wedding attire together.
Riding up to the ceremony site with my dad.
How we chose Snowmass and Aspen for our wedding: I have never been interested in having a large wedding and Adam always envisioned a traditional wedding. So When Adam and I got engaged, we had to think through how to celebrate the day in a way that would work for both of us. Since we are both avid skiers and so are our families, we decided to have a ski wedding!
I have been coming to Snowmass since I was 10 years old and Adam joined our family for the first time during Christmas 2017. He fell in love with Aspen just as I expected and even asked my Dad if he could marry me while going up the Campground Chairlift. We wanted our wedding to be something special so we were able to get permission to have a ceremony at the top of the Elk Camp chairlift with just immediate family (10 people only, including the groom and I). The ceremony was performed by one of my brothers and Adam’s sister. Following the ceremony, we skied down with the photographer in our wedding attire. We had a happy hour at Ajax Tavern and dinner at Table 47 at Element 47, both of which were amazing. Although the top of the mountain was chilly for spring skiing, the entire day was flawless and we both agree that it was the perfect non-traditional wedding for us!
We both love the views of Maroon Bells from the top of the Elk Camp Chairlift in Snowmass and couldn’t imagine a more beautiful backdrop for our ceremony.
Ajax for cocktail hour!
Element 47 for the Reception: I have been coming to the Little Nell for dinner since I was little (long before the restaurant was Element 47). The level of service that the Little Nell provides is incomparable and we knew they would have the most amazing dinner for our family.
Immortalize your wedding day and give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved.
Whether you’re a couple, wedding planner or vendor, the wedding planning process always seems to take eons and then boom, the big day is over in the blink of an eye. Perhaps unbeknownst to you, there’s a super easy way to make weddings last much longer than the date on the invitation.
Aspen Wedding Guide makes it simple for you to submit your wedding to our blog for everyone to see. It really is as easy as one, two, three.
Click “Submit A Wedding” on our homepage.
Fill in the form that takes 10-15 minutes, tops!
Submit! (We usually review and post weddings within a couple of weeks)
Yes, we promise it’s that simple. Submitting your wedding is a great way to cherish those special memories forever and it also provides inspiration for other couples going through the tedious wedding-planning process. Not only will other couples read your post and use it for inspiration, it is also a chance to give recognition and thanks to local wedding vendors in the Aspen area; a win-win for everyone involved.
We kindly ask that you share any social media handles of vendors, giving credit where credit is due. Your vendors will be over the moon that you took the time to acknowledge them.
From your flower arrangements to your food, we want to know the nitty gritty of your wedding day and what made it special to you. Submitting a wedding to our blog is a unique opportunity to immortalize one of the most important days you will experience. Our goal is to publish the beauty of every wedding that takes place in the Aspen, Snowmass and surrounding areas. What are you waiting for?
A BIG Thank you to everyone that came to the Annual Spring Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase
held at the Wheeler/Stallard Museum on June 7th!
WE HOPE YOU HAD AS MUCH FUN AS WE DID
It’s been a little over a week since the Annual Spring Wedding & Event Industry Mixer and Showcase. I’d like to take full and complete credit for single-handedly putting on the entire production. Just kidding!
If everyone in the event industry can agree on one thing, it’s that teamwork makes the dream work. No event is possible without the help and expertise of a ton of amazing individuals (more on those in a bit), some good luck (thank you Mother Nature for being on our side that day), and the guests (because without you there is no party).
Hi Love Events flew in from Chicago and helped me with day-of set up and close down (thank you, you seriously rock).
The setup looked amazing – it was a circle of a few vendors underneath Premier Party Rental’s Sailcloth Tent. The whole thing had dreamy hippy-circle vibes, but in that elegant yet intimate way only Aspen can pull off. It was the perfect time to get touchy-feely with the vendor’s products. Makeup and hair stylists had guests sit in their chairs to get dolled up, Chef Elissa of D’Elissious Cake Studio shared her to-die-for cupcakes, and Meat & Cheese brought a board of (yup, you guessed it) meat and cheese.
Aspen Event Imprints printed custom trucker hats for each guest (a huge hit) while Home Team BBQ catered the event and kept our bellies happy. Marble Distillery and Wine Bar kept the drinks poured and conversation flowing.
All in all, this note is a long-winded, and heartfelt thank you. You all made this year’s unofficial-official wedding season kickoff another one for the books. Get the details on the sponsors and showcased businesses below (or check them out on The Aspen Wedding Guide).
They say copying is the sincerest form of flattery – so go ahead, you too can rent out the gorgeous Wheeler/Stallard Museum (or any of their other locations) for your next event. ⇨ Contact Travis McDiffett at firstname.lastname@example.org
We have Premier Party Rental to thank for creating the perfect setting underneath their gorgeous Sailcloth Tenting. They also provided the bars, tables, and glassware – they really are a one stop shop and the best in the biz. ⇨ Contact Kayli Pace at email@example.com
Remember those undeniably gorgeous blue floral linens? So many of you wanted to know what they were called so we tracked down their name: La Tavola’s Clifton Hall Opal linens. ⇨ Contact Sarah Granger-Twomey at firstname.lastname@example.org
These folks provided and served the mouthwatering food. If you didn’t get to try the tacos, we strongly suggest youstop in at their restaurant inside the Inn at Aspen and treat yourself. ⇨ contact Amy Fortes at email@example.com
We’re excited to announce the details of one of our biggest events of the year! Located at the beautiful Aspen Historical Society in the Wheeler/Stallard Museum, we’ll be hosting our Annual Spring Wedding and Event Industry Mixer and Showcase on Wednesday, June 7, 2017.
From 4:30 p.m to 6:30 p.m., network with some of the most talented wedding and event professionals the valley has to offer. Surrounded by the newly renovated Wheeler/Stallard Museum and top-notch businesses in the field, we guarantee you’ll be inspired. Take advantage of the business showcasing decor, food, drinks and much more.
If you’re interested in showcasing your business, don’t hesitate to contact us and reserve a table. Act quickly, because space is limited. Attending businesses include Premier Party Rental, Home Team BBQ, Inn At Aspen, An Elegant Touch and many more.
This event is sure to be a success for everyone involved. Take advantage of it to ensure your next wedding is a success.
A wedding in Aspen is one of the most breathtaking and picturesque places to tie the knot. It’s no wonder that we work with an array of talented, hardworking vendors that help transform wedding visions into reality.
To kick off the 2017 wedding season in the beautiful state of Colorado, we decided to get to know our vendors on a more personal level. Our first vendor spotlight highlights the work of Premier Party Rental. We spent some time talking with them to get an inside scoop on what it takes to be a successful vendor.
A: We have been in business for 7 years and were established in 2010.
Q: What’s your favorite thing about working in the wedding industry?
A: We love meeting with all the different brides and grooms that come to the valley and helping contribute to making their dream wedding come together!
Q: Do you have any favorite venues? What makes them unique?
A: Anywhere in the Roaring Fork Valley is our favorite! We get to work in one of the most beautiful locations in the country, so wherever you choose to have your event, you’ll surely have the best views!
Q: How far in advance do people need to be planning and securing their rentals?
A: We recommend starting the process a minimum of 6 months prior to your event, not only does this help guarantee that your items will be reserved but ensure you have time to find the best style that fits your event!
Q: What’s your number one tip when it comes to wedding rentals?
A: Plan early and estimate costs a little on the high side to be sure you’ll have enough of the items you want.
Q: What’s your preferred wedding trend: rustic or modern? Why?
A: The rustic is definitely the most popular trend we see here in the mountains and works great with our Rustic Farm Style tables and chairs, but we never shy away from a beautiful modern look or even a nice mix of the two!
Q: What’s the hottest wedding-rental splurge people will be going for this summer?
A: Farm tables! We have them in two styles: both banquet and round. They are definitely a big hit for the summer!
Q: Fill in the blank: “One thing most people don’t know about wedding rentals is ____.”
A: They often times get forgotten or put off until last minute, but please don’t wait. It is very important to get rentals secured early on and ensure you have the items you desire for your event!
Whether you’re working with Premier Party Rental yourself or attending an event adorned by them, you can’t ignore their quality and passion for creating a one-of-a-kind experience accompanied by memories that will last a lifetime.
If you’re interested in using Premier Party Rental for your wedding…
We love this family fun filled wedding. To start, the location is very unique. They chose the Aspen Recreation Center (first time a wedding has ever been held at this venue), it has gorgeous views, and lots of family fun activities like rock climbing wall, batting cages, swimming and ice skating.
Congratulations Lisa and Scott! Thank you for sharing your story and wedding tips.
Wedding Story: Engaged in October 2015 at the top of Independence Pass. Married in Aspen in front of more than 100 friends and family. Dated on/off for 7+ years. Have a daughter together. Lisa LOVES Aspen/Snowmass and couldn’t imagine getting married anywhere else. First wedding ever to be held at the Aspen Recreation Center. Our brothers officiated and married us- very personal and warm! We also read our own vows! Farm-to-cocktail drinks, exquisite food, climbing, batting and skating for all ages. A weekend of activities pre and post wedding event.
How did you decide on your ceremony location? We definitely wanted to be outside and Iselin Field provided us with a stunning outdoor location- perched between Aspen Highlands and Tiehack looking directly at Pyramid Peak. The grass was green, the trees were in their peak leaf changing phase and a dusting of snow recently hit the high peaks.
How did you decide on your reception location? We knew we were going to invite and welcome kids with our family/friends so we were looking for an untraditional site where there would be an overabundance of activities for the kids of all ages.
What was the mood at the wedding? Unique and different? We wanted to have a very relaxed and comfortable setting that felt like us and allowed everyone to have a good time getting to know each other and with the food, drink and rock climbing/ice skating/batting cages as entertainment.
Best memory from the wedding day? How can I pick just one? Loved the final moments of getting my dress on with our daughter, my soon-to-be husband and our babysitter all working to zip me into my dress. We had a few minutes of unexpected calm before we headed over to the ceremony site which was quite lovely. My husbands personal vows were amazing- and us climbing the rock wall together- racing actually- made us smile (with all of our guests watching).
Any advice for a bride planning a destination wedding? Be prepared to take many trips to that destination beforehand if you are eager to get all the pieces right. Luckily, the Roaring Fork Valley is my favorite place in the world so I had no problem heading there regularly sometimes with and sometimes without my now husband.