The first thing a couple needs to do when planning their wedding (after discussing budget) is decide on a venue. Your venue's availability and selection will dictate the season that you hold your wedding, what style dress you wear, and essentially the vibe of the entire day. For example, you may choose a strapless tea-length dress for a garden wedding in the spring, but that style wouldn't work for a reception held at a ski resort in the dead of winter. Here, we've matched up some of the most popular venue types with the ultimate gown styles from Maggie Sottero Designs.
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Venue: Bella Rose Plantation in Lynchburg, Virginia
Bridal Style: Romantic Bride
Perfect Match: Maggie Sottero Style McKenzie features a curve-hugging silhouette made of feminine lace with three-quarter length lace sleeves.
From the Bride: "I tried about 10 dresses before I tried on the McKenzie from Maggie Sottero and when I did something clicked. It hugged my curves in all the right ways and most importantly I felt absolutely beautiful."
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Venue: Holland Marsh Winery in Newmarket, Ontario
Bridal Style: Confident Bride
Perfect Match: Champagne-hued fit-and-flare Maggie Sottero Style Malina gown featuring a beaded bodice with ruffle skirt.
From the Bride: "The photos of our first dance, with my skirt majestically flowing is definitely a memory that will always stick with me."
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Venue: Christ Church in Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia
Bridal Style: Traditional Bride
Perfect Match: Maggie Sottero Style Amal is a glamorous vintage-inspired A-line gown with short sleeves and intricate beadwork.
From the Bride: "We chose the Christ Church in Bundaberg, Queensland because it's such a beautiful building, and the place where Bryson's parents and my grandparents were married. I chose the Maggie Sottero design Amal as my dress, I saw it on Pinterest and immediately fell in love. We only have a few wedding dress stores in Bundaberg, so when I realized one of them stocked that very dress I knew it was meant to be."
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Venue: Lionscrest Manor in Lyons, Colorado
Bridal Style: Adventurous Bride
Perfect Match: The Style Ireland gown from Sottero & Midgley is a lace fit-and-flare gown with detachable cap sleeves.
From the Bride: "I felt incredibly beautiful, confident, and most importantly, comfortable dancing in the Ireland wedding dress."
Venue: The Mayflower Hotel in Washington, DC
Bridal Style: Sophisticated Bride
Perfect Match: Sottero and Midgley Style Prestyn is an elegant ball gown, the full skirt will glide across the ballroom floor during your first dance.
From the Bride: "Our wedding was right before 4th of July weekend, which allowed our guests to stay and celebrate the holiday in the nation's capital. Our reception was in the grand ballroom, which was the location of the presidential inaugural balls for decades."
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Venue: Malcesine Castle in Malcesine, Italy
Bridal Style: Princess Bride
Perfect Match: The bedazzled bodice and full tulle skirt of Maggie Sottero Style Phyllis is romantic and regal.
From the Bride: "The wedding ceremony was held in Malcesine Castle (and boy did the dress feel right at home there)."
Whether you are getting married at one of these venue types, or have your eye on something different, visit maggiesottero.com to find your fairy-tale dress.