Very often, newly engaged women ask me where they should start in the process of planning their wedding. My advice is ALWAYS, start with the dress as it sets the tone of the event. For example, a ball gown would not necessarily fit into a wedding on the beach. Following are a few examples:
This Lazaro (one of my favorite designers) ball gown would suggest a formal setting; black tie optional. A ball gown fits in perfectly with grand ballroom, dramatic linens and decor, perhaps a shameless display of ivory flowers accompanied by romantic candlelight and hints of gold or silver.
Tea-length dresses are a new trend and this design by Justin Alexander would suit any bride planning an outdoor, garden ceremony. The lace applique compliments the natural surroundings, blending in perfectly with spring and summer hues. Bridesmaids may wear color the bride chooses, from pale peony pink to hydrangea blue. These flowers would do just as well in the bouquets and center pieces. Incorporate outside elements and colors into each facet of the wedding to make the scene tranquil and beautiful. A local botanical center is another option for venue.
Hopefully these few examples are just enough to spark your imagination and to show just the dress you choose can influence the overall theme, color palette, and even the venue choice of your wedding. Most importantly, be sure that you choose the dress that you LOVE. You will carry the memory of wearing it with you always.