Tall Wedding Dress Stress? Simplicity is Key!

Wedding dress MauritiusAs this week marks our second wedding anniversary, I want to focus on all things ‘weddings’ for a bit. I’ll tell you all about getting married in an exotic paradise later this week, but first, I want to talk about the most important thing for a bride-to-be; THE dress.

Choosing the right dress with the perfect fit can be a nightmare for any bride, but in particular for the non-standard sized ladies, like us tall girls. Luckily, I found a way around any potential length-nightmares.


Generally, I think that being tall is a great feature in itself, which doesn’t need a lot of ‘decorating’, so I didn’t want any bells and whistles; I was after a simple, straight-forward, short dress. I wanted to avoid complicated lines or fabrics on my tall frame, as that would only be distracting. I had done some research and I was really fond of this type of pencil dress:
As I had a very short engagement period (we got engaged in May and the wedding was going to be in September), I didn’t have a lot of time to get a dress that needed a lot of altering or to get anything bespoke, so I made an appointment at a shop that came recommended by friends and would see what they could do in our challenging time frame. My mum and I set out on our quest and while enjoying a glass of bubbly (it was a festive shopping day after all), we explained to the lady at the shop what I was after.


I wanted a short dress as this would solve two problems in one go: I would avoid a struggle with length and as we were planning a beach wedding, I wanted avoid carrying kilo’s of sand around. The shop assistant got out five dresses and when trying on the second dress, we hit the jackpot. I tried on the other three to make sure I had seen all options, long and short, but I already knew then that number two was the one.


It’s a gorgeous Harriet de Prag dress and I still love the simplicity and the beautiful lace detailing. Initially, I was not after a strapless dress, but it worked, it would suit our warm destination, and I wouldn’t have to worry about sleeve length either.

Obviously, it needed some altering around the waist, but that was minor and easily done in our time frame. I now could start to work on the details like shoes and jewelry.
A strapless dress combined with wide shoulders beg for a chunky necklace; a small one would not do the dress (or my neckline) justice, so I chose chunky pearls.

I can think of no better occasion than a wedding to splurge on a gorgeous pair of Oscar de la Renta heels, so that’s what I did. No, both the Hobbit and I had no issue with the height of the heels on them. 🙂

One extra unintended advantage of the dress I chose was that I could take it relatively easy on a plane; it wasn’t huge and fluffy, so I could easily carry it through the airport.
Once our big day arrived, the ladies of the beauty salon on our resort helped me get dressed, and I was met by our photographer to take a few pictures before my Hobbit-to-be had seen me.

Added bonus of a knee-length dress: it’s a great opportunity to show of our long elegant legs.


The resort provided a lovely backdrop for a wedding shoot



We had to take a boat to get to the area where our ceremony was taking place and where my guy was waiting for me.

I had prepared for this and I didn’t want to ruin my Oscar de la Renta’s on the jetty, so I bought a pair of festive slippers which I would take off later to get married barefoot.

To this day, I am happy I picked the dress I did; I think the pencil shape is classy and timeless. Lace is always a winner as far as I am concerned. I also think that, regardless of your height, heels really make an outfit, especially a wedding outfit, so do not make any concessions on that (and only take them off if you get married on a beach 😉 ).
I can’t stress enough: simplicity is key for tall girls; your height will be the showstopper, so don’t distract too much from that with an over-complicated dress.


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    13 September 2015 at 21:30

    I really enjoyed reading about your wedding dress hunt. Even though my wedding planning is 5 years in the past, I am still in love with all things wedding. You look so gorgeous in the photos and the setting looks breathtaking. In hindsight, I wish I would have chosen a lace wedding dress but I am very happy with the dress I chose which is all that matters, right? And the Oscar de la Renta heels?! Swoon! Also, that’s so jetsetter-y that you arrived to your ceremony via boat. I love it!

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    Tall Wife
    13 September 2015 at 22:49

    Thanks! The whole experience was a dream. Looking back at the pics reminds me that it ACTUALLY happened. I saw pics of your dress on your blog a while back, you looked stunning too! 🙂

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    15 September 2015 at 01:03

    I loved everything about your dress and your look. You were gorgeous and if I didn’t know better I would’ve thought you were doing a bridal shoot for a magazine. Your spot on; whether in a long dress or shorter one I think tall women definitely have an advantage.

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