First of all, depending on how modest you want your dress to be, you can choose from several sleeve and neckline variations. One way to combine visual interest and modesty is to choose a dress with an embellished neckline. I personally like the illusion neckline trend, and it can be very modest if the illusion material has spaced lace or appliques. You can also look for dresses that have lace or scalloped edges; a scoop neck dress with lace edging is super stylish currently! Cap sleeves, flutter sleeves, and longer length sleeves are all good options to personalize your modest look according to your personal style.
|Modest Neckline Options|
For this wedding, I chose to go with a lacy 1/2-3/4 sleeve dress. As I stated before, there are plenty of modest sleeve options but I thought that a longer sleeved dress would be seasonally appropriate as the weather in September and October can be chilly (as I learned the hard way when I about froze doing pictures outside at my late October wedding). As a side note, I completely sympathize with brides who are trying to find a modest dress that fits their comfort level. It took me a very long time to find the right dress(es) for this post based on what look I wanted. I knew I wanted a dress with sleeves, but I also wanted to avoid the overdone Kate Middleton dress style. Additionally, it is apparently now popular to pair 3/4 sleeves with knee-length dresses now, and fit and flare dresses are also popular; neither look is something I would be comfortable wearing and neither of which I wanted to use in this wedding. I eventually found two dresses to use; one is a fit and flare but I really like how it looks, and the other has a looser fit. I chose to include a second dress option because some brides may feel that the form-fitting look of a fit and flare style is not modest.
|Modest Satin and Lace|
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*A note about the second dress: This dress is sold on Etsy and I personally would be hesitant to buy this dress because you have absolutely no guarantee that it will be of acceptable quality. I am including it because I like how it looks, but this should not be taken as an endorsement of the dress itself or the seller of the dress.
To keep the bride's overall look simple and elegant, and in order to not overshadow such a gorgeous dress, I chose to pair the dress with simple peep-toe low heels and a long veil with no other hair adornments. Delicate jewelry and natural, radiant, dewy makeup completes the look. The bride's bouquet would be shades of cream, orange, red, and yellow, to reflect the changing colors of the leaves on the trees. These colors would also really pop against the background of the bridesmaids' green dresses.
Finding a stylish and attractive bridesmaid dress was even more difficult than finding the bride's dress. Part of this is my fault because I had a set style and color in mind (yes, this goes against my #1 wedding planning rule of flexibility, oops!) I wanted the main colors to be green and gold to reflect the bounty of the harvest season, with accents of fall's reds and oranges. I was looking for a mossy or olive green bridesmaid dress but could not find any to my satisfaction. Finally, I found this simple yet sophisticated dark green dress listed as a mother-of-the-bride dress. It wasn't exactly what I was looking for, but dressed up with a soft gold sash it would be perfect! Add nude or gold low pumps and the bridesmaids perfectly complement the bride.
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Hopefully you all enjoyed this little foray into modest wedding planning as much as I did. For more inspiration, please visit my Pinterest board Modest Autumn Wedding! Also, I'm running out of ideas for new themes so please leave a comment with what you want me to cover next. Happy wedding planning <3