Over gradual time, destination weddings have become increasingly popular with those who value experiences over materialism. Nothing is more romantic than having an intimate ceremony along a sandy beach as you exchange your vows. There’s a lot to take into consideration if you plan to have a beach nuptial and finding the perfect wedding dress to suit your chosen location should be at the very top of your list.
Your chosen location can make a huge difference to the wedding dress style which you may have originally selected for a more traditional indoor venue.
You’re probably expecting lots of sunshine so you should be looking for something lightweight, comfortable and one that will fit the laidback surroundings. A ceremony on the beach requires light and delicate fabrics that float in the wind. Gossamer fabrics and lightweight silks offer delicate draping for a whimsical Bohemian look as you walk down a sandy aisle.
Add in intricate and see-through laces, trimmings with organic and natural motifs or subtle embellishment details to your look. If you’re a minimalist – less is always more!
When it comes to length, it’s always desirable for wedding dresses to have flowing trains and Grecian draping.
But be mindful that nuptials on the sand means that anything beyond skimming the floor length will easily get soiled. Consider not having a train or too much of a train that may weigh you down.
Shorter styles are also popular choices for a beach wedding dress. Cocktail lengths are flirtatious and fun whereas a varied length, which sits at the knee level and dips down to the calf at the back retains a more bridal appearance.
Bohemian wedding dresses are the perfect fit for beach nuptials with their relaxed style and silhouette. The incorporation of lace to embroidery and subtle ruffles brings about a soft elegance. A-line, mermaid and sheath styles can all work beautifully with the right fabrics.
Opt for lightweight silk crepes in satin or matte or layer up the softest chiffons and tulles for an undeniably romantic aesthetic. Shoulder straps, sweetheart necklines and off-the-shoulder styles are extremely flattering for the upper half of the body. Consider having an open or low cut back to optimise the breeze so you don’t overheat. Detachable trains, sleeves or skirt overlays can add drama and easily suit all temperatures too.
A white wedding dress might not be your first choice of colour as it can contrast the soft outdoor and sunset hues. Light ivories are easier on the eye and works well with all skin complexions. You might also want to try hues of warm blush which will look as romantic as it is effortless for a ceremony in the sand.
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