The beach is such a perfect place to be during summertime, many couples figure ‘why not spend one of the biggest days of our life there too?’If that sounds like you and you’re planning a beach wedding, you might be wondering what kind of wedding dresses is best to wear.
TYPE OF SAND
One of the first things you’ll want to think about while shopping for a beach wedding dress is what kind of beach you’ll call your own (for the wedding day, of course). Where is the beach and what kind of sand does it have? Coarse sand will not do well for floor length wedding dresses. Fine sand is easier to walk through and there’s not as much worry about rips and tears in the bottom of the dress.
What kind of venue is it?
A simple cabana will give off a very different feel than a ballroom with an ocean view.
What is the build of the ceremony space?
A wedding on the beach doesn’t necessarily mean a ceremony in the sand. Some venues own beach real estate and have built their own custom structure right on top of the sand.
If the ceremony space is full tiled, built on a wooden deck or a raised dock to the water, you’ll have fewer concerns about the style of dress because you won’t be walking on sand, except perhaps in a beach photo shoot.
What is the wedding theme?
Same goes for the decorations and wedding theme. If you’re aiming for a laid back beach vibe and your reception space is decorated in bright colors and bohemian details, you’ll probably want to steer clear from a more formal, sleek silk wedding gown and go with one that embodies the same laid back chic feel of your wedding.
How far will you need to travel to reach the venue?
Lastly, think about how far your venue is from home and all the little things that come with having a beach wedding.
Will you have to check your dress at the airport or drive it cross country?
Is it easy to pack and move? Will it wrinkle?
Will it cost a fortune to get to your destination? A dress that is lightweight and fold-friendly is your best bet.
Packing Tip: When traveling with skirts and dresses, you’ll minimize wrinkles and creases if you roll the item, rather than fold it. Or, if you’re flying with wedding attire, consider packing it in a garment bag.
FABRIC & DETAILS
You can also attain airflow by choosing a dress with a lace bodice and skirts with slits.
Be mindful of lace trim, as it can easily pick up debris, like sand and everything that has washed up in it. If you’ve been drooling over lace or highly detailed elements, consider a dress that features these in the bodice, not in the trim of the skirt.
Keep embellishments to a minimum. The more frills you add to your dress, the heavier it will get. If you want to add sparkle, consider a simple draping neck piece or a garter belt with a little bling that wraps around your waist.
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