Beach weddings and more casual wedding dresses are increasingly popular these days as people seek to escape the rat-race and enjoy their big moment in the idyllic surroundings of white sand and warm sun. But a beach wedding is, by definition, a more casual affair than a traditional church or registry office wedding; therefore it’s important to think about what kind of wedding gown you’ll be wearing before the special day.
First consider the conditions of a beach: Sand, sea, and wind.
For these reasons you should probably choose a short beach wedding dress as it will not be dragging on the floor collecting sand, seaweed, crabs and anything else that wants to grab on! Also short wedding dresses tend to be less formal than longer ones which is perhaps fitting for a beach wedding; after all, beaches are a fun place to relax, so maybe your wedding should reflect this?
It is fine to choose a longer dress, but it’s probably best to avoid a train and very long skirt. Avoiding dragging along the beach is definitely a key consideration you need to be aware of in order to avoid a wet, grimy dress!
Have you ever heard of the term, ‘sea breeze?’ Due to the sea cooling and warming at different times there is usually some wind coming in from and going out to the sea. This is actually great news for you when choosing your gown as it will allow you to really take advantage of this handy atmospheric condition.
If you go with a dress made of light, flowing material then as the wind is gently blowing you will find that your dress will have some natural movement and will ripple lightly in the breeze. This has two advantages, firstly allowing you to get some great ‘model style’ pictures with your dress flowing in the wind and secondly keeping you cool.
If you choose a very heavy dress for a beach wedding you will lose these advantages and will be over-hot and also look somewhat out of place.
Nice flowing fabrics to consider would include silk, synthetic silk, chiffon and satin. However you should probably avoid heavier fabrics than these as they won’t ripple in the wind and will be uncomfortable if it’s hot.
In terms of style then simple is probably best, but it doesn’t mean you can’t still look elegant. In fact a sheath, A-line or slip dress would be ideal and has that touch of class whilst still being less formal than a full-on ball-gown!
If it is hot then a white color and lower neckline would be helpful for your comfort and let’s face it, you’re on the beach so it will be fine to show some flesh.
To complement your dress why not go for a pair of white flat sandals, maybe with some crystals or sparkly detail. You could also go for some nautical jewelry, such as an anchor or ship on a pendant or earrings or perhaps star shapes which would look like starfish.
For your guests it is advisable for them to dress in light colors and utilize lightweight fabrics such as linen. Remember that sun hats and sunglasses are probably a must too for everyone’s comfort, especially if it’s sunny.
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