There are many challenges when planning your wedding in an exotic, faraway land. On the top of this list is finding the right wedding dress for your destination wedding. Not only do you deserve a dress that fits your vision, it should also be practical to transport, and comfortable to wear.
If a destination wedding is in the cards for you, here are some expert tips from the Best for Bride team on the factors to consider when shopping for your destination wedding dress.
Destination weddings could be expensive at times. So, most brides aren’t keen on spending a fortune on their wedding dress. Start shopping only after you finalize your dress budget and it will be easier to find the right dress at your price point. Don’t forget to factor in the cost of alterations and accessories when planning the dress budget.
YOUR PERSONAL STYLE
One of the good things about a destination wedding is that there are few rules when it pertains to dress styles that are appropriate for the occasion. Based on your preferences, you can choose a dress that is casual and fun, or even traditional and formal. The important thing is that the dress should be an extension of your personal style. Whether you choose to wear a ball gown to your beach wedding or a sleek sheath, simply pick a silhouette that appeals to your taste and sense of fashion.
YOUR BODY TYPE
To look your best on your wedding day, find a silhouette that flatters your body type. Since wedding dresses come in all shapes and sizes, you should choose a style that enhances your best assets while camouflaging the less desirable ones. Identify your body type and the dress silhouettes that look best on it. Here is a guide on the Huffington Post that will help you with this. Use this information when you go shopping, and choose the right one for your body.
FABRIC OF CHOICE
Although the wedding location shouldn’t limit your style options, you should be careful about the fabric you choose. Certain fabrics are better suited to travel. Another factor to consider is how practical a fabric is for the location where you will be wed. Light, airy and breathable fabrics are comfortable and practical to wear in warm, humid climates. All natural fabrics feel good on the skin and allow it to breathe. So chiffon and charmeuse may work better than tulle and organza for a wedding in the tropics. This article will help you find the dress fabrics that are ideal for your setting.
LENGTH OF THE GOWN
A short wedding dress is easier to carry when you have to walk on a sandy beach. It also lessens the likelihood of tripping you up, when you choose the length wisely. Apart from length of the gown, also plan the right length for your train and veil. Although you can wear a cathedral-length veil to your beach wedding, it may be a good idea to take the veil off after the ceremony, for practical reasons.
EMBELLISHMENTS AND DETAILS ON THE DRESS
The more intricate the embellishments on your dress, the more careful you should be when transporting it. A dress with several layers, embroidery and beadwork will be difficult to steam and iron at the destination. It is a good idea to check whether there are professionals to do this at your destination. If you aren’t confident the facilities there are up to the mark, choose a dress that will require minimum work after arrival. Expensive materials like silk will cost more to clean afterwards. Keep these factors in mind when choosing the dress for your destination wedding.
A bride who ties her look to the theme of her wedding always looks amazing. Keep this factor in mind when choosing your wedding dress, even when it is a destination wedding. Look at the rest of the style elements in your décor and venue, and make sure your wedding dress complements it. A simple wedding dress can be tied to the colors in your theme with suitable accessories.
SPECIAL VOYAGE COLLECTIONS AND ALTERNATE OPTIONS
Many designers like Mori Lee have special voyage wedding dress collections that are suited for travel. Since these designs are created considering the practical issues with transportation, they are perfect for destination weddings. You may also benefit from taking a look at bridesmaid’s dress collections. These dresses are typically lighter than wedding dresses. They come in interesting silhouettes and lengths and are cheaper than traditional wedding gowns. Hence, you may also find an amazing deal in a bridesmaid dress collection.
Best for Bride is a leading bridal dress chain in Canada, operating from four locations in the country. They have an impressive inventory of designer wedding dress collections, bridesmaid’s dresses as well as alteration and fitting services. Best for Bride also offers a range of wedding day services, making it the one-stop destination for the modern bride. More details about this bridal dress chain are available on their website.