Picking a wedding dress for your beach wedding is enjoyable, and perhaps the most iconic moment in the run up to your big day, but it can also be slightly stressful to find your dream wedding dress in budget and which ticks all the boxes making it suitable for a perfect beach wedding. When opting for a beach wedding there are a few things you need to consider to ensure that your wedding dress is comfortable, practical and workable on sand. The dress probably won’t be the same as one you’d pick for a wedding in a church.
But before you get to worrying about all this, we have some hints and tips to help simplify the process of getting the best wedding dress possible for your beach wedding. Have a look below for our guide to finding the perfect beach wedding dresses.
Show your Style
First and foremost you should keep in mind that choosing a beach wedding doesn’t place huge restrictions on the styles of wedding dresses which you can choose from. If a certain style has a few bits that make it less than ideal for the beach, why not get it tweaked to suit your needs? You don’t have to be restricted to the small section of “floaty” dresses that you’ll find in most bridal stores. In fact, you can still go for that sexy, tight gown, fitted fishtail or elegant lace wedding dress you’ve always wanted – just keep in mind that you should be able to move about on sand with ease. This means, of course, you can still have a traditional wedding dress, if you want, just perhaps with a short train. A long, heavy train will drag in the sand, possibly becoming wet and slowing you down. It might also become dirty which is the last thing you want to see in your beach wedding photos.
Floaty and Flimsy
The floaty, whimsical wedding dresses which are favoured by many beach weddings are pretty popular, and not just because they’re romantic and pretty. While these dresses complement the movement of the ocean and the bohemian atmosphere that can come with beach weddings, they are also very practical! They are likely to be kinder on you in the heat and won’t restrict your movement on the sand. You might want to avoid long sleeves, though, as there’s nothing worse than sweating all over your guests when you hug them.
Sexy and short
Short wedding dresses are increasing in popularity amongst younger brides, though older brides with great legs could certainly join the trend, and they’re great for beach weddings. A short dress won’t restrict your movement when you’re on the sand and it’ll let the sea breeze get to your legs, keeping you much cooler. This is a fun, flirty twist on the traditional wedding attire.
What about a veil?
For beach weddings, you may wish to forego a veil entirely as sea breeze can be unpredictable. You might find it snatched away by the wind before you get down the aisle. If your heart is set on having a veil, however, you can always go for a short one instead as it will be most suited to dealing with the wind and will not restrict your vision or become too heavy. The closer you get to the ocean, remember, the more likely you are to get a breeze. A cool sea breeze is great for your guests, but can be a pain if you’re wearing a veil.
The last tip when it comes to what to wear at your beach wedding is to make sure that your shoes don’t let you down. Stilettos rarely fare well on sand, unless you set up a boardwalk, so we recommend pretty flats, platforms or sandals for your beach wedding ceremony. You can always save your favourite heels for the reception, of course. Remember to go for something that won’t let too much sand in either.
Finally, the best advice for choosing a wedding dress is to be true to yourself. After all, a wedding is a celebration of you and your spouse as both individuals as well as a couple.