Destination weddings are intimate affairs shared with only your closest family and friends. It’s a chance for you to enjoy the company of those closest to you for not only a few hours, but more like 2-3 days, making it a true celebration.
The planning process for a destination wedding is very different from a traditional wedding. Most likely you won’t be able to visit the actual wedding location, taste the food, have a cake tasting, or get to know the minister who will marry you before you arrive.
Not to worry though. This is why we stress the importance of consulting with a Destination Wedding Specialist, who will help with all of these details.
Unlike traditional weddings, you shouldn’t expect to have an elaborate dress with an enormous train and a huge wedding cake. Instead, the dress should fit the destination. For example, most beach wedding brides will have light, flowy dresses that are less formal, and easier to walk in the sand with. The cakes will most likely be provided by the resort.
Destination weddings can be a fun and memorable experience for you and your guests, and by keeping your guest list smaller than you would back home, a destination wedding can also save you money.
Destination wedding dresses as unique and simply elegant as your wedding locale, are perfect for beach weddings, weddings abroad, civil ceremonies and second weddings. Lightweight fabrics and knee-length skirts work well for simple ceremonies and barefoot weddings on the beach while sleek, full length styles are ideal for European weddings.
And with many informal dresses also available in bold and pastel colors, Destinations styles can be worn for other special occasions.
The style of your gown depends on where and when you’re going to say “I do.” If you’re getting married during the day, focus on styles with beautiful embroidery, pleats, ruffles and lace.
All of these details will be noticeable in the sunlight but might be missed after nightfall. Conversely, choosing a simple gown that subtlety sparkles with crystal embellishments or metallic threads will enhance your shimmering beauty under the light of the moon.
That long-trained gown you’ve always dreamed of is great — as long as you’re getting married in a spacious cathedral. Unlike your indispensable diamond stud earrings or your trusty camel slingbacks that seem to go with everything, wedding gowns aren’t interchangeable.
Just as you wouldn’t wear a knee-grazing, flirty dress to a winter wedding in New York, you’ll want to avoid a gala-sized gown for beachfront nuptials. Besides looking completely out of place, wearing the wrong kind of gown to a destination wedding can be cosmetically problematic. Unless you want sweat spots on your bodice and hermit crabs crawling up your train, you may want to go with a short dress.