A guide to choosing, preparing and packing your bridal gown for a beach or faraway wedding
Whether you’re getting married or renewing your vows, destination weddings remain a very popular choice for couples who want to celebrate their love in a wonderfully romantic setting often on sun-kissed, faraway shores.
But however idyllic, a destination wedding can present its own challenges - especially for the bride and her treasured dress.
So here are a few tips for brides heading for distant shores to take her vows and what she needs to consider when choosing, preparing and packing her bridal gown.
Choosing fabrics for your wedding gown
For a hot climate, it’s always better to go for a floaty or natural fabric and preferably in light colours.
While chiffon is often the fabric of choice for warm weather destinations, consider taffeta which is also a lightweight fabric. Charmeuse too is a light, slinky satin that can also be used in vintage styles and silk is a good choice too as it’s a natural fabric that breathes.
Dress to chill... no bride wants to feel hot and sweaty walking down the aisle!
Preparing for the journey
Your bridal retailer or dressmaker should be able to advise you on packing your dress for travel. If you’re planning on shipping your dress, do so with lots of time to spare in case it takes longer than you expect to avoid any last minute worries.
If you’re flying to your destination, plan to carry your dress on-board if possible along with any other wedding accessories you’d find hard to replace at short notice.
It’s important, however, to make sure before you set off that your gown will meet any airline baggage requirements although some airlines will actually hang your wedding dress in the cabin so you won’t have to pack it.
If in doubt, check with your airline first!
Adjusting to the climate
One of the biggest attractions of getting married abroad is lots of warmth and sunshine. It’s likely you’ll spend a few days or more in your resort before it’s time to tie the knot so brides should bear in mind that a strapless wedding dress doesn’t look great with a sunburnt back or shoulders, not to mention a ‘lobster’ face.
Take care with the tanning sessions prior to your big day!
Of course, a fabulous location will most likely mean some fabulous photos and your wedding dress will be a vitally important part of your album. Any lace on your gown can look quite stunning while a little bit of sparkle can really make a difference - especially in those sunset photographs.
Remember that your wedding photos are forever!
Informal wedding dresses
Stylish, elegant and highly versatile, informal wedding gowns are ideal for destination or beach weddings, second weddings or weddings in less traditional settings.
Their softer, lighter fabrics pack easily and travel well and give a real sand-between-your-toes feel. These types of gowns are also a great choice for wedding ceremonies held in a castle, a stately home, a hotel or your own dream location.
Elderberry Brides offers a wonderful selection of stylish informal wedding gowns. Each one is embellished with an amazing elegance and a lavish feel that’s ideal for brides who are planning a slightly more relaxed wedding.
Need more info?
If you’d like any more information on our range of destination wedding dresses, please get in touch now or telephone us on 01256 474004.
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