Beach Wedding Dress
From the Dress to the Accessories: Here Are 5 Essential Beach Wedding Dress Tips
Oceanside weddings may seem like a far-fetched fantasy to some, especially since they sometimes look rather costly. Some couples, however, incorporate the event into their honeymoon and have the guests pay for themselves – so it really doesn’t cost more than a standard wedding. If you are looking into the possibility of a beach wedding, then you will need to make informed choices before settling on anything. Destination ceremonies, when planned out enough, make for beautiful memories (and even more beautiful photographs). So, if you would like some seaside ceremony tips on everything from your dress to your guests, then keep reading below.
- Come Prepared
With any kind of outdoor wedding, there will be tons of extra logistical factors to consider. Your first priority is to check the weather at your selected venue. While it is impossible to find accurate weather predictions so many months in advance, there are plenty of online tools which will show you what the weather patterns in past years looked like on your chosen date. Then, you will need to ensure that the section of beach you are using can be closed off to the prying eyes of the public if you so wish.
In terms of photography, you will need to keep in mind that after the sun goes down those clear, blue waves might look murky or black, so it may be best to say your vows while the sun is high. Keep in mind, though, that your guests won’t enjoy a ceremony if they are getting too hot.
- Your Guests Are a Top Priority
Destination weddings can make managing guests a nightmare – especially when the guest list includes everyone from babies to the elderly. Keeping your friends and family comfortable is essential, so try to keep their needs in mind. Some ideas that may improve their beach wedding experience include:
- Have a swap-out station for shoes, where your guests can trade their heels and brogue shoes for some sand-friendly flip flops.
- Have baskets filled with sunscreen, sunglasses, straw hats, shawls, and towels available.
- Keep your guests hydrated by providing enough refreshments during the ceremony and reception.
- Carefully Consider Your Dress and Accessories
The sight of a beach wedding dress whipped up by a gentle breeze is breathtaking, and many brides-to-be have this very image in mind when picturing their vacation ceremony. One must consider, though, that the weather does not always play along. You might find that your day comes with strong winds, so it is vital to remain mindful of aspects like your wedding dress length and whether or not you want a train and veil. As for shoes, flat sandals or bare feet embellished with anklets will do just fine.
When it comes to the style of your beach bridal dress, try to stay away from heavy fabrics and rigid silhouettes such as a ballgown dress. Materials like chiffon and tulle are light and move beautifully with the wind, and will easily fit into your theme, whether it be soft romance, boho-chic, or casual elegance.
Accessories can be kept to a minimum, so look for delicate bracelets and necklaces, or intricate floral hairpieces to keep your hair from blowing in your face.
- Always Have a Backup Plan
With outdoor weddings, so many factors are outside of one’s control – but proper planning will ensure your special day goes down without a hitch. Think about renting a tent or using a venue at a local beach hotel as a backup should Mother Nature wish to throw a spanner in the works. Ensure there is plenty of shade and facilities nearby (such as shops, accommodation, and even medical care) just in case it is needed.
- Keep It Light and Fun
The best part about getting married at the seaside is how simple the food and décor is. A sizzling braai, fresh summer salads, and some colourful fruit skewers are bound to save you tons on catering costs. Guests can enjoy a picnic on the beach or be seated under some cool shade – the choice is yours.
Here at Timeless Bridal Couture, we are passionate about making your dreams for your wedding dress come true – no matter where your big day takes place. If you would like to find out more about the stylish range we offer, feel free to get in touch with us today.