About to live out your dream of getting married with your toes in the sand? There are a few ground rules you should follow in order to look great, remain comfortable, yet formal enough for this non-traditional wedding. Consider these tips when planning your perfect look for your upcoming wedding.
Skip the big dress
Let’s face it: A ballgown belongs in, well, a ballroom. You may be able to get down the aisle in a full dress and long train, but walking on the beach and taking photos won’t be easy. If a large dress is a must, make sure it can bustle easily.
Dresses with lace trim can be difficult because they pick up debris from the beach. Instead, choose a lightweight fabric like chiffon or charmeuse so your gown flows in the ocean breeze.
Nix the veil
When marrying outside, think twice about a long veil. If it’s windy, it will be a nightmare for you and the photographer. Instead, accessorize your ’do with fresh flowers or a fascinator.
Consider an updo
Think of the elements when deciding on a hairstyle. A tried and true updo will keep you looking polished all night. If wearing your hair down is the only option, you might consider on investing in the services of a stylist, who can do touch-ups throughout the day.
Ditch the heels
Sand and high heels just don’t mix; wear flat-sole sandals, espadrilles or wedges — shoes that won’t sink into the sand. Have your gown hemmed with or without shoes, depending on which option you choose. Remember, sand can get pretty hot. Have an aisle runner made of fabric or thick flower petals to help keep your tootsies cool.
Avoid tan lines
Be very careful of sunburn and unwanted tan lines. Constantly apply waterproof sunscreen, especially while swimming. This goes for the bride, bridesmaids, and mothers of the bride and groom. Everyone knows what they’re wearing in advance, so they should plan bathing suits accordingly.
Let your guys go informal
While many brides envision their groom in a tux, black wool is a no-no in tropical climates. Save the ‘penguin suits’ for our many beautiful chapels and churches. Lightweight cotton pants or even Bermuda shorts are great options for the beach.
Do you have doubts about how to plan a beach wedding? We would love to hear from you and help you to plan the perfect day of your life.