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How to Choose the Perfect Dress for Destination Weddings



Offering warm weather, jaw dropping backdrops and the added excitement of a holiday, it’s little wonder that destination weddings are increasing in popularity. It does however raise an extra challenge of finding a dress that suits you and your wedding location! To help you choose the perfect destination wedding dress, we’ve put together our top tips using our expert knowledge.

Consider the location and weather

This is an obvious one, but when picking your wedding dress it’s important to consider the environment you’ll be wearing it in. Typically, destination weddings tend to be on the warmer side, so it’s a good idea to opt for light and breezy fabric like chiffon. If you’re getting married in a cooler climate, make sure that you’ll be warm enough by selecting a heavier fabric and ensuring that your dress has long sleeves. You can even pick a cover up that complements your dress for an elegant winter wedding look!

The location of your wedding can also inspire your dress. For example, if you’re getting married on a beach, flowing boho style dresses look sensational. Or, if you’re getting married in a garden, consider something with floral details that will compliment your surroundings. Weaving together your dress and venue will also ensure your wedding photos look fantastic!

It's also important to consider cultural norms if you’re getting married abroad. Whilst it is your wedding, some countries have strict rules on appropriate attire, so make sure to research your destination thoroughly to avoid any issues. This is particularly important if you’d like a more revealing dress.

Think about travelling with your dress

In all the excitement of picking out a dress, it’s easy to forget that you’re going to need to get it to your wedding location too! First is the size of the gown, are you going to easily be able to pack it into a suitcase or garment bag? Dresses with long trains or lots of ‘poof’ are not easy to pack up and transport, so if you foresee this being an issue, consider picking something with a more streamlined shape.

The actual fabric of the dress is also very important. Will it travel well, and will you have access to tools you may need, such as a steamer? If you’re staying in a hotel abroad, you may also not have the space you need to ensure your dress is steamed and fluffed out ready for your day.

The majority of modern fabrics, such as tulle and lace normally travel well. You can also vacuum seal your dress before travelling. Not only will this ensure it stays dry and free of dirt, but it can also significantly reduce the space it takes up. It is also worth remembering that wedding dresses can be heavy and therefore costly to take abroad! Make sure you double check it’s weight so you don’t run into any nasty surprises or last-minute panics when you’re at the airport.

Finally, it’s very important to make sure you have the appropriate insurance before you jet off for your wedding. Wedding insurance normally covers you for a lost, stolen, or damaged wedding dress which is an increased risk with a destination wedding for obvious reasons. Be sure to double check that your policy covers you overseas.

Don’t forget about your accessories!

With all the excitement of planning your trip and choosing your dress, it can be easily to forget accessories. Again, keep your location in mind. For example, if you’re getting married on the sand, stilettos may not be the best choice! Instead, pretty bridal sandals or even embracing the boho vibes and going bare foot make great options… and who doesn’t love an extra excuse for a pedicure!

Accessories are a great way to let your personality shine through, especially if you’ve decided on a more minimalistic dress as an easy travel option. Have fun with colour, you can even match with your venue. Getting married in the evening? Opt for celestial jewellery with a bit of sparkle to catch the candlelight. If you’re saying “I do” in the city, you can choose classic pieces like pearls that just ooze sophistication. The options really are endless!

If you’re wearing a veil and plan to put it in the same bag as your dress, invest in a protective bag to ensure your veil doesn’t snag and rip on things like embellishments or zippers. The same goes for shoes – heels can be sharp and cause damage! If you’re worried, pop a little bit of bubble wrap or tissue paper around the heel to make sure it can’t do any damage. If you have some expensive jewellery or sentimental pieces, they’re worth carrying in your hand luggage as they won’t take up much space and you’ll have peace of mind.

Planning a destination wedding? Contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you find the dress of your dreams!

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