Beaches are some of the most popular wedding destinations — and with good reason. The ocean breeze, crashing waves, and pretty sunsets are more than enough reasons to plan a beach wedding. So what bridesmaid dresses would be best for a destination wedding?
Choosing bridesmaid dresses for your destination wedding can be tricky because there’s so much to consider — like the weather, the formality and overall theme you’re going for.
SHOULD I CHOOSE SHORT OR LONG BRIDESMAID DRESSES FOR MY BEACH WEDDING?
If it’s going to be hot, you’ll likely want a dress that’s light, airy and comfortable. Consider short, knee length or even midi length bridesmaid dresses to keep your girls cool in the heat. Shorter styles are fun and flirty and won’t leave you feeling weighed down or overdressed. Plus you can show off a cute pair of shoes!
If it’s a little too breezy like Aruba (which is known for its sideways trees because of the strong winds), then you’ll want to stick with a long maxi length. Cool and comfortable maxi dresses will help you avoid a sudden ocean breeze horror story! Plus long bridesmaid dresses flowing softly with a breeze can make some very pretty pictures. Just imagine these maxi dresses on the beach!
ARE SEQUINS TOO DRESSY FOR THE BEACH?
There is literally no reason why you can’t wear sequins at the beach! Sequins are for celebrating and it’s your big day! There are a couple of ways to dress sequins down and make them more wearable. One way is to choose a bridesmaid dress with a matte finish. Our sequin bridesmaid dresses in the matte gold or matte rose gold still give you a hint of glamour without being too flashy.
Another way is to pair a sequin top with a chiffon or tulle bottom or vice versa. Limiting the sequins to only the top or bottom still allows your bridal party to have a little flair but the contrasting bottom makes it more casual. Bridesmaid separates are a fun way to add versatility to each dress, while still looking gorgeous. Plus your leading ladies are more likely to wear them separately after the wedding.
WHICH FABRICS ARE LESS LIKELY TO WRINKLE DURING TRAVEL?
Sequins are actually great for traveling because the sequins are sewn on tulle and lined with a knit fabric that doesn’t wrinkle. If you’d prefer to skip the bling and keep it lightweight, chiffon is definitely the most popular fabric for a beach wedding. It’s soft, flowy and usually available in every color imaginable. Chiffon bridesmaid dresses make perfect pictures with a gentle ocean breeze, however, it’s the one fabric that may wrinkle during travel. I recommend carrying your chiffon bridesmaid dresses in a hanging bag when you travel.
Tulle, traditionally reserved for wedding veils and ballet tutus, is another soft, lightweight fabric. Tulle is sheer with an open weave that looks like netting and is less likely to wrinkle during travel. Hanging the dress up right away when you arrive will let the fabric settle and most wrinkles will go away over a short time.
WHAT COLOR PALETTE SHOULD I CHOOSE?
Warmer weather usually means a bright color palette. Bold colors like red, coral and turquoise can make your bridal party pop against the neutral beach background. Rich and vibrant colors will have everyone smiling!If you’d rather blend with the scenery, then choose a soft, muted color palette of sand and beach glass. Dusty blue is a trending wedding color for 2018 and works perfectly for an airy, beach wedding. Whether you are seaside or lakeside, soft colors can add a touch of romance and elegance to your destination wedding.
Whichever bridesmaid dresses you end up choosing for your beach wedding, just make sure you take advantage of your beautiful surroundings and go frolic on the beach with your ladies!
I Do, Take Two: 10 Reasons Why Destination Weddings are Perfect for Second Marriages
A second wedding is a second chance for you to create a unique and memorable life together. Most brides and grooms have already experienced the traditional hometown wedding the first time, so the second time really calls for a more intimate experience. Chances are, finances are better than the first time around and parental persistence isn’t as intense, so this wedding can be as personalized as possible. Here are 10 reasons behind why one-third of destination weddings are second marriages.
If we played the association game, and I said “destination wedding,” would “beach” be the first word that comes to mind? That answer would certainly serve you well as a contestant on The $10,000 Pyramid. Beaches and destination weddings go hand-in-hand, but it might surprise you that not all of them are on a beach. As destination weddings have become more and more popular, resorts have responded by creating unique wedding venues that complement any couple’s style. Here is a crash course for some of the venue types you can choose from for your destination wedding. See which ones fit you!
You can’t go wrong with a classic. A beautiful beach is a requisite of a tropical destination. We travel for those floury sands and sweet ocean breezes (especially if you’re escaping frigid winters like we typically are). Beach ceremonies are a staple of the destination wedding if not simply because you can’t beat that view. The photography comes out stunning with bright shades of white and blue, and contrasting darker colors against the sea background makes for a great visual experience. Receptions on the beach are also a ton of fun. Everyone ends up barefoot at the dance anyway, and the cool breeze off the ocean cuts through any heat. If you want an elevated beach experience, choose a resort on one of the best beaches the Caribbean has to offer, like Negril Beach, Bavaro Beach, or Maroma Beach (consistently voted in the top 10 in the world
There is nothing more serene than a garden wedding. Being surrounded by nature is so calming. Destination garden weddings are amazing because of the lush tropical flora that serves as a whimsical background for ceremonies and receptions, especially with lights strung romantically across the garden trees. Even better, gardens are normally secluded and very private for you and your wedding guests.
Ceremonies under gazebos and pergolas are dramatic and statement-making. Normally gazebos have views of the ocean, but sometimes they might be over the pool or in a garden. There are so many variations – stone, wood, glass – and flowers and ribbon décor enhance their already dramatic look.
Terrace weddings, both for ceremonies and receptions, are a huge trend in destination weddings right now. There are terraces that face the ocean, terraces that are surrounded by gardens or pools, and (my favorite) terraces that are atop oceanfront roofs. Rooftop terrace weddings are so chic and modern, hold a large number of wedding guests, and are likely a trend that is here to stay.
Speaking of chic and modern, if you desire an upscale wedding, why not a private mansion? The CHIC Mansion at CHIC Punta Cana is luxury defined. This is for any bride or groom that wants to be a little bit “extra” on their wedding day. Plus you and your guests can have your stay at the mansion, which is complete with your own private pool, hot tub, butler service, and much more.
Do you want the destination vacation experience, but would rather have your wedding reception be air conditioned? Then a ballroom wedding is perfect for you! They hold a large number of guests so you don’t have to trim that guest count, and many have gorgeous views and even breezy terraces if your guests want to get some fresh air. The best part is most resorts have one, so you have no shortage of options.
Plenty of resorts utilize their pools as a decadent ceremony space, with elaborate gazebos or platforms built over the water and often with an ocean backdrop. Depending on the time of day you plan to have your ceremony, these venues can still feel rather private for small wedding groups. One of our favorite pool venues is the see-through platform at Secrets Playa Mujeres. Set above the infinity pool overlooking the sea, it is a venue your guests would not soon forget. Pool decks are also excellent reception locales with the way the pool lights glimmer after sundown and add a touch of glam.
If you have never seen (or swam in) a cenote, we highly suggest adding it to your bucket list. Cenotes are underground caves that that formed when bedrock collapsed and pure groundwater filled the space. They are a true natural wonder that make for a unique and unbelievably special wedding ceremony. The setting grants you some legendary wedding photos that are definitely Instagram-worthy.
Destination wedding ceremonies set upon grand staircases remind us of glamorous movie moments à la Beauty and the Beast and Titanic. Adorned with flowers, lanterns, and other romantic touches, the outdoor staircases provide a gorgeous venue for your nuptials. Not to mention, all of your guests can easily see you from wherever they are sitting.
Private Offsite Locations
A growing trend in destination weddings is offsite venue locations. Private locations such as Las Caletas Beach Hideaway or Xcaret Park provide a fresh and exciting view for your guests and double as a fun excursion from the resort. (Source Funjet)