Wedding Gown Styles for Beach Weddings

Posted on 28th May 2015

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If you're planning on jetting out to some sunny location to get married on a beach, you may want to think carefully about that all important wedding dress, it's not quite the same as getting married in the UK. A little forward planning can help avoid some difficult and potentially embarassing situations.

We found the following article which may help you to decide what kind of wedding dress you choose.

Wedding Gown Styles for Beach Weddings

A wedding is not an event that can be termed 'successful' or 'unsuccessful' really but, there are a lot of things that can go wrong unexpectedly and cal for last-ditch actions to solve these unforeseen problems. Any beach wedding could very easily fall into that 'unsuccessful' category if all the factors that go into pulling them off with aplomb, don't gel too well.

As with any other wedding, a beach wedding depends on planning all the normal requirements such as decorating the beach, seating for all the guests, catering and general refreshments, electronic equipment and background for conducting the ceremony, the bridal dress, the groom's wear and other factors. Where it may differ is the fact that in a beach wedding, natural elements like wind, water and sand come into play and the suitability of the arrangements depend greatly on keeping these under control, if that can be done at all.

The other area where there could be a difference is in the attire of the bride and groom. A beach wedding may be unsuitable for a typical, old-fashioned or traditional wedding gown with a long train that will likely get entangled in the sand, may get in the lapping of the waves or simply fly about and refuse to stay in place. Designers these days are taking into account these factors while showcasing bridal dress designs for beach weddings; in fact, some have launched separate lines of designs specifically for beach weddings, allowing the destination itself to gain popularity.

In fact, one of the reasons why brides pick out a beach or seaside wedding is the factor that it is a far more relaxing and fun atmosphere to be married in and the wedding gown can be more casual than traditional.

Wedding gown styles

These are some of the popular choices of wedding gowns for a seaside wedding in terms of fabric and style. Traditional whites and ivories besides, pastel shades such as lime green, powder blue, peach pink and soft orange in lace, chiffon, satin, organdie and silk are the best for a beach wedding.

• A chiffon off-shoulder gown with less gathers at the waist and a straight ankle-length fall is ideal; it keeps the gown off the sand and is the best way to show off a pair of nice Cinderella-like glass slippers

• A below-knee length lace gown with one layer of flounce and slight extension at the back to cover the calves is a good choice

• A V-neck sleeveless gown with a high waist and toe-length flow is a favourite

• An off-shoulder with a deep V-back and knee length flounce is an all-time winner

Hair styles

Another area of worry for a bride at a beach wedding is 'keeping the hair in place'. For longer hair, there is the option of putting the lower half in rollers and setting them to remain in place throughout the ceremony. There is also the style of rolling the tresses into a low bun fixed with a jewel or stone studded clasp. When the bride has short hair, a side-sweep style with the hair fastened behind one ear with a huge flower that is in season completes the seaside look.


Since the sun is a factor that cannot be taken for granted, a bride could add in her trousseau a handy parasol or paper umbrella in a design or theme to match her dress or the decor of the ceremony. Carrying a handbag or a clutch is not a usual move, however carrying a drawstring bag in the same material as the wedding gown to hold a couple of tissues, a hankie or a lip gloss is not too out of place.

Going by the success of beach weddings and the beach destinations that are being promoted for the wedding season, it looks as if these problems are a thing of the past and every bride will look her best no matter what the sun, sand and water have in store for her big day.

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