Next September (2016) my stepson and his lovely fiancée are getting married abroad and when Venus Bridal asked if they could guest post here I was happy to share their post “Choosing a wedding dress when getting married abroad.
Choosing a wedding dress when getting married abroad
Sun, sand and even snow can feature in your special day now that weddings can be held on tropical beaches, in fairy-tale chateaus or even at winter wonderland retreats. In fact, the world is your oyster when it comes to your special day. And that’s even truer when choosing your wedding dress.
There are no rules, boundaries or taboos. By choosing to have your wedding abroad you have opened up even more possibilities for the type of wedding dress you can have and don’t forget to be adventurous and creative. Although there are a couple of things to consider:
Remember, first and foremost, your dress will have to travel with you and ideally you want it in a fabric that doesn’t crease. A great material in this regard is crinkle taffeta as it travels very well. You may also want to think about in a purpose-made pH neutral travel box – not only ideal for transporting your dress but also a perfect place to keep it after the wedding.
Think about the practicalities of where you are going. You don’t want to be dressed in heavy brocade in sweltering heat. Chiffons or tulle are the best choices as they are both elegant and as light as a feather. At the other extreme, you won’t want to be freezing in lace in zero degrees. If you want to go lacy choose a denser one like Battenberg which would be warmer all round.
However, despite the importance of carefully considering the transportation and fabric of your dress, you shouldn’t completely let these factors completely rule your choice. You still need to feel happy and comfortable in your dress wherever you go.
It’s true to say that a beach ceremony is one of the most popular choices when having a wedding abroad. For obvious reasons, the British weather simply cannot be trusted. But once you’ve decided on a foreign sunshine-filled celebration – what is the best type of wedding dress?
A boho look is ideal for a big day on the beach. Or maybe a stylish knee length dress with bare feet? You can also wear romantic floating trains and choose a material that won’t stain when you splash around in the sea.
You could perhaps work towards choosing a dress that epitomises your destination. So for a wedding in Greece, for example, why not make the most of being a Goddess on your special day and choose lux chiffon for a shimmering style with a one-shoulder strap.
The Amalfi coastline in Italy oozes film star glamour so why not join the greats by having a sexy, sheath dress or an A-line cut?
Lapland in the winter is a natural choice for an oh-so-white wedding. It’s a fairy-tale landscape, with snow-covered pine forests, and a romantic wedding venue lit by candles and a roaring fire. And your wedding dress should add to the drama. It’s the perfect time to indulge in your snow queen fantasies, or go all out in a Christmas-inspired style. And don’t forget the fabulous faux fur-trimmed accessories you can wear.
You may have already found your perfect dress but are unsure about whether it’s suitable for your destination – maybe the simplest solution is to adapt it for where you are heading. Wherever that may be there is a perfect dress waiting for you.