When it comes to planning, most couples first select a venue for the wedding and then determine where they’ll spend their honeymoon. But for some, it’s a single decision.
Destination weddings are dramatic, beautiful, and also in some ways, more convenient for the bride and groom. While there is some risk that less guests will be able to come, for some, destination weddings allow a couple to focus more on their wedding and worry less about planning the honeymoon since they won’t have to travel again.
But if you do opt for a destination wedding, it’s important to select a gown that fits the venue. Princess ball gowns may be gorgeous, but destination weddings, especially beach ones, require more breathable material.
Here’s our guide to the perfect gown for your beach ceremony:
1. Ditch heavy material for lightweight fabrics: Heavy material is not only harder to navigate, it’s a nightmare for warm, humid weather and sandy terrain. Look for gowns made with crepe, charmeuse, chiffon, or organza. What to avoid? Satin, lots of tulle, taffeta and brocade are generally not great choices.
2. Opt for a detail skirt instead of a long train: As elegant as a long train can be, it can be a big mess on a beach, between the sand and wind. Instead of tripping down the aisle, try to get the same effect instead with an intricately detailed skirt. For a bohemian look, try a netted, sheer illusion skirt.
3. Evoke natural beauty with an elongated neckline: Deep necklines are often flattering, but they’re and especially great fit for beach weddings. But instead of a strapless or sleeved look, opt for straps. The look is not only perfect for the beach, but it’s practical, keeping your dress in place but also great for hot days. Thin spaghetti straps exude a casually elegant look: we love especially paired with an embroidered sweetheart bodice, or beaded trim. For a bustier bride who wants just a little extra support, slightly thicker straps offer that extra coverage but still have that beachy vibe. Tapered embroidered straps or illusion and jeweled, these are both great options.
4. Fitted works too: Think a flow, light skirt is your only option? In fact, fitted trumpet and mermaid gowns are great picks because you won’t have to worry so much about the wind. Just make sure you opt for an airy bodice for breath ability. A great example is this ruched bodice ivory trumpet. With a strapless, sweetheart neckline and simple design, it’s not much fuss and high on elegance.
Planning a wedding can get busy and messy, so there are quite a few recommendations I have for someone who may not be the most organized person to begin with. There are many different 12 month wedding planners and organizers out there, some made by The Knot, and some that you can even find at Walmart or any other stores. These planners can help you remember things you may not have been thinking about, or didn’t even know you had to do. They give you checklists, timelines, outlines, and different formats of how you should be writing out seating charts, lists, etc. With these planners, you can become one of the most organized people overnight! They are that simple and helpful!
Another recommendation I have is the service of an actual wedding planner. I am a wedding planner at a rental and wedding coordinating company, and I help brides do all sorts of things. I not only help them, I actually do most of the actual work. They will send me all of their contracts from their vendors, and I will organize them and put them into a specific folder for a later date when I begin creating the wedding timeline. These vendor contracts are just a small piece of the information I receive from brides.
The types of information I receive varies from what types of things we will be using to reserve seats, to the minute a bus will arrive. A wedding planner takes care of it all for you, and all you need to do is communicate back and forth with them. The perk is that you will be mostly stress-free, and can just gather all of the information from each vendor, and bring all of that jumbled information to the wedding planner, and they will sort through it and make sure it is all in an organized manner for that special day.
Once a wedding planner receives any sort of information about the day, they will begin to create a wedding timeline. A wedding timeline is a basic step by step of the day planned out to the minute. The wedding planners want to know any and all information the bride has for their special day so that they know how to assist, and where to assist at. Since they will be the point of contact throughout the entire day, they need to know when the florist will be arriving, what the photographer’s phone number is, what time the entertainer will begin to tear down at the end of the night, etc.
There are many perks to using the service of an actual wedding planner, but if you do not have the amount of money in your budget for one, the different types of wedding 12 month planners that are out there for you to purchase are a cheaper alternative if you want to plan your wedding completely on your own!
Many people talk about your wedding day being the happiest day of your life. What they do not talk about are all of the problems that can happen along the way in those short 24 hours. One problem is that you may spill on your wedding dress. Let’s be honest, there is a possibility you will be getting some sort of stain on your dress. A solution to this is to have some tide to-go in the reception area or around you at all times.
Another problem that can happen with your dress is that it can rip. If you are transitioning from house to the church, or the church to the reception venue, you are most likely going to be getting in and out of cars. It is possible that your dress can get stuck in the door and rip. It is also possible that someone may step on your long train (if you have one) and it can rip. An easy fix would be to keep a roll of fabric tape around you in addition to the tide to-go stick.
Another issue that can happen on your wedding day is rain. The weather is something that is completely out of any human’s control, but I have found ways that can solve this issue. With being around so many weddings that have been rained out, you always need to make sure to have a backup plan. You need an indoor venue backup in case the forecast is not what you want it to be. If everything is planned outside and there is no available indoor venue, make sure to have a tent set-up available if need be at last minute. I have been to so many weddings that actually turned out perfectly even though the rain tends to come in unexpectedly. The only reason they turn out as perfect as they do are because we always have backup plans.
If you are having a wedding during an iffy weather situation, I would always be prepared with large umbrellas. I would make sure to get a lot of them, and provide them for your guests. The umbrellas can actually make a really cute photo opportunity as well if everyone is carrying the same umbrellas or are color coordinated with your wedding theme. Something to not forget about is to make sure to provide them for your wedding party. The wedding party should have colors that complement their dress scheme so that just because they need to hold umbrellas, they are doing it in style since there are photo opportunities at all times. The best photos are never planned ones.
There are many different issues that can happen or pop up during a wedding day but there are many preventative measures that can be taken in order to help you be as stress-free as possible. In all reality, that is the goal.
There are many different planning aspects that go into planning your own wedding. You cannot forget the little details that go in between all of the larger decision processes. Once you get engaged, you should first set you budget and pick a theme. You and your fiancé should be making these decisions together, so you should be talking through your ideas together and make sure you’re both getting involved!
Once you have talked about your theme together, you should look at your budget and what you envision spending on your special day. One very important thing that you must have when planning a wedding is a folder/notebook containing all of your information about venues, photographers, photos of ideas, etc. so that nothing will get lost. You can keep all of your contacts, contracts, emails, and quotes in one place so that you can access them easier. This will help the closer you get towards the date because most vendors will ask for other vendors contact information so that they can be in contact and on the same page about everything the day of.
Once all of this is taken care of, you can set a date and
create a guest list. You should first decide what part of the year you
want to get married in, and check with your important family members
before you book anything. You need to be very flexible in this process
because it is very hard to get the first date you decide at a venue.
Most people are booked up until 2020 right now, and 2018 just started. Once you have chosen a venue, the next steps would be to
find a photographer, a dress, entertainment, catering and drink, and
suppliers. Some things will be harder than others, but if you planned
your date far enough in advance, you should have plenty of time to find
the perfect people for these jobs in order to make your special day that
much better! Do not let the planning get the best of you, make
sure to enjoy it along the way! It is you day, so you need to make sure
that you are not just focusing on making other people happy, and you
focus more on how to make you and your fiancé happy. Marriage is so
exciting and your wedding day should be the best day of your life, but
remember what really matters- you will be with the person you love the
most for the rest of your life!
Once you have chosen a venue, the next steps would be to find a photographer, a dress, entertainment, catering and drink, and suppliers. Some things will be harder than others, but if you planned your date far enough in advance, you should have plenty of time to find the perfect people for these jobs in order to make your special day that much better!
Do not let the planning get the best of you, make sure to enjoy it along the way! It is you day, so you need to make sure that you are not just focusing on making other people happy, and you focus more on how to make you and your fiancé happy. Marriage is so exciting and your wedding day should be the best day of your life, but remember what really matters- you will be with the person you love the most for the rest of your life!