How to Choose a Beach Wedding Dress

Saying “I Do” on the beach comes with no dress code. Yet most brides opting for a beach destination wedding have a number of wardrobe choices to make, such as:

  • Are you planning a casual or elegant beach wedding ceremony?
  • What style dress suits your figure and comfort?
  • What type of shoes do you want to wear?

On the cable show, “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta,” brides face family disapproval and indecision when it comes to a wedding dress. Yet, with a beach wedding destination, brides have the freedom to wear whatever they want.

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Photo courtesy of and wedding dress designer A-line wedding dress called “Bliss.”

One wedding planner says, “Beach weddings usually fall into two categories: casual or elegant. Brides ease the wedding gown decision once they have an idea of what type of ceremony they want.”

In the Georgia area, brides often rely on Bridals by Lori, a wedding boutique seen on “Say Yes to the Dress: Atlanta.” Many wedding gown consultants recommend figure flattering gown trumps over the most ornate. Most A—line wedding gowns, like the one featured here by Monique Lhuillier, flatter most body shapes.

For the bride planning nuptials at a beach wedding destination, comfort goes a long way. Primarily, the dress should be comfortable enough to walk around in. And because the bride will be outside, light fabrics are ideal.

Barefoot or shoes? From flats or flip flops to four-inch heels, a beach wedding allows for any type of shoe to be worn (as long as it is comfortable). As most women know, an uncomfortable pair of shoes can wreck any situation, especially your wedding! If the bride and groom plan to marry barefoot on the beach, be sure the area is clear of shells, twigs and other debris that may stab the feet.

Whatever gown and shoes you opt for at your beach wedding, don’t forget the sunscreen!

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